2nd March, 2010

Leading independent property consultancy, WHR has boosted its team following the appointment of five new members of staff. The Manchester based practice has secured the services of John Valentine as a partner who, together with his colleagues Ian Goodwin and James Ingle, heads up the now seven strong building consultancy division. The office agency department has also increased its team having recruited Tony Howcroft as associate partner, who previously a partner at local Macclesfield company, Hallams and James Cinicola who has joined as a graduate surveyor. Alex Russell, who has worked at WHR as an office agent for the last three years, has been promoted to associate partner.

John Valentine, who joins from CS2 where he set up the Northern office for the Southern based company working alongside Ian Goodwin and James Ingall, says: “WHR has an unrivalled reputation as a highly successful property consultancy and my team and I are very excited to be a part of such a dynamic company. I am confident that our wealth of experience combined with the expertise of the existing team will further strengthen our ability to service clients. We are currently working on £17 million worth of contracts including project managing the refurbishment of the Royal Liver building in Liverpool.”

Tony Howcroft, who joins as associate partner and is also a semi-professional rugby player, adds: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to tackling the challenges ahead. WHR has some of the most high profile instructions in the city centre and is also involved in a number of development schemes that are set to change the face of Manchester including the Co-op site and Media City.”

Mike Hawkins, partner at WHR, comments: “Whilst 2009 was a challenging time for the property world, we believe that this year will see an increase in activity as confidence begins to return to the market. These strategic new appointments will ensure that WHR is well placed to provide the best advice to its clients.”