People: CBRE appoints head of office agency in Birmingham; New addition for a corporate finance company; and more


CBRE has promoted Theo Holmes to lead its office agency team in Birmingham.

He joined the real estate consultancy in 2004. He obtained his diploma as a surveyor within the firm, then quickly progressed to a position of director within the office agency team.

Holmes runs the investor leasing business in Birmingham’s CBD and has been involved in awarding trophies including Brindleyplace, Mailbox, Platform21, Alpha Tower, Birmingham Health and Innovation Campus, Paradise and Arena.

He said: “It is a real privilege to take on this role and I look forward to continuing to support our customers, enriching the team’s instruction manual and solidifying our reputation as the leading team. office agencies in Birmingham.

The Midlands office advisory team includes Liz Bailey, Senior Occupancy Advisor, and Dan White, newly appointed Flexible Workspaces Specialist.

Holmes takes the seat vacated by Will Ventham, the company’s new Birmingham office manager. Ventham continues to advise key clients on office development including MEPC, Kier, CBREIM and IM Properties.

Ventham said: “Theo is a highly valued advisor and valued colleague. He has been instrumental in the success of the team and his promotion reflects his valuable contribution and our commitment to providing the best service to our customers.

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Gary Ward has joined Regent Assay, the corporate finance firm focused on mid-market growth.

Ward has extensive experience in business development and investing, primarily in the private equity industry. Most recently, he served as Director of Business Development at LDC.

Ward worked as a partner for Gresham Private Equity for 15 years, where he and other partners successfully led a takeover of the Zurich business and subsequently raised over £650m in two funds.

He was previously a member of PwC’s corporate finance team and has an extensive international network and has served as a mentor for The Princes Trust since 2003. He has also served as a Royal Marine Commando.

David Tucker, Managing Partner, said: “We had our best year ever in 2021 and this year has seen a strong appetite for M&A and investment finance across all of our key sectors. Our private equity clients remain keen to grow through acquisitions and new investments. Gary’s recruitment is a demonstration of our strategy of continued growth and our investment in high caliber people to provide exceptional service to our clients. We are all delighted to welcome him to the team and know that his experience will be invaluable to many of our current and future clients.

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The University of Staffordshire has confirmed the appointment of Professor Kevin Hetherington as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Hetherington, who will take office on March 1, 2022, was previously Professional Vice-Chancellor of the Open University and has a 30-year career in higher education as an academic, researcher and senior executive.

He said: “I am delighted to take on this role and look forward to being part of the University of Staffordshire as it sets out its plans for success over the next few years. I also look forward to rediscovering Stoke-on-Trent and its surrounding area, a city in which I lived and worked for much of the 1990s, and to help put the University of Staffordshire at the center of its developments. also.

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Martin Jones said: “This year marks the start of a new chapter for Staffordshire University, and we are delighted to appoint Professor Hetherington as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

“Kevin has considerable knowledge and expertise, and we are confident that he will help the University accelerate its focus on innovative and impactful research, alongside effective academic and strategic planning, which is so essential to the development of the University and to the success of our wider region.”

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