Avison Young welcomes four new Scottish principals

Commercial real estate services firm Avison Young has added four new principals in Scotland.

Alison Taylor in Glasgow, and Stuart Agnew in Edinburgh, along with Gordon Martin and Danny Lafferty are among 100-plus new principals following the firm’s recent acquisition of UK real estate advisory businesses GVA.

Avison Young welcomes four new Scottish principals

Mark Rose

The new principals, all based in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Poland, include senior directors who were formerly with GVA and other new employees from GVA, who have received Avison Young shares along with the right to vote and set the strategy for Avison Young. Avison Young now has more than 600 principals globally.

Avison Young said its principals are industry leaders who exemplify the firm’s partnership structure, collaborative culture and client-centric business model. In addition, principals have distinguished themselves in their fields of expertise while embracing the company’s dedication to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Mark Rose, chair and CEO at Avison Young, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the new Principals to our significantly expanded and enhanced Avison Young family. At Avison Young, we provide industry-leading advice to clients throughout the real estate lifecycle. Principals play key roles in every transaction and drive our culture as we place clients, strategy and people before profits.

“Accordingly, principals play vital roles in building long-term relationships as we provide an integrated suite of services to clients on a local, national and global scale. Our empowering, client-first model and culture help us attract the very best people and drive benefits for our clients and communities.”

Jason Sibthorpe, Avison Young principal and president, UK, added: “We are delighted and honoured to be able to welcome 100-plus new principals in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Poland.

“To have been able to reignite an ownership structure and partnership culture from the legacy GVA business is a privilege for the approximately 500 original principals at Avison Young. We look forward to working together with renewed purpose as we build further on our success to date.”

Alison Taylor, Avison Young principal, Glasgow, said: “As a newly appointed Principal, I know that I share with my new colleagues a sense of excitement and anticipation about the significant opportunities that lie ahead as a result of the merger. The breadth and depth of experience of the expanded Avison Young community is reflected in this announcement and I am very much looking forward to continuing the success of our business in Glasgow and across Scotland.”

Stuart Agnew, Avison Young principal, Edinburgh, added: “The impact and legacy of the merger is illustrated by the size of this expansion in new principals. Both in Edinburgh, and throughout Scotland, Avison Young will continue to succeed by putting people and our clients at the heart of what we do, having a positive impact on individuals and communities.

“Alison and I are delighted in particular to be joined as principals in the Scottish business by Gordon Martin, head of rating, and Danny Lafferty, head of business consultancy.”

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