Vail Williams promotes Crawley planning expert to partner
Published: 21 Jun 2019
Crawley-based property consultants Vail Williams LLP have promoted one of the UK’s Top 50 female planners Suzanne Holloway to partner.
With over 24 years’ experience specialising in commercial planning, Suzanne has been an active player in the Gatwick property market for a number of years.
Initially working in local government, she facilitated a range of developments for strategic commercial property developers, which she continued in her role at Vail Williams where she joined as associate in 2016.
During her time at the firm, based at their offices on London Road in Crawley, she has played a major role in the regeneration of the Manor Royal Business District and was recently hailed as one of the Top 50 women of influence in planning by leading industry magazine, The Planner.
Speaking of her promotion, she commented: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to become a partner at Vail Williams and have thoroughly enjoyed my three years with the firm. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues and clients in the coming year and working on an exciting range of projects across the Gatwick region."
Across the firm’s other offices in Birmingham, Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth, London and Woking, nine further promotions were made, spanning the firm’s acquisition and disposal, commercial property investment, business rates, lease advice, valuation and property asset management teams.
Carole Taylor (Birmingham) and Richard Dawtrey (London) were invited to join the equity partnership for their work in property acquisition and disposal and commercial property investment, whilst Sam Hill (London) and Joe Walker (Southampton) were also promoted to partner for their work in their respective disciplines of business rates, lease advice.
Managing Partner, Matthew Samuel-Camps, said: “I’m delighted to announce this year’s round of promotions. Our people are at the heart of our business, so it’s incredibly important to reflect the outstanding contributions they have made during their time with us.”
“Rewarding people like Suzanne through clear career progression allows us to, together with our cultural values and agile approach to working, become the employer of choice - attracting and retaining the very best talent in the sector, for the benefit of our clients,” Matthew continued.
Ben Christian (Southampton), Emily Knowles (Birmingham), Philip Knight and Jane Chamberlin (Reading) were all promoted to associate for strong individual performances in their respective disciplines of planning, valuation, asset management and valuation.
Meanwhile, Elliot McNish, based at the firm’s office in Woking, was promoted to Surveyor Level 2, having joined Vail Williams following its acquisition of New Ballerino, in November 2018.
The promotions kick-start another year of projected growth for the residential and commercial property consultants who, in 2018, merged with Southampton and Fareham - based Hughes Ellard, and acquired New Ballerino in Chertsey.
Over the course of the last year (2018-19), the firm has achieved double-digit growth in revenues of 17% and now employs over 170 people across its offices in Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth, Woking, Crawley, Heathrow, Birmingham and London.
Matthew concluded: “As we look ahead to the next three years, we remain committed to investing in the future growth of the firm in each of the regions in which we operate, and in particular, to the continued development of the people that lie at the heart of our business.
“I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate each and every one of this year’s promotees and wish to thank them for their hard work and dedication to both our clients and the wider business.”
The promotions took effect on 1st June.
Vail Williams was established more than three decades ago and works with occupiers, landlords, developers and property investors.