Eddisons Taylors, the valuations specialist business formed when Eddisons acquired Northampton firm Taylors Business Surveyors and Valuers in December last year, has made two new senior specialist appointments as part of a strategy to grow the business over the coming months. Barry Nickelson re-joins the firm as a director and Simon Hooper comes on board as associate director.
Barry, a specialist in the healthcare and education sectors, joins Eddisons Taylors after eight years as a director of JLL in central London. He was also previously at Taylors for 16 years, from the firm’s foundation in 1992, and has more than 30 years’ experience in valuing operational entities. Over the last decade Barry has specialised in healthcare and education, particularly the children’s day nursery and corporate elderly care sectors in London and the South East.
Simon Hooper, who joins Eddisons Taylors from Edward Symmons, has more than 20 years’ experience of valuing leisure industry property for lending institutions and private clients. His wide ranging expertise includes the valuations of hotels, pubs and restaurants, visitor attractions, marinas, arcades, golf courses, caravan parks and health clubs.
Chris Mitchell, director at Eddisons Taylors, said: “Barry and Simon’s extensive knowledge of the healthcare, education and leisure sectors is second to none and together they add considerable strength and depth to the existing team, not least in terms of the services we are able offer our client base of lenders.
“The UK’s commercial property loan market continues to grow and, thanks in part to low interest rates, is at its strongest since 2008, despite the economic uncertainties surrounding Brexit. With our expanding team and plans for strategic growth, Eddisons Taylors is well placed to capitalise on the current wave of optimism among lenders.”
The two new appointments come in addition to David Cran’s promotion to director in Eddisons Yorkshire-based valuations team. Further valuer recruitment is planned for the coming months.
Chris Mitchell ACIB MRICS FAVLP has over 26 years experience of valuing operational entities and commercial properties including hotels, leisure, licensed trade, catering, retail, healthcare/education sector and related investment, franchise and developments projects.
He was a founder Director of Taylors Business Surveyors and Valuers Limited in 1992, now part of Eddisons, and Chris also had previous UK and international banking and valuation/appraisal experience prior to qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1991. He is also a fellow of the Association of Licensed Property Valuers.