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Corporate Development Director appointed as Connells steps up B2B activity

28 April 2010

The Connells Group today announces the appointment of John Williams as Corporate Development Director.

Effective immediately, John is responsible for developing Connells relationships with corporate customers and expanding existing B2B opportunities. John will also join the Connells Mortgage Services Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Connells, John was with Countrywide plc for 19 years in which time he led its Mortgage Services and Corporate Development divisions. As part of his role at Connells, John will be extending the Group’s B2B services for new and existing clients, advising on tender submissions and project managing Mortgage Services initiatives.

“I am delighted to be joining the executive team at Connells, not least because of the significant opportunity we have to build upon an already strong presence in the corporate services market,” says John. “I look forward to working with both lenders and corporate clients on behalf of the Connells Group and building our B2B operation.”

David Livesey, Group Chief Executive, Connells Group says: “I am pleased to welcome John to Connells and know that he will be central to extending our corporate portfolio. We already have some great service propositions to Lenders which we know can be extended further and John’s appointment is testimony to our investment in this area.”

John will be working closely with senior management from across Connells, including the Group Board of Directors and those heading up key subsidiaries such as Survey and Valuation, Asset Management, Mortgage Services and AMG.

The Connells Group offers an extensive range of corporate services including mortgage services, survey and valuation, asset management, relocations services, LPA receivership, corporate lettings, conveyancing and energy performance certificates.

As testimony to its success, Connells has been consistently recognised for its financial services at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards, achieving the Gold award twice in the last three years.

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Further information
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Notes to editors

About the Connells Group:
Founded in 1936, the Connells Group, a subsidiary of the Skipton Building Society, comprises 470 estate agency branches and is the second largest wholly owned estate agency network in the UK. In addition to operating under the Connells brand, which comprises around 150 branches, the Group trades under other well-known local names including William H Brown, Sharman Quinney, Fox & Sons and Barnard Marcus.

As well as residential property sales the Group is involved in a comprehensive range of housing related activities including land and new homes, lettings, surveying, mortgages, conveyancing, relocations, asset management and auctions.

The Connells Group has been named Best Large Estate Agency at the Estate Agency of the Year awards for four of the past six years. For more information, please visit

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