CBRE director to join ex-colleagues at Black Cat

Stephen Barnes, director of building consultancy at CBRE Manchester, has resigned to join startup Black Cat Building Consultancy as director and shareholder with former CBRE colleagues Ben Golby and James Dyson.

Black Cat was established in September and is based in King Street Manchester. Barnes is due to start there in January.

Black Cat has also been joined by Kevin Cramer, who left Cushman & Wakefield to move to the new practice. Frances Anderson, secretary in building consultancy at CBRE, has also been recruited by Black Cat.

The new firm offers the full range of building surveying services from handling dilapidations claims to project management.

Another of the CBRE building consultancy team’s secretaries, Emer O’Brien, left in September to join law firm Gateley’s real estate section. CBRE’s building consultancy team is also due to lose Oliver Thomas, director, in the New Year when he is set to join independent OBI Property.

John Ogden, North West managing director at CBRE, said: “This is a great opportunity for the team and individuals to grow and we have already recruited and replaced former staff with excellent individuals that add to our level and breadth of service, specifically our PM capability which we are developing Nationally. The market is full of small outfits taking on dilaps and PM work without the capabilities of our fully-integrated service and we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome the next generation of CBRE team into the office.”

All other parties declined to comment.

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Sounds very slinky! Like it! Meow!

By R Bolton

Although the cat could be nicer. Looks a bit like a fox? Minor issue.

By R Bolton

That leaves CBRE in turmoil! Those guys are very good and the remainder of the team from what I know is very junior under the management of a Lady who is largely unknown. Interesting to see what CBRE do and whether they make changes at the top. Black Cat have a huge opportunity and with the Director at DTZ on board as well it appears they also have the resource. OBi have also done well with Mr Thomas who is very good occupier fit out focused surveyor. Good luck to them all.

By J Williams

is that ‘black’ cat not yellow?

By colourblind

I have enjoyed the last five and a half years at CBRE where I have worked on some great instructions with fantastic people. The building consultancy team is an excellent, young and dynamic team and I am sure that under Angela’s leadership the team will continue to develop and grow. I am looking forward to the opportunities that Black Cat presents and that team is already off to a fantastic start. I think their USP is that they have huge ambition and capability offering a similar level of integrated services off a different platform. This will undoubtedly allow them to react quickly, efficiently and without due process which is an attractive proposition. I also look forward to working with the CBRE team in the future in what is often a relatively small market.

By Stephen Barnes

A great opportunity for both the new and old CBRE Colleagues. Just a shame that CBRE has lost so many experienced, valued and committed employees over a very short period of time – not just in the BCD and Engineering Teams but across all areas of the Manchester office. Seems very strange… I wonder whats going on… ?

By S Shaw

What an awful name

By J anderson

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