Ken Bishop, one of Manchester’s best known property consultants, is to leave DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield after 35 years to join JLL.
Bishop, who has more than three decades of experience, is a specialist in the region’s office market. He will be part of JLL’s senior North West leadership team and will work alongside the firm’s investment, agency and development teams.
Bishop joined DTZ in 1980. During his career, more latterly as a senior director at DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield, he has been responsible for some of the largest developments and office transactions in Manchester and the North West including more than 1 million sq ft of pre-lettings and speculative development at Spinningfields.
He is currently advising on a number of speculative schemes under construction including Mosley Street Venture’s Two St Peter’s Square, English Cities Fund’s One New Bailey, and Ask Developments’ 101 Embankment, totalling 450,000 sq ft, with a further 600,000 sq ft at the design stage.
The merger between DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield was completed earlier this month, with the combined company operating under the Cushman & Wakefield brand. DTZ employed more than 100 people in Manchester, while Cushman & Wakefield’s presence was much smaller.
Bishop’s appointment to JLL follows the departure of development advisor Adam White for MAG Property, which was announced earlier this week.
David Lathwood, lead director of the North West at JLL, said: “Ken Bishop is one of the best known and most highly regarded figures in the North West property world and his vast experience and knowledge is perfect fit for our business. We are looking forward to him working alongside our already well-established teams to bolster our market leading position in Manchester and across region.”
Bishop said: “Whilst it will be a wrench to leave, after having enjoyed so many years at DTZ, it’s time for a new opportunity and I am excited by the role at JLL and in particular the challenge of adding my development expertise to their already successful team.”