Former head of Lambert Smith Hampton in Manchester Peter Skelton is joining WHR Property Consultants, as a development advisor.
Skelton will be leading WHR's four-strong office agency team, and will also continue his advisory work for Nikal on the Altair scheme.
Skelton worked for LSH for 31 years, and moved into a part-time consultancy role in September 2013. His departure follows those of David Thwaites, head of office agency, who joined GVA in July 2013, and Mark Bamber, associate director of office agency, who left to go to Knight Frank in February 2014.
Meanwhile, WHR has also promoted four members of its team, with John Barton of industrial agency, Nick Heathcote of professional agency, Josh Levy in office agency and Alan Watson, project and building consultancy, all becoming associate partners.
WHR was founded in 2004 by six former LSH directors who quit together to set up the firm.
Gareth Buckley, a founding member and partner at WHR, said: "This is a very exciting time for WHR as not only are we celebrating a decade in business but as the market is now finally turning, we are confident that this will prove to be one of the most important years in our company's history. Peter is one of the most respected agents in the North West and we believe that his vast experience and exceptional knowledge will further enhance the level of services that we offer our clients."
Peter Skelton added: "I am very pleased to be joining WHR, a firm which has proven that it has the commercial understanding and development base to retain its position as the region's most respected independent consultancy. I am also looking forward to working again with colleagues with whom I spent many of my formative years."