Sam Stafford, formerly planning associate director at Himor Group, has joined GVA as director in the planning, development and regeneration team.
Stafford spent nearly two years at Himor, where he advised on large housing applications, having previously worked at Savills, Drivers Jonas, and Knight Frank.
Stafford joins a 19-strong team with a broad range of work on for public and private clients, and will work across GVA's offices in the North on expanding services to the residential and commercial sector.
Stafford said: "The multi-disciplinary PDR team is well-respected and highly regarded by private and public sector clients throughout the North. This is a unique opportunity and I am looking forward to working as part of the wider GVA team to contribute towards the future success of the business."
Iain Jenkinson, senior director in the PDR team, said: "We are seeing further improvements in both the wider property market and the residential land market in particular, and we want to have a team that can offer the best possible advice to our clients. Further appointments to the team are set to follow shortly."