Playfer leaves CWAC for CBRE

Andrew Playfer has departed his position as Cheshire West & Chester Council’s head of property to join the consultancy’s northern development team as senior director.

CBRE said that Playfer’s background in both public and private sectors will bolster the Manchester-based team’s development and strategic advisory expertise.

In his time at CWAC, Playfer’s role involved team restructuring, asset management, disposal and investment policy planning, as well as implementing processes and process mapping across the property team.

Prior to that he had spells as a director for AEW UK, which saw him lead on the asset management of their shopping centre portfolio,  and as associate director for JLL, where he managed the Standard Life shopping centre portfolio.

At CBRE he is expected to focus on the North West, in particular Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. He will concentrate on working with local authorities on organisational structure, portfolio reviews, regeneration strategies and in particular shopping centres.

Alistair Chapman, senior director at CBRE Manchester, said: “Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience working within the local authority sector and his extensive private practice background will be instrumental in providing CBRE’s clients with tailored and expert advice to maximise the performance of property portfolios.”

Playfer added: “The development sector is currently a very exciting area to work in and CBRE is at the forefront with market leading insight and expertise.

“I look forward to working with both new and existing clients in broadening and strengthening CBRE’s offer.”

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congrats Andrew – good move

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