Experienced surveyor joins Garness Jones
Hull-based commercial and residential agency Garness Jones has appointed a new commercial management surveyor to support its development. Simon Preston began his property career at a residential agency in Beverley in 2001 and moved into commercial property in 2004 with Scotts Property, where he gained experience of retail agency and valuation work before moving into property management.
He became chartered in 2008 and in 2012 joined NPS Group as an estate surveyor managing Hull City Council’s property portfolio. At Garness Jones, Preston’s duties will include property management work and valuations covering industrial, retail and offices. Dave Garness, managing director of Garness Jones, said: “The property landscape in the Hull and Humber region is changing all the time as a result of the influx of high value and high-profile investments, and our business is evolving along with that.
“Simon’s background of a rich variety of property experience in residential and commercial, public and private sectors is a very good fit with the work that we are doing and the partnerships that we are developing. He is an excellent addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board as we plan our future expansion.”
Simon Preston added: “As someone who has been in Hull for about 18 years now I have been aware of Garness Jones throughout my career and I recognise them as one of the market leaders in the region. I have also seen how the city has improved greatly in that time. The market in the city centre appears to have shifted, particularly in the retail sector. The range of properties has changed considerably, with a better balance of retail and leisure to draw people into the city centre.”