Persons: ERE Property Group; Doubletree by Hilton Sheffield City; Oakwood Property Solicitors; and other

Consulting company in real estate sales and investments, ERE property, appointed Amer Chaudhary as its new global sales director.

He will work from the Leeds office and ERE Property’s new headquarters in Dubai, which opened earlier this year.

He joins from AQUA Properties/ Developments, where he led international sales in its Dubai office, managing a team of 40 sales consultants.

After starting his career in financial services and international banking, Chaudhary transitioned into real estate in 2014 at IP Global where he sold other UK, European and Australian properties to Middle Eastern investors.

With experience in sales, business development and operations management, he has worked with international developers to sell residential properties worldwide.

Tim Morgan, CEO and co-founder at ERE Property, said: “Having worked in both the UK and UAE, Amer brings a wealth of experience in international property sales, as well as an established network in Dubai, which will assist us with our new headquarters.

“His knowledge of the international real estate market is second to none and our clients will love working with him.”

Chaudhary added: “As an outsider, I have witnessed the success of ERE Property to date and look forward to being part of this winning team.

“With the opening of our new headquarters in Dubai at the beginning of the year, my aim is to expand our global reach and product offering. It is an exciting time to be part of ERE Property and I am motivated by the challenge.”


James McDevitt has been appointed General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield City ahead of the hotel’s opening later this summer.

The project is a franchise agreement between Hilton and Sheffield United Football Club, managed by Leaf HOSPITALITY.

McDevitt will lead the team in all aspects of hotel operations, from sales and hotel management to customer service and satisfaction.

Bringing with him over two decades of hotel management experience, he previously held General Manager positions at Hotel du Vin Harrogate, Hotel Indigo Manchester and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

He also has significant experience in management positions with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Guoman Hotels and De Vere Group.

McDevitt said: “There is a strong history of beautiful things being created in Sheffield and in many ways I now have a similar opportunity to do this as we complete the hotel development and build the team at DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield City.

“Sheffield is a truly authentic and inspiring destination, full of sport, culture, green spaces, outdoor activities and a wonderful sense of community.

“I look forward to opening our doors to football fans, leisure and business visitors who are here to enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer.”


Oakwood Solicitors, a multi-service law firm based in Leeds, has appointed Deborah Myerson as the new director of its sister firm, Oakwood Property Solicitors.

With 30 years of experience as a qualified solicitor, she brings a wealth of experience in property law, particularly conveyancing, to her new role.

After spending 26 years specializing in conveyancing, she joins from Raworths LLP in Harrogate, where she worked as a solicitor in the residential property team for five years. Prior to this she was Head of Property at Morrish Solicitors.

Commenting on her new appointment, she said: “The firm is already doing very well and for me, the challenge will be to take it to the next level.

“I want Oakwood Property Solicitors to be the first clients that prospective firms think of when they start their home buying or selling journey.”

Oakwood Solicitors managing director Abbigail Keech added: “We are so pleased to welcome Deborah to Oakwood Property. She will be working with a great group of people and we hope she can take the team to the next level with her detailed experience.”


Armstrong Watson has strengthened its senior accountancy team in Yorkshire with the appointment and promotion of two directors and a senior company secretary.

The accountancy, business and financial advisory firm welcomed new Accounts Director David Jones and Tim Crawley, Director of Company Secretarial Services.

Meanwhile, Sally Jones, who has been with Armstrong Watson for 20 years, starting as an accounting trainee, has been promoted to the role of accounting director.

The senior team members, who are based in the firm’s Leeds office, will contribute to the further development of the accountancy proposition in Leeds and the wider Yorkshire area, providing a range of accountancy and consultancy services.

Sally Jones said: “It’s a huge personal achievement for my hard work and loyalty to be recognised. I hope to be a role model for our current trainees and the future generation of the company.

“The accounting proposition in Leeds has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

“We have a great team, great customers and a very strong pipeline going forward. This will provide opportunities within the team and externally as we continue to grow.”

David Jones joins Armstrong Watson after four years in the industry, where he held two senior positions in finance and before that worked in practice for 10 years.

He will work with existing clients and pursue new opportunities for Armstrong Watson across the region, focusing on strategic business advisory service with a hands-on approach to help and support local businesses to thrive.

He said: “From my initial conversations, I knew that Armstrong Watson was the right choice for my return to training.

“The firm has a fantastic culture and fosters innovation and I look forward to helping the accountancy team grow and evolve the offering we offer to our already fantastic client base.”

Crawley has experience in setting up thousands of limited companies, having worked at York Place for more than 20 years as a senior formation agent.

In his former role he was actively involved in company secretarial matters and now as senior company secretarial for Armstrong Watson he is responsible for several post-incorporation services, primarily overseeing a project to ensure that the PSC registers for limited liability companies are updated.

Morag Miller, Accounts Partner, said: “It is great to bring on board the wealth of accountancy and firm secretarial experience, both from industry and practice, that David Jones and Tim Crawley have.

“In addition to the much-deserved promotion of Sally Jones to Director, we will further enhance the exceptional customer service we provide to all our customers.

“With demonstrable growth within the team and client portfolio, these are exciting times for all of us.”

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