Graham + Sibbald announce the recent hire of Chris Ion (photographed) as a Director within their Aberdeen based Commercial department, bringing a fresh perspective to the established team offering agency and valuation services.
With a master’s degree in Property and Management from the University of Aberdeen, Chris joined Knight Frank as a Graduate within the valuation and lease advisory team before switching his focus to agency and capital markets. Chris boasts a wealth of property knowledge and expertise and was involved in the high-profile sale of 16 North Esplanade West let to Neptune Energy earlier this year.
Chris’ remit will primarily involve disposals and acquisitions of commercial properties on behalf of a range of clients across Aberdeen and the surrounding local area, while aiding in the development and service offering of the Graham + Sibbald Commercial team across Scotland.
Chris commented: “After seeing the business rebrand and reposition themselves in the market over the last few years, I’m excited to be joining Graham + Sibbald at such an opportunistic time. I’m looking forward to working in a varied roll covering both agency and investment instructions on behalf of clients in this next step in my career, within a forward thinking and expanding company.”
Partner and Head of Commercial Agency, Keith Watters, said, “We are pleased to welcome Chris to our Aberdeen team at a time when we are experiencing growth and high levels of activity. He will be a key asset to the established team and I’m very much looking forward to working alongside him.”
Graham + Sibbald’s commercial offering also includes valuation services which is led by Derek Richardson. Their Valuation and Advisory Team of RICS Registered Valuers carry out property valuations in respect of both Market Value and Market Rent on behalf both private and public sector clients.
Working across multiple sectors, including the industrial, office and retail markets, Graham + Sibbald also have an established presence in a number of specialist areas including Hotel + Leisure, Petroleum + Roadside, Healthcare, Social Housing and Ports + Harbours.
Aberdeen Office Partner, Bruce Murdoch, said, “Whilst the Aberdeen market has had its challenges over the past 18 months there has been transactional activity and I am pleased that Graham + Sibbald have been involved in a number of the deals that have been concluded. Chris is a well-known player in the local market and a welcome addition to the Aberdeen Office commercial team leading and expanding on our commercial agency services offering across the City and Shire.”
Graham + Sibbald boasts a total complement of over 200 staff including 23 Partners working across 17 UK offices in Scotland and England.