Graham + Sibbald Welcome New Hotel Director

Graham + Sibbald are pleased to announce that well known hotel industry specialist James Williamson has joined their fast growing national Hotel and Leisure team as a Director. James is based in the London office where he will be responsible for helping the company to further increase their market share across the UK.

James has been working in the hotel property sector for more than 25 years, having started out in the Property Department of the Forte Hotel Group before transferring to a consultancy role following his involvement in the sale of the Group. He joins Graham + Sibbald at an exciting time in the firm’s growth plans and will be become an integral member of the nationwide team of experienced hotel and leisure specialists following the appointment of Martin Davis and Hugh Anderson to the firm’s English team just over a year ago. Following the expansion of the firm’s hotel offering Graham + Sibbald have been involved in a considerable number of significant transactions and valuation instructions.

James Williamson commented; “I am excited to be joining Graham + Sibbald to focus, alongside Hugh and Martin, on the continuing growth of the firm’s hotel transactional and valuation business across the UK while supporting the firm’s ambitious growth plans in the commercial property sector.”

Les McAndrew the firm’s Senior Partner commented; “This is a very exciting time for the business as we continue our expansion across England and whilst the hotel / leisure market is currently facing a number of significant challenges, this appointment demonstrates our commitment to the sector, with team coverage from Brighton in the South to the Shetland Islands in the North of the United Kingdom. We believe that there will be some considerable opportunities in the medium to long term which we intend to take full advantage of, the team is growing at a good pace, and we anticipate that there is much more to come.”

As a result of the firm’s ambitious expansion plans, Graham + Sibbald have seen their operation grow exponentially across England over the last few years. In addition to the 16 established Scottish offices, the company has seen the rapid expansion of their Manchester operation as well as the exciting acquisition earlier this year of Keningtons Chartered Surveyors, which provided an experienced Central London team as well as further office openings in key locations including Birmingham, Bristol, and Swindon.

In addition to Hotel + Leisure agency and valuation services, Graham + Sibbald also provide hotel and leisure clients support and advice in the following areas; Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Project Monitoring, Planning, Architectural Services, Carbon + Sustainability, Rating Assessments, Lease Consultancy, Business Rates, Commercial Agency, Land + Development and a range of Asset Services.

Photography credit: Stephen Lewis