Helen Collins to lead Savills Housing Consultancy

22 November 2016

Helen Collins is to step up and assume the leadership of Savills Housing Consultancy.

Helen – a former president of the Chartered Institute of Housing and executive director at Bromford Housing – will succeed Mervyn Jones from 1 January 2017.

Mervyn has led Savills Housing Consultancy for 11 years and will continue to work as a senior adviser to the business on a part-time basis as he pursues his academic interests.

Helen, who has been a director at Savills since 2012, said: ‘I am delighted to be offered this opportunity to build on the great work of Mervyn and my colleagues at Savills.

‘It comes at a time of great change but also great opportunity for the housing sector, and Savills Housing Consultancy will be there to help housing providers explore all the options. I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in.’

Mervyn Jones, head of Savills Housing Consultancy, said: ‘There has never been a dull moment in my time to date at Savills and I am confident this will remain the case in my new role.

‘I have greatly enjoyed leading the team and thank them for all their hard work. It has been a pleasure working with Helen these past few years and I look forward to supporting her as she takes the team forward.’

Robert Grundy, head of housing at Savills, said: ‘I can’t thank Mervyn enough for what he has achieved. He has done a fantastic job of leading and building the housing team, and especially in creating the stock rationalisation business.

‘There have been many successes and I am pleased Mervyn will continue to undertake consultancy work with selected clients and act as a senior adviser to Savills. Helen takes on leadership of the team at an exciting time for the housing sector.’

Savills Housing Consultancy is part of Savills Housing and Healthcare, serving local authorities, housing associations and a range of private residential businesses and financiers.

Savills provides a rounded housing consultancy service combining expertise in governance, structures and partnerships for diversification and growth, commercial risk management, Treasury and debt advice, development and regeneration, asset strategy and options, property and valuation.



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