It’s all change at the top for upmarket estate agency Fine & Country, which is now looking for a new CEO after incumbent David Lindley (above, middle) left on Friday.
The 300-branch estate agency is owned by the Epropservices group, which also operates the Guild of Property Professionals.
Despite giving six weeks’ notice, Fine & Country has yet to secure a successor to Lindley, who became its CEO five years ago and helped steer the agency through the upheavals caused by the Easyproperty experiment at its parent company.
Lindley has enjoyed a meteoric career to date, joining the agency as a trainee manager in 2010 before being promoted to membership manager and, in 2015, made CEO. He told his followers on LinkedIn over the weekend that the decision had been a ‘difficult one’, and that he is now ‘pursuing other business interests’.
“It has been an exciting journey for me with Fine & Country, I have been fortunate enough to be part of this superb brand which has grown rapidly and is now one of the leading names in premium estate agency. “I would like to thank all Fine & Country licensees and team members for their support and dedication to the brand.”
Until a new CEO can be found, the business is being run by Epropserices boss Jon Cooke (above, left) alongside new UK Managing Director Nicky Stevenson (above, left) and Daniel Harrington, who heads up its international and London operations.
Prior to joining Fine & Country, Stevenson worked for nine months at another self-employed agent focused firm, Keller Williams.
“I am delighted to take on the role as Managing Director at Fine & Country UK,” says Stevenson.
“We enjoy great relationships with our network of individual agents across the country, and I look forward to building on them over the months and years to come, whilst continuing to evolve our agent benefits through our leading marketing and technology platforms,” says Stevenson.