Eric Walker, on of the industry’s most colourful and well-known senior figures, has joined Martin & Co to head up its South of England and Scotland operations.
Walker, who until recently had been Group MD of Belvoir and its subsidiary brands and before that led Northwood for many years, is to start the job immediately.
He has been running his own consultancy since leaving Belvoir, which was just six months after he was promoted to the group role in February 2019.
Walker has enjoyed a high-profile career within the industry including, before Northwood and Belvoir, spells at Your Move and Bushells.
At Martin & Co he will oversee the implementation of its ‘exciting growth initiatives’ including within its financial services operation, increased residential sales activity, recruitment to its Ewemove hybrid agency and acquisitions.
Alongside this Eric will take the lead on ensuing best practice in line with the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) legislation across The Property Franchise Group.
The Group intends to appoint a Managing Director of Martin & Co (Midlands and North) in due course.
“I am extremely excited to be working with the Property Franchise Group team and have been immensely impressed with their strategies for the future,” says Walker.
“They have a focus on growth and customer service underpinned by embracing future regulatory changes, which I believe is essential for success in this industry. I very much look forward to leading on this important aspect of the strategy going forward.
Gareth Samples (left), CEO of parent company TPFG, says: To have hired someone of Eric’s extensive experience and ability is a real coup for the Group and his appointment is a step forward in our plan to strengthen the operational support for our franchisees, supporting their growth.