Connells is celebrating the 30th work anniversary of its Group Chief Executive David Livesey, highlighting his achievements and influence on the company and the wider industry.
Livesey joined Connells to head up its fledgling mortgage division but went on to create or develop some of the most successful parts of the business, which is the only major player in the industry to have not joined go for a City listing nor embrace franchising or hybrid estate agency, except its brief but unhappy ownership of Hatched.
The 61-year-old is also credited with diversifying Connells’ income stream, expanding the business via acquisition, launching its sales progression digital offering Mio and most famously its lucrative but sometimes controversial business connections to Zoopla.
He was also part of the team that completed the management buy-out of Connells from Scottish Widows in 1996, assisted by Skipton Building Society, which took a majority shareholding.
“Within a few days of joining Connells Group I knew that I had found the permanent home for my career, and it has been challenging, fulfilling and fun in equal measurement,” he says.
“There aren’t many businesses nowadays where so many of the team have worked together for so long which tells you everything about this company.
“We have the best people in the industry at Connells Group and I am most proud of the careers that we have helped create over the years, the great customer service that those colleagues have delivered and, as a result, the absolute, unchallenged, clear market leadership in our profession that we have achieved.”
Connells Group Chairman Stephen Shipperley says: “He has a great instinct for innovating and initiating some of the things that we take for granted in the business, and indeed the property industry.
“We congratulate David on his milestone anniversary and thank him for his continued commitment.”