This time it’s for keeps! New COO at Belvoir has an unusual former job

Grace Milham previously worked at Belvoir, before leaving to run a castle but has now returned to the estate agency and been promoted.


They often say you can’t get enough of a good thing, and that is certainly true of Grace Milham, who has been promoted to Group Operations Director of Belvoir, having recently re-joined the company after a spell running a very famous landmark… Belvoir castle.

The castle, which is the seat of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland but has no links to the estate agency, is both a considerable business in its own right.

This includes a residential and commercial lettings business, as well as being a tourist attraction and country pursuits centre in its own right.

Milham worked as a Business Development Manager at the estate agency for nearly three years before joining the castle as its commercial director in 2014, re-joining Belvoir in December 2018.

But as any readers with knowledge of the landed gentry will know, the castle and the estate agency are pronounced very differently – the former being ‘beaver’ and the latter ‘Belvoir’.


Dorian Gonsalves Belvoir image“The Group is continuously evolving, and we are always looking at how we can optimise our services,” said Belvoir CEO Dorian Gonsalves (left).

“I believe the development of a new role of Group Operations Director working across the Belvoir, Northwood, Newton Fallowell and Lovelle brands will be of great benefit to the business, and to all of the franchisees within these networks.

Milham says: “I am very excited to have been offered this opportunity. My new role within the group will coordinate the best practice of all brands, aligning practical elements of the business whilst also retaining clear individual identities for all the brands.”

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