Outgoing Connells chief’s shoes prove difficult to fill

Firm's finance chief is to run the 1,200-branch group of agencies until a successor for David Livesey can be found.

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Connells Group says finding a replacement for its former Group Chief Executive David Livesey is taking longer than expected.

Livesey leaves big shoes to fill, having been credited with the firms extraordinary run of expansion including most famously the acquisition of former rival Countrywide two years ago.

The Group now has 1,200 branches, 14,000 staff, and a turnover of £1bn per annum and is acknowledged as the market leader in UK estate agency sector.

A spokesperson says that while Livesey has begun his ‘much deserved retirement after 35 years at the company and leaves with the best wishes of everyone’ its search for a replacement is ongoing.

Twigg steps up

connells twiggThe fill the managerial gap in the meantime Richard Twigg (pictured), Connells Group Finance Director, has agreed to step up as Group Interim Chief Executive to lead the business through this transitional period.

Sarah Whitney, Non-Executive Chair of Connells Group, says: “I’d like to thank David Livesey for the central role he’s played in the success of Group. He leaves with all our best wishes for retirement.

“Richard has worked across the Group in a number of commercial and financial roles. He is immensely experienced and has a wealth of knowledge about the business.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Richard during this interim period whilst we continue our search for a permanent successor.”

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