Senior industry figure Ian McKenzie (pictured, right) has left Countrywide after five and a half years as its South Central Retail Director to take up the position of CEO at The Guild of Property Professionals.
McKenzie replaces Marcus Whewell, who for the past nine years has steered the organisation and has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of parent company GPEA.
“I have worked for The Guild for the past nine years and have seen it grow and develop into a network of nearly 800 Members. I am very proud of this achievement,” says Marcus.
GPEA includes agent Fine & Country, media services company PropertyLogic and online-only agent PropertyPlatform as well as the guild.
McKenzie has worked in the industry for 30 years including running three West Country branches for Hambro Countrywide during the 1990s, then as an area manager for Halifax Property Services plus running his own property and financial services business. He later went on to be managing director of franchise-based agency Enfields in Hampshire before joining Countrywide in 2011.
“I am delighted to be working closely with The Guild again, to support and enhance the excellent relationships we have with our members and expand the network further,” says McKenzie.
“Having been a Guild & Fine and Country Member for 10 years and recently working in the corporate environment, I fully understand the new challenges independent agents face and how The Guild can be influential in overcoming them.”
McKenzie will have his work cut out; a new memberships organisation with similar aims to The Guild of Property Professionals, CIELA, is about to launch with the aim of representing the interests of independent estate agents which is the Guild’s core market.