Agency hires CEO
Property veteran Ireland takes reins at Coulters
He takes on the role following the recent acquisition of Morton Fraser’s estate agency and conveyancing team and 13 staff appointments this year.
Margaret McPherson will move to a non-executive position from executive chairman of the business which has three offices.
Mr Ireland, 50, has extensive experience in the sector having held senior management roles in the property sector both in the UK and internationally. He trained as a chartered surveyor in Edinburgh and has held management posts in Glasgow, London, Edinburgh and Hong Kong where he advised the Wynn Group and Deutsche Bank on two mega Casino projects in Macau.
On returning to the UK, Mr Ireland established two residential property funds where he raises the equity, establishes the debt and manages the portfolios. The funds have had in excess of 100 properties under management over the last three years.
Commenting on the appointment and move, Mrs McPherson said: “We have a progressive business and a solid foundation with Ken on board in a full time CEO position. We recently expanded with an office in North Berwick, a move which was swiftly followed by the acquisition of Morton Fraser’s estate agency and conveyancing team growing the team with a further eight appointments.
“We are now the fastest growing solicitor estate agents firm in Scotland and continue to actively evaluate and seek out further mergers and acquisitions to help achieve the number one position in Scotland.
“As we continue to evolve as a business, the guidance and direction that Ken will bring to his role will be invaluable.”
Mr Ireland said: “It’s a privilege to take on the CEO role with Coulters and to be working alongside Margaret McPherson and the team.
“The business is ideally placed as an independent in a very dynamic sector. We are progressive while being aware of the future market conditions – we are tackling the traditional estate agency model and challenging the existing paradigms.
Ben Di Rollo, director of Coulters, added: “It has been an extremely positive year for Coulters, we’ve expanded the business significantly and made key appointments. We’re looking forward to working with Ken on our growth plans and new service launches. This has been a strategic appointment, which will further strengthen Coulters position and lead the business into a new phase of growth and opportunity.
“Margaret has been fundamental in driving transition in the business over the last six months and helped position Coulters for future performance and we are delighted that she will continue to support the business in a non-exec role.”