Eckersley is an independent General Practice firm of Chartered Surveyors and Commercial Property Consultants undertaking a range of professional property services throughout the North West of England, in addition to providing specialist advice to clients on a national basis.
Eckersley has established a client list ranging from sole traders to major PLCs. These include National and International Retailers, Higher Education Colleges, Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, major developers, a number of national house builders and all of the leading High Street Banks.
For informal discussions, in complete confidence, please contact one of the following.
Rachel Branney (Senior Surveyor)
Rachel has spent nearly 20 years working in both the public and private sectors. She has acquired a broad professional experience during her career which started with Edward Symmons LLP and then subsequently CBRE before more recently managing a privately owned mixed property portfolio which necessitated a comprehensive skill set and included undertaking residential development projects.
Rachel undertakes valuation work for loan security purposes on behalf of Eckersley’s high street bank clients, in addition to a range of private clients, pension funds and development companies, as well as dealing with Landlord and Tenant matters. She is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an RICS Registered Valuer and holds an MSc in Property Investment from The University of Reading.
John Bretherton (Consultant)
John provides an extensive range of professional services specialising in valuation and appraisal of commercial property, Landlord and Tenant disputes and Compulsory Purchase and Compensation matters.
He is qualified as both an Arbitrator and Independent Expert and is on the President’s panel for both these disciplines, regularly receiving instructions from the RICS. His expertise and qualifications have extended his role as a dispute resolver, and he now undertakes appointments under PACT and has acted as Expert Witness in a number of commercial property disputes.
In addition to his professional role, John is also involved with residential development where he works closely with planning advisors to identify and secure sites. He advises landowners and developers upon the acquisition and disposal of development sites and undertakes appraisals and viability assessments on behalf of both financial organisations and private clients. As part of his residential development role, he is also regularly called upon to provide his expertise in determining development land values under Option Agreements or to provide expert testimony to the Courts and at Planning Inquiries.
Mark Clarkson (Director)
Mark is actively involved in the agency market operating predominantly in the North West on a range of acquisition, disposal and development orientated instructions.
Whilst overseeing the business space agency department, in recent years he has advised on a number of mixed use developments mainly being food retail led in addition to the acquisition and disposal of residential development sites for house builders, retirement home operators, local authorities and Housing Associations. He has further provided independent expert reports and testimony in support of Planning Appeals on several larger scale development projects.
Mark also provides advice in relation to investment property on behalf of a range of clients across all property sectors including the provision of supporting documentation subject to client’s specific requirements.
Martin Connolly (Associate Director)
Martin has over 30 years experience in the North West property market and heads our Commercial Valuation team specialising in loan security valuations for major High Street Banks. He also advises private clients on a range of valuation matters for purposes including, but not limited to, acquisition, accounts, pension fund, transfer and capital gains issues.
Furthermore Martin undertakes Business Rating Appeals across the region negotiating reductions in the 2010 Rating List. He is also able to assist with Landlord and Tenant negotiations including rent reviews, lease renewals and valuations to assist with end of lease dilapidations claims.
Jon Harrison (Client Accounts Manager)
Jon is Eckersley’s Client Account’s Manager and oversees all matters concerning client funds within the practice. His principal duties include co-ordinating rent and service charge collection, the administration of expenditure for the property assets under management and liaison with, and reconciliation of funds to, our management clients and their tenants.
Jon’s experience is acquired during a 30 year career within the accountancy profession, in both public and private sector organisations, ensures accurate record keeping, competent handling and safekeeping of client monies, in full compliance with RICS Accounting Regulations, for the practice.
Mary Hickman (Director)
Mary’s career began in the leisure industry, before a number of years spent in the private and public sector prior to joining Eckersley.
Her main focus is in the retail, office and licensed/leisure agency markets advising a wide range of clients in respect of the acquisition and disposal of property ranging from premises on the High Street to new local/district centre development and out of town retail accommodation. In recent years Mary has also been involved in a number of food retail developments of varying formats.
Mary also heads Eckersley’s property management department which administers an extensive range of property assets from single occupancy units to large mixed use retail parks. Our management portfolio, where we act for a varied mix of private and corporate clients, extends throughout the North West, Midlands and as far afield as Norfolk.
Harry works within both the Agency and Professional teams and is training with the Practice under the RICS Apprenticeship scheme, currently working towards full professional status.
Harry undertakes agency viewings and deals with day-to-day property enquiries as well as undertaking essential market research and data analysis for client projects.
He has a background in dealing with Land and Title issues, after working at the Land Registry prior to opting to change his career path, with this background knowledge proving beneficial when dealing with property related matters.
Andrew Taylorson (Director)
Andy qualified from a professional background focusing on asset valuation and business rating. Andy used this grounding and these technical skills to assist him in his current role as a development surveyor advising clients on major development projects in the North of England and offering specific advice to private clients, developers and end users.
He has an extensive track record being involved in a number of major development projects, delivering both single and mixed use schemes within the retail, office, industrial, leisure and residential sectors.
In addition to Andy’s development role, he also provides advice to several educational and sporting entities in relation to the rationalisation and strategic use of their assets in the short, medium and long term.
Joe Thornborrow (Consultant)
With a wealth of nearly 40 years experience in the property sector Joe offers specialist valuation and rating consultancy advice to Eckersley.
Having worked in the United States, Europe and the Far East he has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of property valuation technicalities and is highly regarded for his skill sets.
Joe’s work within the Practice focuses on commercial property valuation and specific rating advice at the request of Clients.
Anthony Trafford (Estate and Client Accounts manager)
Anthony provides support to both the commercial agency and property management departments in the Lancaster office. He is the initial point of contact for occupiers and owners of properties within property management portfolio attending to day-to-day management enquiries and issues as they arise. Anthony also attends to repairs and maintenance for some properties managed by Eckersley liaising with both Clients and contractors to ensure that works are carried out efficiently and effectively.
Fiona Warren (Agency Marketing Manager)
Fiona is Eckersley’s Marketing & Sales Coordinator, utilising expertise gained from over 15 years working with the likes of Kellogg’s, Weetabix and Bass on Marketing based projects.
She co-ordinates the marketing and strategies of all disposal instructions within Eckersley’s Agency department to ensure an effective and successful sale process. Fiona also works alongside the Development team assisting in identifying sites, undertaking background research and site profiling to targeted end users.
Fiona also oversees Eckersley’s in-house database, which holds an extensive amount of property requirement information relating to the local and regional market place, ensuring it is as up-to-date as possible. This ensures Eckersley maintains all the latest information to assist with the proactive disposal of client’s premises and sites.
Keith Widdicks (Consultant)
A Former Director with NatWest Bank, Keith was Head of the Bank’s Commercial Property Finance Team covering Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside and North Wales.
Engaged as a consultant he joined Eckersley in 2015 to liaise with the Directors to work with the Practices existing client base and in business generation. He adds a unique alternative and a new dimension to the property team looking at matters from a finance perspective in addition to value and demand criteria.
Keith was born in Lancashire and brought up in Lancaster where he spent a significant portion of his professional career. He has an extensive network within the business community in the North West.