SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield Property Association (S-PA) has this month celebrated the sign up of its 50th member – two months ahead of schedule.

The latest member to join was Kennedys Law LLP, an international law firm with an office of over 100 employees in Sheffield. Their construction team in Sheffield act for, instruct and provide services to construction professionals, developers and contractors based in Sheffield and the surrounding regions.

Officially launched eighteen months ago, the S-PA now has a membership that owns £4 billion in assets, represents 22,000 jobs and oversees real estate covering 3.4 million square metres across the city. Led by Chair Martin McKervey and Chief Executive Alexis Krachai, and supported by a 12-strong Executive team, the Association prides itself in shaping policy within Sheffield and promoting the city at premier events across the country.

Building on a successful 2017, the Association has this year accelerated its membership growth and has formulated an ambitious action plan that will showcase Sheffield to an international audience of investors. The next few months will see the Association strengthening relationships with its counterparts in the capital – The London Property Alliance – and ramp up plans to ensure Sheffield is centre-stage at MIPIM in Cannes, the world’s leading property exhibition in early 2019.

Alexis Krachai, Chief Executive of the S-PA, said:

“We are delighted to have reached 50 members in such a small space of time, it really is testament to the meaningful impact and influence we have been able to achieve in Sheffield, across the North of England and in London.

“The Association is committed to continuing to make a meaningful difference to Sheffield’s built environment. We look forward to welcoming more individuals and organisations that share the vision for a greater, better and more beautiful Sheffield.”

This month has also seen the introduction of a Challenge Team – a group of 10 like-minded professionals keen to help the Property Association evolve and steered by Executive member Matt Summerhill of RLB. Made up of some of the membership’s most exciting and upcoming prospects, the Team includes representatives from Vinci Construction, Sheffield Hallam University, WT Partnership, Turner & Townsend, Coda Planning, Bond Bryan, BDP, CMS, HLM and Irwin Mitchell.

Matt Summerhill, Challenge Team co-ordinator, said:

“I am extremely pleased to help chair the Challenge Group meetings. The group will play a vital part in evaluating the work carried out by the Executive to date, the proposals for 2019 and the future direction of the organisation.”

Dan Ladbury, Director of Estates, Sheffield Hallam University said:

“I am delighted to be a member of the S-PA Challenge Team – a dynamic and enthusiastic group which is passionate about Sheffield and will really help shape the future direction of the association. As the S-PA welcomes its 50th member, we now have a great platform for maximising the positive impact the City’s property has on its future prosperity, success and wellbeing of its citizens.”

Luke Barker, Director, WT Partnership and Challenge Team member added:

“The breadth of eXperience in the S-PA Challenge Team is self-evident. Coupled with the range of disciplines in the group, we are certain to bring enthusiasm and weight to any initiatives within the S-PA.”

In addition, S-PA has welcomed two new members to its Executive team – Tanya Holt and Vivienne Clements.

Tanya Holt is currently a partner at law firm CMS. She acts for a wide range of clients, both in the private and public sector, on all of their property requirements. Having previously worked in London, she is now a partner in the Real Estate team based in Sheffield and will bring extensive experience of working with large institutional investors and property transactions.

Vivienne Clements has been a Director of Henry Boot Developments for over 13 years, and oversees the Yorkshire, North East and Midlands regions. She studied locally at Sheffield Hallam University and will look to add to the Executive’s regional expertise, with particular specialisms including the development of strategic joint ventures and delivering successful property schemes.

Martin McKervey, S-PA Chair, said:

‘I am delighted to welcome Tanya and Vivienne to the Executive. Their extensive experience, including in all facets of property development and real estate law, will be a huge asset to S-PA as we work to implement our exciting plans for the benefit of the city. I look forward to working with them both.’

Tanya Holt, CMS, said:

“It is a privilege to join the Executive of the S-PA. In only a relatively short period of time since its inception, the S-PA is already playing an important role in the future of Sheffield. The make-up of the membership – across a wide range of sectors – makes for a powerful voice that can be used positively to influence the growth and profile of Sheffield in the UK.”