Justin Garnett has been appointed as the managing director of leading Yorkshire property developer and investor, The Ogden Group of Companies.
Forty-five-year-old Justin succeeds his father Tim, who is stepping down after 48 years with the Harrogate-based company. Although Tim is retiring as Managing Director, he will remain on the Board.
Justin, who joined The Ogden Group from Jones Lang LaSalle in 2006, said he was looking forward to making the most of a “fantastic opportunity and an exciting challenge”.
“Property is in my blood. After graduating, I joined DTZ in Leeds in 1994, before moving to JLL four years later and leaving as director in 2006.
“This is a tremendously exciting opportunity and challenge for me. Having been with the Ogden Group for nearly 12 years, I know the company, our ethos and our developments extremely well”.
“Despite fears that Brexit would disrupt the property market, the sector is proving remarkably resilient. We will continue to look at investment and development opportunities across Yorkshire and the north of England.
“We also have a presence in London’s Docklands and the City and are looking at other opportunities in these markets,” said Justin.
He added: “This is a great time to be stepping up. I look forward to working with all of the many contacts I have made within the Yorkshire property industry over the past 20 years to ensure that the Ogden Group remains one of the leading property development companies in the north in the coming years.”
Chairman Sir Robert Ogden said: “The baton has now passed on to the younger generation. Justin is highly experienced with an extensive knowledge of the commercial and residential property market in Yorkshire and the North of England. We have every confidence that he will make a great success of his new role.”
The Ogden Group has carried out numerous office, industrial, leisure and in-town retail projects in many parts of the country over the past 40 years. Many of these completed projects have been retained within the group’s investment portfolio, all of which is managed in-house.