AG appoints head of development division

Preston-based AG Project + Building Consultancy has appointed Paul Westhead to lead its new development division.

The property consultancy, which has additional offices in Manchester and Sheffield and operates across the UK, has seen demand increase for specialist development advice, leading to the new division being established.

Paul joins the business as development director, bringing over 30 years of property expertise advising and working alongside local authorities, third sector, institutional investors, and private developers on property schemes.

He previously worked for Trafford Housing Trust, where he was head of development, land and partnerships. He was responsible for delivering regeneration and property projects from conception to completion, including establishing joint ventures and partnership structures with key partners.

Paul said: “AG is a fantastic firm with a great ethos in making sure clients maximise their property assets while making a positive impact on communities. Having benefitted from their pragmatic but expert advice, across a range of complex schemes whilst at Trafford Housing, I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to help build this growing area of the business.

“Working with the wider team here at AG, I am sure we will forge a reputation for our knowledge and insights that help add value and opportunity for clients existing and future portfolios. Not forgetting our work in helping regenerate areas of our towns and make them places of aspiration and not just need is a core objective of our work.”

Jonathan Shaw, AG’s managing director, added: “Paul is an excellent addition to the team, he is well-known and respected in the property profession, and his industry expertise will be greatly valued.

“There’s strong demand in the marketplace for specialist development advice, and Paul is the perfect person to help lead and grow our new division.”