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Richard Howling to become new Chief Operating Officer following Mark Stupples’ decision to try something different after 32 years at JLL UK


​After 32 years within the business, and having successfully managed the merger and integration of King Sturge with JLL UK, Mark Stupples’ will be leaving at the end of 2016 to establish his own consultancy business and spend less time in the office.

Richard Howling takes over as UK Chief Operating Officer from 1 January 2017. The firm is close to finalising an offer to a preferred external candidate for his replacement as UK Chief Financial Officer.

Mark will continue within the business during the remainder of 2016, initially focussed on transition, but moving onto a number of priority projects. The firm will retain a close relationship with him thereafter through his complementary consultancy business.

Chris Ireland, CEO JLL UK said: “Mark has had an exemplary career in real estate. Initially he joined JP Sturge in 1984 as a Graduate, and rose to Salary Partner with them before the merger with King & Co in 1992. He was appointed as one of the first new King Sturge Equity Partners in 1995, initially working in the Investment Department in Bristol and subsequently managing Property Management across the UK.

“Having led their Bristol office for a number of years, he moved to London in 2002 to take full control of Asset Management and subsequently became London Managing Partner, and finally Managing Partner of King Sturge in November 2008. Today we have Brexit, back then Mark’s baptism of fire was the ‘Credit Crunch’ which he successfully steered the company through.

“In 2011, he was responsible for leading the legal and integration process surrounding the proposed merger of King Sturge with JLL, with Andy Mottram and Andrew Gould acting for JLL. After the merger he became our UK COO and, working with Richard Howling, helped transform the UK business supporting Andrew Gould, Guy Grainger and latterly myself as UK CEO.”

Chris Ireland concluded, in a note to all staff saying: “I know that there will be plenty of opportunities and parties to follow, but please join me now in thanking Mark for all that he has done for us and wishing him good health and success in the future. Please also congratulate Richard in his new role which will provide continuity through these changes.”