News release

JLL announces UK leadership changes in key client facing roles

Agency, regional and regeneration changes reflect 2022 focus

January 18, 2022

Kat Blake

Senior Communications Manager
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JLL has announced changes to key UK client teams for 2022.  

James Finnis, currently head of South East office markets, will take over from Neil Prime to lead JLL UK’s agency team. James has led the South East office team since 2010, working to deliver some of the South East’s most significant office developments. JLL’s agency team specialises in project leasing for major investor and developer clients and provides strategic markets advice to occupiers across the UK. Stuart Austin has been appointed to head the South East office markets team, he joined the business as a graduate in 2005. He has led key client relationships to provide occupational advice across Greater London and the South East and will continue to develop the team’s service offering across the region.

Neil Prime is moving to a new board role - head of clients for the UK business. His focus will   span investor and occupier clients to better deliver solutions that can address their business-critical issues. Neil joined JLL in 2005 and has been involved in some of the largest and highest profile projects in London in the last 25 years including Canary Wharf, Broadgate, The Shard and 22 Bishopsgate – the largest speculative office ever built in the UK.

Simon Peacock will become head of regions at JLL and remain in charge of the South West and Wales based in Bristol. Simon joined JLL in 2011 and has also led the project management business line across the UK regions. JLL has 10 regional offices across the UK providing a comprehensive range of services across the whole property lifecycle.

JLL’s current regions and Midlands’ lead Ian Cornock, based in Birmingham, is taking on a new role and will head the business’ regeneration growth initiative. This is an important focus for its UK business as it seeks to advise clients on delivering economic, social and environmental value for towns and cities through new real estate projects. Stuart Smith will run the Birmingham office and lead the wider Midlands region. Stuart who has been at the firm for two decades will focus on building JLL’s regional presence and key client relationships, whilst retaining his national role as head of industrial and logistics valuations across the UK.

All these roles will take effect from 1 February 2022. From that date JLL’s UK executive board will comprise Stephanie Hyde, who will undertake the dual role of chief executive and head of markets, Andrew Frost (head of capital markets) and Sue Asprey Price (head of work dynamics).

They will work alongside Neil Prime (head of clients) and Simon Peacock (head of regions) Also on the UK executive board will be Emma Hoskyn (head of sustainability), James Addison (head of operations), Kweku Yankson (head of HR) and Harminder Atwal who has recently joined the business as head of finance.

Stephanie Hyde, chief executive, JLL UK said: “As we begin the year with a buoyant market, I am confident that these changes will enable us to achieve the growth we are all striving for, and that I know we are capable of. Being able to draw from such a talented cohort of professionals from within the business is testament to the culture we have worked so hard to create at JLL.”

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.6 billion in 2020, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 95,000 as of September 30, 2021. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit