Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 14.44.40The Darlington office of Smiths Gore has made three key promotions to prepare for future growth.

Mark Watt is now a partner at the well-respected property and surveying firm and Jennifer Hadland and Laura Angel have been appointed as associates.

With a wealth of experience in property consultancy, Mark joined the team over five years ago. He has naturally developed into a partner after growing the architecture and building surveying department, in his previous role as associate building surveyor.

Speaking about his new position, Mark said: “I’m really proud to say I’m a partner at Smiths Gore. It’s great to be recognised for the hard work and commitment that has been personally invested.

“I’m looking forward to getting involved with the strategic direction of the department in my new role. The future of Smiths Gore is really exciting especially after the extension of the building.”

Darlington-born Jennifer Hadland, who joined Smiths Gore as an assistant planner and is celebrating eight years with the firm this summer, has helped the planning department double in size over the last 12 months in her previous position as planner.

She said: “It’s a great privilege to be promoted to associate. It is something I have been working towards for some time and I am extremely proud to be appointed for this role.

“It feels good to be acknowledged for the work I’ve done to increase Smiths Gore’s client base and I’ll continue to focus on the growth of the department in my new role.”

RICS registered valuer, PG Dip and MRICS qualified, Laura Angel has been with the firm for almost three years as rural surveyor and has worked in the rural property market for 8 years.

Commenting on her promotion, Laura said: “It’s great to be rewarded for my achievements. In my new role, I hope to continue to increase my professional knowledge and experience in the industry as well as help the team develop their existing skills.”

Philip Coles, who heads up the Darlington office, said: “We’re delighted to announce Mark, Jennifer and Laura’s promotions and I’m confident they’ll all progress well in their new roles.”

Smiths Gore, which has recently extended its Coniscliffe Road base, has recently taken on graduate Antonia Ramsden as Graduate Surveyor and has plans to continuing growing into its new space this year.

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