Firm poaches Gareth Belsham and Toby Mills from outsourcing specialist


Real estate consultant Naismiths has nabbed two directors off rival consultant Capita.

Gareth Belsham, who was director of Capita’s building consultancy, has joined the firm as director and national head of building surveying, while Toby Mills, a former divisional director at Capita’s real estate arm, joins as an associate director.

Belsham and Mills have both previously worked for Atkins and Belsham has also worked at EC Harris.

Founded in 1963, Naismiths currently has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Leicester.

The firm is currently overseeing £2bn of funding for investors across 400 residential and commercial schemes throughout the country. The projects range in value from £750,000 to over £150m.

Blane Perrotton, managing director at Naismiths, said: “The shortage of homes, and the opportunity this represents, is driving the development market forward, with residential making up almost two thirds of the projects we are monitoring at present.”

He added that London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester were the UK’s development hotspots.