Property consultancy Eddisons, whose national head office is in Leeds, has strengthened its offering to its growing public sector client base with the launch of a dedicated national occupier and volume transaction management team. The firm has made nine appointments to bolster the new public sector hub, which is headed by Javid Patel.

Phil Shopland-Reed joins the team as associate director from Yorkshire Water and will be based in the firm’s Leeds. Specialising in office agency and landlord and tenant, he was previously at Carter Towler and Cushman & Wakefield and has acted on behalf of Royal Mail and West Yorkshire Police.

Bruce Edmondson, Neil Houghton and Paul Conlan have also been appointed as associate directors within the new occupier and volume transaction management team. Based in the Leeds office, Bruce began his career in agency in the North East and has worked for GVA and Cushman & Wakefield, as well as in asset management roles for London & Scottish Investments and British Land.

Healthcare sector specialist Paul was previously operations director at GP Surveyors, which provides property advice to GP practices. Neil will be based in Eddisons’ London office and has a decade of property market experience including in capital markets and asset management. He joins Eddisons from JLL where he advised clients such as Aviva Investors across the office and portfolio sector.

Oliver Dembo is a new senior surveyor with the team and joins the Bristol office from CBRE’s fund valuation team. Previously, he worked for the Ministry of Justice on its Prison Estates Transformation Programme, as well as for the Valuation Office Agency. Also appointed to the new team are bid and framework manager Lisa Jolley, graduate surveyor Vanessa Hawkins, MRICS surveyor Megan Roe and data manager Sej Khan.

Eddisons head of public sector, Javid Patel, said: “Regeneration, occupier transformation and economic uncertainty are all driving increased public and private sector intervention in the property market and Eddisons’ new dedicated hub will work as a seamless extension of public sector organisations’ in-house client teams. We are continuing to scale up this side of the business, responding to a huge growth in demand, and our multi-talented new team is on board and already delivering results for our clients.”