Global property consultancy Knight Frank has established a finance centre of excellence in Leeds for its UK Property Asset Management team.

The brand-new team will be based at Knight Frank’s offices at 9 Bond Court in the heart of the city’s professional quarter.

The new team members are: Jamie Thornton; Danny Gregory; Kyle James; Tatiana McDougall; Tracey Fakora; Daniel Clark; Nicky Chadwick; Adam Hellas; and Ryan Cook.

Ronan Gallagher, partner with Knight Frank and head of Property Asset Management Accounts (PAM) , explained: “This major expansion of our operation in Leeds makes it the UK hub for Purchase Ledger, Treasury and Client Accounting for Shopping Centres and National Portfolios.

“The overall UK PAM team is growing, but this is a deliberate effort to centralise certain functions in Leeds, where we are focusing on building a centre of excellence. Leeds has been chosen due to the talent pool in the region and the city’s easy access from all parts of the UK.

“For Leeds, this provides exciting opportunities for the existing team to grow and to nurture and attract new talent. Having a team under one roof will benefit of clients and our team in terms of efficiency, response times and service levels.

“At Knight Frank, we have resisted the temptation to move our PAM operation offshore and we are keen to develop our PAM bases within the UK. This investment will also encourage other organisations to make a similar move to the Leeds area, thereby benefitting the region,” said Mr Gallagher.

Knight Frank has recently invested in refurbishing its offices in the Leeds city centre with space for clients to come and interact and network together.