CBRE hires Oliver Freer and Meghan Bracha to head new Planning team

06 February 2018 2 min. read
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CBRE has strengthened its Leeds-based Planning team with two new hires. Oliver Freer, formerly of Savills, becomes a Director, while Megan Bracha, formerly of Knight Frank, joins CBRE as a Senior Planner.

Oliver Freer joins CBRE from Savills where he was most recently an Associate Town Planner. The appointment sees him join CBRE as a Director, a role in which he will need to leverage his experience to expand CBRE’s own new Planning team.

At Savills, Freer worked in the firm’s Leeds Planning team, which focused largely on large scale mixed-use and business space developments. He was also previously at management consultancy WYG group, which is also based in the Leeds area. Freer holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Plymouth and a Master of Arts in Regional Planning from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Megan Bracha joins CBRE firm as a Senior Planner, meanwhile. She previously worked at Knight Frank as a Senior Planner for almost two and a half years in its Sheffield operation, before which, Bracha worked for the Bassetlaw District Council as a Planning Officer in Development Control.

Earlier in her career she worked at Ashfield District Council for a little over three years, most recently as a Graduate Planning Officer and previously as a Student Planner. Bracha holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the Lancaster University and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Sheffield Hallam University.

CBRE hires Oliver Freer and Meghan Bracha to head new Planning team

Both additions join CBRE, which operates nineteen offices across the UK, in its Leeds office, where they will head up the firm’s new Planning team. The hires, and the creation of the new offering, come as a significant boost the firm’s UK Development team, which continues to support companies traverse the uncertainties thrown up by Brexit, among others.

Remarking on his new role, Oliver Freer, said, “The strength and breadth of CBRE services provides fantastic opportunities for growing the planning business, building on my experience of working on major regeneration projects in the City. I look forward to working closely with my Manchester colleagues to ensure we deliver a comprehensive and seamless service to clients across the North of England.”

Commenting on the appointment, Iain Jenkinson, Head of National Planning, added, "We are delighted to recruit Oliver and Megan to head up the new Planning team within the Leeds office. They will work alongside myself and the Planning and Development team in Manchester to ensure we deliver a full northern service offering to our growing client base."