Harris Lamb has appointed David Walton as Head of Retail, charged with overseeing and managing the business’ retail offering.

The business, which has offices across the Midlands and in London, has appointed David to lead its retail division, sharing insight with clients to secure an optimum presence within the sector.

Andrew Lamb, director, said that Harris Lamb’s retail client-base had grown significantly in the past 18 months, and that David’s appointment would develop relationships further.

“David is a massive asset to us and will play an integral part in advancing our retail service. He brings with him valuable insight and expertise into the sector, from out of town retail parks to the high street and shopping centres, and has years of experience in acquisitions, disposals, development, strategy and portfolio and asset management, which will benefit our clients and help them make strategic decisions about maximising their presence.

“The retail landscape is changing enormously right now. Space is limited and demand for key locations is high. David is perfectly positioned to offer advice to our clients on everything from location to creative space identification. Working closely with the existing team to identify opportunities and negotiate with a wide network of contacts, we’re confident that David’s expertise will help our clients secure the presence they desire,” he added.

David joins the business from Bruton Knowles, where his client portfolio included 99p Stores, an international coffee chain, Heart of England Co-op, and Subway Sandwiches. Prior to Bruton Knowles, David spent 13 years with Coventry-based Countrywide Property Management.

He said of his new post: “Harris Lamb is a progressive, active business with a strong reputation and some exciting projects. The opportunity to lead its retail division is a great opportunity. The sector is currently in a state of flux with retailers being keen to expand and enhance their presence, and suitable, sizeable space being in short supply, and I’m looking forward to helping the agency’s clients find their niche.”