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Rob Whatmuff named new Head of Colliers’ Leeds office


Rob Whatmuff has been named Head of Colliers’ Leeds office.

Whatmuff, who is lead director in Colliers’ Industrial & Logistics northern team, will continue in his advisory role to clients across the region, whilst taking on the additional responsibility of leading the firm’s 54-strong Leeds office. 

Rob joined from his previous role as Head of Office at Lambert Smith Hampton in 2015 and during his time with Colliers has been extremely active across the Yorkshire and North East industrial market, providing strategic acquisition, disposal and development advice to a range of occupier, landlord and developer clients, including; Lidl, Dixon Carphone, Jaguar Land Rover, Verdion, Tritax Symmetry, Peel Group, Glentrool Estates Group and Highgrove plc, to name just a few. 

Rob is one of the principle advisors to Verdion at iPort Doncaster, Yorkshire’s high profile 6m sq ft logistics development, where in 2016 he advised Lidl on their high profile acquisition of 35 acres of land at iPort to house a 685,000 sq ft Regional Distribution Centre.

“Our Leeds office is home to some of the region’s most talented real estate advisors and as a group we’ve always had a great sense of camaraderie and enjoyment in everything we do to strive to provide best in class service to our clients,” said Rob Whatmuff. “I can’t wait to get stuck in, working with the teams across the office to drive the strategic vision for Colliers in the region, while guiding and inspiring the growing team to ensure our consistent high standards of client service delivery remain our top priority across all the sectors we operate in.”

Rob will commence his leadership role on 1st December 2021.

Tony Horrell, Colliers’ CEO UK & Ireland, said: “I have no doubt that Rob has the experience and gravitas to lead the team across Yorkshire and the North East. As a highly regarded and active agent in the market, Rob has his finger on the pulse of the region and this will be invaluable as he embarks on this new role as office head.” 

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Rob Whatmuff

Head of Leeds Office

Industrial and Logistics


I have over nineteen years experience in all aspects of Agency Surveying with a particular specialism within the Industrial and Logistics field. I work with a range of institutional clients, corporate occupiers and developer/property companies providing strategic property advice, acquisition/disposal and development advice.

I have acted on behalf of both occupiers, landlords and developers on several key regional transactions including:

  • Acting on behalf of Lidl, acquired 35 acres at iPort Doncaster for a 685,000 sq. ft. Regional Distribution Centre.
  • Acting on behalf of Verdion on the iPort Doncaster scheme, the Yorkshire Regions most high profile and successful development, including leasehold occupier transactions to Amazon (2.1m sq. ft.), Fellowes (142,750 sq. ft.), CEVA (215,900 sq. ft.).
  • Occupier acquisition advice to companies including Lidl, Reckitt Benckiser, Dixons Carphone, ASDA, Ocado, Jaguar Land Rover, Magan, Siemens, Superdrug, Selco.
  • Development advice on behalf of leading developers such as Verdion, Tritax Symmetry, Peel Group, Network Space, Stoford Developments, Citrus Group and Highgrove Plc.
  • Acting on behalf of Aberdeen Standard, successfully let 415,000 sq. ft. at First Point, Doncaster to Amazon.
  • Acting on behalf of WP Carey, sold a former printworks complex in Leeds comprising 190,000 sq. ft. facility on a 4.88 acre site to Caddick Developments. Retained by the purchaser, the site was subsequently comprehensively reconfigured and refurbished, resulting in a letting of the whole to Leeds City Council.
  • Acting on behalf of Network Space, disposed of a 60 acre logistics development site in Worksop to DHL.
  • Acting on behalf of Dixons Carphone, acquired 425,000 sq. ft. at Leeds Bradford Airport Distribution Park.
  • Acting on behalf of Sainsbury Plc, disposed of the 400,000 sq. ft. former Argos RDC at Wakefield Europort.
  • Acting on behalf of Tritax Symmetry, acquired a 90 acre development site in the North East of England with subsequent pre-let of 1,507,000 sq ft RDC to Amazon on an institutional lease.
  • Acting on behalf of Glentrool, pre-sold 50,000 sq. ft. to Cromwell Polythene.
  • Acting on behalf of Wilton Developments, let 135,000 sq. ft. at Latitide 135 Wakefield to WH Malcolm and 50,000 sq. ft. at Connex 50 Leeds to FedEx.

Current Position - 2015 onwards - Director - Industrial & Logistics, Colliers International

Previous Positions:

2007 - 2014 - Head of Office & Director Industrial & Logistics North at Lambert Smith Hampton

2001 - 2007 - Senior Surveyor at King Sturge

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Tony Horrell

Chief Executive Officer - UK and Ireland


London - West End

Tony is Chief Executive Officer, UK and Ireland.

Tony has been CEO for the UK and Ireland since 2010. He is responsible for the direction and growth of the UK business, which now employs over 900 people across 16 offices. His focus is on accelerating clients’ success locally and internationally through an enhanced level of service, whilst also retaining and recruiting some of the best talent in the commercial property sector.

Tony is a member of Colliers International’s EMEA Board and Global Senior Executive team, which sets the vision and strategy for the company.

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Suzy Simpson

Head of Content, Communications and PR


London - West End

As Head of Content, Communications & PR for Colliers in the UK, I am responsible for driving the strategic direction of corporate communications, media relations, and the programming and production of multi-channel content to engage external and internal audiences across the UK.

Get in touch for help with: 

  • Content Communication Strategy 
  • Media Relations
  • Corporate & Internal Communications
  • Media Training & Personal Brand Training


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