Principle poaches experienced property manager as growth continues

An experienced property manager has been poached by Principle Estate Management as the business continues to grow in the wake of COVID-19.

Jamie Noon was headhunted from FirstPort, the largest managing agent in the country with approximately 300,000 units.

Mr Noon’s appointment maintains Principle as the UK’s fastest growing residential management company with him being the sixth recruit in 2020, taking total staff numbers to 23, including three consultants.

Now in its third year, Principle has tripled in size in the last 12 months, with the number of units it manages rising from just under 2,000 to 6,000 in 230-plus developments across all nine English regions including London, plus more in Wales.

Brett Williams, managing director of Principle, said that before working at FirstPort, Mr Noon was at Pentland, the in-house agent for Linden Homes, which means he had “excellent first-hand experience” of new-build developments.

Mr Williams said: “Our ambition in attracting the likes of Jamie from big players such as FirstPort shows just how ambitious we are as Principle continues its rapid expansion.

“Good property managers are hard to come by, so we’re delighted to have attracted Jamie to join us from the UK’s biggest operator in our sector.

“He has solid, in-depth experience from his time at Pentland and then FirstPort, dealing with a range of property and client types.

“This has seen him work with developers, resident management companies and freeholders, which is excellent all-round experience for Principle as we have a mixed portfolio with all client types.”

Mr Williams added: “Jamie lives near Leicester, which is useful for our East Midlands and M1 portfolio which continues to expand, and this together with his knowledge means he will be a perfect fit to our growing team.”

Mr Noon, who becomes the fifth member of Principle’s team of property managers, went through a recruitment process that involved video interviews with both Mr Williams and fellow Principle director Joe Jobson.

Mr Noon, who is an affiliate of the Institute of Residential Property Management, said: “I was really pleased to be offered the role which I immediately accepted.

“Principle is a fast-expanding business with a growing reputation for managing properties properly, which is what attracted me.

“This is a major career move for me and I can see myself being with Principle for quite some time as my experience continues to develop.”

He was Highly Commended in the Property Manager of the Year (Outside London) category in the prestigious awards run by property trade title News On The Block in 2019.