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Raine & Horne Commercial appoints industry heavyweight to steer next phase of growth

June 7, 2023
  • Mid-market heavyweight Raine & Horne Commercial appoints experienced commercial property specialist Chris Nicholl as Head of Network
  • Mr Nicholl brings over 35 years of experience in the commercial property sector, including numerous senior executive positions.
  • Mr Nicholl will lead the Raine & Horne Commercial team, driving growth, supporting existing offices, and leveraging his international market knowledge. The timing of his appointment aligns with the recent expansion into the Australian Capital Territory and Newcastle.

 Sydney, NSW, Australia (7 June 2023) Leading mid-market heavyweight Raine & Horne Commercial, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Nicholl as the new head of its network.

 This strategic move marks a significant achievement for the commercial real estate group and reflects its commitment to continued growth and success.

With an impressive track record of over 35 years in the commercial property sector, both in Australia and overseas, Mr Nicholl brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role with Raine & Horne Commercial.

 Mr Nicholl’s experience spans various areas of the property sector, including proptech and industry bodies as well as senior executive positions with renowned global commercial property brands and valuation firms.

 Immediately prior to joining Raine & Horne Commercial, Mr Nicholl served as the Asia Pacific CEO of Arealytics a property information service provider serving the sector with real time market data. Prior to that he served as Market Director for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Singapore, where he oversaw the organisation's activities throughout the Asia Pacific region.

 Angus Raine, Executive Chairman, Raine & Horne said, “Chris’s deep understanding of both the national and international markets and networks will prove invaluable in driving the growth of Raine & Horne Commercial's international office network.

In his role as Commercial Network Head, Mr Nicholl will take charge of leading the Raine & Horne Commercial brand. He will be responsible for guiding its growth strategy and supporting over 30 offices across various locations, including every state capital city, the ACT, and many significant regional growth hubs in Australia. His appointment comes at an opportune time for Raine & Horne Commercial, following its recent expansion into the Australian Capital Territory and Newcastle, one of New South Wales' most significant regional cities.

"We are thrilled to have Chris join our team as his extensive industry experience and exceptional leadership skills will help drive a more consolidated and coordinated approach across our expanding commercial and international office networks,” Mr Raine said.

“With his strategic vision and expertise, Chris is well-equipped to lead Raine & Horne Commercial into the next phase of growth.”

Mr Nicholl is equally enthusiastic about returning to Australia to play a pivotal role in guiding the next stage of growth for Raine & Horne Commercial.

“My primary responsibilities and goals revolve around building sustainable momentum to facilitate and accelerate network-wide growth. I am excited about the opportunity to work with our incumbent team to increase both our market share and geographic coverage,” he said.

“I believe my experience leading people and brands, together with my specific domain knowledge of the commercial property sector will contribute to the existing high-quality discussions as we progress to leverage our strengths, and capitalise on market opportunities,

Mr Nicholl said he sees several clear opportunities ahead. “With a brand story rooted in 140 years of Australian ownership, there is tremendous potential to capitalise on our unique strengths to establish our dominance in the mid-market commercial property segment nationwide, which remains largely unclaimed by others thus far.”

He continued, "The team consists of a highly collegiate group of dedicated individuals who benefit from a well-established and sophisticated corporate infrastructure. With this strong foundation, I am confident that we can work collectively to achieve the system-wide growth we seek."