Graham Ford, who marks 21 years with the firm in 2019 has taken up the reins from outgoing Chairman Charles Clark.
Mr Ford said: “I am delighted to take on this important role and I would like to thank Charles for his chairmanship over the past two years. He will be a tough act to follow!”
Outgoing Chairman Charles Clark said: “I have no doubt that Graham will be an exemplary Chairman and I would like to thank him for his tremendous support as Vice Chairman. It is a privilege to be part of the firm and to have the opportunity to lead the Partnership.”
The partnership has offices throughout Somerset, Devon and Dorset as well as one in Mayfair covering residential and commercial property, agriculture and antiques.
Mr Ford heads up the Development, Land and Planning Division, which specialises in the disposal of residential development, land and property throughout the South West.
Many of his clients are longstanding. He recently acted for local landowners to secure planning permission for 173 homes in Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton.
The division has grown immensely under Mr Ford’s stewardship from a team of just three in South Somerset to a department of 15 conveniently based at Winchester House, Deane Gate Avenue, beside Junction 25 of the M5 at Taunton.
The department provides planning and valuation advice to a wide range of clients including private landowners, banks and local authorities. Currently they are working on projects in Weymouth and Warminster.
The experienced staff have a wealth and depth of knowledge across the whole planning process and procedure.
“We are experts in the sale of residential development land both small and large,” said Mr Ford.
Mr Ford became a GTH partner in 2000. He also heads the New Homes' division, a specialist department, recognising the marketing needs of small and large developers.
Before joining GTH he had spent a 10 year period working in Exeter and Somerset County Council.
Photo taken by: Steven Richardson, Somerset County Gazette