Ashfield Land today announces the appointment of Claire Cope as a Board Director, with immediate effect.

Claire will have a national role and work closely with the Head of the London office, Nick Scott, in addition to the other senior team members across the Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow offices.

Claire will be heavily involved in defining the future strategy of Ashfield as the business continues to grow its interests across the UK. Claire will also be taking a leading role, coordinating the planning process, in many of the firm’s flagship projects. Claire has a Masters Degree in Planning and is a full Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Prior to joining Ashfield, Claire held a senior position at Turley, where she had been since 2006. Amongst her roles at Turley, Claire was Head of Local Engagement leading on all national public consultation work which involved a number of major town centre regeneration schemes, leisure schemes, major residential development schemes and port redevelopments.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Fisher, Managing Director at Ashfield said: “Claire brings with her a wealth of experience in planning and development, she will be a terrific asset to the Ashfield Board. As we continue to build the Ashfield business across the UK, Claire’s experience in dealing with complex planning and development issues will be invaluable. We are delighted to have her join.”

Claire Cope added: “Ashfield has a reputation for being an entrepreneurial company, with a strong track record in delivering quality projects across the UK. As the planning environment continues to become increasingly complex, I’m looking forward to working with the team at Ashfield to build on its already steadfast reputation.”

Established in 1990 by Andrew Fisher and Robin Faber, Ashfield Land is one of the UK’s leading property companies specialising in the acquisition of strategic land, investments and development. Ashfield Land is a private company with a development portfolio valued in excess of one billion pounds and has a strong track record of making rapid decisions on acquisition opportunities across the residential, commercial and retail sectors.