Mark Denford, Cushman & Wakefield
After a lovely bank holiday weekend in the sun, we are back to work and excited to announce our newest inspiring individual, Mark Denford, International Partner at Cushman & Wakefield. Mark talks to us about his entrance into the property industry and how he got to where he is, as well as some useful advice to young people currently in the property industry.
Hi Mark, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us this week. To start could you briefly explain your career journey so far?
I joined Edward Erdman as a graduate in the West End retail agency team but realised very quickly that I didn’t want to continue in that field. At that time, there was no graduate rotation programme allowing graduates to experience different market sectors in the first few years of their career….so I moved to Knight Frank & Rutley and took up a position within the Thames Valley Office agency team which has been my field of expertise ever since. I have now been at Cushman & Wakefield in the Thames Valley Office team for 8 years. My current role is International Partner and I specialise in occupier representation.
What advice would you give to a young person starting their career in the industry?
Be prepared to adapt to change. The property industry, and our role in it as advisors, is changing at a far greater rate than ever before. Technological advances and the availability of vast amounts of free data is already threatening many of the roles we currently perform for our clients. This will also present new opportunities but both you as individuals and the companies you work for will have to not only be aware of such changes but be willing to adapt, sometime radically, to take advantage of them.
How would you describe the current property industry in three words?