JLL appoints Tom McWilliams as head of North East region and Leeds office

JLL has announced that Tom McWilliams has been appointed to lead the North East region and Leeds office from 1 January 2023.

Jeff Pearey, who has undertaken the role for the last 17 years, will now focus his leadership responsibilities on his existing head of UK regional office agency role in addition to leading the local office agency team.

Tom McWilliams rejoined JLL in 2021 to head its development team for the North of England from Property Alliance Group. Before joining Property Alliance Group, Tom spent over a decade at JLL from 2007 to 2018 as a development director. He will retain these responsibilities, overseeing JLL’s joined-up development consultancy service across the North of England.


Jeff will focus on all aspects of the office sector, leading the teams across the seven key regional cities whilst supporting the development of JLL’s occupier services in the regions and seeking to expand its life sciences and flex activities.    

Simon Peacock, head of regions at JLL, said: “In the last 17 years Jeff has grown the North East business to four times its size since joining JLL. Likewise, the profile and breadth of service we now offer has increased dramatically and has established itself as a key part of the wider Yorkshire and North Eastern business community in this time.

“Tom is equally passionate about the region having worked to deliver so many opportunities for clients there in recent years. JLL’s commitment to the continued growth and development of our people has ensured that we have the right talent to take on new opportunities. I am confident that both Jeff and Tom will continue to deliver excellence for our clients and teams in these roles.”

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