New Joiners to CBRE Belfast

CBRE has announced a significant boost to its already highly acclaimed property team with the recruitment of four new Directors as well as the return to the Belfast office by Deborah Cromie from a two year secondment at RBS.

The senior hires include Colin Mathewson, who joins as Senior Director, Retail, Robert Ditty, Senior Director, Agency, Andrew Coggins, Director, Capital Markets and Joel Callaghan, Consultant, Capital Advisory.

(L-R) Colin Mathewson, Deborah Cromie, Joel Callaghan, Robert Ditty, Andrew Coggins, Brian Lavery

Colin Mathewson, Robert Ditty and Andrew Coggins were all previously Directors at commercial property firm Osborne King.

Joel Callaghan joins the CBRE Belfast team in the role of Consultant on Capital Advisory Services having previously worked at Certus, prior to which he was a Director at Bank Of Scotland Ireland. Deborah Cromie has returned to the CBRE Belfast office having spent two years on secondment at Ulster Bank. Deborah will lead the valuations team on new business generation.

Commenting on the hires, Brian Lavery Managing Director at CBRE Belfast said: “We anticipate a very active 2015 in terms of property transactions having closed out 2014 with a number of significant sales and acquisitions.

“The sale of the NAMA portfolio as well as other large bank debt portfolios has attracted local and international interest to Northern Ireland and we anticipate the trend of high transaction volumes to continue in 2015. The value of property here is still very appealing to investors looking to acquire prime property assets at a relatively competitive price.”

He added: “Our new hires position us well to take advantage of the pick-up in the market, and allow us to deliver the breadth and depth of commercial property expertise and client service for which CBRE is internationally renowned. We are now uniquely positioned in the marketplace with the ability to deliver specialist insight across all capital markets including the office, industrial, hotel and leisure, retail and healthcare sectors.”

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. ((NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue). The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at

In Ireland, with offices in Dublin and Belfast, CBRE is the country’s largest commercial real estate services company, now employing over 130 employees and offering a full range of property services including property sales and acquisitions, leasing and management, investment, corporate services, debt advisory, project management, consultancy, valuations and research. Please visit our website at or

Katie Doran, Partner, Lanyon Communications
T: +44 (0) 28 9018 3242 M: +44 (0) 7866 616 720
Rory McCurry, Associate, Lanyon Communications
T: +44 (0) 28 9018 3242 M: +44 (0) 78 4530 8800