Whether you are a land buyer, land manager or a development manager, demand and supply of residential land and development jobs will always be determined by political and economic external influences and the development cycle. With housing at the forefront of the political agenda, challenges in planning and availability of land and the continuous pendulum swing between public and private funding the residential development industry is fast paced, exciting and certainly keeps you on your toes!

This is where our residential development recruitment team can help you and your land and development career. We closely track employment trends in demand across the development cycle to strategically advise on your next career move and ultimately help find you a land and development job that not only suits your skills but offers longevity, reward and progression.

We only represent the very best in land and development for both job seeker and employer across every stage of the development cycle and every level of seniority. The land and development jobs we recruit are on behalf of not only leading multi-site developers with iconic inner city schemes, but boutique single-site developers offering unique scope to stand out and make a difference. We also recruit on behalf of industry leading consultancies both in the private including public sector including housing associations and charities.

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  • Harry Cairns


    Harry Cairns


    Prior to starting at Deverell Smith, Harry studied Criminology at the University of Hull. Following his graduation he spent two and a half years at Foxton’s before moving to a stockbrokers which proved to be the move that re-affirmed his passion for property. Outside of the office Harry is a keen rugby player, after having to give up his weekends at Foxtons he was keen to get back in the mix and joined for The Old Blues who won promotion in the year he joined, Coincidence? Probably not.

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    Harry Cairns Land and Development Consultant for Deverell Smith
  • Chelsea Harris

    Principal Consultant

    Chelsea Harris

    Principal Consultant

    Chelsea joined Deverell Smith in January 2017 as a Principal Consultant in Business Support for the Residential Development division. She is responsible for developing business and establishing strong relationships with some of the largest developers and consultancies throughout London.

    She started her recruitment career in Perth, Australia, with a specialist IT recruitment company for 3 years before moving to London in 2012. Prior to joining Deverell Smith, Chelsea was a Senior Consultant and Team Lead for Business Support, recruiting and managing successful temp desks.

    Chelsea is an avid traveler and enjoys spending time overseas discovering new experiences and cultures. She also loves the outdoors, particularly camping and fishing, and exploring new areas within the UK. Chelsea is a massive foodie, enjoys cooking and like most Aussies, loves a cold beer!


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    Chelsea Harris Business Support Consultant for Deverell Smith Property Recruitment
  • Kate Peers-McQueen

    Principal Consultant

    Kate Peers-McQueen

    Principal Consultant

    Kate is a Principal Consultant specialising in Town Planning, within the Land & Development team. She works with developers and consultancies to add value to their teams from Graduate up to Partner level. Kate started in recruitment in 2013 so has built up a large network of contacts in the market which she has brought to her role with Deverell Smith. Before recruitment, Kate worked on a graduate scheme and left university with a BA in Politics from Leeds. In her spare time Kate enjoys exploring London, catching the latest films and going to festivals.

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    Kate Peers-McQueen Land and Development comsultant at Deverell Smith
  • Anna McGeorge


    Anna McGeorge


    After completing a degree in Business Management at The University of Sheffield, Anna went on to pursue a career in Events. Earlier this year, she made the transition over to recruitment and joined Deverell Smith as a Marketing Consultant. Anna specialising in placing candidates from Assistant through to Director Level with a background in marketing, communications and PR. Anna is a keen traveller and spent 5 month in South East Asia after university. In her spare time she enjoys discovering restaurants and bars in London and spending time with her friends.

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    Anna McGeorge Marketing Consultant at Deverell Smith Property Recruitment
  • Carly Wardley

    Director - Residential Development

    Carly Wardley

    Director - Residential Development

    Carly has worked in property since she was 18 years old and spent the beginning of her career as a New Homes Consultant in Perth Australia. In 2010 Carly moved to the UK and joined Deverell Smith where she has built an extensive network within the residential development and new homes market.

    Carly is now a Director and runs the New Homes and Development teams, she is responsible for growing the business and delivering strategic recruitment solutions.


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    Carly Wardley Residential Development Deverell Smith Recruitment


  • Kate is an excellent at her job. From the first point of contact, she asked all the right questions to establish exactly what role I was looking for, and using her knowledge and experience of the industry, recommended roles to me which would be suitable to what I wanted. I was constantly updated on how things were progressing and Kate’s ability to deliver rapid results and her assistance in the preparation for interviews at each role was outstanding. The end result is a fantastic role with an amazing company for which I have Kate to thank.

    Anonymous - Planning
  • Carly has an unrivalled grasp of the property sector employment landscape. Professional, direct and discreet, Carly opened the door to an ‘off-market’ opportunity which fitted my challenging brief and suited me ideally. Without reservation I would recommend Carly to any senior level professional looking for a strategic transition

    Simon Capp - Partner at Allsop
  • It was clear from when I had my first discussion with Thomas that he not only had a genuine interest and deep knowledge of the property industry itself but most importantly, he had every intention of finding the the most suitable job for me.

    The process of Thomas providing me with essential information at stage 1 regarding the company to giving me vital interview tips at the final stage were invaluable throughout the recruitment process.

    I went on to acquire a position at a firm that Thomas put me in touch with and I am immensely grateful to him. I have since put a couple of my friends in touch, and I have heard nothing but glowing feedback about him as well.

    Anonymous - Development
  • I have worked with Deverell Smith and Camilla Hayes over the past three years to find a number of senior staff. She has always executed to the brief given in a short time scale, and is a pleasure to work with. Deverell Smith are certainly experts in the sector and I will continue working with them.

    Managing Director, Development
  • Chelsea has done an amazing job in finding me the right opportunity at Keller Williams.  After reviewing my initial application with Deverell Smith,  Chelsea called me to find out exactly what I was after,  asking all the right questions and taking the time to listen to my requirements.  During my face to face interview with Chelsea,  I felt that Chelsea really had a real passion and desire to match people to the right job, and that she wants to do the right thing.

    What stands out about Chelsea is her genuine interest for people and her caring personality,  her assertiveness without being pushy,  her sharpness and communication skills.

    I already recommended Chelsea to a friend of mine who is looking for the next move, as she is the ideal person to work with.

    Well done Chelsea!

    Anonymous - Business Support