James lands top job at H&H

James Murphy, H&H Land and Property principal director
James Murphy, H&H Land and Property principal director

The H&H Group, a holding company with auctioneering, commercial print, insurance and property sectors, has appointed James Murphy as principal director for Scotland for its land and property business.

As the group enters a new growth phase north of the border, James’s appointment is part of a focus to manage and develop the H&H land and property business across Scotland.

James joins H&H from the ANM Group, where he was head of estates.

He has also worked in private practice as a senior land agent and trained at the Valuation Office Agency in England.

He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a registered valuer and has now lived and worked in Scotland for over 20 years.

The H&H Group took over Newton St Boswells and Wooler auction marts when it acquired John Swan last year.

That takeover created the UK’s biggest livestock auction mart business and significantly increased the group’s presence in southern Scotland and Northumberland.

In his new position, James will be introducing the services that H&H can offer to the agricultural community across these areas, together with opening a new Scottish headquarters at the H&H mart in Newton St Boswells, where H&H’s insurance operation also has a base.

H&H Group chief executive Brian Richardson said: “Since the acquisition of the John Swan business, we have really strengthened our Scottish presence, and James will be key to driving this strategy forward.”