New chief for Chestertons as Bartlett takes off

CFO Allan Collins picks up the reins at the major league agency

It’s all change at the top for Chestertons.

New Chestertons CEO Allan Collins

CEO Robert Bartlett has signed off from the estate agency he’s been helming for the last 11 years, leaving CFO Allan Collins to step up to the plate.

The man responsible for the rebirth of the Chestertons brand announced yesterday that he’ll be “taking a career break”, which sounds like it’ll involve lots of skiing. Bartlett joined the 200+ year old agency in 2006 and steered it through a significant period of expansion and 2014’s conscious uncoupling with former bedfellow Humberts.

The network now extends to 34 London offices and over 70 offices across the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Australia.

New boss Collins joined the fold in 2012 after a highly successful stint as Savills’ Finance Director. During his 14 year tenure, turnover at the agency grew from £40m to £200m and the office count rose from 35 to 80, before he was poached by Chestertons to help roll out the firm’s ambitious expansion plans.

He’s joined at the top table by Head of Resi Lettings, Richard Davies, and Head of Sales, Guy Gittens.