York-based property investment and development specialist, Helmsley Group, has announced the appointment of Alexia Swift-Cookson as its new head of asset management.

Originally from Yorkshire, Alexia joins Helmsley from Cushman & Wakefield in London, where she was a partner.

Bringing 16 years’ experience to the role, she will assist the group’s growth by managing the performance of its syndicated investment portfolio, ensuring that the properties continue to deliver strong returns for Helmsley’s network of over 800 high-net-worth investors.

Commenting, Alexia said: “I’m really excited to have joined the team. As a small business which packs a huge punch both regionally and nationally, the group’s dynamic and entrepreneurial culture really stood out to me.

“The team’s redevelopment plans, particularly around York’s Coney Street, also provide a once-in-a-career opportunity to be involved in placemaking on a large scale, delivering a transformational scheme that will benefit York city centre and beyond.”

Richard Peak, managing director added: “Alexia joins at an opportune time as we continue to seize opportunities for investment and development in the region. She brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be a key factor in the continued growth of our asset management division and investor network, as well as positively contributing to the development
and diversification of Helmsley as a whole.

“As a business which has been developing and investing in Yorkshire for over 40 years, we’re always looking to work with those who are passionate about seeing our region thrive, making Alexia a fantastic addition to the team.”