Ayrshire-based John McHugh has been named the new managing partner of chartered surveyors DM Hall, replacing Eric Curran who has held the role for six years.

Mr McHugh took over on January 1, and will work alongside Mr Curran throughout the rest of this year to ensure a "smooth transition". 

Mr McHugh began his working life in DM Hall’s Glasgow office some thirty years ago as a newly-qualified surveyor. After three years he took the reins of the firm’s then recently-opened Irvine office where he has since led colleagues in developing the business across Ayrshire.

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He plans, travel restrictions permitting, to get around the country over the course of 2021 to engage with staff at DM Hall’s 25 offices throughout Scotland.

“I have had the privilege of being elected as managing partner by my fellow partners to succeed Eric," Mr McHugh said. "I am delighted and encouraged that they have put their trust in me to carry on the good work he has done in recent years and to continue to maintain the services, relationships, and standards of professionalism of which we are all justly proud."

Alan Gordon, senior partner at DM Hall, welcomed the appointment and the continuing contribution of Mr Curran, who has been with the firm for 43 years.

“Eric is a highly-regarded figure throughout Scotland’s property sector who, as managing partner over the last six years, has upheld and advanced the values that we, as a firm, stand for, and we thank him for his outstanding efforts while at the same time, wishing John every success in his new role," Mr Gordon said.

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Mr Curran added: “It has been my privilege to act as managing partner of DM Hall and I am delighted for my colleague, John McHugh, who will be taking over from me over the next 12 months. John will undoubtedly bring a fresh outlook and new ideas that will benefit the firm and add value to our clients.

"I have lots still to do and achieve before my retirement after what can only be described as a dreadful year for us all and I look forward to working alongside John and Alan to deliver our shared aims and goals for the business.”