AFTER 11 years as office head at Knight Frank Oxford, Damian Gray has been promoted to the newly created role of regional chairman of North Thames and Chilterns.

William Kirkland takes over as head of office, leading a 27-strong team.

Mr Gray will manage the network of five offices in Oxford, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford and Henley.

Mr Kirkland has over 19 years of experience and before joining Knight Frank in 2012, was director at John D Wood in Oxford.

David Peters, head of country business and valuations, said: “Damian has been a vital part of Knight Frank’s country business for more than 28 years.