Worcestershire agents Halls have appointed property specialist George Pickard to head up their country house sales.

Mr Pickard, who lives in the Teme Valley in West Worcestershire having recently moved from East Worcestershire, will act as joint head of the residential department alongside Alan Metcalfe, who specialises in the sale of town and village properties.

Boasting a fine property pedigree - the third generation of his family to be involved in country house agency - George began his working life in commercial property brokering office deals in London’s West End. He later attended the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester where he was awarded the accolade of top student for his year before heading to the Worcestershire country house market with Humberts (now Halls).

For the past five years, George has been working for Knight Frank based in Worcester and is now thrilled to be returning to join former colleagues at Halls.

He said: “I am extremely excited about this new role with Halls and am very much looking forward to further increasing this reputable firm’s presence within the Worcestershire country house market.”

Mr Pickard has built up a strong reputation within the local residential agency market and is highly experienced, particularly within the high-end country house market. He has experience in selling complex portfolios and a variety of properties from country cottages to farm estates. He and his wife Ellen have a young family with strong ties throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire and the neighbouring counties.

Rob Champion, partner at Halls, said: “This is a major appointment for us as we see the country house market as being an integral part of our business in which, historically as both Halls and Humberts, we have been very strong.

“George has proven himself as a top class country house agent having performed very well over the past few years in what has been a very tough market. He is client focused, understands his market and adopts a proactive approach to property sales, which is very much our ethos as a firm.”