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Architects practice appoints new senior partner

PARTNER Jonathan Hunter, who has been at Northamptonshire practice GSSArchitecture for 23 years, is the firm’s new senior partner.

He succeeds Tom Lyons, who retired last month.

Mr Hunter joined the firm as a graduate architectural technologist and was promoted to associate in 2007 and partner three years later.

He has been central to the growth of the practice over recent years. Building on established relationships in the Midlands, he also has built and nurtured long-term relationships with key clients across Yorkshire and the North East.

Mr Hunter was responsible for GSSArchitecture opening an office in Yorkshire in 2009 and a studio in Newcastle in 2016.

Main picture: GSSArchitecture’s new senior partner Jonathan Hunter (right) with managing partner Ian Bray.

Mr Hunter said: “I am really excited about the future. We have a fantastic team at GSS, full of dedicated and creative people who are at the heart of what we do. There are many exciting opportunities for us to grow the business together, building on our history, substantial experience and by driving innovation.

As senior partner, Mr Hunter will maintain his focus on continued growth at a national level. He will utilise his extensive technical knowledge and cross-sector experience to set the strategic direction for the practice at all six of its office locations and will build on the foundations laid by previous partners.

“Stepping into this new role as senior partner is an honour. I have a duty to do my best for this practice and to represent every member of our extensive team in the best possible way. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously and I hope to do the team proud during my time in post.”

Throughout his time at GSS, Jonathan has worked alongside Ian Bray, who remains as the practice’s managing partner.

“We have been planning for Tom’s retirement for the past few years to ensure we have a robust succession plan and management structure in place to deliver a seamless transition for our clients and teams,” Mr Bray said.

“I have every confidence in Jonathan as he continues to drive the practice forward in his new role.”

GSSArchitecture was founded in 1879 by John Alfred Gotch in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Since then, the practice has opened five more offices across the UK, including Gloucester, Harrogate, Milton Keynes, Leeds, and Newcastle.

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