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All change for Belvoir management

Mike Goddard has stepped down from his role of chief executive officer of Belvoir Lettings as part of a management reshuffle.

The founder of the lettings franchise will resume the role of chairman with immediate effect, making way for his operations director, Dorian Gonsalves (pictured), to step into his shoes and take responsibility for the network on a day-to-day basis.

However, Gonsalves has stepped into the newly-created role of managing director – the chief executive officer role no longer exists within the network.

Goddard, who founded the network with his wife Stephanie in 1995, says: “This year I reached my 61st birthday and feel that now is the right time for me to hand over the reins of the day to day running of Belvoir.”

“The shareholders, who include Stephanie and my son Andrew, have no current intention of selling the company, but are investing to take it to the next level.”

He adds: “In my new role of chairman, I will continue to act as an ambassador for the company, providing an effective policy of promoting it to the business community, the industry and the general public.”

Goddard will continue in his role of chairman of the British Franchise Association until the end of the year, when he plans to become just a director on the body’s board. He has recently been appointed to the board of the Property Ombudsman.

On Gonsalves' appointment, Goddard says: “For many years Dorian has worked behind the scenes, always giving Belvoir, the team at Central Office, and the franchise network all of the glory without taking credit for Belvoir’s achievements personally. This, I feel, is a demonstration of Dorian’s incredible belief in Belvoir, the people he works with, and each and every franchise owner within the network. He has therefore earned this promotion, which is fully supported by the directors and shareholders.”

Gonsalves says: “I am delighted, proud and excited – all of these emotions rolled into one - and I can’t express how pleased I am with our past achievements and what lies ahead for the future. I will do everything within my power to build upon the successes of recent years.”

Gonsalves pledges to grow the network to 200 offices within the next three years and further develop its brand.

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