Ian McRae will be joining the Group as Property Director.

McRae is an award-winning industrial and warehouse property expert, and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, with over 20 years’ experience in the merchanting industry. His areas of expertise include land and building acquisition, asset management, disposal, development and investment strategy.

He will be working across the Group for brands including Lords Builders Merchant, Mr. Central Heating, APP Wholesale, Lords at Home, Hevey and George Lines.

Shanker Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Lords, said: “I am delighted to have Ian on board to lead the Group’s property strategy, at a time of great transformation for the business and the industry.

“Ian’s focus and drive, coupled with his extensive experience and deep understanding of the industrial property market, makes him a great fit for the role with the credentials for delivering success.”