About Us

“I find Grant and the team professional, well driven and knowledgeable”

Our Mission

GKR London Property Recruitment represents many of the UK’s most respected property brands. With a passion for property and 10 years specialist experience, Grant Kaveney founded GKR London in 2010. Now operating between five core sectors, we offer our clients a tailored service saving them time, energy and money. Our team have placed hundreds of candidates ranging from trainees and graduates to experienced negotiators, property managers, commercial candidates, branch managers, support staff and directors. We understand the next move is always crucial; we listen and adapt to every requirement and we provide honest and up to date market advice. Our mission is to change the perception of property recruitment offering a greater level of service and a long-term strategy. 


Our Story

2010

First Placement

The beginning of the future

My first placement working for myself was in 2010; it was emotional, I knew the candidate well. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself and it was the start of many more to come. 

2010

First Key Account

It's not what you know, it's who you know

Grant was approached by one of the industry’s longest standing and successful estate agencies who instructed him solely to recruit for a 20 + office operation across London.

2012

First London Office

No more paperwork on the kitchen table

Moving away from the kitchen was a welcome relief for Grant; in 2012 he began working from a serviced office in Pall Mall, only two doors down from James Caan’s first office.

2014

First Investment

Growth is never by mere change; it is the result of the forces working together

In 2012, Grant was introduced to Hamilton Bradshaw and Recruitment Entrepreneur, founded by James Caan. In 2014, he received investment from James and after just 12 short months, GKR was exceeding all expectations.

2014

First Key Hire

Team work makes the dream work

Our first key hire joined as a consultant in late 2014, bringing 10 years of property experience. Now a Director at GKR, overseeing a highly effective team specialising within Residential property.

2016

First Million

We did it!

GKR reached £1million revenue within 18 months. This was a huge achievement for us and has continued to snowball. We are now working with 80% of the most successful London residential property firms.

2016

First Award Recognition

Property Recruitment Agency of the Year, 2016

News on the Block who deliver an incredible awards ceremony for property. 2016 saw the introduction of the award for ‘Best Property Recruitment Agency of the Year’ and GKR London was shortlisted as a finalist!

2017

MIPIM attended for the first time

Tenfold return on investment

Grant, Michael and Luke Joy, Head of Commercial attended MIPIM for the first time. With a 10-fold return on investment as well as having the opportunity to showcase our brand to many, we’ve since returned!

2018

Grew to 20 people

Successfully launched 5 specialist teams

We diversified in 2016 with key hires to expand our presence across the market with Luke joining Commercial, Edward overseeing our Executive Search/Retained opportunities. We are now a team of 18 consultants and growing!

2019

Launched Manchester Office

We are tackling the North West!

GKR announce the launch of our Manchester office in Spinningfields and are extremely excited to develop further presence within the North-West of England. If you’re a senior consultant in the area and want to play a major role in our expansion plans, get in touch with us.

2020

International Market Expansion

Introducing international placements

The year we focused on the positive and expanded our niche specialist offering to leverage our global network, and provide placements outside the UK. We quickly sourced candidates for several different country locations requested by clients, and we're counting.  


Work for us


Do you want to make a difference? Are you passionate about service? How much do you care about the property industry? If you are looking to influence the real estate talent landscape, become a career expert and an excellent salesperson, we would love to hear from you. We work with the industries biggest and most successful brands and we've worked hard to build excellent long-term relationships. Our team receive first-class tailored training on a regular basis and always remain up to date with market trends. We work really hard to achieve great things and we would love for you to help us too!
Find out more

We specialise in five key sectors

  • Commercial

    The commercial team provide permanent and contract services to leading property and construction consultancies in the Private & Public Sectors as well as developers, banks and funds.

  • Estate Agency

    With experienced consultants and ex-property professionals in one team, they are market experts working with High Street Agents, Corporate giants, Developers and Investment Agencies.

  • Property Management & Office Support

    With first-hand experience in both roles, we represent Managing Agents, Facilities Services, High Street Agents, Student Accommodation providers, Investment Funds, Interiors & Design practices supplying property management and office support functions.

  • Build & Design

    The team have worked hard to develop long standing relationships working with architectural & interior design consultancies, property developers and project leads, our team deliver both permanent and professional interim/contract solutions.

  • Executive Search

    We are regularly approached about leadership roles in the property industry working with a range of clientele, and have strengthened our resources accordingly with 50 years combined experience and an extensive referral network.

Meet the team

Founding Director
Joined July 2010

Grant Kaveney

Boasting an enviable position and state-of-the-art outdoor braai.  

In 2010, it was the right time for Grant embark on his own adventure after helping scale a recruitment business from South Africa. Biltong is almost always the answer; he makes his very own for the team and it's not to be missed! An avid fisherman, Liverpool supporter, proud South-African and strangely capable beatboxer - watch out Ed Sheeran!

Partner, Head of Residential
Joined July 2014

Michael Woda

Distinctive features throughout and striking white render.

Michael joined GKR as one of our first key hires in 2014 bringing with him eight years’ experience in property, now responsible for a team of six. If not in the office hoping for a whole in one, you’ll likely find him on the course – aye! Not to mention Brick Lane, devouring the Indian delicacies.

Director
Joined October 2016

Lee Riley

A perfect example of period property with luxuriously fitted carpets.

Lee has worked in residential recruitment since late 2015 after working in the property sector for almost seven years himself. Whilst our entire team’s food bin/hoover, he’s a self-declared Asian food addict. Historically pooch obsessed; now with a fur baby of his own, he’s got the situation under control.

Operations Manager
Joined November 2014

Molly Shoesmith

Completely restored within, meeting the new with the old.  

Molly joined GKR in 2014 and was instrumental in developing the property management desk. Working with a wide variety of London's most well-recognized brands, her knowledge of the industry is second-to-none. In mid-2017, Molly became responsible for our internal training, social media and hiring needs. Now based from Amsterdam, we’re never disappointed with the sweet treats she brings back with her! 

Associate Director
Joined November 2014

Anu Deb

Tastefully designed with sophisticated interior features.

Anu joined GKR in 2014 with an ambition to help expand the office support division of GKR; coming from property herself Anu grasped the market quickly and now works with all of London’s biggest and most successful property brands. With a family history in catering, it’s no wonder Anu is quite the chef herself. 

Principal Recruitment Consultant
Joined February 2018

Rose Lock

Offering extremely quick connections and an exceptional energy rating.

Rose joined GKR in 2018 having worked in property in both the UK and Spain over the last 20 years; her tenacious attitude has driven fantastic results quickly in the property management space. An OG vegetarian with the wildest office-snack combinations you will ever have heard of. 

Recruitment Consultant
Joined February 2019

Peter Wallis

Impressive views across London following an upper-floor extension.

Peter joined our office support team in 2019, taking on the responsibility and growth of all marketing roles. When not chasing recruitment fees, he’s most likely chasing gains. Who knew avocado went with every single meal?!

Senior Consultant - Property Finance
Joined May 2019

Sam Pemberton-Hill

Contemporary build with high ceilings throughout.

Sam joined GKR in May 2019 with 10 years of experience between recruitment, property, and finance. Taking charge of our investment finance and property accounting department, Sam has positioned himself excellently with some of the UK's very best. As GKR’s very own Ironman, there’s rarely time for takeaways or cocktails!

Recruitment Consultant
Joined December 2019

Conán Finnegan

An exquisite new development, full of character.

Conán joined GKR's residential team in 2019 following his move to the city. Originally from Ireland, Conán brings with him some experience in both sales and hospitality and a cracking attitude to tackle the property market. An aspiring Conor McGregor with a fondness for all kinds of pasta.  

Senior Recruitment Consultant
Joined November 2020

Roger Hawthorn

State of the art and generously proportioned family home with a perfect sunny aspect.

Roger joined GKR in January 2021 to support the property management function. Bringing 14 years of recruitment experience with him, Roger has joined GKR London to support our clients across Manchester, Belfast & Dublin. When not scaling the heights in recruitment, Roger can be found scaling Mourne Mountains. 

Recruitment Consultant
Joined February 2020

Sean O'Neill

Boasting period features, this modern extension oozes sophistication.

Sean joined GKR's residential team in 2020 bringing with him almost three years of first-hand agency experience in London. Sean is partial to the occasional/bi-weekly burrito and whilst he is sinking his teeth into recruitment, he is not messing around! 

Recruitment Consultant
Joined June 2021

James Smith

A classic, spacious abode with a beautifully restored fireplace in the heart. 

James has joined our Finance team and is specialising in the hiring needs of all things Finance; Property Accountants, Assistant Accountants, Mortgage Advisors, Finance Managers, Controllers & Directors - you name it! James has over 10 years of experience in the industry; when not on the phone, James is probably managing his local football team or fishing for carp!