Dominic Agace, CEO

Dominic Agace graduated from Newcastle University and joined Winkworth Franchising in October 2001 to head up its Research Department. In July 2004, he was appointed an Executive Director with specific responsibility for Marketing, IT (website and software) and the growth of the franchise, and was directly responsible for increasing the number of franchised offices from 45 to today’s total number. He is a qualified member of the NAEA, and holds the Institute of Directors certificate in company direction.

During 2006 he was appointed as Managing Director and in 2006 and 2007, Winkworth Franchising achieved record turnover.

Andrew Nicol, Chief Financal Officer

Having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick, Andrew has worked in both the corporate sector and in consultancy, notably with The Boston Consulting Group and most recently Oxera Consulting. 

Simon Agace, Non-executive Chairman

Simon Agace qualified separately as a Chartered Auctioneer and Estate Agent and a Chartered Surveyor in the 1960s and became Managing Director of Winkworth in 1974. Under Simon Agace’s direction, Winkworth grew to eight wholly owned offices covering much of Central London and the West End.

During the 1980s Simon was involved in investment syndications in America where he learnt about the American franchising model and, in 1981, he introduced the concept of franchising to the UK, converting Winkworth’s eight offices into franchises.

During the latter part of his career, as a Fellow of RICS and a member of the NAEA, Simon has been involved with many industry issues, serving on a number of RICS committees including the Home Buying Reform Group, the Agenda for Change in 2001, and the Lettings and Management Group. He has also contributed to management coding for Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and, together with the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (now known as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister), regulation and licensing. Simon retired from the RICS in 2004.

With his knowledge of multiple estate agency operations gained as a principal in the business for some 37 years, Simon continues to play a vital role as adviser to the executive Board, and he maintains a good relationship with many of the longstanding franchisees.

Simon is now focusing on the international expansion of the business.

Lawrence Alkin, Non-executive director

A qualified solicitor, Lawrence practiced law prior to entering the property business, gaining extensive experience in many aspects of the property market in the UK, Europe and the US.

In 1982, he became a director of Holmes Place Health Club Limited, where he was responsible for site acquisition and development, together with group advertising. In 1992 he was appointed Joint Chief Executive and Development Director of Holmes Place plc.

John Nicol, Non-executive director

John is a Chartered Accountant with significant financial experience having worked at Morgan Grenfell and KPMG, as well as having worked as the Finance Director and co-founder shareholders of Wessex Trust Plc, a Main Market listed property investment company.