Peter Rollings is one of our industry’s most recognisable and influential figures, and it is a delight to recognise the contribution he has made to estate agency over the past 30 years.
An industry stalwart, Peter has been instrumental in the success of two of London’s top agencies: Foxtons and Marsh & Parsons. He was one of the key players in the expansion of Foxtons throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, rising through the ranks to become Managing Director in 1997, a position he held until 2005 when he left to buy Marsh & Parsons.
Peter’s estate agency career began as a negotiator at Lane Fox in 1982, selling country houses from an office on North Audley Street. He quickly learnt the ropes and in 1985 moved to Foxtons after an introduction to Jon Hunt via a mutual friend.
When Peter started at Foxtons, he was one of only 20 employees, and following his appointment as MD he was responsible for growing the business to 17 offices with a turnover of £40m. It was during his tenure at Foxtons that he was instrumental in introducing many of the initiatives that consumers take for granted today, from extensive opening hours covering evenings and weekends to focused commitment to delivering a robust and proficient lettings offering.
Peter has always been focused on the people side of our industry but he combines this with a keen eye for the commercials, understanding that the two go hand-in-hand. He set out to build a team to deliver a level of service that would change the public’s attitude to estate agents, and he made sure that he led by example. He is a staunch advocate of full transparency and accountability, both of which he believes start from the top, and he has always been clear with his team on the importance of both. He believes strongly in the ‘tiny, noticeable things’ and his attention to detail is faultless.
Peter is a Fellow of RICS, having been awarded an honorary fellowship as a mark of distinction by the organisation, a member of both the NAEA and The Property Ombudsman scheme, and is a driving force in pushing up industry standards. He is a regular contributor to media reports, sharing his expert opinion on market and legislative changes to the residential property market.
Following his exit from Marsh & Parsons in March of this year, Peter is currently on a ‘gap year’, having fun and deciding what might come next so we look forward to seeing what his future plans might be. He is both well-liked and well-respected which is a difficult balancing act but one which he’s achieved in spades.
Peter Rollings is a forward-thinking innovator and we believe that the industry as we know it would simply not exist without his influence.