Property and audit specialist Capa has announced the appointment of retail surveyor James Ratcliffe.

Formerly head of retail at the Leeds office of property advisory business GVA, Ratcliffe has joined as a Director, taking responsibility for asset management of the 300-store estate of fashion retailer Bonmarchè. He joins the property team led by Capa’s co-founder and director Mike Sheath, who pioneered a major lease restructuring programme across Bonmarchè’s store portfolio, to ensure its property chain was sustainable.

Mike said “James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him, which will help develop Capa’s growing portfolio of retailer clients across the UK.”

Ratcliffe’s role will include leasehold acquisitions of retail and leisure property, freehold acquisitions of retail, leisure, development and investment property, leasehold disposals, freehold disposals, rent reviews and lease renewals.