He replaces Eric Curran, who has held the role for six years at the independent Scottish firm. To “ensure a smooth transition,” Mr Curran will enter his 43rd year with DM Hall working alongside Mr McHugh in a supporting role throughout 2021 – saying he has “lots still to do and achieve” before his retirement.
Alan Gordon, DM Hall’s senior partner, said: “Eric is a highly-regarded figure throughout Scotland’s property sector who, as managing partner over the last six years, has upheld and advanced the values that we, as a firm, stand for, and we thank him for his outstanding efforts while at the same time, wishing John every success in his new role.”
Mr McHugh said he aims “to continue to maintain the services, relationships, and standards of professionalism of which we are all justly proud”.
He added: “Whilst 2020 is a year we will all want to put behind us, we have learned much through adversity and along with Alan, we want to take stock, keep improving, implementing technology where we can and continuing to grow, diversify and challenge ourselves to make the firm the best we possibly can for the benefit of everyone.”
Mr McHugh began his working life in DM Hall’s Glasgow office 30 years ago as a young, newly qualified surveyor. He now plans, travel restrictions permitting, to get around the country over the course of 2021 to engage with staff at DM Hall’s 25 offices throughout Scotland.