Last week it was announced that Alison Platt, CEO of Countrywide Group would be “stepping- down”, after yet another profits warning and a further fall in share price. Well, I think that it would not be unfair of me to say that her tenure in charge of the UK’s largest estate agency group has not been without its challenges or indeed uneventful.

It would be easy to join a very long queue of Countrywide’s detractors  all of whom could have no doubt done a much better job than Ms Platt, but I for one am rather sad to observe the potential demise of this stalwart of the UK’s high streets – as over 30 years ago I started my career there (like many of you no doubt?).