Rodea says: “Over the past seven years I have helped build leading mortgage brokerages for two major estate agency brands in Savills and Hamptons and I am keen to bring the experience and contacts I have developed during this time to Cluttons.
“It is a challenge that I relish. I start in a few weeks' time with an open mind and plenty of ideas. We will be offering an exciting package that will attract a high calibre of broker. These people will be the key to our success in competing with the established players in the market.”
Hamptons managing director Kevin Duffy says: “I am delighted for James and wish him all the best at Cluttons.
“To say he played a huge role in establishing Hamptons would be an understatement. The work he did was integral to building the company.
“This is an exciting and challenging role and I am sure he will make a resounding success of it. I hope we will be able to work strategically together in the future.”
A spokesman for a high-profile specialist lender who does not wish to be named, says: “This is an opportunity for James to get out from under Kevin Duffy's shadow and make a name for himself rather than for someone else.”