Property data and estate agent prospecting platform Homesearch has appointed a new chief technology officer.

Michael Gray joins the London-based firm to drive its product development forward and enhance the volume and quality of instructions delivered to its estate agent subscribers.

Homesearch enables more than 1,000 UK estate agents to generate and nurture leads.

With an extensive background in IT and managing big data across public and private sectors, Gray will be tasked with acting on feedback from Homesearch’s estate agent base, as well as implementing a range of technical strategies and solutions, ranging from cloud governance to further developing big data capabilities through additional machine learning.

He joins having previously held numerous consulting and executive roles, such as at Contino (now Cognizant) where he led the development of the first machine learning and AI quote-to-buy platform for Direct Line Group. 

He also led major transformation projects within the financial services sector, working with clients such as BNP Paribas.

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Giles Ellwood, Homesearch CEO, said: “Maximising big data is key to the Homesearch proposition and we see Michael’s appointment as integral to our future business growth plans. 

“He has the breadth of skills and experience to continually challenge what the platform is able to deliver for estate agents, whilst having the strategic vision to push its data and insight capabilities well beyond what we can imagine. 

“It’s an exciting and ambitious journey to be part of and made even more achievable by bringing in someone with Michael’s expertise.”


Gray added: “Developing a unique platform, pushing boundaries and continually exploring how we can transform the way estate agents do business, generate instructions and increase profit is an exciting challenge I simply had to be part of. 

“I’m really pleased to be on board and honoured to be working with some of the brightest and most forward-thinking minds in the proptech space.”