People and Business: Coming up Roses

MARCUS ROSE, the former England rugby player, is joining quoted property developer Development Securities as director in charge of its investment portfolio.

Mr Rose played for the Varsity match for Cambridge in 1979 and went on to win his first cap in the red rose shirt in 1981.

For the past 13 years Mr Rose has worked for DTZ Debenham Thorpe, in charge of the property firm's West End investment agency team. He studied land economy at Cambridge.

He spent seven of his years at DTZ sitting slap bang next to his ex-England team mate Rob Andrew. Mr Andrew only left when rugby union turned professional a couple of years ago, when he was whisked off to play full time for Newcastle.

Mr Rose will be working for one of the property sector's best known personalities, Martin Landau, the deputy chairman of Development Securities.

The company recently redeveloped MI5's old offices in Curzon Street, London, and is busy building a new business park at Cambourne outside Cambridge.