Land and New Homes - Meet the team

Portrait of Jonathan Searles

Jonathan Searles

Associate Director

The team is led by Jonathan Searles, who has practiced in the residential sales market for over 20 years: 9 of which have been spent with Ashtons. Jonathan initially worked in the North London and Docklands area before specialising for the last 15 years in Hertfordshire, building long term relationships with house builders and developers alike.

The team is led by Jonathan Searles, who has practiced in the residential sales market for over twenty years: nine of which have been spent with Ashtons. Jonathan initially worked in the North London and Docklands area before specialising for the last fifteen years in Hertfordshire, building long term relationships with house builders and developers alike.


Portrait of Giles Hastings

Giles Hastings BA (Hons) MRTPI

Senior Land Manager

Giles Hastings is our Senior Land Manager and a member of the Royal Institute of Town Planning who graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an Honours Degree in Land and Planning. Giles previously worked for a large national housebuilder before joining Ashtons 7 years ago and has since used his expertise and knowledge of planning to secure a number of high profile developments for our clients. Working closely with local authorities, planners and an extensive network of contacts he has managed to bring a number of sites together where others have failed.

Giles Hastings is our Senior Land Manager and a member of the Royal Institute of Town Planning who graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an Honours Degree in Land and Planning. Giles previously worked for a large national housebuilder before joining Ashtons seven years ago and has since used his expertise and knowledge of planning to secure a number of high profile developments for our clients. Working closely with local authorities, planners and an extensive network of contacts he has managed to bring a number of sites together where others have failed.


Portrait of Verity Stuart-Thompson

Verity Stuart-Thompson

Head of New Homes

Verity Stuart-Thompson joined Ashtons in 2015 as a Weekend Viewing Guide, whilst in her final year studying Business and Events Management at the University of Hertfordshire. On completion of her degree and realising a passion for Estate Agency, Verity joined the team full time on our Graduate/Trainee Sales Associate programme. Later promoted to the role of Sales Associate, Verity made the decision to specialise in Land and New Homes and joined the department in January 2017.

Verity Stuart-Thompson joined Ashtons in 2015 as a Weekend Viewing Guide, whilst in her final year studying Business and Events Management at the University of Hertfordshire. On completion of her degree and realising a passion for Estate Agency, Verity joined the team full time on our Graduate/Trainee Sales Associate programme. Later promoted to the role of Sales Associate, Verity made the decision to specialise in Land and New Homes and joined the department in January 2017.


Portrait of Louise Harrod

Emily Ward

Senior New Homes Associate

Emily joined Ashtons in 2019 having worked for another local agency previously. She brings over four years of living and breathing the local property market and is an experienced valuer who prides herself on giving honest and detailed advice. She has lived in Welwyn Garden City for the majority of her life and has a great amount of knowledge on the area. Emily works in our Land & New Homes department as a Senior New Homes Associate. If you're looking for a new build property across Hertfordshire, she is definitely the person to see.

Emily joined Ashtons in 2019 having worked for another local agency previously. She brings over four years of living and breathing the local property market and is an experienced valuer who prides herself on giving honest and detailed advice. She has lived in Welwyn Garden City for the majority of her life and has a great amount of knowledge on the area. Emily works in our Land & New Homes department as a Senior New Homes Associate. If you're looking for a new build property across Hertfordshire, she is definitely the person to see.


Portrait of Corinne Gunning

Corinne Gunning

Land & New Homes Associate

Corinne joined us in 2019, having a very successful career in estate agency over 14 years working for well respected organisations in Dubai and Australia. During which, Corinne specialised in sales, lettings and Land & New Homes, giving her a well-rounded understanding of the industry. Corinne is a commercially minded individual who thinks outside the box and successfully delivers great results for clients, which she prides herself on heavily.

Corinne joined us in 2019, having a very successful career in estate agency over 14 years working for well respected organisations in Dubai and Australia. During which, Corinne specialised in sales, lettings and Land & New Homes, giving her a well-rounded understanding of the industry. Corinne is a commercially minded individual who thinks outside the box and successfully delivers great results for clients, which she prides herself on heavily.


Portrait of Jane Riley

Jane Riley

Land & New Homes Administration

Jane Riley deals with all administration for the Land and New Homes department. Using skills developed over her 30-year career, Jane supports the department by ensuring documentation is produced efficiently and with speed. Integral to the day to day smooth running, Jane combines her exceptional organisational skills with a keen eye for detail.

Jane Riley deals with all administration for the Land and New Homes department. Using skills developed over her 30-year career, Jane supports the department by ensuring documentation is produced efficiently and with speed. Integral to the day to day smooth running, Jane combines her exceptional organisational skills with a keen eye for detail.

Feb
23
2020

Haleh

This was my first property purchase and Ashtons were great. Louise Harrod was very helpful, so lovely and kept me updated throughout the process.

Feb
21
2020

Gemma & Richard Brant

Stacey has been excellent at keeping us up to date on the sales process, extremely proactive and kept all parties on track. We are very...

Feb
19
2020

Bob Kay

Ashtons were very focused and professional during a hard, long grind.

Feb
17
2020

Javier Serpa

All the team have been amazing. Super professional and giving all attention to our needs to address them in the best possible way. Special thanks...

Feb
15
2020

Anonymous

Louise Walker has been meticulous at keeping me informed during the purchase proceedings and liaising with my solicitor.

Feb
13
2020

Jackie Blacker

Sam Ward is amazing. A credit to the company. He was so helpful to us. He went above and beyond for us. He was always...

Feb
11
2020

Linda Danvers

Ashtons were outstanding, professional and supportive at all times. I would like to thank John, Steve, Sam and especially Tom who never gave up and...

Feb
09
2020

Anonymous

Viewing agents were, without fail, excellent; always polite, never late, friendly and accurate.

Feb
07
2020

Mr & Mrs Carey

Stacey Gorham was faultless in her persistence in chasing up on enquiries and very helpful throughout. Kept us calm when things were getting delayed higher...

Feb
05
2020

Anna Bohan

A pleasure to deal with. Knowledgeable, helpful, professional, reliable (they phone and do what they say they are going to do), patient, always courteous.

Feb
03
2020

Helen

We used Ashtons as we bought our house through you and had such a good experience that when we needed to rent, we didn't look...

Jan
31
2020

Nick Lowe

Accurate valuation, supportive and friendly.


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