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.

Dec
02
2020

Carly Oliver-Aziz

Everyone was great from start to finish. Liam and Louise have been amazing! Louise was and is an absolute sweetheart.

Dec
01
2020

Katharine Baker

Ashtons were the best we had dealt with. All staff at Harpenden were excellent but I really feel that Tracie is your prize jewel in...

Nov
30
2020

Anonymous

By far the best estate agent I have dealt with. I was particularly impressed, and grateful to have Louise Walker who was there with me...

Nov
29
2020

Andrew Branch

Our experience of agents in the area is limited, but I would rather deal with Ashtons than the others we spoke to. We chose Ashtons...

Nov
28
2020

Anonymous

Property Management was excellent, reported issue - contractor rang & visited soon after

Nov
27
2020

Dirk Matthysen

Property Management were outstanding, every person I've dealt with is professional and helpful

Nov
25
2020

Kate MacKay

The house was very warm & welcoming. Alexander presented the house very professionally. This is the most Covid-secure viewing we have had & we have...

Nov
23
2020

Anonymous

We dealt with a number of staff members (all from the Harpenden office) throughout our purchase and all were extremely polite, helpful and a pleasure...

Nov
23
2020

James C

Very good efficient and professional. Greg handled it mostly and was always available and got back to you promptly.

Nov
21
2020

Molly Parrish

From the beginning to end of my purchase all the staff I spoke to were really friendly and helpful. They stayed in regular communication with...

Nov
20
2020

Anonymous

Ashtons Lettings were professional right from the start. Questions responded to promptly. I have no doubt they are the best in the business

Nov
19
2020

Jon Last

Ashtons restored my faith in the Estate Agency profession


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