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.

Sep
20
2021

Iomie Stanley

Client rated 10

You guys are amazing! Helped us get our first house! Just a big thank you from Iomie and Chantelle

Sep
19
2021

Adriane Clive Marsh

Client rated 10

Absolutely - hopefully we won't need to move again but if we do we will definitely use you. Richard and Sam were so helpful and...

Sep
18
2021

Susan & Andrew Beasley

Client rated 10

Greg was always extremely professional, responding to my enquiries in a timely fashion. Amanda is a great viewing lady. I did not sell my property...

Sep
18
2021

Kate Binks

Client rated 10

Absolutely everyone we dealt with at Ashtons was professional and excellent at their job. Our sale and purchase was a long and complicated process and...

Sep
17
2021

Tony Cobley

Client rated 10

I dealt with Sophie for all the issues I had on moving in and she has dealt with them admirably. This property was not managed...

Sep
12
2021

Stephen Sharples

Client rated 9

The main people I dealt with were Alix (initial contact and marketing) and Rebecca (sale progression). I was very happy with the service provided by...

Sep
11
2021

Charles King

Client rated 10

Particular thanks to Louise Walker for her professionalism, patience and good humour during what was a stressful sale process at times, made more difficult by...

Sep
10
2021

Liz Rankin

Client rated 10

Hands down the best. What was refreshing is that at my house viewing the person knew a lot of questions about the property, which other...

Sep
10
2021

Michael Silverstone

Client rated 10

Dealt mostly with Emily Morgan for the initial stages. Very friendly and worked to make viewing times work for us. Dealt with Tracie Phillips for...

Sep
09
2021

Fiona Green

Client rated 10

All very friendly, professional, approachable and gave me sound and timely advice. I very much valued Jon -Paul's knowledge of the local marketplace.

Sep
08
2021

Colin Mason

Client rated 10

All L & N H staff excellent, special commendation for Verity and high praise too for Emily. Weekend viewing staff Adrianne & Carey also both...

Sep
07
2021

Stephen Hibbert

Client rated 5

Sandy was a star and very helpful. Thank you.


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