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

Senior Land & New Homes Associate

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 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.

Aug
19
2019

Roslyn Button

What I like about Ashtons is their professionalism: from the initial contact with Andrew Gibbons who valued the property, to the viewing guides who always...

Aug
17
2019

Adrianne Monroe

Exceptional forbearance over a long period, with Ashtons performing over 50 viewings until an offer was made, great work from Jayne there, with wonderful support...

Aug
15
2019

Leah McCarthy

Jon Paul has renewed my faith in estate agents, he has been superb throughout. Jules has provided excellent cover for him and been fantastic too.

Aug
13
2019

Mr & Mrs Hampshire

Nothing is too much trouble. Ashtons were very attentive and responsive.

Aug
11
2019

Anthony & Chris

Liam as lead negotiator was courteous and professional, and realistic about valuation and achievable price. We were also impressed by reports of his generous and...

Aug
09
2019

S Budaj

Despite countless emails and phone calls, Verity was always very patient, friendly and providing prompt response to our questions/queries.

Aug
07
2019

Lisa Wright

I have experienced exceptional help from Ashtons in my search for a property. In particular, Jules Middleton arranged viewings at short notice where possible, sent...

Aug
05
2019

Ellie & Tom

Verity was wonderful and helped us every step of the way. Couldn't have done it without her.

Aug
03
2019

Karen Rassool

Everyone was very professional and a pleasure to deal with. Louise in particular worked tirelessly for us, demonstrating infinite patience and kept us fully informed...

Aug
01
2019

Kate Graham

Professional, friendly and extremely helpful. Keep doing what you do best. Andrew and Tracie from Redbourn were amazing. Great asset! Real pleasure to do business...

Jul
29
2019

Anonymous

Ashtons were very helpful from the start. Verity was amazing and always there to help.

Jul
27
2019

Paul Brandon

Very impressed with all aspects of the service provided, all individuals were friendly, professional and very helpful - and we needed help as this was...


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