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.

Oct
25
2021

Dolores Delaney

Client rated 10

I have found that Ashtons and the tradesmen have been very good at responding to issues quickly and cost effectively

Oct
24
2021

Caroline Shelley

Client rated 10

Sophie Healey responded to my enquiry in a prompt friendly and helpful manner

Oct
23
2021

Anonymous

Client rated 10

I have always been very pleased with the service provided by Ashtons. Coleen, Kirstie and Chloe are pro-active, knowledgeable and polite. They are excellent ambassadors...

Oct
22
2021

Sue Solo

Client rated 10

Ashtons were very friendly, professional and Helpful all the way through. Our selling was very complex with lease issues and I was helped and supported...

Oct
21
2021

Beth Hurst

Client rated 10

Louise Walker has dealt with our purchase and has gone above and beyond to make sure ourselves and our seller are happy and constantly in...

Oct
13
2021

Ian McCreery

Client rated 10

We would like to say Harrison and Greg were particularly brilliant through our viewings and offer negotiations. Both a superb asset to Harpenden branch of...

Oct
13
2021

Diane Kilkenny

Client rated 10

Greg handled my sale and throughout the process his level of service was exemplary. I was exceptionally impressed with his after sales care.

Oct
12
2021

Javier Hernandez

Client rated 10

Sandy has been very helpful along the whole process. He are really happy with his service.

Oct
12
2021

Nicola Merlo

Client rated 10

Great customer service by Sam and good advice given

Oct
11
2021

Geoff Govier

Client rated 8

All staff in Redbourn office were excellent and the whole front end of the process was done with clear communication, friendliness and efficiency.

Oct
10
2021

Kathryn Wides

Client rated 10

It was great that every person we met had detailed knowledge of the property, they knew the advantages and disadvantages of
them all, they were balanced...

Oct
09
2021

Ollie Kitchener

Client rated 10

Ashtons were by far the best, all staff were friendly and approachable, as well as professional. I felt like my customer truly was valued and...


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