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

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 Louise Harrod

Louise Harrod

Land & New Homes Associate

Louise Harrod has been part of Ashtons for over 4 years, enjoying a variety of roles including Client Services, Marketing and New Homes Sales. This experience has given Louise a great insight into the home moving process and the different stages involved. As a Land and New Homes Associate, Louise has developed into an integral member of the team and with her strong customer relationship skills has proved to be the perfect accompaniment to this expanding department.

Louise Harrod has been part of Ashtons for over four years, enjoying a variety of roles including Client Services, Marketing and New Homes Sales. This experience has given Louise a great insight into the home moving process and the different stages involved. As a Land and New Homes Associate, Louise has developed into an integral member of the team and with her strong customer relationship skills has proved to be the perfect accompaniment to this expanding department.


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.

Dec
11
2017

Kate Dennehy

Everyone we spoke to were friendly and so helpful.

Dec
09
2017

Polly Price

Everyone we dealt with was diligent and more than helpful. I was particularly impressed when Giles wrote to congratulate on our exchange at the unearthly...

Dec
07
2017

Samuel Michaelides

All the staff at Redbourn were continually helpful and professional. Tracie Phillips in particular deserves a special mention. She was fantastic throughout, particularly in the...

Dec
05
2017

Clive Pereira

Louise Walker was fantastic - very empathetic. Sam & Liam also great.

Dec
03
2017

Steve Bradshaw

Really excellent service. Always very impressed with Sally Fearon, Anne Huckle, Clair Curson. Friendly, efficient, approachable.

Dec
01
2017

Sarah Sinclair

John Coleman has been fantastic - exemplary in his support and professionalism. Thank you John!

Nov
27
2017

Renita & Matthew Green

From start to finish, you were all superb. We knew that we were in capable hands and that allowed us to get on with our...

Nov
25
2017

Karen Devereux

Neil Facer was very helpful with lots of advice when I needed it. David Williams has been fantastic at keeping the sale on track in...

Nov
23
2017

Anonymous

Both Verity and Louise were extremely helpful and patient throughout. No task or request has been too much and they helped us to get the...

Nov
21
2017

Paul Donatantonio

Verity Stuart-Thompson was contactable, friendly, reliable and understood my questions/comments. A true professional.

Nov
19
2017

Mrs Jennifer Cotgrove

Excellent at keeping us informed throughout buying process.

Nov
16
2017

Gennaro Zenone

Both Richard Fossey and Louise have been extremely professional and helpful throughout the whole proecess.


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