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 Oliver Crudgington

Oliver Crudgington

Land Manager

Oliver Crudgington is Land Manager at Ashtons and has honed his expertise in the property sector over the past fifteen years. Working in some of the busiest estate agents in North London and Hertfordshire, Oliver has specialised in both residential and commercial sales. With a proven record of managing complex chains and building strong networks, Oliver is seen as a trusted pair of hands by developers and house builders.

Oliver Crudgington is Land Manager at Ashtons and has honed his expertise in the property sector over the past fifteen years. Working in some of the busiest estate agents in North London and Hertfordshire, Oliver has specialised in both residential and commercial sales. With a proven record of managing complex chains and building strong networks, Oliver is seen as a trusted pair of hands by developers and house builders.


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 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 Rhiannon Conefrey-Jones

Rhiannon Conefrey-Jones

Land & New Homes Associate

Rhiannon joined Ashtons in 2018 as a Land & New Homes Associate. Having gained valuable experience over the last 2 years working within residential sales and for a large developer within New Homes. Rhiannon is keen to utilise her skillset to provide additional energy and expertise to the Land & New Homes team whilst also enjoying continued learning and adapting within the ever changing market of New Homes.

Rhiannon joined Ashtons in 2018 as a Land & New Homes Associate. Having gained valuable experience over the last 2 years working within residential sales and for a large developer within New Homes. Rhiannon is keen to utilise her skillset to provide additional energy and expertise to the Land & New Homes team whilst also enjoying continued learning and adapting within the ever changing market of New Homes.


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.

Jun
24
2018

Candida Stockton

All staff very friendly and helpful. Louise always kept me updated.

Jun
22
2018

Sam Morgan

Very professional, competent and friendly.

Jun
20
2018

Chris & Derek French

Neil was excellent in all aspects of negotiations and progressing. All viewing and office staff were helpful, friendly and efficient - knew their stuff!

Jun
18
2018

Jane Harris

Liam was very knowledgeable about the market and helpful in discussing with me how to price the property appropriately so that it sold. Louise did...

Jun
16
2018

Anonymous

John always had a good sense of humour and I was impressed that a Director still give so much of his time to clients. Sam...

Jun
14
2018

Peter Wood

Louise has been great for us - friendly, attentive and generally amazing!

Jun
10
2018

Hannah & Ian

Louise was extremely helpful and took a lot of the stress off me. Rest of the team were also very supportive.

Jun
08
2018

Nick Jacobs

David was excellent and guided the conveyancing process expertly.

Jun
06
2018

Michael Judkins

I dealt with Taylor mainly. I was impressed with his knowledge and advice throughout.

Jun
03
2018

Vicki Loxton

Louise was brilliant at keeping me updated throughout.

May
30
2018

Peter Thompson

All the individuals I had the pleasure to meet were professional, helpful and courteous. This not only includes Jon-Paul Brampton, Sally Fearon, Nick Wearmouth and...

May
27
2018

Iris & Rita Herrig

Very friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff. Reactive and anticipating.


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