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 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.

Dec
08
2018

Sandie Miller

Lovely people, very empathetic and hard working. A difficult time made easier by Ashtons.

Dec
06
2018

Tricia Muirhead

Steve and Louise could not have been more supportive or encouraging. They exceeded all expectations of an estate agent.

Dec
04
2018

Matthew Boughton

Sam was fantastic getting the chain over the line.

Dec
02
2018

G.Berry

Sam was very helpful and efficient.

Nov
30
2018

Jean & Giles Charlton

All staff have been very professional, particularly Louise in the St. Albans office!

Nov
28
2018

Anonymous

Very good especially Sam Ward (who actually kept me more up to date with the process than my solicitor did)!

Nov
26
2018

Lynne Dodd

Everyone was very helpful and supportive.

Nov
24
2018

Jo Maher

Very honest people!

Nov
22
2018

Carol Barton

Tracie was extremely supportive and communicated regularly with updates. She handled everything with great sensitivity. We were very impressed with the staff who supervised viewings...

Nov
20
2018

B A Cartwright

Everyone I came into contact with were excellent.

Nov
18
2018

Mrs M McKenzie

Very impressed with Sam Ward. Kevin, Tony & Stephen were also very helpful.

Nov
16
2018

Rachel Franklin

Ashtons consistently exceeded our expectations throughout our sale, from valuation to completion. The entire staff were a pleasure to deal with, especially Liam, Louise and...


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