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.

Jun
17
2019

Sam

Thank you for all your hard work in getting my house sold! I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into it and...

Jun
15
2019

Andrew Saunders

Jon-Paul was very good - easy to deal with, pragmatic and direct.

Jun
13
2019

Sally Smiles

I just wanted to let you know how amazing Louise Walker has been during our house sale and purchase. She has gone above and beyond...

Jun
11
2019

Rosie Fraser

Louise was brilliant throughout and helped enormously keeping us informed of progress and helping push to exchange.

Jun
09
2019

Heather Trefusis

JP in particular has been amazing with both our sale and purchase. He really went the extra mile to help us find what we wanted...

Jun
07
2019

John McBride

Very good level of communication. Good to have dedicated contact and Sam was very helpful.

Jun
05
2019

Ryan Belmont

Ashtons were absolutely the best agent we have dealt with in 3 years of trying to sell our house in a difficult financial climate. Incredible...

Jun
03
2019

Lisa Sparks

From the outset, Ashtons were professional but friendly. Nick, Rob and Andrew were diligent and made sure every detail pre-sale was attended to. They were...

Jun
01
2019

William & Maxine

Friendly, helpful and very obliging. We appreciate the hard work and efforts of many staff members, including Taylor and David.

May
31
2019

Jane

I wanted to say a big thank you to Tracie for all her support during my purchase. She has been a star and her personal...

May
29
2019

Yvette Ayers

Thus far I have been very impressed at the level of professionalism of this company. The representative who showed me around was friendly, helpful, polite...

May
27
2019

Kim

Jon-Paul was outstanding before and during, a refreshing breath of honest fresh air. Matter of fact, personable and excellent at explaining the changing market.


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