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.

Feb
21
2018

Tendai Mungwadzi

John Coleman is a very professional and helpful guy who helped all the way. Also the lady in the Harpenden office was very helpful.

Feb
19
2018

Lesley Witter

Very friendly and helpful staff.

Feb
16
2018

Anne Martin

People I dealt with were first class. JP, David Williams and people who answered the phone, were always very helpful and would get back immediately....

Feb
15
2018

Denis Erensoy

Excellent communication!

Feb
12
2018

Anita Blackman

Found all staff very professional and helpful.

Feb
10
2018

P Smith

Excellent post offer service, right up to completion. Easy to contact and very friendly.

Feb
10
2018

Matt & Amy Martin

Neil & Jon-Paul were both fantastic to deal with. David too, later on in the process. We were kept in the loop the whole time...

Feb
08
2018

Hannah, Nigel & Stanley Coasby

What can we say.... Huge thanks for all your hard work throughout our very long journey! Despite the many ups and downs, it was reassuring...

Feb
08
2018

Jane Hillier

Louise Walker has been a complete star. Proactive, well informed and supportive. The bottle of bubbly on Friday night was a lovely and thoughtful surprise....

Feb
06
2018

Jo Hutchinson

Taylor was fantastic regarding our sale and Robert was fantastic and went the extra mile to secure the purchase in Redbourn.

Feb
06
2018

Kate Dennehy

What a great team, excellent service made selling and buying so stress-less....thank you.

Feb
04
2018

Kieren & Anna

Richard Fossey was very professional and a pleasure to deal with. The standout person for us though was without doubt Louise. From the point of...


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