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.

Aug
15
2018

Ian Harrison

Ashtons service is consistently good. This is our second sale with Ashtons and Sam again has provided excellent communication and advice during the sales process.

Aug
13
2018

Gill & Chris White

Thank you for making our house sale go so smoothly in a difficult market. We feel you exceeded our expectations and went beyond your responsibilities...

Aug
11
2018

Anonymous

Very professional team. Supportive and received an extremely good service with the perfect recommendation for a mortgage adviser and conveyancing solicitor.

Louise was fantastic, very easy...

Aug
09
2018

Chris Quartly

All the staff were excellent and professional throughout the whole process. It would be wrong to pick out an individual as everybody was so good.

Aug
07
2018

Anonymous

Sam Ward is very professional and helpful. He acts quickly and replies to enquiries promptly. He's very good.

Aug
05
2018

Christopher & Gillian White

Very pleased with the service we received and would like to give a special mention to Nick Robinson and Tracie Phillips. Absolute stars!!

Aug
03
2018

Anonymous

I spoke to Jess Boulton at Ashtons about our two maintenance issues. She was extremely polite and helpful, promptly got in touch with our landlady...

Aug
01
2018

Steven & Liz Reeves

Always professional and efficient, especially Nick and David throughout the process. Quality of photographs were excellent.

Jul
30
2018

Sarah Ciubotariu

I have to say that Ashtons have been brilliant and if we ever bought a property to let then we would use Ashtons. Very polite...

Jul
27
2018

Catherine Jones

Neil Facer and JP were excellent all the way through.

Jul
25
2018

Anonymous

Louise was fantastic - easy to talk to and very professional.

Jul
23
2018

Anonymous

Louise was absolutely amazing, I don't think the sale would have completed without her.


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