The Garrington team has some of the most experienced property finders and buying agents in the UK, who collectively offer clients hundreds of years of combined expertise
Philippa Mills Regional Partner
Philippa started her working life as a police officer for Thames Valley Police, fulfilling a number of roles including responding to emergency situations, and working in a variety of specialist departments.
In 2004, after thirteen years of policing, it was time for a change. Having always had an interest in property, she began a career in residential sales with a well-respected independent estate agent in Oxfordshire.
Three years later Philippa decided her future lay in representing the buyer instead of the seller, and she became a freelance property finder working for larger search and acquisition companies, assisting their clients with buying and rental searches in the Central and London regions.
Having joined the Garrington team in 2014, Philippa continues to thrive on providing an exceptional and high quality service, driven to exceed clients’ expectations.
Philippa grew up in Oxfordshire and, after spells in Berkshire and London, has settled back in the area. She is an avid sports fan, and particularly enjoys watching football, Formula 1, tennis, and both the summer and winter Olympics.
Sam Williams Regional Partner
Sam started her career in property in 2007, working on searches throughout London and the Home Counties. Sam’s strength lies in her ability to identify and understand a client’s requirements, source what they need and negotiate a deal.
Insistent on finding the right solution for her clients, Sam has built her career around core skills of interpreting and executing a brief through strong research, resourcing and negotiating.
Prior to moving into the property sector Sam held senior roles in head-hunting and retail buying. Outside of work Sam lives with her husband and unwinds with long walks, cooking and gardening.
Alexandra Watkins Regional Partner
Educated at Kings Bruton, Somerset and a graduate from the University of Plymouth. In her early career, Alexandra specialised as a national account manager in a variety of business sectors.
She has always been interested in property, first moving into the real estate sector in 1999. Over the following years she assembled a successful portfolio of investment properties. Her most recent acquisition includes a traditional Cotswold Weavers Cottage, offering impressive returns from the growing holiday lettings sector.
Alexandra was also a founding director of a highly regarded niche Cotswolds building company. To date, they have sourced, acquired and overseen a variety of developments ranging from traditional cottage builds to large modern family homes, providing open plan living and spectacular views of the Golden Valley, Stroud.
Being heavily engaged in the acquisition, creative and design aspects of projects has allowed her to establish an extensive network of professionals and contacts in the local area, which her Garrington clients now benefit from.
Alexandra has lot of local knowledge and crucially, understands the important factors for families moving to a new location such as good schools, transport links and amenities.
Originally from Hampshire, Alex has lived in the Cotswolds for over 25 years. She lives with her husband, three children and an array of farm livestock – Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Chickens and Bees. In her spare time she loves going on long walks around the Gloucestershire countryside, with her family and Springer Spaniel, Tiggy.
Marianne Walsh Regional Partner
Marianne has managed properties and their refurbishments in the UK and Europe for over 20 years.
She was approached in 2010 to work in the corporate relocation industry and quickly achieved National and Global manager status and responsibility. Leading these departments, she has overseen and personally helped thousands of individuals, families and teams to successfully find, evaluate and settle in properties worldwide.
Years of co-ordinating and listening to the different search brief requirements has given Marianne the ability to quickly understand her clients’ property and lifestyle needs.
She has built a strong reputation for giving the support required to navigate the local markets and to ease the stress of such important decision making by providing clear, empathetic advice and guidance. She has built, in the process, a wealth of knowledge and a long and varied contact list of associated professionals to further aid the quality of her service.
Marianne has grown up in Buckinghamshire, living and experiencing the many and varied events, traditions, and recreational facilities across the county. Having brought up a family here, she has also gained tremendous insight into schools, facilities and transport links, giving extensive knowledge of the social and logistical opportunities.
Thriving on helping clients define and realise the perfect property, Marianne has now decided to bring her experience and passion to help people looking to move into the beautiful and multifaceted county of Buckinghamshire.
Lisa Burton Regional Partner
Lisa began her property career in 1993 as a weekend viewings agent for a local property company while studying for her English & Psychology degree at Birmingham University. She spent 10 years in top London property agencies all over West and North London, before working for the conveyancing department of a law firm specialising in property. She liaised between estate agents, vendors and purchasers to ensure smooth sales transactions in the quickest time with the minimum fuss.
Before joining Garrington Lisa was the sales and marketing manager for a private city banking institution, arranging short-term finance for investors and developers, from auction purchases to portfolio acquisitions.
Having successfully completed numerous purchases for Garrington clients in West London, Lisa made the move to Berkshiretaking advantage of the education on offer in the county for her children. A natural move for many, Lisa now searches for clients in the areas around Marlow and Cookham and advises not just on property but the school options on offer in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire.
Jonathan Hopper CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jonathan has an enviable track record of success spanning 20 years in the property and relocation industry. As Managing Director of Garrington, he leads a company that has represented numerous clients in multi-million pound transactions and in turn developed a respected industry profile, through the strategic growth of a market leading brand.
Jonathan is a Director on the Board of The Property Ombudsman, a Council Member of the UK’s Association of Relocation Professionals and is a former National Council Member of the NAEA.
He is frequently called upon as an authoritative voice for market insights with articles published in The Financial Times, Canary Wharf and City magazines, The Sunday Time and Bloomberg.
A past recipient of the ‘Best UK Property Finder’ award, he is continuously striving to hone his skills having completed leadership programmes at Cranfield Management School and an MBA at Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge.
As a prominent creative thinker and entrepreneurial problem solver, Jonathan is passionate about working with clients, and enjoys exploring the driving forces that push successful businesses to their highest potential.
Nicholas Finn Managing Director
Nicholas Finn is London born and bred. With a property career spanning over a decade, he worked in prime London locations from St Johns Wood to Chiswick with one of the capital’s largest sales agents, before channelling his entrepreneurial flair into establishing his own estate agency in a sought-after part of London.
Prior to joining Garrington, Nicholas founded and ran an asset management company. It served corporate institutions and their private clients looking to sell, relocate or add to their portfolios. Nicholas leads and supports a growing team whilst using his experience and extensive contacts to generate exclusive opportunities for clients. He lives in London with his wife and young family.
John Adamson Executive Chairman
John has worked in the property sector for the last 25 years and has director level experience in residential sales, letting and management, estate management and development. Most recently he was Managing Director and majority shareholder of one of largest estate and letting agents in the Eastern region which he successfully sold to a FTSE 250 organisation.
He holds an MBA from The Open University and is a well-respected entrepreneurial leader with an eye for detail, who thrives on the creation of customer-focused companies, where success becomes a by-product of excellence.
Lynne West Operations Manager
Throughout her career Lynne has worked mainly in the areas of Office Management, Event Management and Customer Service. In this time she gained experience being a PA at board level, organising trade shows and heading up a customer service team.
After nearly 20 years working mainly in the Telecommunications industry, Lynne decided that it was time for a new challenge. In 2009 the opportunity arose to join the Garrington team in a key role as an Operations Manager. With a wealth of administrative experience coupled with extensive customer service skills, Lynne ensures that the operational side of Garrington runs smoothly and efficiently. As an important linchpin of the organisation, Lynne’s support to the management team and network of associates is invaluable.
When not at work, Lynne enjoys spending time with her family and is an active committee member of her son’s football and cricket clubs.
Yanina Jeffrey Client Administrator
Growing up in Hertfordshire, Yanina has gained a broad range of Administration experiences from industry sectors such as software, life sciences and medical and publishing. This was all whilst seeking her ideal role within property.
Yanina now provides an essential role in coordinating Garrington’s client and marketing activities.
When not at work, Yanina enjoys spending time with her husband and family – Standing on the side lines on freezing Sunday afternoon’s supporting her daughter playing netball.
Deborah Stanton NEW BUSINESS EXECUTIVE
Growing up in London, Deborah has always loved the architecture of the capital, inspiring her path into the property industry.
This led to a career starting as a junior negotiator and finishing at a senior level over a seven-year period, in one of London’s largest and best known estate agencies.
Wanting to work more with private clients, on the buying side of the process, Deborah now provides an essential role at Garrington, helping both new and past clients across the UK, whilst also growing relationships with Garrington’s many corporate alliance partners.
When not at work, Deborah is shimmering her way around the dance-floor, competing in ballroom and Latin competitions, and more recently ‘treading the boards’ in an Off-West End production of Chicago.
Anya Loomes Client Services
Growing up in Rutland, the smallest county in the UK, Anya has always been captivated by the rural beauty of its quaint villages and small market towns.
This interest drove her to pursue a career in property, securing a role in residential sales for one of the area’s leading real estate firms. With a desire to progress within the industry and a drive to diversify her skill set, Anya then sought for a new challenge and lifestyle change in London, joining Garrington Asset Management as Property Manager.
Anya now provides an essential role within Garrington’s Head Office team supporting client services.
When not at work, Anya enjoys competing in local running events and bringing friends and family together over a nice home cooked meal.