I have been working within the Norfolk property market for the last 37 years with a career spanning both corporate and independent agency valuing and selling properties. Guiding clients through the moving journey from the initial first contact and valuation process, onto marketing and through to a successful sale and completion/moving in.
I grew up in the market town of Aylsham where I attended the high school. With my parents then moving to Hellesdon where I lived until I got married in 1988.
After leaving school I attended Norwich City College where I obtained a Btec award in Valuation and Property Management, a college diploma in Valuation and Estate Agency following a 2 year fulltime course and an Higher National Diploma in Land Use on a 2 year day release course. I did consider becoming a surveyor but decided the role of an estate agent appealed and the chance to work rather than study for several more years.
My estate agency career initially began in 1985 working for a corporate estate agent initially as a trainee negotiator based in Norwich progressing to a valuer then being promoted to an office manager at Aylsham. I then moved to run the North Walsham and Stalham offices, after some 15 years I decided it was time for a change.
I moved to an independent agent based in Norwich in 2000 which also involved running offices at Dereham and Brundall undertaking property valuations, organising sales teams and running multiple offices.
In 2013 I decided to move back to my hometown of Aylsham working for an established independent, multiple disciplined firm running the Aylsham office. The work amongst other things involved valuing a very diverse range of properties across a large part of North Norfolk and the broads. With the onset of covid 19 estate agency became more challenging with home working, virtual viewings and how we engaged and undertook both valuations and viewings whilst working within government regulations to ensure clients safety.
I have always specialised in property valuations from studio flats to Georgian farmhouses with land across Norfolk in both city and county locations. Estate agency is a unique and very rewarding profession and I enjoy helping clients to achieve the sale and purchase they want.
In my personal life, I love spending time with family, I am married with 2 children and a granddaughter. Taking timeout with my granddaughter at the weekends is one of my favourite things and going on walks to the beach and the beautiful North Norfolk broads and countryside, with the bonus of a coffee and cake treat afterwards!
Sport has always been a huge part of my life, I am a lifelong West Ham fan and season ticket holder and enjoy getting to watch the games when I can.
Running is my main hobby offering both a competitive interest but also a great social benefit. I run any distance from 5k to ultra marathons. My best running memory would be running a personal best of 2 hours 55 minutes in the London marathon. More recently I have taken part in an off-road ultra marathon which included climbing Snowdon as part of the race.
I also enjoying cycling around the countryside, I have just completed the cycle swarm 70-mile bike ride around Norfolk.
When I’m looking to relax I love to go coarse fishing, I like nothing better than to find a quiet lake, enjoy watching the local wildlife. Not always catching but enjoying simply being by the waterside.