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The Negotiator’s ‘Women in Property’ Power List 2020

Who are the women with the greatest influence and top jobs in the UK sales and lettings? Read on.

Nigel Lewis

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Yesterday The Negotiator interviewed The Property Twins, two women working in the industry who are hoping to become the new faces of estate agency on TV and beyond.

This prompted us to wonder who the other female rising stars and current high-fliers within the property sales and lettings sectors are?

We set out to find out. Here is The Negotiator’s Top 20 power list. The agents listed here were either suggested by their peers or colleagues, or have enjoyed a high profile this year.

1. Lesley Cairns, Hamptons
Managing Director (main pic)
Years in property: 32 years
In a nutshell: Started her career in lettings at Chestertons before joining Hamptons in 2006 as its lettings chief, rising to the top job in 2016. Hamptons is highly unusual within the industry because it has an all-female executive team including Mary Beeton, Head of Residential Sales and Cat Westerling, Head of Lettings. The company also claims to have the only female country sales chief, who is Joanna Cocking. Hamptons also has five other senior female chiefs, including its public research director, Aneisha Beveridge.
First job: Lettings negotiator.

cronwright smith2. Jane Cronwright-Brown, Savills
Head of Lettings
Years in property: 30 years
In a nutshell: Jane is one of the best connected and respected lettings professionals in the UK. She has been President of ARLA Propertymark and is also a fellow of RICS. She heads up the lettings arm of Savills and is on its board.
First job: Sales assistant at Harrods.

3. Carol Pawsey, KFH
Group Lettings Director
Years in property: 31 years
In a nutshell: Carol has an illustrious career within the property industry working initially at Barnard Marcus and then, after a brief stint at Bradford & Bingley, bagging a job at KFH as an area director. In 2011 she was appointed Group Lettings Director at the London firm. KFH is unusual because Carol is one of six senior women at the firm.
First job: Branch manager.

Glynis Frew - Hunters - image4. Glynis Frew, Hunters
Chief Executive
Years in property: 20 years+
In a nutshell: Joined Hunters in 1999, rising through the ranks to lead the company in 2016. Has a high profile; has been featured on TV, government consultations and is often featured in the trade press commentating on industry topics. Hunters recently revealed that is has a 60/40 female/male employee ratio.
First job: Worked at United Biscuits and Pepsico before joining Hunters.

duffy5. Polly Ogden Duffy, John D Wood
Managing Director
Years in property: 16 years
In a nutshell: After a stellar early career at several London agencies, she ended up at Faron Sutaria, which was bought by John D Wood in 2017. After a spell as a regional director at John D Wood, Polly got the top job.
First role: Home Consultant at William H Brown.

Kate Eales image6. Kates Eales, Strutt & Parker
Head of Regional Residential AGency
Years in property: 20 years+
In a nutshell: Always had a focus on lettings, starting at Foxtons, then Chestertons, Hamptons and – in 2015 – Strutt & Parker. Is an ARLA board member.
First job: Graduate Trainee at Harrods.

everett7. Jo Leverett, Cluttons
Heads ups International Residential
Years in profession: 14
In a nutshell: Jo is a Partner at Cluttons helping overseas buyers and investors find property in London.
First job: Selling Shanghai property to UK investors.

8. Helen Buck, LSL
Executive Director
Years in property: Nine years
In a nutshell: Helen was a management consultant highflier initially at McKinsey & Co before embarking on a career in retail including at M&S and Sainsbury’s before joining LSL as a non-exec direct in 2011. She then joined the company on a more permanent footing in 2017 and had a key role in its recent re-structure.

9. Isobel Thomson, Safeagent
Years in property: 19 years
In a nutshell: Helped establish the lettings industry accreditation and CMP scheme National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS) in 2001, which changed its name to Safeagent recently.

10. Lucy Morton, JLL
Head of Residential
Years in property: 30 years
In a nutshell: Joined and then rose up the ranks at London agency W.A. Ellis which was taken over in 2016 by JLL. Lucy was subsequently made its Head of Residential following the acquisitions.

11. Anne-Marie Brown, Love to Rent
Years in property: 14 years
In a nutshell: Worked in marketing for a range of clients at own company Puttock Brown before setting up build to rent platform Love to Rent.
First job: Founding Puttock Brown.

hannah marsh12. Hannah Marsh, HomeViews.com
Co-founder, property development comparison website HomeViews.com.
Years in property: two years
In a nutshell: After a marketing career, Hannah has set up one of the fastest-growing reviews platform the new-build sector.
First job: Management trainee, GlaxoSmithKlein

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13. Sophie Newman, Fizzy Living
Head of Sales at PRS landlord.
Years in property: Five years
In a nutshell: Not your usual path to property – after a spell in food hospitality she joined a digital marketing agency before entering the PRS.
First job: Co-owned a restaurant in Bristol.

sarah14. Sarah McIntyre, Harrods Estates
Director of Lettings since 2017
Years in property: 20 years
In a nutshell: Working for Hamptons International for many years in the Home Counties before transferring to central London and rising through the ranks. Later worked at Farrar & Co.
First job: Hamptons International.

camilla15. Camilla Dell, Black Brick
Years in property: 20 years+
In a nutshell: Founded buying agency Black Brick in 2007. Before that she worked at Knight Frank as a buying consultant and before that at Foxtons.
First job: Account manager, Foxtons.

Lesley Roberts image16. Leslie Roberts
Partner, Allsop
Years in property: 14 years
In a nutshell: Leslie is a significant figure in the build to rent management sector, which she specialises in at Allsop which she joined in 2016. She has been President of the sector’s trade association The UKAA since 2018.
First job: Communications consultant.

Link to recruitment news17. Nicky Stevenson, Fine & Country
Managing Director
Years in property: 17 years
In a nutshell: Worked in lettings at three independents before joining Chestertons as a senior negotiator. Then left to join The Property Academy as a director prior to a short stint at Keller Williams and then Fine & Country.
First job: Lettings negotiator.

18. Katie Griffin, Sawdye and Harris
Propertymark board member, Owner of Sawdye and Harris in SW.
Years in property: 25 years
In a nutshell: Started out in commercial property as a surveyor including a stint at DTZ before moving to SW to set up her own Torquay sales and lettings agency in 2005. Was President of NAEA Propertymark in 2017.
First job: Surveyor at Vail Williams in Surrey.

agents together19. Sarah Edmundson, Agents Together
Years in property: Seven years
In a nutshell: After initial roles in the holiday accommodation sector, Sarah joined Fine & Country before joining its parent company the Guild as a regional manager in 2016. She then went on to be an industry training expert launching the Allstarts Group in 2017. On top of that she is also CEO of the Bruce brothers’ charity, Agents Together.
First job: Worked at outdoor clothing firm.

Jade Boyles-White image20. Jade Boyles-White, Complete Property
Managing Director
Years in property: Nine years
In a nutshell: Started out in property management before joining Connells’ local lettings team. Then joined growing local agency Complete, being made its MD in January 2019. She is also involved in the Guild and as a local representative for Rayner Personnel.
First job: Service Advisor at property management firm.

hortons21. Beth Shaw, Hortons
Regional Director
Years in property: 13 years
In a nutshell: After a lucky escape from retail in 2007 (Arcadia) she joined agency Johns German before joining East Midlands firm Newton Fallowell. In 2017 she joined expanding hybrid agency Hortons.
First job: Sales Manager, Next


December 8, 2020

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