Henshaws Estate Agent, KT24
|Properties||Number of properties||Avg. asking price||Avg. listing age|
|Residential for sale||39||£962,809||17 weeks|
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Meet the team
Andrew Halliwell MARLA MNAEADirector
At the age of 17 a friend of my father introduced me to estate agency in Northampton. If I’m honest the fact that he had a brand new Mercedes Benz and a private aeroplane might have influenced my decision to get in to the business! So that was it I was hooked on property at an early age and having served my apprenticeship in Northamptonshire I headed south to East Horsley as a 19 year old in 1978 where I joined a well-respected practice called Bridgers. I moved up through the ranks from negotiator, senior negotiator and manager and then the bombshell hit and Bridgers were sold very quickly changing to a ‘corporate animal’. My working ethos has always been about knowing your client and providing a service that was second to none. This became an impossibility with the new regime, so it was time to head out and go it alone in partnership with another disenchanted ex Bridgers employee. This is when Henshaws was born in the early part of 1987. The decision then came as to whether we expand expand expand, but potentially lose our identity or stay fervently independent and continue with the ethos we had been brought up on. There was only one real answer to that question! It’s the way I am and it’s what drives me on, it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. And when I’m not at work: So what do I do when I’m not selling houses? My main passion is sailing which takes up most weekends and I also enjoy golf (average handicap) and skiing (get down any hill but not very pretty). In addition there are the scores for West Ham United & Northampton Town to look out for and Northampton Saints rugby.
Graham ClarkeSales manager
After graduating in Economics at Loughborough University in the early 1990s my first career was in advertising sales where I received the best sales training available whilst working in central London. I worked on a number of publications including Total Film & The Week and even a small stint on Caravan Plus! As a new century dawned it was time for a change, I had met my wife Karen and was disillusioned with the publishing world so decided to follow in my Fathers’ footsteps who had worked in property all his life as a Chartered Surveyor, and the rest, they say, is history. I joined Henshaws in 2002 and after a short stint in the Bookham office have been holding the fort in East Horsley ever since. And when I’m not at work: I have 2 daughters Lily & Alice who keep me busy outside the office especially now as I coach hockey with Alice every Sunday at Old Cranleighans HC. I try to go for a run three times a week but manage once and have been known to visit my local bootcamp. I can both ski and snowboard being better at the latter and love a country walk in the Surrey Hills.
Vanessa Churchward-SteelSales Assistant
I came into the property market late in the game but having had a wealth of experience as my father was a property developer in Wimbledon and Berkshire. In fact I grew up in one of the properties my father designed and built. Long before joining Henshaws I worked for over 15 years in London. First in the brokerage of oil tanker chartering and then in the cut and thrust world of the commodities market. I absolutely loved working in both industries as you never knew from one day to the next how the day would pan out, a bit like the property market! I then took a career break when I married and had my two children. During the intervening years I felt I needed more from life than being a full-time mother and missed the dynamics of working. I have always had a fascination for other people’s houses and began helping a friend run her interior design business with clients in London and the Home Counties for nearly two years. Following my and my children's move to East Horsley in 2011, I decided to pursue my first real interest estate agency, joining Henshaws in 2012. What a perfect way to combine what I love and get paid in the process. We are a committed bunch and I love everything about working here – we are a one big happy family and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. And when I’m not at work: In my spare time, I love playing tennis having previously played in the Surrey League. Cycling, walking and have been known to put on a pair of skis, skiing quite extensively in France and Switzerland (where I partly grew up). I also love the theatre and am an avid reader. But what I really love to do is spend time with my family and friends.
Richard WallingtonSenior negotiator
Having left Cranleigh School in 1985 and a short service commission in the army cut short due to an injury, I started working in Estate Agency as a trainee negotiator in Cobham where I stayed until the early 1990’s. After a short stint working on the Weekend FT property supplement, I was working out of St Martin’s House in East Horsley for a developer in the role of Sales and Marketing Manager, selling large detached houses on St George’s Hill and Cobham. When the lure of being young and wanting to live in London became too strong I moved to Putney where I bought into an Estate Agency with offices in Putney and Fulham, where we ran both sales and lettings departments. However as the years went by, family reasons brought me back to East Horsley and for the last seven years I have been working in the area. I am absolutely thrilled to be working for Henshaws, a firm I have always admired for their honesty and ability to be straight forward. A rare and valuable commodity these days amongst the corporate animals of today. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the London and Surrey property market I am thoroughly enjoying working at Henshaws. And when I’m not at work: In my spare time, I like to paint and have been exhibited in a south west London gallery. I am also very interested in Buddhism and attend the Buddhist Society in Victoria.