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 (Oxon)
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.
Lisa Burton Regional Partner (Berks & Bucks)
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.
Marianne Walsh Regional Partner (Bucks)
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.
Sam Williams Regional Partner (Berks & Surrey)
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.
Jonathan Hopper Chief Executive
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.
Nadia Carri New Business Executive
Growing up in the historical town of Windsor, from a young age Nadia has always appreciated character properties and the quirkiness and history that they offer. For over 5 years, Nadia had the opportunity to live on the West Coast, USA and developed a love for a different type of build; newer, more spacious and with such innovative architecture.
With a varied background in client supporting roles including property sales, lettings and recruitment, Nadia builds on a successful career by now creating new relationships and nurturing long-standing valued clients alike.
In her personal time, Nadia enjoys being active, following on from a semi-professional gymnastics past, as well as spending time with her large extended Italian family cooking, eating and spending time together.
Hannah MacDonald New Business Administrator
Growing up in the Devonshire countryside, her parents love of property and renovation has been passed down. Hannah has relocated many times throughout the UK and has worked in leading real estate firms in different parts of the country, helping her to understand the intricacies of relocating.
After finishing her education and on completing University, she spent her early twenties riding horses and pursuing a professional career in grooming. She revisited her passion for property more recently; and has since sought a new challenge by joining Garrington to support the Head Office team, helping potential new clients who are considering engaging a property finder.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys her passion for the countryside, exploring with her two dogs and taking regular trips back to Devon to visit her family.
Jane Ramsay Client Services Administrator
Growing up in the Cheshire countryside on the edge of the Peak District, Jane has always had an appreciation for restored, character properties in idyllic surroundings.
Jane began her career in publishing. Having worked on county magazines for 14 years, Jane developed a hard-earned reputation for providing a dedicated and professional support to clients. She diligently built relationships with discerning customers and brings a wealth of Administration experience to her role at Garrington. Joining the Head Office team, Jane provides a solid and trusted support as part of Client Services.
After several of her own moves across Cheshire, she understands the importance of a smooth buying journey. Outside of work, Jane volunteers at a local animal rescue charity. A keen runner, she also enjoys creating nutritious meals for her family.
Hannie Theobald Client Services
Having been bought up in the idyllic Norfolk countryside, surrounded by family being involved with property developments and interior designs, Hannie quickly discovered her passion for property. Upon finishing her education at Norwich High School for Girls, Hannie went on to study Real Estate at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, where she successfully graduated with a RICS accredited, First Class Honours degree.
During this time, it became clear that Hannie’s natural flair with property and people would lead her to an exciting role in Norfolk with a market leading estate agent, dealing with prime property.
With her passion for sales blossoming and a desire to work in fast paced dynamic markets, Hannie then moved to London, where she thrived working in Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove, prior to then joining Garrington.
She now supports the Head Office team in a pivotal role helping potential new clients considering engaging a property finder and also supports a wide range of corporate alliance partnerships.
In her free time, Hannie enjoys exploring the North Norfolk coastline on long walks, with her adorable dogs.