Our People

The company has had a long history in Lewisham Borough and was originally established in the later half of the 19th century opposite the station at Forest Hill.

The years have seen several transformations in the business with the company formally known as Bromley & Co, then changing its name to Bromley Stanford and laterly in the early 70’s Robert Stanford. The business interests also changed from Auctioneers and Valuers in the 1900’s to Sales Agents and Mortgage Advisors in the 1970’s and most recently from 1999 Sales & Letting Agents.

Despite all these divergences over nearly a century and a quarter the biggest change has come in 2014 with the expansion of the company across the Borough of Lewisham in South London to include a second office in Hither Green which now allows the business to cover the whole borough with properties in Lewisham, Hither Green, Catford and Lee to add to the portfolio and marketing of properties already across Honor Oak, Forest Hill & Sydenham.

This has only been achievable through the hard work and dedicated service that the team at Stanford Estates provides.

Stanford Estates, Estate agent in Honor Oak, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Hither Green Lee and Catford, selling houses, selling flats. Letting agents in Honor Oak, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Hither Green Lee and Catford, letting out property with professional tenants. Free Sales Valuations in Honor Oak, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Hither Green Lee and Catford. Free Letting Valuations in Honor Oak, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Hither Green Lee and Catford.

 

Heather Nicol - Director

Heather Nicol - Director

Heather has many years of experience in the industry over the last 30 years, from heading up sales teams in Canary Wharf to establishing her own business in South London with a view to creating a team of highly customer focused professionals.

As our legal guru; Heather is always on hand for all the staff to get her view on any complex issue or transactions that arises.

Ben Nicol MNAEA MARLA - Co-Director

Ben Nicol MNAEA MARLA - Co-Director

Ben has been in Estate Agency since the 1990’s, and having started at Robert Stanford as a Junior Negotiator worked his way up to office manager in the early noughties. Oringinally one of Heather’s branch managers the opportunity to buy into the firm came in 2006, and Ben has now been a Company Director for 10 years. A member of the National Association of Estate Agents, his leadership has seen the company develop its quality of Service, a large management portfolio and a progressive and continued pursuit to engrain Stanford Estates within the community.

The recent expansion with a new office in Catford to follow 2014’s opening in Hither Green and the re-branding of Robert Stanford’s to Stanford Estates has been one of the biggest challenges to date; ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed creating a new direction for our business. The Forest Hill Team are a tight unit which have been dedicated to providing a quality of service which is unrivalled and Hither Green has already proved to be a great success. Catford is a different challenge in an area that is changing quickly but we see that our quality of marketing and client courtesy will gain us success right across the borough of Lewisham.’

Malcolm Goes - Forest Hill

Malcolm Goes - Forest Hill

Malcolm has been with the company since 2004, previously having worked through a number of offices across South and East London, as well as a stint running his own company in Canary Wharf. His ability to deal with clients in a very personable manner has earned him a reputation amongst his clients which has led over the years to continued support and recommendations. Having experience across both Sales & Lettings and a consummate understanding for ‘Fairness’ Malcolm has always managed to find the middle ground in all his negotiations.

Having lived in the area for the whole of his life, applicants ‘old and new’ have also benefited on his advise throughout the years.

Malcolm was bought up in Peckham and educated locally in Forest Hill, New Cross and Nunhead. He also studied at the University of Greenwich.

Alex Gilbert MARLA - Hither Green

Alex Gilbert MARLA - Hither Green

Alex came to work for Stanford Estates straight after school as an office junior, and was always on hand to deal with the little things that needed doing around the office and for our clients.

Over the years his familiar face and voice has led him to become perfect for his current role, in a difficult market he keeps a cool head and always tries to maintain positive relationships between his tenants and landlords leading to continued return business and tenants that Let his properties year after year.

Having left school unsure of a career path, Alex start his working life with Stanfords back in 2008 at the tender age of 18. Throughout his time in the family company Alex has progressed through various roles in both lettings and sales which have enabled him to gain valuable experience in all areas of the business. With a passion for property both inside and outside of work, Alex has a desire to build a property portfolio and is currently looking for his first purchase.

Whilst Alex has experienced a managing role before when looking after the lettings and property management department, Alex was recently given his biggest opportunity in May 2016 when he was asked to take over the Hither Green Branch. Needless to say he has taken to managing a whole branch on his own like a duck to water and looks to continue the fantastic progress already seen as Stanford Estates Hither Green branch is the local agent of choice.

Wendy Fitzgerald MNAEA

Wendy Fitzgerald MNAEA

Wendy started as a Saturday girl for the respected South London Estate Agents Andrews & Robertson in their East Dulwich office. She then moved to Scotchbrooks Estate Agents in Forest Hill in about 2003 for a more permanent roll. Five years later the closure of Scotchbrooks during the ‘Credit Crunch’ gave Robert Stanford Estates the opportunity to obtain one of Forest Hill’s best negotiators.

Wendy has a wealth of local knowledge with over 15 years working in Forest Hill and brings her bright and bubbly personality to Stanford Estates along with her years of experience. Her strong family values, caring and friendly natural means she works well with all generations, having helped her own children go through the sales process and purchasing properties of her own.

James Nicol MNAEA MARLA - Catford

James Nicol MNAEA MARLA - Catford

James started his working life as a product demonstrator and has worked across the UK and North America selling everything from toys to advertising space. In 2012 James made the transition to the property industry and started working as a lettings negotiator in The City, there he learnt the required skills of managing property transactions on behalf of many investor and corporate clients.

After gaining experience in the industry in 2013 James joined the family firm at Stanford Estates to head up the newly opened Hither Green Office. Following the success of the Hither Green office, more recently in 2016 James has taken on the responsibility for the new office located in the heart of Catford and has been tasked with ensuring a continued growth and establishing the company reputation within the area.

Jack Lowis MNAEA - Hither Green

Jack Lowis MNAEA - Hither Green

After stumbling around a few different jobs after six form, Jack quickly realised he had a passion for sales, but needed to find an area in which he could really focus his skills.

Jack came to Stanford’s with little property experience, but had a white hot desire to learn the ins and outs of the industry and completed his NAEA exams within his first year with us.

Jack’s understanding of peoples needs and finding a middle ground, as well as being with the Hither Green branch since it opened, have helped him become an extremely well established agent in the Hither Green Area and one of our stars!

Having somewhat fallen into the estate agent industry, Jack is looking forward to a long and successful career with Stanford Estates, and looks to one day run his own office having learnt the industry from the ground up but understanding that everyday there is always something new to learn.

Outside of work Jack is a big sports fan, loves football and loves Tottenham Hotspur.

Michaela Wyles - Hither Green

Michaela Wyles - Hither Green

Michaela has come from both a sales and service back ground with face to face and telephone sales training and prides herself on delivering the best service possible. After deciding to change her career path into the property sector Michaela has found her feet as an estate agent. Enjoying the diversity of the role, from introducing her clients to potential new homes to handing over the keys at the end of the transaction and all the milestones between. Born and bread in the Lewisham Borough she has seen the huge changes over the years, and is proud to be part of an area that is still growing in a positive way.

With her positive and bubbly personality, Michaela is very enthusiastic in her job role and has a thirst to continue to work hard to be the best she can be.

Susan Shitima - Property Management

Susan Shitima - Property Management

After several years working in various roles including hospitality, transport and fashion, Susan has settled in our property management department and is building a career as Stanford Estates portfolio increases. Having recently completed her level 3 Residential Lettings and Management Technical Award and been on an number of CPD courses involving deposit returns and tenancy disputes Susan’s aptitude is constantly improving.

A free-spirited individual with a thirst for knowledge, Susan enjoys meeting people, listening to music, spending quality time with her teenage daughters, going to the opera and reading books.

Salma Skunder - Property Administrator

Salma Skunder - Property Administrator

Whilst studying and following graduation, Salma has spent time in various customer services and administration roles. Having found both areas interesting, she is now enjoying the challenges presented by a role which combines both in Stanford Estates management team. With great clerical abilities Salma is working hard to improve her customer relations.

She is currently working towards gaining her Level 3 Residential Lettings and Management Award to ensure that she understand the laws and regulations that are pertinent to her role.

Catherine Chan

Catherine Chan

Catherine graduated with a Marketing and Advertising degree in 2012. Following this she pursued her interest in the fashion and sales market, working her way up from your local high street store to opening the first Karl Lagerfeld store in London.

Highly disciplined in customer service she became increasingly attracted to the property sector following her family investments and interest in the industry.

After dipping her feet in the lettings sector in the city she decided that she would combine her passion for the industry with the love of locality in Forest Hill and has joined the Stanford estates family. Within a year of working for Stanford estates she is now ARLA qualified and is working on expanding her knowledge in the sale sector; with the aim of buying her first property next year!!

Cherrelle Wharton - Office Coordinator

Cherrelle has worked in the property industry for the past seven years having started her career as a Sales Administrator in the Crystal Palace area, it was during her time in that role that she established a passion for property and made the decision to make the move from behind the desk and become a Sales Negotiator.

After three successful years as a negotiator Cherrelle decided to step back from the rigours of sales and has joined the team at Stanford Estates as the Office Coordinator which enables her to spend more time with her husband and two sons; providing Stanford Estates with her positive bubbly character and professional experience while giving herself a healthy life balance.

Mia Gaffney - Catford

Francesco Rosselli

Francesco has been a licensed building surveyor since 2001 in his native Sicily, running his own business until 2014 working in construction across the Island.

2015 was the right  time for a big life change, leaving Sicily for London, and has joined Stanford Estates with an Administration role in Hither Green branch.

He consider himself hungry of knowledge,that’s why he loves the Socratic paradox “I know that I know nothing”.

In his spare time Francesco loves london life with his friends, runs half marathons but is happiest on the tennis court; with a racquet in hand and a tough opponent.

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