The Garrington team unites some of the most experienced property finders and buying agents in the UK, who offer clients hundreds of years of combined expertise
Jennie Cole Regional Partner (Kent & East Sussex)
Born and Bred in the South East, Jennie attended Tonbridge Grammar School and obtained a History degree from Nottingham Trent University before settling in Kent.
Following a few years working in Finance and for a luxury Tour Operator in London, she accepted a job with a local Estate Agent and discovered her passion for property.
After 14 years in residential sales and valuations including working for a well regarded prime country house firm and a several of years working as Sales and Marketing Manager for a New Build developer, Jennie decided to switch roles and represent buyers instead of sellers.
Recognising the frustration buyers feel in a difficult market, where in most transactions only the seller has professional advice and representation, Jennie helps remove the stress from the process.
Throughout her career she has developed an expansive knowledge of the local property market as well as a broad network of professional contacts, enabling her to source off-market properties and negotiate with confidence to secure perfect properties on behalf of her clients.
Jennie lives in Tunbridge Wells on the boarder of Kent and East Sussex. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, photography, travel and cooking.
Toby Ridge Regional Partner (Essex & Herts)
Toby has extensive experience and an impressive network of contacts built up during his many years in property. He initially began his career as a negotiator in North London with a leading independent estate agent before being promoted to Premier Homes Manager, covering North London and Hertfordshire.
Despite a move away from property into recruitment, Toby was infamous for finding properties for work colleagues, including one of the Directors of the large financial recruitment agency for whom he worked.
This ongoing involvement in property became the catalyst for his return to the world of property, seeing him establish his own relocation and property finding company in 2005, which he successfully grew before deciding to join Garrington.
Over the years Toby has found exquisite homes for private clients across Essex and Hertfordshire. Toby also has a keen eye for potential, he is able to spot a diamond in the rough, great for those who are looking for refurbishment and investment opportunities.
Toby lives on the north Essex border and in his free time he enjoys road cycling, to date he has completed the London to Paris journey three times.
Katie Neale Regional Partner
Katie joins forces with Garrington having started her career working for high net worth individuals and private families as an Interior Designer at the prestigious Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, working in prime residential property settings, yachts and holiday homes.
Latterly she moved into project work in the City and West End for Jones Lang LeSalle.
Having worked with high net worth individuals, private family trusts and foreign investors, Katie understands the need to offer absolute discretion and the best possible service throughout the acquisition process.
Beginning her own property search venture after becoming a mother, the business grew organically with some wonderful clients many of whom returned to engage her services and make use of her extensive contacts within the property market. She has represented clients looking to move from London to the countryside as well as foreign investors seeking advice on portfolio acquisitions and buy-to-let investments in London.
Originally hailing from Rutland, Katie left South West London six years ago and is now based in rural Hertfordshire. Having made the move from London herself she understands the important factors for families in deciding on their new home; good schools, commuting distances and local amenities.
Jonathan Hopper Chief Executive Officer
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.
Yanina Jeffrey CLIENT SERVICES
Growing up in Hertfordshire, Yanina has gained a broad range of Administration experiences from industry sectors such as software, life sciences and medical and publishing. This was all whilst seeking her ideal role within property.
Yanina now provides an essential role in coordinating Garrington’s client and marketing activities.
When not at work, Yanina enjoys spending time with her husband and family – Standing on the side lines on freezing Sunday afternoon’s supporting her daughter playing netball.
Deborah Stanton New Business Executive
Growing up in London, Deborah has always loved the architecture of the capital, inspiring her path into the property industry.
This led to a career starting as a junior negotiator and finishing at a senior level over a seven-year period, in one of London’s largest and best known estate agencies.
Wanting to work more with private clients, on the buying side of the process, Deborah now provides an essential role at Garrington, helping both new and past clients across the UK, whilst also growing relationships with Garrington’s many corporate alliance partners.
When not at work, Deborah is shimmering her way around the dance-floor, competing in ballroom and Latin competitions, and more recently ‘treading the boards’ in an Off-West End production of Chicago.