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Michael Stoop – Agents Giving Board Director

Michael Stoop

Michael Stoop FRICS, FNAEA, MARLA.

Started in Estate Agency with Winkworth & Co in their Knightsbridge office in September 1976 as a junior negotiator. By 1979 Michael was appointed Manager of the Winkworth Fulham office and when the company converted to a franchise business, he became the first franchisee within the group, purchasing the Fulham office in 1982, opening a second branch in Chiswick in 1984. By 1986, having run two very successful franchise businesses, Michael became Managing Director of Winkworth and along with Simon Agace the Chairman, built up a network of 48 franchised offices. Michael sold his franchises in the early 90’s and left the Winkworth group in April 1992. He joined the Legal & General Group in September 1992 where he was instrumental in setting up Legal & General Franchising Ltd. Michael has witnessed a lot of change within the Corporate ownership by L&G of it’s Estate Agency Network but successfully converted the corporate estate agency business into a wholly franchised network, in excess of 85 branches. L&G sold its franchise network to Martin & Co PLC on October 31st 2014 and Michael became their Group Managing Director on completion of the transaction.

Michael joined the OEA now POS as a Director in November 2003 and was a member POS Disciplinary Standards Committee from 2008-2012. He became a Trustee of the Estate Agents Foundation (Agents Giving) in 2010.

Michael is also, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and a Member of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents.

Michael Stoop has now retired from his position as group managing director at what was formerly Martin & Co and is now The Property Franchise Group.  He had held the position for less than two years and is not being replaced. Despite his retirement, he has set up a new business.

However, Michael will continue as a consultant for the group until June 2017.
He remains vice-chairman of The Property Ombudsman, and he is director of Michael Stoop Property Services.