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Michael Stoop – Chairman

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 its Estate Agency Network but successfully converted the corporate estate agency business into a wholly franchised network, in excess of 100 branches. L&G sold its franchise network to Martin & Co PLC in 2014 and Michael became their Group Managing Director on completion of the transaction.

Michael Stoop retired from his position in 2016 as group managing director at what was formerly Martin & Co and is now The Property Franchise Group.

Michael joined the OEA now TPO as a Director in November 2003 and was a member TPO 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 and holds various NED roles within the property industry as well as various consultancy roles as well as Chairman of the newly formed TPO Industry Forum.