As the industry charity for the property industry, Agents Giving works with Estate and Lettings Agents and their suppliers across the UK to encourage, support and promote their fundraising activities.
Hi, I’m Phil Spencer and thank you for visiting Agents Giving.
We’re the industry charity for lettings agents, estate agents and suppliers to the industry and I hope you will consider getting involved with some of our events and find out how Agents Giving can support your fundraising activities.
Thank you for your support, together we can make a real difference to our local communities and national charities.
Patron of Agents Giving
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 franchise 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 ’90s 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.
David Newnes was one of the first Board Members of Agents Giving when it started and he has played an active role in the charity since then.
David was one of the founder MBO team at LSL, on the PLC Board responsible for the estate agency and financial services businesses including Your Move, Reeds Rains, Marsh and Parsons, on the board of e.surv and most of the LSL subsidiary companies.
David left LSL in December 2014 and is now involved in a range of businesses including Chairman of askporter, a shareholder and non-exec director at BriefYourMarket and Berkeley Inns – and in March 2019 he renewed his relationship with LSL taking on 39 branches and 12 territories.
In his spare time David has a passion for motor racing and for classic and modern cars and when time allows working around the farm in Derbyshire, sailing and scuba diving.
Peter Knight cofounded Agents Giving in 2007 and having served for several years as Chairman has now handed over that baton to Michael Stoop but remains on the board as a director.
Peter is very involved with the estate agency industry. His primary business, the Property Academy, works with a select group of agents to help them fulfil their business potential. He also produces the Best Estate Agent Guide, an assessment of the whole industry in collaboration with Rightmove and organises the largest awards event, the EA Masters.
Away from property, Peter is also an Ambassador for Velindre, (cancer research charity) and has taken part in numerous fundraising events including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and cycling across India and Sri Lanka.
Gary has been with Reapit for 8 years and is currently the Group Managing Director and has the pleasure of running an award-winning team delivering cutting edge technologies. Prior to his role with Reapit Gary held a number of senior roles within the Countrywide Plc group including Head of IT and Development and was responsible for implementing agency CRM throughout their 1,000 office network.
Gary is also a qualified accountant and prior to falling into IT, he spent a number of years as a business analyst for a leading blue chip IT distribution company. In the limited spare time that he affords, Gary is a keen sportsman focussing on tennis and golf.
Spencer Lawrence has been part of the Paramount Group for 18 years, the last 10 of which have seen him heading up the multi-award-winning lettings team.
Paramount Properties, an independent agency based in north London offers landlords a professional and competent service that meets their needs by putting the property first.
Spencer established the Paramount Collective, an internal charity committee run by Paramount staff to coordinate events and fundraising activities for various charities. Spencer was also a Regional Director of Agents Giving.
Gareth Samples is a well-known and highly respected property industry professional with a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Having successfully operated in Managing Director and Senior Board positions for both corporate estate agency chain Your Move and later Multi-Channel marketing suppliers Brief Your Market, Gareth has a strong background with regards to operational direction and the long term strategic planning required for successful business growth and success.
His expansive true industry grounding which saw him begin life as a Sales Negotiator for Connells and rise progressively through the industry becoming one of the few corporate heavyweights to have a true coal face understanding of the business.
Gareth operates a highly successful consultancy service across a wide-ranging portfolio of business interests including restaurants, commercial contracting, estate agency and prop tech.
A committed benefactor to several charitable ventures Gareth is keen to support others wishing to raise monies through the Agents Giving Charity.
I have been working at Foxtons since 2002 and it has been an amazing journey. I started out running Recruitment and Learning and Development which meant I had the pleasure of on-boarding and training all new recruits for over ten years, ensuring that we maintained a diverse and inclusive workplace.
I am now the Director of Corporate Services and Customer Experience. Corporate Services looks after almost 5000 professionals relocating to London for work purposes every year. Customer Experience is all about the holistic view that customers have of us – it’s about how people interact with us through different channels, how we design and simplify their journeys and deliver them consistently and with quality. After 16 years, I am still learning, still developing and still having lots of fun with my colleagues.
When I’m not at Foxtons I can be found running after two toddlers on Richmond Green – eating ice cream and kicking footballs!
Jane Gardner has been in the property industry since the 1980s and has worked within independent, franchised and corporate estate agencies. She has started up numerous businesses which have gone on to be incredibly successful and built an award-winning lettings agency “Sewell & Gardner” in 2002, selling to Countrywide plc at the end of 2014.
Jane now works as a specialist lettings consultant to estate agency businesses across the UK and runs a busy digital media company running estate agency social media accounts and designing agency websites. Jane sits on the NFoPP exam board for the lettings technical awards and was the first in the UK to pass the Level 4 Certificate in Residential Lettings & Property Management.
Marcus joined the Guild of Property Professionals in 2008, the UK’s largest membership organisation for independent estate agents, acting as its CEO for over 8 years. He then briefly served as Finance Director for the GPEA Group (Guild, Fine & Country and Property Logic) until its acquisition by easyProperty in 2017, when he became Chief Operations Officer for the new, enlarged company (ePropServices), sitting on the main PLC Board.
Before joining The Guild, Marcus held a variety of senior board positions across several industries including FMCG, chemicals, compliance, consultancy, and full-service media – including living and working in Germany for 3 years during and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Marcus has recently launched a new venture with the objective of promoting higher standards of environmental, social and governance across the sector, and in particular, raising awareness around sustainability and wellness. He was formerly the environmental manager for a well-known UK plc, so this is the continuation of a long journey!
For relaxation, Marcus likes running in the leafy lanes and fields of the Huntingdonshire countryside.
Nathan Emerson is an experienced property professional with over 26 years operating at Partner and Director level in a high-performance environment at arguably one of the most successful independent estate agents in the UK. Originating from a full multi-discipline agency background Nathan is adept and versatile across residential sales and lettings. Used to working with both small and large teams he is a skilled and driven individual with a mind for system implementation and front end results.
Nathan was a proactive National Advisory Council member for the 650 office strong Relocation Agent Network for over 10 years and in addition, he also sat as the East Midlands Regional Chairman.
He was responsible for the winning of over 30 national awards including The Times and Sunday Times awards Estate Agent of the Year, Best Medium Agent UK, Best New Homes Agent, Best Letting Agent and the prestigious Cartus cup.
Nathan acts as a consultant within the property industry working alongside both agents and suppliers. He also sits as a Director to the main Propertymark board which oversees both NAEA and ARLA, Nathan is committed to seeing progressive change, modernisation and improved standards within the industry.
In his spare time – he is a great lover of food, wine and barely moderate exercise…
Debbie joined TDS in July 2017 as the Assistant Director of Business Development. Debbie then became Head of Sales and Marketing at TDS in January 2020. Debbie has an extensive background in the property industry with over 18 years’ experience in residential lettings. Debbie brings her passion for raising standards in the lettings industry into her role and is responsible for the digital marketing, advertising, communications and events management for TDS with a firm focus on business development across the TDS brand including TDS England & Wales, TDS Northern Ireland, TDS Academy and TDS Charitable Foundation.
Our office network covers Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire providing us with some excellent links. We are also members of the Land & New Homes Network which further enhances our contact base. Within our areas, we have strong social media pages on Facebook and LinkedIn where posts are made by all offices, colleagues and a PR Company that we use.
In regards to my passion for fund raising, it is fair to say that it is a recently found passion. In recent years, various things have happened to family, friends and acquaintances that have put life in to perspective somewhat and at risk of using a cliché, has made me value what I have and appreciate how lucky I am.
I have a son called Archie who is nearly 4 with my wife Laura. Since having a family, the all too familiar and tragic stories of children requiring potentially lifesaving treatment abroad stick in my mind so much more and ultimately inspired the recent golf day amongst other things we have done to raise money. In another local campaign “Wear Red for Zach” we donated fees from sales in the area he lived in. He, like Harry, met their fund raising target and is undergoing treatment.
In short, I feel I have a lot more to give from a fund raising point of view and the golf day has given me the confidence and inspiration to kick on and help make a difference in a wider area. As my experience, knowledge and support base continue to grow, I cant wait to get our next event organised. Whilst my expertise (other than selling houses!) is golf, my network of contacts will ensure we can make a success out of various other types of event.
I am also a committee member of the Ironbridge Business Consortium which is a group of like minded business owners that meet regularly to introduce new initiatives designed to drive business to local firms whilst enhancing the town for it’s visitors and residents.
Whilst effectively covering the whole of our patch with a land and new homes cap on, my desk is in our Ironbridge office and we have found it hugely beneficial to be as involved in our community as possible. Likewise, all of our branch principals are driven to involve themselves in the local area as much as possible.
In the past, both myself and my wife (who is also involved in our business) acted as chairman of Solihull Rotaract, a young person’s organisation which was part of Rotary International. As well as being a social organisation we did a lot of fundraising for charity and service in the community. My wife was also involved in girl guiding charity, helping raise money for our 15-year-old daughter, along with other guides, to travel to Ghana in Africa to help in an orphanage. I am also currently the charity steward for my local Masonic lodge.
I am keen to meet with other agents in my region, get to know them, and promote the cause of charity fundraising within our industry.
Richard began his career as a junior negotiator “an unspecified number of decades ago”. He opened Northfields in 1986 and has grown it to four offices during its first twenty years. He has a strong attachment to the West London area, has been the President of the Ealing Chamber of Commerce, Rotary President and is a Trustee of The Log Cabin charity.
Sarah-Anne joined Macleod & MacCallum in 2001 and manages the Residential Lettings Department. Sarah-Anne has an extensive background in the property industry with over 19 years’ experience in residential lettings. Sarah-Anne was successfully shortlisted as Learner of the Year at the Propertymark Qualification Awards in 2018 and has achieved that NFOPP Level 6 Award in Residential Letting and Property Management Scotland.
The Department was the Gold winner in the British Property Awards for Letting Agent in Inverness 2018-2019 and were also chosen as the Bronze winner. Macleod & MacCallum have a great charity ethos and pride themselves in giving back to the local communities in which they operate. As a result, the Macleod & MacCallum Community Grant Scheme was set up, which is aimed at helping to support local communities across the Highlands and Islands, and is open to all local groups, charities and organisations.
The grant comprises of five “Mini Mac” Grants of £500 each and one “Mighty Mac” Grant of £1,000. Sarah-Anne shares this ethos and arranged for her team to take part in the Queensferry Crossing Walk, where pedestrians were granted the “once-in-a-lifetime experience” of walking across the new road bridge. The Queensferry Crossing Experience ballot attracted almost 250,000 applicants, with 50,000 given the one-off chance to cross the bridge on foot. Sarah-Anne and her team decided to do this is in aid of sIMBA (Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal).
Jamie started work for Pygott & Crone on 2004 and has been fortunate enough to work in a variety of different roles within the company progressing to Branch Manager. He is passionate about the property industry and takes pride in the wealth of experience he has gained whist working for Pygott and Crone. He is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and spent 2 years as a board member representing Lincolnshire. Over the years he has been nominated for national awards and has represented Pygott and Crone at industry events across the country.
Outside of work, Jamie’s interests include live music and watching sports, he is a keen football fan and has season tickets at Everton. Jamie has a son who plays football for Sleaford, Lincoln and Nottingham Forest youth teams.
Jamie continues to be involved in many events for charities that are close to his heart, having taken part in cycle rides, 3 Peak Challenges and distance running to name a few. Jamie was honoured to be awarded Fund Raiser of the Year in 2018 at the Agents Giving Awards.