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. Our property finders in London have over a 20 year track record of success for acquiring some of the finest homes in the Capital on behalf of private clients.
Nick Dawson Regional Partner
Having spent his early years living in SW London and Surrey, Nick was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset before subsequently graduating from Royal Holloway College (University of London) in 1996, Nick moved into property after starting his career as a shipbroker in The City.
Nick has worked for high profile, corporate real estate firms and smaller independent niche companies. After a decade in the residential sector, Nick gained further experience working in the UK and European markets for both commercial and investment property as an asset manager and acquisition surveyor for investment funds. He returned to the residential sector in 2004 where he successfully ran a number of offices in Central London and the City. After a brief spell in Mallorca, Nick joined Garrington in the Summer of 2010 putting his varied experience to good use sourcing properties for private clients.
Over the many years conducting searches on behalf of private client’s across London, Nick has also built an extensive knowledge of locations outside of central, particularly in the village areas of London and would now be recognised as a true expert in these markets with his comprehensive knowledge of how to source and acquire the most unique homes.
Nick lives in southwest London with his family and their dog Basil. He has a very keen interest in cooking, food and wine, particularly Italian cuisine and his love of Italy and regularly plays competitive tennis.
James Rawes Regional Partner
With a career in residential property spanning over 30 years, James has seen most of what the market has had to offer. Starting out in agency in Berkshire and Surrey in the late ‘80s, he moved up to central London in the mid ‘90s, selling flats and houses in St John’s Wood and Notting Hill. This prepared him for a long stint in South Kensington and Chelsea, working for two of the premier agents in the area. Then, in 2003, James was offered the opportunity to run the Block Management arm of a Chelsea agency. For 3 years, this demanding but ultimately rewarding role taught him more about property and leases than he had learnt in the previous 15 years. Although this added a number of strings to his bow, ultimately the pull of the market was too hard to ignore. When the chance to work for one of the most highly regarded Buying Agents came up, in what was at the time, a young industry, James grabbed the opportunity.
In 2006, James joined Garrington and has never looked back. The firm’s dedicated and forensic approach to property search is ideally suited to his methodical and professional standards. With the extensive experience he is able to bring to the role, Garrington’s clients can be assured of access to a deep and varied knowledge base. Indeed, during the 13 years that James has been a Property Advisor, his clients’ searches have taken him from the Prime Central areas of London to the up and coming postcodes south of the Thames, the trendy districts east of the City, to the media hangouts of north west London and to the popular family areas of the west and south-west.
James lives in south-west London close to Richmond with his wife and three children. He has done so for 20 years and is always going on about how lucky he is to be able to walk, run or cycle in the 2000 acres of Richmond Park while being a short distance from the capital’s attractions.
He can be found zipping about on his moped, often the first to respond to an agent’s nod about a new home to the market, previewing, analysing and informing his clients about their next property purchase.
Rex Chalmers Regional Partner
Rex started his career selling computer solutions with training from the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. In the early 90’s he entered the residential property market where he developed a strong interest and appreciation for architecture and interior design which became a passion.
Over the years he developed his skills matching people to property, often helping clients realise minor alterations and extensions can create their dream home.
Rex rose through the ranks becoming a director for some of the UK’s leading agents and established and grew his own Estate Agency that had great success until a change in direction was needed.
With a well-regarded track record of helping buyers access to exceptional property across South West London he quickly became recognised as a buying advisor in this area.
Listening to a buyer and their priorities is the key. Some will be flexible in the search and others require the finished product. There is a dedication to finding the correct solution for clients that Rex does not tire from.
Deborah Stanton Regional Partner
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.
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.
Jonathan Hopper Chief Executive
Jonathan has an enviable track record of success spanning 20 years in the property and relocation industry. As Chief Executive Officer 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.
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 Director
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.
Nadia Parkinson Client Search Manager
Growing up in the historical town of Windsor, from a young age Nadia has always appreciated character properties and the quirkiness and history that they offer. For over 5 years, Nadia had the opportunity to live on the West Coast, USA and developed a love for a different type of build; newer, more spacious and with such innovative architecture.
With a varied background in client supporting roles including property sales, lettings and recruitment, Nadia builds on a successful career by now creating new relationships and nurturing long-standing valued clients alike.
In her personal time, Nadia enjoys being active, following on from a semi-professional gymnastics past, as well as spending time with her large extended Italian family cooking, eating and spending time together.
Hannah MacDonald New Business Administrator
Growing up in the Devonshire countryside, her parents love of property and renovation has been passed down. Hannah has relocated many times throughout the UK and has worked in leading real estate firms in different parts of the country, helping her to understand the intricacies of relocating.
After finishing her education and on completing University, she spent her early twenties riding horses and pursuing a professional career in grooming. She revisited her passion for property more recently; and has since sought a new challenge by joining Garrington to support the Head Office team, helping potential new clients who are considering engaging a property finder.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys her passion for the countryside, exploring with her two dogs and taking regular trips back to Devon to visit her family.
Jane Ramsay Client Services Administrator
Growing up in the Cheshire countryside on the edge of the Peak District, Jane has always had an appreciation for restored, character properties in idyllic surroundings.
Jane began her career in publishing. Having worked on county magazines for 14 years, Jane developed a hard-earned reputation for providing a dedicated and professional support to clients. She diligently built relationships with discerning customers and brings a wealth of Administration experience to her role at Garrington. Joining the Head Office team, Jane provides a solid and trusted support as part of Client Services.
After several of her own moves across Cheshire, she understands the importance of a smooth buying journey. Outside of work, Jane volunteers at a local animal rescue charity. A keen runner, she also enjoys creating nutritious meals for her family.
Hannie Theobald Client Services Manager
Having been bought up in the idyllic Norfolk countryside, surrounded by family being involved with property developments and interior designs, Hannie quickly discovered her passion for property. Upon finishing her education at Norwich High School for Girls, Hannie went on to study Real Estate at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, where she successfully graduated with a RICS accredited, First Class Honours degree.
During this time, it became clear that Hannie’s natural flair with property and people would lead her to an exciting role in Norfolk with a market leading estate agent, dealing with prime property.
With her passion for sales blossoming and a desire to work in fast paced dynamic markets, Hannie then moved to London, where she thrived working in Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove, prior to then joining Garrington.
She now supports the Head Office team in a pivotal role helping potential new clients considering engaging a property finder and also supports a wide range of corporate alliance partnerships.
In her free time, Hannie enjoys exploring the North Norfolk coastline on long walks, with her adorable dogs.