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Meet the Team

Take a look at the profiles below to find out more about Hilton Smythe’s team members. We’re a friendly bunch and all have different areas of expertise. You’ll meet one of our Regional Valuers if you’re selling a business, as they will visit your commercial property to let you know how much it is worth. Our Sales Progression team is in contact with both buyers and sellers to try and get the best deal for everyone.

We believe in being approachable, so whoever you’re dealing with will be welcoming and quickly resolve any problems you may have. We don’t do jargon in the Hilton Smythe office – just good honest advice! Meet our team below and feel free to contact staff directly.

  • Gareth Smyth
    Group Managing Director
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    Gareth Smyth

    Gareth is one of the founding Directors and owners of the business. Having worked in the Business Sales arena since 2006, he has a wealth of experience in helping buyers and sellers of businesses. Gareth qualified in 2011 with a Law Degree and has completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program as well as the Certificate in Business Administration at Salford University. Gareth is responsible for performance and strategic growth. 

    Away from work, Gareth enjoys cooking and keep fit, is a proud Bolton Wanderers supporter and loves gadgets and technology. 

  • Craig Graham
    Group Operations Director
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    Craig Graham

    Craig is one of the founding Directors  and owners of the business. Having worked in management, and studying Law at University, Craig joined forces with Gareth keen to offer something new in Business Sales. Craig utilised his passion for customer service and process improvements to ensure an efficient and cost-effective business structure. Craig is responsible for the smooth running of the business overseeing all Operational functions with all managers reporting directly to Craig. 

    Away from work, Craig enjoys spending time with his friends and family and walking his dog. Craig is also a keen Rugby Fan and armchair Football supporter, and is actively involved with various charitable causes including being Chairman of Primary School Trust. 

  • Aaron Roberts
    Operations Manager
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    Aaron Roberts

    With over 10 years experience in the industry Aaron has been with Hilton Smythe since the very beginning. He started by talking to customers about selling their business working his way up to be the Operations Manager. He has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the business and is always there for his new business team and business owners looking to sell their businesses. He is currently the Office Manager responsible for the day to day running of the office.

    Away from work, Aaron is a family man with two Children and he enjoys relaxing with his family.

  • Belinda Daniels
    Sales Manager
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    With over 35 years of Retail Sales, I am passionate in delivering Excellent Customer Service, which is my priority to our clients.

    I joined the team in 2018 as the Sales Manager, after having worked in various management positions in Selfridges, Chanel and Jo Malone.

    I enjoy building relationships and have a can-do Approach to everything I do. I love to cook and spending time in my garden.

  • John Scroggins
    National Valuations Manager
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    John Scroggins

    With over 15 years of business transfer experience, John begun his career with Hilton Smythe in 2014 as a Regional Valuer. 

    John has a qualification in estate management and a HND in Business. John manages the team of Regional Valuers and is responsible for ensuring the on-boarding of new businesses is as smooth as possible. 

    When he's not at work, John spends time with his family that includes two pugs! 

  • Helen Wilkinson
    Business Administration Manager & PA to Directors
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    Helen Wilkinson

    Helen's background is working as a Personal Assistant at Director level and in Office Management. 

    Helen joined Hilton Smythe in August 2012, when the business was newly established, and seen the business grow from strength to strength. Helen started as an Administrator working on creating the sales particulars and uploading adverts, a job she continues to enjoy, alongside managing the Business Support Team and being PA to the two Directors.

    Away from work, Helen enjoys spending time on the canals in her boat, that her and her husband loving restored! 

  • Katie Holt
    Assistant Sales Manager
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    Katie Holt

    Katie began her career at Hilton Smythe in 2014 as a Sales Negotiator.

    Katie came from the food industry however, realised her true passion lies in business transfer. Since her career began, Katie has progressed from a Sales Negotiator to now the Assistant Manager of our Sales Department. Katie’s knowledge of the industry and hard work allowed her to progress in a short time and will continue to do so, whilst helping our company grow.

    Away from work Katie enjoys spending time with her two young children and loves rock music.

  • Andy Ramsdale
    Senior Sales Progressor
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    Andy Ramsdale

    Andy started working for Hilton Smythe in 2013 as a Graduate from Liverpool University. 

    Andy plays a vital part in the business sales process, and ensures that once a sale is agreed, we keep the sale progressing quickly and overcome any obstacles. He works closely with Solicitors and Lenders to ensure that everything stays on track, during the sales process. 

    Andy is a passionate sports fan. He is a season ticket holder at Leeds United and enjoys watching Castleford Tigers play Rugby. 

    Andy was the well deserved, employee of the year 2017. 

  • Natalie Murphy
    Head of Finance
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    Natalie Murphy

    Natalie first started her career in Accounting upon gaining an apprenticeship studying AAT Level 2 back in 2012. Since then and upon joining Hilton Smythe in July 2014, she has worked in a varied accounting role, starting as an Accounts Assistant and working upwards to Head of Finance.

    In addition to her job role evolving over the past few years, she went on to complete AAT Levels 3 & 4 and become AAT qualified.

    Whilst striving to become a fully qualified accountant and wanting to gain more business knowledge, Natalie is now studying her ACCA qualification at Bolton University.

  • Tony Owen
    Head of Brand, Design & PR
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    Tony officially joined the team in 2015, but has been working with Hilton Smythe since the very beginning.

    With over 30 years experience in design and brand building for major blue chip clients Tony has wealth of experience and knowledge helping clients to realise their creative potential and deliver effective marketing solutions that produce real results.


  • Paul Williams
    Head of Financial Services
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    Paul joined Hilton Smythe Finance in 2018.

    Hebrings with him more than 25 years’ experience in the financial sector. He has previously worked in Management positions in banks including NatWest and Yorkshire Bank, where he specialised in business banking.

    Paul is responsible for assessing clients’ needs and obtaining commercial finance on their behalf, on a fully independent basis from a wide panel of lenders, matching those needs to the most appropriate lender. He will support the client until the completion of the deal.

    Away from work, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and is a Coffee Connoisseur and skilled Snooker Player.

  • Andre Funnell
    Regional Valuer
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    Andre Funnell

    Andre has over 10 years experience in the property industry and joined Hilton Smythe in 2016. 

    His experience includes setting up and running a residential office specialising in country and village dwellings. He has a HND in business and finance which he received from De-Montfort University in 1994.

    Andre has over 10 years experience in the business transfer market specialising in the licensed sector to include pubs restaurants and hotels covering the Midlands and the North of England. He is also a member of Camra and regularly attends local beer festivals and supports local breweries.

  • Andrew Rowell
    Regional Valuer
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    Andrew Rowell

    Andy has had a Long career working in Financial Services and banking and joined Hilton Smythe in 2014.

    After ten years with a large corporate estate agency as an independent mortgage broker he followed this up with another corporate agent as a Financial Services Sales Manager. Andy has also worked for a High Street Bank as a Financial Planner and is a qualified Financial Adviser, Mortgage Broker and Debt Counsellor. His aim in his current role, is to provide accurate valuations and the highest possible standards of customer care and service.

  • Kimberley Warburton
    National Valuer
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    Kimberley Warburton

    Kimberley begun working for Hilton Smythe in 2012 and has been working in the business sales industry since 2009.

    Kimberley has worked in many different departments at Hilton Smythe and because of this she has a wealth of knowledge within the business transfer industry. 

    When shes not busy working, Kimberley enjoys spending quality time with her partner and daughter.


  • Neil Young
    Regional Valuer Scotland
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    Neil Young

    Neil joined the team in 2017 and has over 15 years experience in Estate Agency,

    Prior to his role as Hilton Smythe he worked on a self-employed basis for a few years, along with working for a large corporate estate agency, one of the very first online estate agents, and at an independent level as well managing two offices for a local company. His aim has always been the same from day one, putting the client first, without clients you have no business, and taking pride knowing that he has offered first class advice and delivered an outstanding level of customer/client satisfaction in the service that he provides.

  • Sam Nugent
    Regional Valuer
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    Sam Nugent

    Sam joined Hilton Smythe in 2015 and has been working within the business sales industry since 2010.

    As a Regional Valuer, Sam covers the North West and North Wales, and has gained a solid understanding of her area and the businesses within it. 

    Away from work, Sam enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and is a keen foodie. 

  • Steve Thorogood
    Regional Valuer
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    Steve Thorogood

    Steve has practiced as a residential estate agent since leaving school in 1986, and joined the team in 2016.

    Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Steve was working for independent agents in London and large corporate agents in Suffolk since moving there in 2000. 

    Having worked with people selling their homes for three decades, Steve is aware of the stresses and strains that people can encounter. His role as a valuer is to guide you through the valuation process and recommend the best course of action to get you sold.

    Away from work, Steve is kept busy with his family and enjoys holidays and diving. 

  • Gemma Charnley
    Regional Valuer
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    Gemma Charnley

    Gemma started in the property industry 20 years ago and joined Hilton Smythe in 2015. 
    Previous to her role here she was working in an independent residential estate agents. Gemma has also has run her own business so understands the importance or selecting the right business transfer agent to help support you through the process of selling your business.
  • Matthew Thomasson
    Sales Progressor
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    Matthew joined the team in 2014.

    Orginially working as a Sales Negotiator, Matthew switched roles in 2016 and became a Sales Progressor. Matthew's role is to ensure that Sales are progressed efficiently and smoothly. 

    Outside of work Matthew is a talented Poker Player and regularly competes at professional levels.

  • Rebecca Stanworth
    Senior Sales Negotiator
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    Rebecca Stanworth

    Rebecca began her career at Hilton Smythe in 2015 after research into the industry helped her find an exciting interest in Business Transfer.

    Since Rebecca started with the company she has progressed from a trainee with no experience to now our Senior Sales Negotiator, helping training of new staff members whilst consistently hitting her monthly targets. Rebecca prides herself on providing Customers with excellent service throughout the sale process and a passion to progress her career further. Away from work Rebecca enjoys property development with her partner.

  • Aidan Murphy
    Sales Negotiator
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    Aidan Murphy

    Aidan first started working for Hilton Smythe in 2012 after graduating from University. 

    Aidan has worked in various departments and has a vast amount of knowledge within the business transfer industry. He first started his journey in the New Business Team and is currently working in the Sales Department handling enquiries, negotiating offers and securing sales

  • Chloe Bootham
    Sales Negotiator
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    Chloe began her career at Hilton Smythe in 2018 as a Sales Negotiator.

    For the past two years Chloe has been working in recruitment specialising in Digital, she prides herself on meeting and exceeding clients needs and expectations. Honest and reliable, Chloe has a very bubbly character and personality to match.

    Out of work Chloe loves to spend time with her family and watch her favourite box sets.

  • Hannah Hargreaves
    Sales Negotiator
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    Hannah Hargreaves

    Hannah joined the team in 2014, as an apprentice.

    As part of her apprenticeship, she worked in various roles and found her passion was as a Sales Negotiator, and when her apprenticeship was completed in 2016, she joined sales team. 

    Out of work Hannah enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.

  • James Cunliffe
    Sales Negotiator
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    James Cunliffe

    James joined Hilton Smythe as a graduate in 2018.

    James graduated with a 2:1 in Business Management from Liverpool John Moores University and has customer service experience after working in retail. Currently working as a Sales Negotiator committed to going the extra mile for our vendors.

    Away from work James enjoys playing golf and socialising with friends. 

  • Matthew Monks
    Sales Negotiator
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    Matthew Monks

    Matthew came to Hilton Smythe in September 2014 with 6 years’ worth of sales and customer service experience.

    As an experienced Sales Negotiator, Matthew has done countless deals for his clients and enjoys his job thoroughly.

    Away from work Matthew is a family man and kept busy with his young son and fiancé.

  • Sarah Moores
    Sales Negotiator
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    Sarah has worked in Business Transfer for 3 years as a Research Analyst and joined Hilton Smythe in 2018.

    Part of her job was finding buyers for businesses, valuable experience she brings to Hilton Smythe. Sarah has a diploma in Customer Services and business, and always goes the extra mile for every customer. She likes to keep busy and be pro-active, and enjoys building relationships with new people.

  • Declan Bottomley
    Senior Viewings Co-ordinator
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    Declan Bottomley

    Declan started working for Hilton Smythe in 2013 as apprentice.

    Declan completed his apprenticeship in 2014, and as part of his training has worked in various roles, but found a love of working in the Sales team. Declan leads a team of 4 who arrange viewings on businesses and property's and match businesses and purchasers.

    Declan has extensive knowledge of the industry and prides himself upon upfront and honest advice and excellent customer service.

    Away from work Declan is a keen baker and singer.

  • Andy Tate
    Viewings Co-ordinator
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    Andy Tate

    Andy joined Hilton Smythe in 2017. 

    Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Andy was a professional chef, but strived for a more stable career. 

    Outside of work, Andy enjoys spending time with friends and family, and is an avid cinema and theatre enthusiast.  

  • Joshil Hirani
    Viewings Co-ordinator
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    Joshil joined Hilton Smythe in 2017 as an apprentice. 

    Joshil is currently undertaking an NVQ Level 3 in Property and Real estate management. Working as part of the viewings team he's gaining a real in depth experience and hopes to progress his career with Hilton Smythe. 

    Joshil is a gaming pro and something of a Fifa legend (so he says!)

  • Kai Pollitt-Parry
    Viewings Co-ordinator
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    Kai Pollitt-Parry

    Kai joined Hilton Smythe in 2017 as an apprentice. Kai began his career at Hilton Smythe as an Office Junior, and now works a Viewings Co-ordinator.  His job is varied which is great as he's always happy to help no task to big or small. Kai completed his apprenticeship in October 2018, gaining an NVQ Level 4 in Real Estate and Property Management. 

    One of Kai's biggest achievements to date is passing his Cisco IT Essentials exam, which is proving very useful as he can assist with general IT issues for all Departments. 

  • Connor Walsh
    New Business Consultant

    Connor Walsh

    Connor joined the team in 2015. 

    Connor is responsible for introducing New Business and properties for us to sell and he advises business owners of the best time to look to sell. Connor works closely with the Regional Valuers and Sales team. 


  • Eilish Parkinson
    New Business Consultant

    Eilish Parkinson

    Eilish joined Hilton Smythe in 2017 having previously worked in a nursery. 

    Eilish was honoured to receive the 'best new comer' award from Hilton Smythe at the end of year awards last year.

  • Jake Herriot
    New Business Consultant

    Jake Herriot

    Jake has worked  at Hilton Smythe since 2013 as an apprentice. 

    After completing his apprenticeship in 2015 with an NVQ Level 4, Jake found a real liking in the New Business team and has remained in the department. 

    Jake takes pride in his work to ensure vendors receive the best service and assure them they will have a very trustworthy and personal experience.

    Jake was winner of employee of the year 2016. 

  • Jordan Berry
    New Business Consultant

    Jordan Berry

    Jordan joined new business team at Hilton Smythe in 2016, having previously worked for another business broker where he gained valuable experience.

    Jordan is a keen sportsman and coaches football at a youth project. 

  • Maddy Goodwin
    New Business Consultant

    Maddy Goodwin

    Maddy joined the team at Hilton Smythe in 2016. 

    Originally from Liverpool, Maddy has experience working in call centres and for a solicitors firm. Maddy has a lot of customer service experience and has very high standards when it comes to service delivery.

    Away from work, Maddy enjoys attending music events with her partner. 


  • Amy Ludden
    Business Support Administrator
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    Amy started working for Hilton Smythe in May 2018

    After many years working in the public sector, Amy decided to look to the private sector. 

    Amy works in business support as a Business Support Administrator working on creating the sales particulars and uploading adverts, a job she continues to enjoy. 

    Away from work, Amy likes to spend time with her young family.

  • Sheena Paine
    Business Support Administrator
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    Sheena Paine

    Sheena joined the Business Admin team at Hilton Smythe in 2018.

    Originally from Hertfordshire, Sheena has a background of working within Hotel Reception and Customer Service Support roles. 

    Away from work Sheena enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old Daughter.

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