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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 office 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.

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

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

  • 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 has helped sell lots of businesses throughout the South East of England and London. From small independent cafes, restaurants, retail shops, service providers, hotels and guest houses, John is well equipped to guide you through the process of valuing, advertising and successfully selling your business with ideas to make your opportunity stand out! 

  • 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. Away from work, Helen enjoys spending time on the canals in her boat! 

  • 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.

  • Andy Ramsdale
    Senior Sales Progressor
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    Andy Ramsdale

    Andy started working for Hilton Smythe in 2013 and since then he has worked in several different roles, progressing through the company whilst learning in and out how the industry works. This experience allows Andy to provide helpful advice to customers who are both buying and selling a business. Andy takes real pride in providing excellent customer service and forming longstanding relationships with clients and professionals in the industry. As the Senior Sales Progressor at Hilton Smythe, this knowledge makes Andy a very helpful member of the Hilton Smythe team. 

    At weekends, Andy regularly attends football games, watching his team (usually lose) Leeds United.

  • 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.

  • Paul Williams
    Head of Financial Services
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    Paul joins Hilton Smythe Finance from Key Commercial Finance, and brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in the financial sector. He has previously worked with banks including NatWest and Yorkshire Bank, where he specialised in business banking.

    Paul will be 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.

  • Tony Owen
    Head of Brand, Design & PR
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    Tony has worked with Hilton Smythe on and off for many years helping to create and develop their brand and identity. 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.

  • Andre Funnell
    Regional Valuer
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    Andre Funnell

    Andre has over 10 years experience in the property industry which 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 2 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. 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, which he has been doing for over three years is to provide accurate valuations and the highest possible standards of customer care and service.

  • Chris Gooch
    Regional Valuer
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    Chris Gooch

    Chris has over 25 years of experience in the property market, primarily focused on residential, with a certificate of practice in estate agency. For the last few years though he has been dealing with the commercial market and believes that many of the skills required are much the same in both business and property, accurate valuations, knowledge of the area and excellent customer service. His role is to guide you through the valuation process and recommend the best course of action to get your property/business sold.

  • Kimberley Warburton
    National Valuer
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    Kimberley Warburton

    Kimberley is our in-house valuer, she has been working within the business sales industry since 2009. Kimberley came to Hilton Smythe in 2012 due to their fantastic reputation and started in the marketing department making calls and handling the diaries for the regional valuers. 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.

  • Neil Young
    Regional Valuer Scotland
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    Neil Young

    Neil started working in the residential property industry in 2005, since then he has 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 has been working within the business sales industry since 2010, she came to Hilton Smythe in 2013 due to their reputation, unique approach and friendly working atmosphere. Sam started in the office with the new business team making calls and handling the diaries for the other regional valuers and worked her way up. She has a wealth of knowledge with advertising, getting the business ready to market and also the sales side. 

  • Steve Thorogood
    Regional Valuer
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    Steve Thorogood

    Steve has practiced as a residential estate agent since leaving school in 1986, 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.

  • Gemma Charnley
    Regional Valuer
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    Gemma Charnley

    Gemma started in the property industry 20 years ago working in an independent estate agents which also includes 8 years experience working in the new build industry. 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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  • 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 and is one of the longest serving team members. He 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 has worked within the industry and at Hilton Smythe since 2014. She started her journey as an apprentice in customer service, within the Business Support Team; preparing and creating business details and adverts. Before progressing into the role of a Sales Negotiator. Out of work Hannah enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

  • James Cunliffe
    Sales Negotiator
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    James Cunliffe

    Recently graduated with a 2:1 in Business Management from Liverpool John Moores University, with customer service experience after working in retail. Currently working as a Sales Negotiator committed to going the extra mile for our vendors. Enjoys going out with friends on a weekend and playing golf.

  • 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, Matthew has progressed throughout the company from the new business team creating appointments for our regional valuers to bring businesses on to the market, in March 2017 Matthew joined the sales team organising viewings and selling our clients businesses, he is now as of January 2018 our newest member of the sales progression team. Matthew’s weekends are mostly spent with his 2 year old son and fiancé.

  • Sarah Moores
    Sales Negotiator
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    Sarah has worked in Business Transfer for 3 years as a Research Analyst. 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.

  • Vicky Clare
    Sales Negotiator
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    Vicky Clare

    Vicky began her career in Business Transfer in 2004 as a Sales Negotiator at one of our competitors. Vicky gained an extensive amount of knowledge allowing her to progress into a role at Hilton Smythe. Vicky came to Hilton Smythe after research into the company gave her a fresh outlook on her career and now works within our Sales Department as a Sales Negotiator. Vicky prides herself on providing customers with only the best and honest advice helping them through the sale process from the get go.

  • Declan Bottomley
    Senior Viewing Co-ordinator
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    Declan Bottomley

    Declan started working for Hilton Smythe in 2013 as an apprentice in business administration, he then progressed to the role of a sales negotiator until 2017 when he decided to work his way up to accounts assistant within the legal department. 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.

  • Andy Tate
    Viewings Co-ordinator
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    Andy Tate

    Andy has been in the industry for some time, always giving 100% to every customer he speaks too. He prides himelf in putting the customer fist making sure they understand every aspect of selling their business. He always spend time with people he talks too to make sure they feel comfortable with the process of selling their business.

  • Joshil Hirani
    Viewings Co-ordinator
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    Joshil works as a Viewings Co-ordinator. Joshil joined Hilton Smythe in 2017 as an apprentice. The knowledge and understanding he’s gained from previous experiences from part-time jobs to studying business in further education makes him an important asset to Hilton Smythe. He joined Hilton Smythe as he wanted to make a difference and grow, not only in the business but also as a person. He empathises all the core values Hilton Smythe stands for.

  • 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 quickly progressed to Applicant Manager 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.

    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 started in the business sales industry approximately 2 years ago, he prides himself on his customer service skills going above and beyond to make sure all vendors queries are resolved in the best and most suitable manner possible. He is constantly going that extra mile to make sure the vendor is happy, with a smile on their face at the end of the call. His time at Hilton Smythe has helped grow his knowledge of many industries and also his personal growth as a person.

  • Eilish Parkinson
    New Business Consultant

    Eilish Parkinson

    Eilish has just recently joined the new business team at Hilton Smythe having previously worked in a nursery, this was a big change for Eilish and took a little time to adjust, working alongside a welcoming and supportive team has made it a lot easier and enjoyable for Eilish to make the transition to sales. Having worked part time in a pub allowed her to gain an interest in the sales and business aspect of the job, and has really helped her to specialise in the pub and restaurant sector.

    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 in the business Sale Industry Since 2012. He started working for another business transfer agent where he gained some of the skills he needed before progressing to Hilton Smythe in 2013 where he started his apprenticeship in customer services and worked his way up to a full time position and is now a fully valued member of staff.

    Jake has grown and developed his own abilities and character over the years having accomplished some worthy achievements such as employee of the month in October 2016 and Employee of the year for 2016.

    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.

  • Jordan Berry
    New Business Consultant

    Jordan Berry

    Jordan works in the new business team at Hilton Smythe having previously worked for another business broker where he gained valuable experience. Having worked at Hilton Smythe for over a year Jordan has learned many skills which he uses on a daily basis talking to customers, and helping them achieve there goal of selling their business.

  • Maddy Goodwin
    New Business Consultant

    Maddy Goodwin

    Maddy is part of the new business team for Hilton Smythe having moved from Liverpool to Bolton Maddy has fitted in very well within the company enjoying the friendly environment. Maddy's experience working in call centres and for a solicitor dealing with road accidents, Maddy has a lot of customer service experience and has very high standards, she achieved employee of the month when only being with Hilton Smythe for a short time.

  • 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 works in business support as a Business Support Administrator working on creating the sales particulars and uploading adverts, a job she continues to enjoy, Amy loves the friendly atmosphere Hilton Smythe brings. 

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

  • Sheena Paine
    Business Support Administrator
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    Sheena Paine

    Sheena recently joined the Business Admin team at Hilton Smythe. Originally from Hertfordshire, Sheena has a background of working within Hotel Reception and Customer Service Support roles. Sheena is enjoying the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Hilton Smythe and looks forward to building her knowledge within the business. Away from work Sheena enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old Daughter.

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