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Meet the Team

Find out more about the team at the Hilton Smythe Group. We’re a friendly bunch and all have different areas of expertise. In Business Sales you’ll meet one of our many Regional Valuers who will visit your business if you’re thinking of selling, and our Sales Progression team is in contact with both buyers and sellers to try and get the best deal for everyone. The team at Hilton Smythe Finance can assist you with any commercial finance you might need.

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 Group office – just good honest advice! Meet our team below and feel free to contact staff directly.

  • Gareth Smyth
    CEO
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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
    Managing 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. 

    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
    Commercial Director
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    Aaron Roberts

    With over 12 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 and worked his way up the ladder from there to be new business manager to operations manager and now to commercial director. Aaron has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the business and always there whenever someone needs him. He is now responsible for the day to day running of the business.

    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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    Belinda Daniels

    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 Owen

    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 Williams

    Paul joined Hilton Smythe Finance in 2018. He brings 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.

  • Alex Heylings
    Commercial Finance Broker
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    Alex Heylings

    Alex has over 10 years’ experience in financial services. He held several banking positions at HSBC in Retail and Commercial Banking where he advised individuals and companies on finance solutions to enable business growth.

    Alex prides himself on customer care. He works closely with business owners to understand their business inside and out, the challenges they face and their long-term vision. With extensive commercial banking background, he can assess, advise and assist with sourcing all types of business and property finance.

  • 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. 

  • Paul Moorby
    Sales Progressor
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    Paul Moorby

    Paul’s background prior to Hilton Smythe has been varied within both a Sales and Customer Services role within a Management capacity.

    Paul plays a vital part in the business sales process working closely with the sales negotiators to make sure when the sale is agreed everything runs smoothly and keeps the sale progression on track right through to completion.

    Outside of work Paul enjoys keeping fit, going to the gym 5 days a week. He also goes walking regularly with his Rottweiler puppy, enjoys cooking and socialising with friends.

  • 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

  • Jessica Aspinall
    Sales Negotiator
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    Jessica Aspinall

    Jessica has many years experience in business transfer and is passionate about her role as a sales negotiator at Hilton Smythe. Outside of work she has 2 children and enjoys yoga.

  • Kai Pollitt-Parry
    Sales Negotiator
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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. 

  • 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.

  • Rob Walker
    Sales Negotiator
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    Rob Walker

    Previous to joining Hilton Smythe Rob worked as a sales negotiator in the residential estate agent industry. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and is a big Bolton Wanderers supporter.

  • Declan Bottomley
    Senior Sales Support
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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 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.

  • Joshil Hirani
    Sales Support
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    Joshil Hirani

    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!)

  • Aftab Chaudhry
    New Business Consultant

    Aftab Chaudhry

    Prior to joining Hilton Smythe Aftab worked in various call centres marketing different products such as PPI, RTA’s and pension schemes.

    His Favourite pass time is reading, supporting his local team Manchester city and playing chess.

  • Andy Tate
    New Business Consultant
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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.  

  • 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. 

  • Jenni Fairclough
    New Business Consultant

    Jenni Fairclough

    Jenni has worked for Hilton Smythe since 2016. Since joining Jenni has enjoyed every minute of her time working at Hilton Smythe and recently returned after taking some time off to have her second child.

    Jenni has returned to Hilton Smythe full of enthusiasm and has a new lease on life. In her spare time Jenni enjoys exercising and taking her two children out on day trips.

  • 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. 

     

  • Jason Somerset
    Business Support Administrator
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    Jason has joined the team to further his career in Administration. Having experience in providing excellent customer service obtaining a BTEC National award in Public Services and is competent in all office based software. Outside of work Jason is an avid sports enthusiast playing and watching football, rugby and basketball.

  • 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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