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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
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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
    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. 

    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
    Sales 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.

  • 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.

  • Belinda Daniels
    Senior Sales Negotiator
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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.

  • Katie Holt
    Senior Sales Negotiator
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • John Scroggins
    Regional Valuer
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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! 

  • 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.

  • Declan Bottomley
    National Valuer
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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.

  • 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.


  • Karen Currie
    Sales Progression
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  • 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

  • Alice Currie
    Sales Negotiator
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  • 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.

  • Jake Herriot
    Sales Support

    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. 

  • Joshil Hirani
    Technical & Administrative Support Assistant
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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 New Business 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!)

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