Our Team

Behind the scenes of Oakwood Homes

Adam Spickett

Adam Spickett

Branch Manager

Adam began his career with Oakwood homes in 2006 and throughout his time with the company has successfully developed his skills within the industry. Originally starting out in our Birchington office he has efficiently progressed from trainee negotiator through to Office Manager of our Margate branch. Outside of work he is a keen member of a local Badminton club although at present most of his time is taken up completing the final stages of a total refurbishment of his own home. A knowledgeable and confident member of our team.

Margate Office Tel: 01843 221133

Alex Baker

Alex Baker

Lettings Advisor

Alex has joined us having had experience in a Charity organisation and is now putting his people skills to very good use in the lettings business. Dealing with all tenants, Alex is probably one of the first of our team members you will meet when starting your new home search with Oakwood homes - a firm favourite with our clients and always one to get great reviews from this dealings with them. Outside of work you might find him following a 'certain football team' around the country...!

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Amie Stillwell

Amie Stillwell

Sales Progressor

Amie has many years experience with this important side of the business, in competently helping clients get their sale swiftly to completion, which will be reassuring for all our buyers and sellers! Working closely with solicitors, lenders and of course our own clients, Amie's role is soon evidently valuable, as the challenges often faced during the transaction become apparent. Outside of work Amie is busy spending time looking after her young family.

Margate Office Tel: 01843 221133

Amy Davies

Amy Davies

Lettings Progressor

Estate agency is a new venture for Amy who has a background in professional catering for which she studied at East Kent College. In her spare time she creates bespoke birthday and wedding cakes for friends and family and has recently started her own blog. Keeping fit and healthy has always been important to Amy so she goes to the gym frequently, and enjoys swimming and taking part in badminton. She loves being out in the sun and whenever possible she’ll be down the beach jet skiing with the family.

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Andrew Dickinson

Andrew Dickinson

Managing Director

'A passion for people and property...' That best describes the motivation behind Andrew who has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and experience from his 35+ years in the property business, which has helped to shape Oakwood homes as we know it today. Straight talking, open and determined to achieve results through fairness and equality. Andrew is also responsible for our Land & New Homes Team offering a wealth of advice and knowledge from market research, concept design and of course new homes sales. An important contact for any developer.

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Anita Whittaker

Anita Whittaker

Branch Manager

Anita comes from a proven background of great customer service and results, so any potential home seller can be assured that her experience will serve them well throughout the journey of their home move. Having worked throughout East Kent, her local knowledge and understanding of the market is excellent - a vital ingredient for knowing how to treat every home as individual. Outside of work Anita can be found in amatuer dramatics or at the gym!

Birchington Office Tel: 01843 842233

Brooke Pond

Brooke Pond

Client Support

Brooke has been working in the Financial Services Industry since 2000, the majority of which has been with Mortgage Advice Bureau. Brooke has an excellent working relationship within the FS team, achieving great job satisfaction from assisting clients in their mortgage journey enabling them to move into their new home. Outside of work Brooke enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also likes to bake having recently completed courses working with sugar paste and celebration cakes. Like most ladies she also likes to shop and enjoys family holidays abroad.

Financial Services Office Tel: 0800 035 0353

Claire Chipperfield

Claire Chipperfield

Senior Accounts & Support Administrator

One of the newest members to our Oakwood team, Claire is already a valued member of the accounts department with particular responsibility for managing the day to day finances of lettings. With over 17 years experience of working in accounts, Claire has a great knowledge of both the sales and purchase ledgers - so your rent will be in safe hands! Claire is very much looking forward to continuing her journey within the company and expanding her financial knowledge on the way. A devoted mum and the face behind the voice on the phone!

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Claire Crow

Claire Crow

Contracts Co-ordinator

A safe pair of hands are what is needed when it comes to dealing with the finer details of contracts and that's what you will experience when dealing with Claire. A valuable member of our lettings team, Claire will make sure that your let will be clear, concise and legally correct reassuring you that the future is well protected. Claire has a number of years valuable experience from within the lettings business. When not busy at her desk, Claire enjoys spending time with her young family. A safe pair of hands!

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Craig Durrant

Craig Durrant

Area Sales Manager

Craig has a wealth of experience in the sales and customer service arena from the last 30 years in business. He enjoys the challenge of a competitive market - and the varied nature of estate agency holds great appeal. When he is not selling houses for Oakwood homes Craig enjoys time with his family, playing squash, rock climbing and has been known to ‘tread the boards’ in the theatre (lovey..). A firm favourite with all his clients.

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Darren Gedge

Darren Gedge

Senior Valuer

Darren boasts over 25 years experience in the housing industry having worked for many years in the Thanet and surrounding areas - surviving not one, but two recessions! With an impressive track record for successful advice and sales, any clients can be certain that their impending move will be in very safe hands. Out of work Darren enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen sports enthusiast, especially helping coach his sons local football team. An experienced and trustworthy member of the Oakwood team.

Margate Office Tel: 01843 221133

Debbie Thwaites

Debbie Thwaites

Sales Progressor

Debbie has been in the estate agency business since 2006 and has extensive knowledge of all aspects in the buying and selling process, which is now put to excellent use by channeling into her valuable role as Sales Progressor. Although this is a very challenging part of the selling process, being able to see the client through from start to finish and eventually hand over the keys on completion to their new home - makes it all worth while. Outside of work, Debbie loves to spend time with her young family and walks with her dog.

Birchington Office Tel: 01843 842233

Diane Robertson

Diane Robertson

PA to Managing Director

Diane has worked within administration in Estate Agency for over 20 years and has been PA to Oakwood’s Managing Director since we opened for business in January 2005 as well as looking after the administration for the branch network. She has a keen eye for detail and accuracy working hard to ensure your property is presented to the market in the very best way possible. Diane has three daughters, five grandchildren and is a keen motorcyclist enjoying European travel.

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Diane Solley

Diane Solley

Property Manager

If a landlord is looking for solid experience in their letting agent, then look no further than Diane! Having been in the business for over 20 years, Diane is fully aware of the need for efficient communication with her clients, to ensure the smooth running and management of their portfolio, to protect her clients' interest and their valuable investment. A firm favourite with all her cleints.

Property Management Office Tel: 01843 222706

Gareth Pepin CeMap Cert PFS

Gareth Pepin CeMap Cert PFS

Financial Advisor

Choosing the right mortgage is an important decision. Choosing the right person to help you - is arguably even more important! Gareth has vast experience behind him from over 25 years in the business to ensure that you will always get the right advice whether you are looking for your first mortgage, re-mortgage or even portfolio advice. Distance is no issue - so wherever you may be located, be sure to make contact with Gareth to arrange a suitable time to talk and visit.

Financial Services Office Tel: 0800 035 0353

Hannah Harding

Hannah Harding

Senior Property Manager

Hannah has worked in various roles in the company and is now leading our apprentice scheme as well as a key involvement in leading our Property Management Team. Hannah was born in Thanet and has many happy memories of the Isle. During her time off she enjoys shopping and she is even partial to a game or two of bingo!

Property Management Office Tel: 01843 222706

Hayley Mannering

Hayley Mannering

Assistant Branch Manager

'A calming influence with any sale...' A great description of Hayley's character that you will quickly experience when dealing with her, throughout the sale or purchase of your home. Hayley has a wealth of experience in the business offering all clients exceptional knowledge and a reliable support during the transaction, to help make the property journey as enjoyable as possible. When not selling houses, Hayley enjoys 'time at home' with her family and travelling to new parts of the world to widen her cultural experience. A dependable and straight forward professional.

Birchington Office Tel: 01843 842233

Hunter

Hunter

Head of Security

Hunter can often be seen patrolling our Head Office in Margate, although does seem to prefer maintaining law and order on the local beach! A firm favourite with 'most' of the staff and possesses great client liaison skills with a friendly calming influence! 

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Julian Bastick

Julian Bastick

Energy Assessor

Julian is our Energy Assessor and is responsible for the completion of our EPC's (Energy Performance Certificates) and floor plans as well as some great photography. He is also fully qualified to complete surveys for Legionella risk assessment which is now recommendation for rental property following legislation change in 2015. When not working, Julian enjoys spending time with his family and looking after their three grandchildren - as well as watching F1 and Arsenal FC (go Arsenal!).

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Kate Kenyon-Edwards

Kate Kenyon-Edwards

Lettings Manager

Kate has been in the Lettings business since 2012 after a background working in the insurance sector. She is now Senior Lettings Consultant and loves the variety of work and the interaction with lots of people in her role. At home Kate is very happy living with her husband, son and 2 dogs. She enjoys going for long walks with her dogs and taking her son to the park or the beach on lovely summer days.

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Kathy Wood

Kathy Wood

Assistant Branch Manager

Kathy has been working in the property industry in Ramsgate for the last 11 years and has extensive knowledge of both the town and local area, having sold many properties to London buyers and local residents alike.

With a track record of customer service excellence and a tenacious approach for all her clients, you can be certain that your next move will be in very safe hands from start to finish.

Kathy also lives in Ramsgate and when not dealing with properties at work, she is managing the refurbishment of her own home. In her spare time she can be seen behind her digital camera taking photos of the local beaches and scenery.  

Ramsgate Office Tel: 01843 590900

Maddie Duncan

Maddie Duncan

Senior Lettings Consultant

Madeleine joined the Lettings Team in 2015 with four years of estate agency under her belt. She has a wide range of experience in all aspects of Property Lettings, from accompanying viewings and arranging tenant referencing to property inspections, move ins and move outs. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys going out with friends, she loves to travel and has already been to the USA, Ibiza, Rome, France, Austria and Malta!

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Marilyn Binnersley

Marilyn Binnersley

Senior Sales Consultant

Marilyn is a well known local resident and has been in this business for well over 30 years. Her vast experience in dealing with property from the last 3+ decades will prove to be invaluable to any client considering a move, so please make sure you talk with her before making any firm decisions. As a stickler for detail, Marilyn will certainly take on your stresses involved with moving and try to make your move the enjoyable moment it should be!

Birchington Office Tel: 01843 842233

Matt Culver

Matt Culver

Client Services Manager

Matthew has joined the Oakwood team following over 10 years in sales and Estate Agency where he developed an extensive knowledge of customer service and sales. Matt has joined the thriving team to head up our new Client Services department to focus on delivering great support to the branch network and our clients. Outside of work he is a keen musician and has played in several bands in pubs, clubs, and music venues locally and around the country.

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Nadina Roud

Nadina Roud

Operations Director

Nadina has worked in the Property Industry since 2008, starting her career as a Lettings Negotiator and working her way up to Operations Director for the business. In her spare time she loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Natalie Wyborn

Natalie Wyborn

Head of Design & Marketing

With over 20 years’ experience in the design industry, Natalie is loving her new challenge of promoting the Oakwood brand across all platforms, using a variety of disciplines to bring new ideas to life. Having grown up in Essex, obtaining her degree in Graphic Design & Advertising in Bucks, she is now settled in Thanet where she can quite often be found out and about with her husband and teenage daughters. Shopping, concerts and vodka lime and soda, are high on her list of favourite things!

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Neil Kefford

Neil Kefford

Financial Advisor

A firm favourite with all his clients, Neil looks after everything to do with money! His experience and sound advice is well received by existing and new clients, from his wealth of experience in the mortgage market. Out of work you can probably find him behind a microphone somewhere, keeping on track from a former life as a Radio DJ!

Ramsgate Office Tel: 01843 590900

Nikki Cullen

Nikki Cullen

Property Manager

Nikki first started in the property business in 2002 as a sales and lettings administrator and has developed her skills and experience into her current role as Property Manager - where she has been operating now for the last 10 years. Having lived and worked in various locations in London and Kent, Nikki has now settled in Thanet with all clients of Oakwood homes benefitting from her knowledge and understanding of the lettings business.

In her spare time Nikki enjoys socialising, reading, charity walks and overseas holidays.

Property Management Office Tel: 01843 222706

Robert Lear

Robert Lear

Branch Manager

Well known to many local clients already, Robert has recently returned from several years working in the London market and is now putting that experience to good use in our new Ramsgate office. As the area has close links to buyers throughout London, Robert's experience will be a huge benefit to any seller considering a move, safe in the knowledge that we will maximise your exposure to achieve the very best price. Born and bred in Thanet, Robert has many years of valuable 'know how' in the local area and market, making him a firm choice for any client. Outside of work Robert can be found on the golf course..!

Ramsgate Office Tel: 01843 590900

Sarah Bartlam

Sarah Bartlam

Property Manager

Sarah comes from the customer services sector with great experience in dealing with people - which is put to good use in looking after our landlords! A local to Thanet and lover of the area, Sarah knows how to deliver great service all the time. If you are a landlord and need great support - talk to Sarah.

Property Management Office Tel: 01843 222706

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

Prestige & Country Homes Director

Steve has worked in the estate agency business for more than 30 years and was a founding Director with Oakwood homes in 2005. In his time in the industry, Steve has worked in a variety of markets across Kent dealing with all styles of property from country homes to seafront apartments. He has worked in Birchington since 2003 and therefore knows the area exceptionally well, ensuring clients will receive balanced and accurate advice. Steve is also responsible for running our Prestige & Country homes division, working with clients across East Kent.

Outside of work Steve has a strong interest in Education having served as Chair of Governors for nearly 20 years. In his spare time he is a keen, though not very accomplished, golfer! 

Margate Office Tel: 01843 221133

Teresa Dickinson

Teresa Dickinson

Lettings Director

Teresa has been in the business since 1986 and worked as an Estate Agent from the west coast of Scotland to the South East coast of England - booms to recessions and back again! Teresa founded our Lettings Division in 2008 and there hasn’t been a dull day since. She is passionate about her work and a stickler for sourcing the right tenant for the right Landlord to avoid potential future issues or void periods. Teresa is also of course married to the boss! Outside of work Teresa can be found walking her dog, enjoying good wine and food or watching sport, (not necessarily in that order…!)

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Toni Cousins

Toni Cousins

Property Manager

Toni has many years experience in lettings throughout Thanet, providing knowledgable support for all her Landlord clients giving assurance that you will be in very safe hands! In her spare time she enjoys hiking, walking her dogs and going to various music concerts.

Property Management Office Tel: 01843 222706

Tracie Whiting

Tracie Whiting

Head of Finance

'Attention to detail...' - The ideal description for Tracie who heads up the efficient running of our finance department, who constantly makes sure every effort is made in her strive towards perfection. Reassuring for our clients when we are dealing with their money! Tracie has received solid training from her corporate banking background which is now put to excellent use to smoothly run everything financial at Oakwood homes. Outside of work Tracie enjoys spending time with her family (and 2 dogs!), attending concerts for various artists and is a keen F1 follower.

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Zophie Palkovicova

Zophie Palkovicova

Property Manager

Customer Service is high on the list for Zophie who has a prove track record with efficient and valuable support for landlords who can rest assured they are in safe hands. Zophie forms part of our hard working Property Management Team working closely with our landlord clients throughout the lifetime of their property lets. Outside of work Zophie enjoys dining out experiencing a variety of cultures and menus.

Property Management Office Tel: 01843 222706