Our Team

Behind the scenes of Oakwood Homes

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 30+ years in the 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 Division offering concept analysis advice and a wealth of knowledge from market research to new homes sales. An important contact for any developer.

Head Office Tel: 01843 221133

Adam Spickett

Adam Spickett

Office 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

Anita Searby

Anita Searby

Sales Manager

After many years of running her own business, Anita’s estate agency career began working in a corporate environment where she rapidly progressed to Senior Negotiator. Realising that she preferred to work for a company with the shared values of achieving excellent results while putting people first, she made the move to Oakwood homes. In her time with us Anita has progressed her career to Sales Manager in our Herne Bay office. Outside of work Anita enjoys spending time with her partner and family, travelling as much as she can and keeping fit. As a member of a local theatre group, she has also been known to step out onto the stage for a spot of acting now and again!

Herne Bay Office Tel: 01227 749944

Brooke Pond

Brooke Pond

Mortgage Administrator

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

Craig Durrant

Craig Durrant

Senior Sales Consultant

Craig is a relative newcomer to the property industry, but has a wealth of experience in the sales and customer service arena from the last 25 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.

Margate 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

Hayley Mannering

Hayley Mannering

Office 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.

Herne Bay Office Tel: 01227 749944

Leonie Hattersley

Leonie Hattersley

Property Manager

Leonie is our newest team member having recently relocated to East Kent following an established career within the property business in London, which is now being put to good use in her important role in lettings. 

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

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

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

Director

Steve has worked in the estate agency business for more than 25 years and was a founding Associate 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. 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! 

Birchington Office Tel: 01843 842233

Christel Clarke

Christel Clarke

Sales Advisor

A relative newcomer to the industry and Oakwood homes, Christel brings with her a wealth of customer service experience that is proving to be a real hit with all clients. Empathy, understanding and genuine passion for a successful result are all hallmarks of Christel's character that will be an attraction to anyone fortunate enough to be dealing with her. When not selling houses, Christel enjoys time with her family, her own property and travel. Make your transaction an enjoyable experience - ask for Christel.

Birchington Office Tel: 01843 842233

Claire Chipperfield

Claire Chipperfield

Accounts 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 14 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

Julian Bastick

Julian Bastick

Energy Assessor

Julian is our out-sourced Energy Assessor from Alpha Property Group and is responsible for the completion of our EPC's (Energy Performance Certificates) and floor plans. He is also fully qualified to complete surveys for Legionella risk assessment which is now law 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

Lorraine Harris

Lorraine Harris

Senior Lettings Consultant

Lorraine offers considerable experience from within the letting industry having worked in East Kent for a corporate business until moving to join the team at Oakwood. Her local knowledge and expertise will be exceptionally valuable for all clients as she offers sound advice for every aspect of your move. Her attention to detail will also ensure a very clear and concise transaction with no last minute surprises! As Lorraine is a local resident too, she knows the area well so understands the important things we need to consider when helping your move -  whether you are a Landlord or Tenant.

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Hans Retallick

Hans Retallick

Finance Director

As a seasoned and knowledgeable property professional with huge experience of portfolio management across the UK and Europe, Hans combined forces with Andrew and Steve in the founding of Oakwood homes in 2005. In his role as Finance Director for the company Hans oversees the accounts department in all areas of the business as well as running his own extensive portfolio of property. Outside of work, Hans has a real passion for travel and will often be found in different parts of the world as he widens his global experience...!

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

Teresa Dickinson

Teresa Dickinson

Lettings Manager

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

Debbie Thwaites

Debbie Thwaites

Sales Coordinator

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

Louise Atkins

Louise Atkins

Lettings Advisor

Service with a smile! You will always receive a warm welcome from Louise who is the 'sanguine' in our lettings team, bringing a breath of fresh air and human approach to any stressful move. With many years of successful customer service roles behind her, Louise recently returned to Oakwood lettings after a short break to bring up her young family - where she spends her free time tackling the issues both they and her boxer dog bring..! A firm favourite with all her clients and valuable team member.

Lettings Office Tel: 01843 222700

Diane Robertson

Diane Robertson

Group PA

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

Tracie Whiting

Tracie Whiting

Group Finance Manager

'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

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

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

Mark Hougham

Mark Hougham

Branch Manager

Mark is another seasoned member of staff with great experience from more than 20 years in the business, including a spell overseas in both Spain and Dubai. This has given him valuable exposure to not just varying cultures, but also a good understanding of the legal process and expectations needed for any international move. Mark heads up our successful team in Herne Bay and has a real passion for excellent customer service throughout the buying and selling journey. If you are considering a move - make sure you talk with Mark first! 

Herne Bay Office Tel: 01227 749944