In 20 years in the property business, Stuart has worked primarily in London – both as a buyer and a seller, in both commercial and residential sectors, and as a business owner and an employee.
A keen sportsman, Stuart ticked an item off his ‘bucket-list’ when he scored a try at Twickenham Stadium in a charity match.
“I think anyone who has ever played rugby at any level would relate to that being a pretty special moment,” said Stuart. “The match was arranged to raise money for RFU Injured Players Foundation. We set a target of raising £70,000, and in the end we exceeded £250,000 – so the day was memorable for me in so many ways.”
With two young boys, one adventure on Stuart’s list – climbing Kilimanjaro – will have to wait. But he is finding time to train for the Thames Path Challenge, a 100km route that he is aiming to complete in a single day, while raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The route – from Fulham to Henley – mirrors Stuart’s journey in 2013, from living and working in London to the other side of the M25 – where he is now putting his broad-ranging property experience and boundless energy to work with our growing Country team, covering the Northern Home Counties area.
“I’m loving being on the buying side of the property business now – it just gives you so much more opportunity to get to know clients, and to offer real advice and guidance. The selling side is a fantastic way to learn about property, but it is very much target driven, whereas at Middleton we’re just as likely to advise clients not to buy a property. There is no pressure on us from within Middleton to ‘get deals completed’, and so as individual advisors we will never put pressure on clients for any motive other than their own best interest. That’s very refreshing for me, knowing that it is the quality of our advice and service that is being measured first and foremost.”
“I’m also really keen to extend my all-round property knowledge. Several of our advisors have attended leadership courses at Harvard Business School, and so I know there is a broader picture to understand in the buying side.”