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Chris Birds

Partner & Chartered Valuation Surveyor

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Chris Birds

Partner & Chartered Valuation Surveyor

How can I help?

I am an Equity Partner in Boxall Brown & Jones and BB&J Commercial and have overall responsibility for the day to day running of the company, which includes the residential sales and lettings sections of the business. As a Chartered Surveyor, I have many years’ experience in all areas of the residential property sales and management.

Experience

I have worked within the Derby property market since I left school, working for a number of high profile firms of Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors. After completing my A levels, I went on to study a degree in Estate Surveying before going on to become a Chartered Surveyor. I am a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA); organisations with which I am actively involved at both local and national level.

Having been the Chairman of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire branch of the NAEA for many years and serving on National committees, I was awarded a distinguished service honour in 2009.

I have been voted as one of the top 250 inspiring business people in Derbyshire and I am proud to serve the community as a Presiding Magistrate in the Southern Derbyshire Criminal Courts. In April 2024, I became the Deputy Under Sheriff of Derbyshire.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined Boxall Brown & Jones in 2001 and became a partner in 2005.

Fun Fact

I have climbed to Everest Base Camp, ran the London Marathon and competed in the Great North Run on five occasions.

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Anthony Lomas

Partner

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Anthony Lomas

Partner

How can I help?

In a professional and friendly manner, I can knowledgeably advise you on the value, marketing, and saleability of your property. I can also assist with lettings, regularly advising all types of landlords from first time investors to owners of large portfolios.

Experience

Having let and sold properties throughout Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire since 2003, I have built up an in-depth knowledge of the residential lettings and sales market. I am a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and hold a technical award in the sale of Residential Property. I have been successfully providing market appraisals to home sellers since 2005.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the firm in 2006 as a Valuer for both lettings and sales, being involved within Estate Agency since graduating from the University of Derby in 2002. During my time at Boxall Brown & Jones I have played a pivotal role in the continued success and expansion of the sales & lettings department. In 2016, I was made a Partner and now assist in running the business.

Fun Fact

I once jumped out of a plane (with a parachute!) from 12,000 feet.

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Jo Hutchinson

Partner

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Jo Hutchinson

Partner

How can I help?

Living and working in Belper, I have lots of experience and knowledge of the residential market in the town and surrounding area. I help buyers find their dream home, offering honest professional advice and precise valuations.

Experience

Having practised Estate Agency since 1999, I have gained experience in all aspects of the business, particularly valuing. My knowledge and enthusiasm drives the rental and sales departments from strength to strength, never missing an opportunity and enjoying continued success and expansion.

How long have you been part of the team?

Since joining the practice in 2006, I have opened and managed the Belper branch, earning a strong and respected position within Boxall Brown and Jones and more importantly with my clients and acquaintances. I was rewarded for my hardwork and dedication when I was promoted to Associate Partner in May 2010.

Fun Fact

I enjoy entertaining, listening to live music and going on countryside walks with my German Shepherd!

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Mark Richardson

Partner and Chartered Surveyor

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Mark Richardson

Partner and Chartered Surveyor

How can I help?

I have nearly 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Surveyor, and I have worked around Derby for almost all of that time. As a commercial surveyor, I advise clients on a wide range of disposals, particularly in relation to development. As an RICS Registered Valuer, I also carry out a variety of property valuations for many commercial banks, pension funds and private clients. I specialise in valuing developments, land and HMOs amongst others. I am also an RICS Accredited Expert and have achieved the Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence. In this capacity I undertake a wide range of sometimes complex valuation reports for legal purposes such as professional negligence, taxation and divorce.

Experience

I have been a business partner since 2005 and enjoy the challenges of day to day business together with tackling the planning and growth of all aspects of BB&J Commercial.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have been with the business since 1994.

Fun Fact

I have a variety of interests, particularly road cycling. Other hobbies include collecting great music on vinyl records.

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Graham Bancroft

Partner

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Graham Bancroft

Partner

How can I help?

With my vast experience, knowledge and contacts I can provide a comprehensive agency service across all types of commercial properties, whether to individual clients or large PLC property organisations. In addition, I also undertake commercial property valuations for a variety of purposes including loan security, pension funds and company accounts to name a few.

I have a wide range of professional experience and can provide Landlord and Tenant advice, namely rent reviews and lease renewals, to numerous clients along with rating and compulsory purchase work.

Experience

Born in Derby, I began my career in commercial property in 1999 at Derby City Council being a graduate of De Montfort University, before very quickly joining Salloway Property Consultants as a Valuation Surveyor. I quickly established myself within the company resulting in being made Associate Director in 2010 before joining BB&J Commercial in 2013.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have been with BB&J Commercial since 2013.

Interests

I am a lifelong supporter and follower of Derby County.

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Laura Gaskin

Finance and Office Manager

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Laura Gaskin

Finance and Office Manager

How can I help?

In-house Finance Manager, bringing new ideas to ensure the effective management and growth of the business. Happy to help in all areas of the business!

Experience

I have over 20 years accounting experience, and have previously worked for other surveying businesses aswell as at an accountants.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the BB&J team in 2021.

Fun Fact

I like nice food and holidays!

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Tracey Davis

Senior Sales Negotiator

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Tracey Davis

Senior Sales Negotiator

How can I help?

I have a great knowledge of the local area and offer a friendly service. Dedicated to helping clients through the whole process of buying and selling using my experience to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Experience

I have been a sales negotiator for 30 years and have a wealth of experience in property negotiation within the Derbyshire residential market.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have worked for Boxall Brown and Jones since 2004 and continue to enjoy working for the company.

Fun Fact

I enjoy travel and exploring new countries.

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Dawn Barker

Senior Sales Negotiator

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Dawn Barker

Senior Sales Negotiator

How can I help?

I try to give as much as I can to clients to make their dealings with us as stress free as possible. Even after all the years I’ve been selling houses I still have that buzz, that motivation, the enthusiasm for the next listing & sale.

Experience

I have worked within property since 1989 commencing with new home sales for Birch and Redrow Homes before moving into Estate Agency in 1994 and never looking back.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have been with the company since 2004 and I am committed to providing the most professional service.

Fun Fact

I enjoy plants & gardening. I look forward to Gardeners’ World on a Friday evening & I try to go to the RHS garden & flower festivals throughout the year.

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Claire Taylor

Senior Sales Negotiator

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Claire Taylor

Senior Sales Negotiator

How can I help?

I have worked for Boxall Brown & Jones for just over 20 years. As a Senior Sales Negotiator, I work on the Residential Sales side of the business, but also help out with our properties to Let too. My role mainly includes arranging viewings, taking offers, agreeing sales and progressing sales through to completion, dealing with our Vendors and their Purchasers as well as Solicitors and other Estate Agents.

Experience

I previously worked in the Building Society Industry for around 15 years, gaining lots of insight into finances and mortgages etc, I then felt it was a natural progression to work in an Estate Agency and believe my knowledge in the finance industry has proven to be invaluable.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have worked with Boxall Brown & Jones since 2004, providing administration as well as negotiating and progressing sales.

Fun Fact

I am a very sociable person, I love going out, but equally happy staying in with my husband, kids and dog Maddie. I also love my Greek holidays but just as happy in Cornwall, when the weather is nice at least.

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Danielle Hutchinson

Sales Administrator

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Danielle Hutchinson

Sales Administrator

How can I help?

My job is to always provide fun and enthusiastic service to all clients, handling viewings, property valuations, and monitoring sales from start to finish! I aim to be a friendly face that can answer any enquiries clients may have to help them through their property buying and selling process.

Experience

I am currently an apprentice estate agent; however, I have always been surrounded by the property industry having it run through the family! I look forward to learning the ins and outs of property sales and gaining skills whilst being part of this ever-growing company.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have been part of the team since July 2022.

Fun Fact

I love to travel to different countries and learn about a variety of cultures. I also love taking my little dog Zoe out on countryside walks in the beautiful Peak District (especially when there’s a prosecco in a beer garden at the end!)

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Yvonne Short

Sales Negotiator

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Yvonne Short

Sales Negotiator

How can I help

I pride myself in good communication & people skills. I like to make the buying & selling process as stress free as I can for our clients. Always here to help & advise with a smile.

Experience

45 years of experience working in the property industry dealing with both sales & lettings.

How long have you been a member of team?

I joined the team in November 2023.

Fun Fact

I am an active member of the Royal British Legion Bikers Branch where I am heavily involved in various charity events. Any spare time I love working my dog Teddy or exploring the countryside on a motorbike, warm days of course.

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Sarah Brooks

Lettings Accounts & Sales Administrator

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Sarah Brooks

Lettings Accounts & Sales Administrator

How can I help?

I manage the lettings accounts and I do the administration and social media for the sales department.

Experience

I previously had a background working in banking for 6 years for a large corporate bank, then I took the plunge into the world of residential property letting in 2005. Since then, I have developed my expertise within this field as well as overseeing and handling all monetary transactions on a monthly basis.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have enjoyed being part of Boxall Brown & Jones since 2006, which at that point only consisted of three people.  The department has more than tripled since then and I have been a crucial part of that growth.

Fun Fact

I like music, concerts, days out with the husband, son and Alfie the poodle!

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Hannah Teece

Property Manager

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Hannah Teece

Property Manager

How can I help?

I carry out tenant check outs, inspections, and inventories to ensure all our landlord’s properties are kept in good condition throughout the tenancy.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have been part of the team since October 2021.

Fun Fact

I trained and worked as a dental nurse for 5 years prior to moving to property management, and can nearly repeat word for word every episode of friends.

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Finlay Doyle

Property Manager

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Finlay Doyle

Property Manager

How can I help?

I undertake tenant inventories, checkouts and property inspections. I offer liaison services for landlords to facilitate continued maintenance on their properties and manage correspondence between tenant and landlord.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined Boxall Brown and Jones in January 2024.

Fun Fact

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to sing karaoke although I  am tone deaf and I also love dogs and sloths.

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Katie Poxon

Senior Lettings Negotiator

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Katie Poxon

Senior Lettings Negotiator

How can I help?

I can help in all aspects of lettings and property management but spend most of my time dealing with property viewings and tenant applications. It gives me great pleasure to help people move into their new home!

Experience

I have had a wide ranging career – mainly based in customer service – however, I have always been interested in property and when I became a tenant, this ignited my interest in Lettings and Management.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the team in May 2016 however, my ability to learn quickly and my willingness to help has quickly made me one of our key members of staff.

Fun Fact

As a mother of two I have my hands full most of the time but still enjoy a night out with the girls when I get the chance!!

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John Adey

Accompanied Viewer

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John Adey

Accompanied Viewer

How can I help?

You may be urgently looking for a property, or merely starting to look generally, but my objective is always the same – simply to ensure that you enjoy your visit and leave as fully informed as possible. I take pride in being punctual. If you are on time, you can expect him to be on time as well.

Experience

I know Derby and Derbyshire well, having spent most of my life here in engineering, computing and telecommunications.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have worked for BBJ since 1995 as an Accompanied Viewer.

Fun Fact

I have a particular interest in Art and Architecture which often relates well to the diversity of properties always available from BBJ.

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Joanne Milburn

Accompanied Viewer and Sales Negotiator

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Joanne Milburn

Accompanied Viewer and Sales Negotiator

Accompanied Viewer and Sales Negotiator

How can I help?

I divide my time between accompanying prospective viewers around properties and negotiating in the office. If you wish to view a property with us where we are keyholders, the chances are it will be me that you will meet.

Experience

Joanne has worked as a graphic designer for most of her life. She has owned her own gift and interiors shop for the last six years.

How long has Joanne been part of the team?

Joanne has been part of the team since September 2022.

Fun Fact

Joanne has walked up Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike. Joanne loves all things art, interiors, and design, often upcycling her own furniture. Joanne enjoys visiting Scotland and goes every year with her family.

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Tom O’Halloran

Property Surveyor

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Tom O’Halloran

Property Surveyor

How can I help?

Tom is a property surveyor undertaking valuation work on commercial and residential property for a variety of purposes including acquisitions, lending and sales.

Experience

Tom has worked in property for several years and has significant experience within the industry in management and valuation. Most recently he has worked for our management team being responsible for a large portfolio of various properties held by professional corporate landlords and private investors. He is working to become a Chartered Surveyor with BB&J Commercial.

How long has Tom been part of the team?

Tom joined BB&J in July 2022 and later joined the commercial team in January 2024.

Fun Fact

I grew up on a farm!! So when I’m not undertaking valuation work and helping clients you may find me in the countryside tending to the fields.

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Carys Hughes

Business and Social Media Administrator

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Carys Hughes

Business and Social Media Administrator

How can I help?

I am a Business and Social Media Administrator at BB&J Commercial. I help out in running the busy office at BB&J providing administration and support to BB&J’s surveyors for the commercial property agency and valuation work. In addition to this, I create all the marketing materials to ensure any commercial properties advertised by BB&J get the most exposure and inform our followers about all the exciting things we get up to as an organisation.

Experience

I have recently finished my Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship with Derby College and City & Guilds Qualifications.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the ever-growing team in August 2021.

Fun Fact

I am a keen baker and have been known to make a good lemon drizzle cake. I grew up with horses and have been horse riding for a long while now. I enjoy spending time out in the countryside, going to the gym and reading a good book.

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Cameron Godfrey

Agency Surveyor

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Cameron Godfrey

Agency Surveyor

How can I help?

I can offer advice on Agency Services relating to acquisition, disposal and lettings. I have good local knowledge of the Midlands property market having previously worked as a Property Manager for the residential team at Boxall Brown and Jones.

Experience

I previously worked in our residential management team at Boxall Brown and Jones, before moving over to commercial agency and I am now working towards Chartered Surveyor status within BB&J Commercial.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined Boxall Brown & Jones in August 2019 and later joined the commercial team in July 2022.

Fun Fact

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending my time on the badminton court or football pitch, whilst regularly venturing to a beer garden in the evening to relax.

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