Senior Management Team
John Spence OBE - Non-Exec Chairman
John enjoyed a career spanning more than 30 years in banking, during which time he became Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB (Scotland), before joining Spicerhaart as Non-Executive Chairman. A director of Callcredit Information Group, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, a governor at Anglia Ruskin University and a councillor and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care at Essex County Council, he draws on his considerable experience in the public and private sectors to advise the senior management team within the company.
Paul Smith - Chief Executive Officer
Paul founded Spicerhaart in 1989 with his father Alick and has been instrumental in driving its growth to become the largest independent estate agency network in the UK. He was Essex Businessman of the Year in 2006 and is a Past Chairman and President of Colchester Colne Round Table.
Antony Lark - Senior Managing Director
Antony oversees the Spicerhaart Chapters as the Senior Managing Director, having previously been in charge of Just Mortgages and the Residential Lettings business. A vastly experienced financial services practitioner within the estate agency sector, Anthony worked as a Regional Financial Services Director for Countrywide Mortgage Services before joining us. He began his professional career as a Mortgage Consultant.
Mark Hurdle - Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined Spicerhaart in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer responsible for Finance, Estates and Car Fleet. Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in Plc and private businesses spanning Property Services, Media, IT, Power and Consultancy Sectors.
John Phillips - National Operations Director
John joined the Spicerhaart group in June 2015 having been in the Financial services industry for 29 years, first of all as mortgage broker for 3 years then sales management for 23 years, building a team from 4 brokers to 85, developing an estate agency FS business, client servicing programme and a self employed proposition. John is responsible for Financial services, Valunation and Corporate Sales.
Steve Lamb - Chief Information Officer
Steve re-joined the Spicerhaart business as CIO in 2017 having previously been part of the Spicerhaart family’s IT management for 15 years from 2000. Steve has an in-depth knowledge of the company’s IT systems and processes; returning to drive value through solution improvements and efficiencies in both the Nexus business generation team and technology services area.
Emma Barber, Assoc CIPD - Head of Learning & Development (EA) and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) (EA)
Emma has worked for the company since 2005. She has been in the industry for over 26 years starting as a trainee negotiator, as an L&D practitioner and coach she is passionate about people, delivering results, development, career progression for individuals and great customer service. She is also the Chair of our beloved charity Magic Moments.
Belinda Jarman, Assoc CIPD - Head of Learning & Development (Lettings) and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) (Lettings)
Belinda joined the business in early 2013 and is responsible for learning and development within Spicerhaart Residential Lettings. With over 20 years experience in the Sales and Lettings industry and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, her objective is to deliver industry-leading training and development programmes that set the very standards of excellence that Spicerhaart is renowned for. "Learning is growth, without it we would not be able to evolve and master our ambition to become experts in our chosen field. Creating a culture where learning is at the very heart of everything we do, ensures everyone is provided with the best possible platform to succeed and reach their goals."
Rodney Sloan - Head of Training (Financial Services)
Rodney joined the company in 2014 having been in the industry for over 30 years, from initially being an estate agent and then moving into financial services where he has worked as mortgage broker and then sales management before spending the last 10 years in a training role.
Jon Lay - Managing Director, Legal Services
Jon has been in the property industry for 20 years. As head of Spicerhaart Legal Services, he and his team work across the estate agency network to ensure delivery of our conveyancing proposition to our clients, as well as being responsible for our legal panel relationships and promoting the group’s legal service within the UK’s IFA and lender market.
Tim Wardley - Managing Director, Land & New Homes
Tim joined the Spicerhaart Group in June 2017 after having spent over 30 years at one of the UK's leading estate agency companies where he was responsible for the largest and most profitable division in the company. Tim has joined Spicerhaart group as part of a 10 year investment plan to build a cutting edge, forward thinking New Homes and Land business and to become the first choice Agent for the Development industry.
Steve Williams - Chapter Managing Director
Steve is our Managing Director of the Orion Chapter of Spicerhaart, covering Anglia, Essex, Kent and London. Steve is responsible for the Estate Agency, Legal Services, Financial Services and New Homes elements of the business, working with a range of Directors who lead each of these disciplines. Steve joined Spicerhaart in 2015 having enjoyed a career in the Banking sector, progressing from cashier at Santander, through to Regional Director of Barclays Premier Banking over a 12 year Banking career, before joining Spicerhaart via the Financial Services arm, Just Mortgages. Steve worked up through the Divisional Sales Director role to Financial Services Director, prior to taking up the Chapter Managing Director role in 2019.
Paul Vickerstaff - Chapter Managing Director
Paul is the Managing Director of the Taurus Chapter, part of the Spicerhaart group which includes local, well-known brands like Darlows and Butters John Bee. The offices for Taurus broadly cover the North, West and South regions for the Spicerhaart group. Paul is responsible for the Estate Agency, Financial Services, Legal Services and New Homes elements of business, working with a team of directors who specialise in each of these areas. Paul, with over 25 years direct experience in agency joined Spicerhaart in 2019 having enjoyed success in both the traditional and hybrid models and also time abroad in Germany.
Sat Basi - Lettings Director
Sat (BA (hons) FARLA) joined the business back in March 2007 and currently looks after the Taurus Chapter Lettings operation. He has over 30 years of Lettings experience and has enjoyed collecting some prestigious awards during his successful career. Sat is adept at both front end, and property management, and has helped grow the Lettings business 3 fold since joining us.