Richard James, Sales, Lettings and New homes in Swindon and Wiltshire
Swindon's award winning independent estate agent

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Alex Hornby

Alex Hornby

alexhornby@richardjames.info
@rjea_alexhornby

Brought up in the Swindon area, I have expert knowledge of the region – in particular West Swindon. I was trained up in another successful local firm before joining Richard James in 2007. I launched and headed up the West Swindon office in 2011, and we’re now the number one agent in the area. I’m proud that we’ve raised standards to a new level, and that so many clients return to us and recommend us.

Alex Hudson

Alex Hudson

alex@richardjames.info
@rjea_alex

It only seems like yesterday walking into the Richard James Office to start my first day with new inspiration, a passion for sales and most important to me the opportunity to help people achieve their dreams, that was 13 years ago! Everyday is a pleasure to come to work with such a committed team of people.

Alison Benfield

Alison Benfield

alison@richardjames.info
@rjea_alison

A recent addition to the Richard James team, I’m based in the Highworth office. I live in the Old Town, but before that I was a resident of Shirvenham, where I was an active member of the community – I sang in choral groups and also gave solo concerts. My previous career spanned 25 years as a legal accounts manager with a local firm of solicitors.  

 
Amber Ingram

Amber Ingram

amber@richardjames.info
@rjea_amber

I’ve worked with Richard James and Home Finders for over two years now, and love being part of our growing team. Dealing with daily maintenance issues keeps me on my toes, but I enjoy the fast pace and always being on the go. I especially like meeting new tenants on their move-in day – it’s great being able to hand them their keys and see the smile on their faces.

Bev Hill

Bev Hill

bevhill@richardjames.info
@rjea_bev

I’m a Gloucester girl who moved to Swindon more than 20 years ago, and I’ve since enjoyed a lifetime at Richard James! I joined when the company first opened in a very small office in Wroughton, back in the good old days before computers, mobile phones and social media. I’ve held roles in both sales and lettings since then, in three different offices, and it’s been great to see the company come so far. 

Brian Cracknell

Brian Cracknell

 
Carol Bowman

Carol Bowman

carol@richardjames.info
@rjea_carol

As the newest member of the team, I’m just settling in at Richard James and Home Finders. I’ve worked in the property industry for over 30 years though, and after having a short break I’m raring to go and get back out there! I love meeting new and existing landlords, helping them find their ideal tenant and looking after them the whole way through the process.

Caroline Schaefer

Caroline Schaefer

caroline@richardjames.info
@rjea_caroline

I’ve spent 10 years working in residential lettings in Wiltshire, for both corporate and independent agencies, which has given me a wealth of knowledge. I joined Richard James and Home Finders in June 2013, and I love it here! I have a Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Management (NFOPP), and I’m also ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) qualified.

Cathy Brackley

Cathy Brackley

cathy@richardjames.info
@rjea_ cathy

I joined Richard James over 16 years ago, coming from a New homes sales background to  progress the companies sales. My duties have evolved over the years, however sales progressing is still my first love! I  enjoy going that  extra mile for vendors and buyers to ensure that they achieve their dream home. 
For the last 6 years I have combined my sales progressing role with that of Old Town branch manager. I hope that my drive, ambition, knowledge and love of the company are passed on in some small way to my colleagues.

 
Deborah Reay

Deborah Reay

deborah@richardjames.info
@rjea_deborah

I’ve been with Richard James and Home Finders for more than six years, and enjoy all aspects of my job. I love meeting people – no two people are the same! Because I have a strong customer service background I really appreciate what landlords need from a service point of view. I’m currently based in the Shaw office, so if you have a property in the area feel free to pop in and say hello.

Grant O'Donoghue

Grant O'Donoghue

grant@richardjames.info
@rjea_grant

I’ve accumulated a vast knowledge of the sale and letting of all types of property during my decade in the property industry. My earlier career saw me working in Buckinghamshire and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as well as the Swindon area. I enjoy road cycling – I’ve completed a Lands End to John O’Groats charity cycle, and can often be seen out and about sporting a Richard James top!

Isabella Williams

Isabella Williams

isabella@richardjames.info
@rjea_isabella

After two years of working in lettings, I have yet to experience an uneventful working day! I love the busy environment and being able to deliver a service that makes our company stand out amongst the others. I deal with the maintenance of our managed properties, and love the problem solving part of this role.

 
Jade Skittrall

Jade Skittrall

jade@richardjames.info
@rjea_jade

I have been working at Richard James for nearly a year now and all my colleagues have made me feel really welcome. I had no experience of estate agency before I started the job but I received all the help and training I needed and felt part of the team straight away. I really enjoy the job as you get to meet new people every day and help them find their dream home, and work in a friendly environment. 

Joanna Hill

Joanna Hill

joanna@richardjames.info
@rjea_joanna

I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge in my 10 years with Richard James, having experienced both thriving and telling market conditions, and worked in all five of our offices – starting as a Saturday girl in Wroughton, to helping set up our West Swindon base. I’m  proud to have been a part of our ESTA award-winning lettings team, and I’m committed to offering the same level of service over the next decade.

Jo Bunkasem

Jo Bunkasem

job@richardjames.info
@rjea_job

I have 10 years’ experience of working in residential sales in Wiltshire, and since I’ve been at our Wroughton office I’ve developed a passion for rural properties and quirky character homes. I enjoy dealing with the wide variety of clients and their properties. I’m proud that so many people return to us and recommend us because we work hard to achieve the best results for them.

 
Josh McHugh

Josh McHugh

josh@richardjames.info
@rjea_josh

I joined Richard James in November 2011 through the apprenticeship scheme and Into my third year now and looking back it couldn't have gone any better. From a youngster starting off with no experience, I couldn't drive and I was completely fresh to the world of estate agency. Three years on I'm driving around doing deals In a company car and enjoying every minute of it. 

Kyran Jones

Kyran Jones

kyran@richardjames.info
@rjea_kyran

Having joined Richard James in November 2012 as an apprentice in the office I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here gaining lots of experience in the industry. I have learnt an incredible amount in that time and its a great environment with lots of experience around me. Having now been taken on full time it’s great to be part of a really pro-active team not just in Old Town but Richard James as a whole.

Linzi Banks

Linzi Banks

linzi@richardjames.info
@rjea_linzi

I’ve been the Inventory Clerk at Richard James for just over a year now, and it’s my job to deliver detailed, impartial and professional reports for our clients. I came to the company with no experience in this field, but thanks to good training and invaluable support I’m now confident in my role, and I know I’m considered an important member of the team.

 
Lisa Childs

Lisa Childs

lisa@richardjames.info

I have worked for Richard James for the past 8 years, I started in the Commercial Road office working with the Sales team.   I shortly changed teams and moved into Lettings .  When the Old Town office opened I re-joined the Sales team there as the office administrator and I now keep on top of the administration in this very busy office.

Mandy Sweeney

Mandy Sweeney

mandy@richardjames.info
@rjea_mandy

I’ve been a Lettings Negotiator for seven years – I really enjoy finding people a new home, and the sheer variety the job brings. My background is in administration, and I’ve just taken on the role of Administration Manager in our Commercial Road office. I’m proud to be part of this award-winning team, and loved collecting our ESTA awards four years in a row!

Mike Pike

Mike Pike

mike@richardjames.info
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I've been an estate agent in the Swindon area for 35 years, and have experienced just about every situation imaginable! I've acquired a deep understanding of what's involved in selling property here. Based Based in west Swindon since 1995, I joined Richard James in 2011 and I’m proud of the standards we achieve, as well as being a part of Swindon’s number one agent.   

 
Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

nicole@richardjames.info
@rjea_nicole

I’ve worked for Richard James for almost three years now – in the lettings department first of all, then I moved to the sales team. I can safely say that no two days are ever the same! I’m an enthusiastic individual, and I like being around others who are similar – it creates a good and busy working environment. I love meeting new people and helping them find their perfect home.

Rebecca Barratt

Rebecca Barratt

rebecca@richardjames.info
@rjea_rebecca

Based in our Old Town office, I focus purely on putting new properties on the market and finding the ideal tenant for them. I’ve worked in the lettings industry for 14 years now, and I’m really proud to be part of the Richard James team. I’m looking forward to many more successful years ahead – with hopefully another visit to the ESTA awards.

 
Richard Whatton

Richard Whatton

rwhatton@richardjames.info
@rjea_rwhatton

I love what I do! I’m a motivated and obsessed estate agent, with 15 years of knowledge and experience gained entirely around the Swindon area. I get particular job satisfaction from exceeding clients’ expectations, and feel it’s always necessary to go that extra mile when it comes to customer service. If achieved, the result will be personal recommendations and repeat business, which is paramount.

Ross Sutton

Ross Sutton

ross@richardjames.info
@rosssutt1

Brought up in Wroughton, I have an expert knowledge of the area – and 10 years in residential sales has given me a thorough understanding of marketing and selling property locally. Excellent customer service is very important to me, and I enjoy creating tailored marketing packages for each client. I’m currently studying for a RICS-accredited degree in Estate Management.

Sam Shenton

Sam Shenton

sam@richardjames.info
@rjestateagent

Having spent 10 years working in sales I have recently taken on a new and very challenging role providing support to the whole company and helping it develop and grow. This role is superb and I couldn't have asked for anything more. Getting involved in our creative marketing and helping to support all of the team and Richard himself is a great opportunity for me and I am enjoying every minute. 

 
Sharon Carpenter

Sharon Carpenter

sharon@richardjames.info
@rjea_sharon

I’ve just joined Richard James and Home Finders and I’m really enjoying the busy working environment and the lovely team of people who’ve been really supportive. Although lettings is a new experience for me I’ve worked in the property industry for more than six years, and I bring an abundance of admin experience to my role. I look forward the new challenge – and being part of an award-winning team!

Sue Gidney

Sue Gidney

sue@richardjames.info

As a long term and active member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), I’m extremely committed to making sure the service we provide to our clients is the best it can possibly be. Our team has won the Gold Award for Best Letting Agency in the Southern Region at the national ESTA awards for the last three years, which I’m really proud of. 

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