Michael Alan Sears is the Managing Director of Sealeys Estate Agents. He has worked in the property industry for over 25 years commencing his career with an agency in London Docklands in the early 1990s. Michael is a fully qualified member of the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) and ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents).
In addition Michael is also a qualified Surveyor and member of SAVA (the Surveyors and Valuers Accreditation)Michael lives in Gravesham and is a keen supporter of Ebbsfleet United Football Club, where he served as a Director for eight years and Vice-Chairman for four years. Michael’s spare time pursuits include worldwide travel (it helps his sister lives in New Zealand) – he even met his wife Laura whilst on a trip to Peru, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands! Michael is a keen supporter of local charities including being a trustee of the local charity ‘Walk Tall’.
Michael and Laura share their home with Molly the Trailhound and Marigold and Linda the Chickens!
Lesley is our Chief Executive Officer – she joined the company in 2006 and has risen through the ranks to her current position. Her role includes overseeing all departments and assisting our Managing Director with the day to day running of the company. Before joining Sealeys Lesley was a retail manager at a London branch of the fashion chain Dorothy Perkins.
Lesley lives in Gravesham and enjoys spending time with her family, watching box sets and keeping busy in the garden. Lesley is an Arsenal FC fan despite the fact that her family follow, Crystal Palace and Chelsea!
Catherine is the Senior Administrator at Sealeys and has been with us since November 2005. Catherine carries out all of the administration for our sales department as well as personal assistant duties for our Managing Director. Before joining Sealeys Catherine worked in educational administration including roles at the University of London.
Catherine lives in Gravesend but grew up in the village of Hartley near Longfield. She is passionate about the creative arts and is a regular visitor to art exhibitions in London. Her other hobbies include photography, embroidery, baking and being a member of a book club.
She is the proud owner of three Labradors and one comic genius cat. She takes part in fundraising events several times a year for animal charities. She can go from normal to dog bore in 60 seconds … don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Margaret is Sealeys’ Lettings Administrator and has worked in the property industry since 2004 including working at Ward and Partners. Margaret’s responsibilities include processing rent payments, preparation of tenancy agreements, arranging rent guarantee insurance and safety certificates for Landlords and property marketing. Before working in the property industry Margaret was the Office Administrator at Ebbsfleet United Football Club.
Margaret is local and very familiar with the area as she has lived in Gravesend since 1986. Margaret enjoys spending time with her family – she has three daughters and is a very proud mother and grandmother. Margaret has a passion for travel especially to destinations in North America (this has earnt her the office nickname of Judith Chalmers!).
Debbie joined the Sealeys team in 2016 as our Sales Co-ordinator, she is responsible for arranging viewings, agreeing sales and making sure they go all the way to completion. Now as the Sales Manager, she is responsible for the Sales Team performance as well. Before joining Sealeys, Debbie was a full time mum to two girls. Previously she was a Financial Services Trainer for Black Horse, part of the Lloyds group and trained financial advisers all over the south east.
Debbie lives locally and enjoys days out on the back of her husband’s motorbike, walking her dog and cooking. She loves travelling and has had her best holidays in Egypt and Kenya.
Natasha Thynne has been our Commercial Assistant since May 2017. Natasha has previous experience in legal practice but has decided to use her experience with a different approach, enjoying working in the commercial department, supporting colleagues with different types of clients/properties.
Outside of Sealeys Estate Agents, Natasha is mother to a son, most of her activities are to ensure they get out and about keeping active by visiting parks/amusement places, sometimes Natasha enjoys it more than he does! Natasha is family orientated and enjoys spending time with all her family.
Adam joined Sealeys in March 2018 as our Lettings Negotiator and in July 2019 took on his new current role as our Residential Sales Lister. He has a Foundation Degree in Acting and has performed in various shows around the country including supporting Walk Tall, one of the charities Sealeys’ sponsors, with their drama related activities to improve the lives of vulnerable children and adults within the community. Adam has a passion for music, performance, football and travelling and has always dreamt of moving abroad.
Hazel joined us in May 2018 after previously working within the construction and sales industries. She started her career with us as our Sales Administrator but soon demonstrated a natural talent for sales negotiating and so began carrying our viewings for us in January 2019 when she was promoted to Sales Negotiator.
Outside of work she devotes much of her time to her raising her young son but when she does get anytime to herself, she enjoys singing and binge watching shows on Netflix. She has a passion for arts and crafts and enjoys completing projects for her friends and family.
Chris joined Sealeys Walker Jarvis at the start of June 2020 working within our Lettings Team. In January 2021, after demonstrating a natural aptitude for negotiating he moved over to our Commercial team and is now our Commercial Negotiator. On a day to day basis, Chris spends his time responding to commercial enquiries, attending viewings and overseeing the progression of offers through to completion.
With prior experience in customer service across a number of industries, as well as having attained his Bachelor with Honours in English from the University of Leicester, Chris has brought a good balance of personability and professionalism to his work.
Keenly competitive, Chris enjoys spending his time keeping active with a particular interest in both basketball and football, or watching films with friends during his downtime.
Nicola is our Property Manager and looks after all aspects of management and maintenance for our portfolio of residential landlords, including communication between tenants, contractors and the landlords to ensure all parties are suitably satisfied. Nicola ensures her team oversee that maintenance requests are handled appropriately and in good time so that both we and our landlords are providing the best service possible to the tenants. This also means finding and building relationships with the best contractors in the local areas whom we know are reliable.
Outside of work Nicola enjoys playing Netball for a local team, spending time with her family and taking long walks with her Beagle Porridge.
Holly joined Sealeys in early January 2020 as our Senior Lettings Advisor when Sealeys purchased the company of her previous employer, New Ash Green Letting Company. She began her career within the lettings industry in 2015 and this level of industry experience, knowledge and her professionalism saw Holly rise through the ranks of the department to her current role of Lettings Manager. Her role includes managing the lettings team, rental market appraisals, marketing properties and accompanying viewings.
In her spare time, she enjoys going for nice walks, reading a good book and socialising with her family and friends.
Liz has worked as an Estate Agent for over 35 years since beginning her career in 1985. She is a Propertymark professional who offers vendors and purchasers an efficient and knowledgeable service. She is a strong believer that every client needs to be treated as an individual rather than just another number or sales statistic. Her focus is on helping people, sell or buy their treasured homes and helping them on their next property journey.
She has always lived in the Gravesham area, growing up in Istead Rise and Meopham and now living in Gravesend. This means she has an excellent knowledge of the area in which she works which is extremely important and beneficial in this industry.
Outside of work, Liz has a passion for horses and competes with her own horse at Dressage, Showing and occasionally a bit of Show Jumping and Cross County. She also enjoys various fitness and sports activities, gardening and of course has a general interest in property.
Elliot has lived in Gravesend his whole life. He started his career in property when he left Gravesend Grammar School in 2013. Since then, he has gained valuable knowledge in Property Management including viewings, move-in procedures, advising on property maintenance and representing clients in County Court.
Outside of the office, Elliott has a passion for films and the cinema, finding out about new music and is an avid football fan.
Monica started her estate agency career 20 years ago with Walker Croft & Jarvis at their Meopham branch, joining Walker Jarvis Estate Agents & Chartered Surveyors in 2004. During her career she gained experience of working within all aspects of property sales. She happily settled into her current lettings’ role over three years ago and has gained an additional wealth of knowledge of all aspects of property repairs, maintenance and compliance.
In her spare time, she likes to go to the gym, socialising, shopping, taking hot holidays and city breaks and history.
Olivia joined our Lettings team in October 2020. Her day to day work in her role as our Lettings Progressor includes answering enquiries, attending viewings and overseeing tenancy applications through to let agreed completions.
Outside of work, she likes to go to the gym, walk her dog and socialise with her family and friends.
Diana joined our Property Management Team here at Sealeys Walker Jarvis in June 2021. Her varied role as Property Management Co-ordinator includes tasks such as carrying out property inspections, legionella tests, responding to maintenance issue reports from tenants and assisting our Property Manager.
Diana has lived in Gravesend since 2004. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and learning about new cultures, as well as trying international cuisines, and has an interest in Interior Design. During lockdown in 2020 her interest in Interior Design led to a new hobby of renovating antique and vintage furniture.
Maddy is the newest member of our team, having joined us just after finishing her master’s degree in Curating. Starting out as a Lettings Administration Assistant, she is working on ensuring that our new computer system is running smoothly, and is keen to learn as much as she can about the world of property.
She grew up in Gravesend, but lived in lots of different places throughout her time as a student including London, Canterbury, and Madrid. Therefore she has had lots of experience in renting different properties, which she can make use of while working at Sealeys.
In her spare time, Maddy enjoys staying active, watching reality TV, and visiting new places with her family and friends.