Chris joined Sandersons in 2009 specifically to launch the Ashford office. We subsequently saw unprecedented growth in Ashford as new customers benefited from the attention to detail and flair that Chris and his team brought to the role. In 2011 Chris moved to our Canterbury office and currently heads up an experienced sales team that has continued to grow year on year. Chris has previously worked in kitchen design, recruitment and as a Procurement Manager for a Kent based property developer. Why are Sandersons different? Knowing that my opinion matters is a big reason I enjoy working for Sandersons. Not tying clients into fixed term contracts was an idea I put forward and it was embraced by the Directors. I believe it is one of the key ways we are different to other agents.
I have lived in and around Canterbury for over 30 years and currently live in North Canterbury. I met my wife in 2003 and we have two children who attend Blean Primary School. Although a lot of my time is spent with my family, I have a real passion for sport. Over the years I have particularly enjoyed playing football and squash competitively. Unfortunately following ACL injuries and two knee operations I have had to find other ways to keep fit. Since 2013 I have trained at City Boxing in Canterbury and although I don’t fight competitively, I enjoy pushing myself with this type of training. In 2010 I raised money for the British Heart Foundation by cycling 54 miles from London to Brighton. In May 2016 I took part in a Tough Mudder event to raise money for Dancing Eye Syndrome Support Trust. This is a charity that has helped support and raise awareness of a very rare condition called Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS), which my niece has been diagnosed with. Tough Mudder is a challenging obstacle course set over 11 miles and I raised £2,321 for the charity. In 2017, accompanied by my wife and two young children I took part in a Colour Me Purple 5k run to raise money for The Wisdom Hospice and we raised £223. What advice would you give your younger self? Spend less time worrying about things outside of your own control.
Alex joined Sandersons to work alongside Chris Murphy and push the brand into the sales market in Canterbury. Initially his role was focussed around helping buyers find the right property and negotiating offers to get sales agreed; now he spends most of his time on market appraisals working with prospective vendors who are looking to put their property on the market. Alex takes great pride in the work he does and his drive and enthusiasm is often complimented on by customers. Why are Sandersons different? I joined the team from a corporate background and like Sandersons method of not tying their customers into a fixed term contract. I believe that this goes a long way to show the confidence Sandersons has in its product and staff by not tying its customers in to a lengthy agreement.
I went to school in Canterbury but now live in Ashford. Outside of work, I regularly train at the gym and visit family and friends. I play lead guitar for a band called The Skatonics; they can be found at various festivals throughout the summer and supported Madness at their concert at the Kent Showground in August 2017. This year, my girlfriend and I are looking forward to a holiday in Singapore as well as a road trip across France. What advice would you give your younger self? Mother is usually right.
Heidi joined Sandersons in November 2017 as a Sales Negotiator. Before coming to Sandersons she was running a bespoke wedding ring business from home and bringing up her three children. The children have now grown up and she felt it was time to pursue a full time challenging position working in an office environment as part of a team.
Why are Sandersons different? Sandersons commitment to their clients and the friendly atmosphere in the office was something that impressed me when choosing a new working position.
My spare time is taken up with my children, family and friends. I have a passion in helping people and understanding how the mind works and recently qualified as a clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. What advice would you give your younger self? Don't grow up too quickly and have as much fun as possible before the children arrive
Kellie joined Sandersons in May 2018. She had worked in Estate agency for a number of years early on in her career, before moving into the public sector working within local government in an administration role. From there she took a sabbatical for a year to travel the world before taking a role in student property management for a local University. Kellie’s current role is Office Administrator for the Canterbury sales team. Progressing sales through to exchange takes up the majority of her time, communicating with all parties involved and making sure everyone is happy, which ultimately makes her happy. She also plays a large part in the marketing of properties, writing the descriptions, producing the brochures and keeping the details fresh throughout the pre-sale period.
Why are Sandersons different?
They care about work life balance in a big way which means they have happy staff, meaning they get the best out of them which in turn means happy clients.
I lived in Canterbury until I finished college and then moved to London for 5 years to be in the thick of it and experience different cultures. My Love of travel started around this time and I am still craving to see new places. I have been to lots of countries including the USA, The Caribbean, and India and when I took a year out to travel I visited most of SE Asia including Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. One of my favourite things to do is go to bootfairs and flea markets as I love to find a bargain and I’m very conscious of waste and recycling. I also love animals and a dream would be to live in the country and adopt lots of different kinds. I have a dog, his name is Colin, he’s a rescue and a bit of a rascal but I love him to bits!
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't spend so much money on material things, save it or spend it on travel instead!
Antonia started working for Sandersons in July 2018. Before this she worked for four years for her family business, an Italian restaurant in Ashford. She also has experience of working in sales for a couple of large retail companies. Antonia is currently work at Sandersons full time as a sales negotiator, this involves taking clients on viewings, answering calls and dealing with enquires.
What do you like about Sandersons approach?
I like working for a company that puts both vendors and applicants in the forefront of everything they do, as they don’t tie people in with contracts they rely solely on building relationships in order to keep people using them.
I have always lived in Ashford along with my family. I have a large family living in and around Ashford, in my spare time I will always be spending time with them or my group of friends. As my father is Sardinian I also have a lot of relatives living all over the island, whenever I have a chance to get away, you’ll find me on the beautiful island of Sardinia. I have also recently been and travelled around Sri Lanka, seeing the elephants in the wild was one of the most incredible experiences.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't stress about the future, it will all work out in the end, live in the moment!
Kay joined Sandersons in early 2014 as a sales and lettings administrator, having been in the industry for 9 years. Whilst she had undertaken various roles within a corporate setting, from negotiator to valuer, the rapid and successful expansion of sales within the Canterbury branch created a need for a dedicated sales progressor. Communicating with a wide array of clientèle during every transaction, her aim is to make sure that exchange of contracts is obtained swiftly, whilst keeping vendors and purchasers up to date throughout. She also provides valuable administrative support for our Lettings team.
Why are Sandersons different? Having spent a great deal of time working for a national estate agency, I have found Sandersons to be a breath of fresh air. Management encourage ideas to be put forward to help improve the business from a customers viewpoint, and we really do try to be different in our approach. A key factor of this is, not tying in any of our vendors to a fixed term agency agreement and letting our hard work and results do the talking - something that is missing from the corporate sector where clients can be treated as cash cows.
I live in Faversham having spent most of my childhood growing up on the North Kent Downs. After 10 years together I finally walked up the aisle with my husband whom I have known since early childhood. Fast-forward 7 years and I now have two young boys which keep me busy and a mad cocker spaniel called Baxter. In my 'spare time' I love to escape as a family to the continent and enjoy the local cuisine and explore the history behind the country. One of my more memorable trips was to Italy, encompassing; Venice, Florence, Rome and Pompeii - that was an anniversary present to remember!
What would I tell my younger self?
Don't sweat the small stuff!