Meet The Team

Chris Birds

Partner

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Chris Birds

Partner

How can Chris help?

Chris is the Partner with overall responsibility for Boxall Brown and Jones Lettings overseeing the smooth running of the business. He has many years experience working in the lettings market and is considered to be an expert in his field; offering help and advice in all areas of property management.

Experience

Chris has worked within the Derby property market since he left school, working for a number of high profile firms of Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors. After completing his A levels, he went on to study a degree in Estate Surveying before going on to become a Chartered Surveyor. Chris is member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA); organisations with which he is 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, Chris was awarded a distinguished service honour in 2009.

Chris has been voted as one of the top 250 inspiring business people in Derbyshire for the last three years and is proud to serve the community as a Magistrate in the Southern Derbyshire Criminal Courts.

How long has Chris been part of the team?

Chris joined Boxall Brown & Jones in 2001 and became a Partner in 2005.

Interests

With two small children Chris does not get as much free time now to go out sailing but it remains one of his true passions. He is a keen fund raiser with his climb to Mount Everest base camp and participation in the last four Great North Runs raising over £18,000 for the British Heart Foundation. Last year he went on to raise over £6000 for ‘Sue Ryder’ after running the London Marathon. Chris enjoys football, walking, running, travel, food, drink and good company.

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Jo Hutchinson

Jo Hutchinson

Partner

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Jo Hutchinson

Partner

How can Jo help?

Living and working in Belper, Jo has vast experience and knowledge of the local residential lettings market. Being a landlord herself, she knows the importance of finding the right tenant, offering honest professional advice and precise valuations.

Experience

Practising Estate Agency since 1999, Jo has gained experience in all aspects of the business, particularly valuing. Her 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 has Jo been part of the team?

Since joining the practice in 2006, Jo has opened and managed the Belper branch, earning a strong and respected position within Boxall Brown and Jones and more importantly with her clients and acquaintances. Rewarded for her hardwork and dedication she was promoted to Associate Partner in May 2010.

Interests

Enjoying life to the full, Jo has a busy family life, having been happily married for 26 years with three grown up children. She enjoys countryside walks in the Peak District with her german shepherd dog, weekends away and socialising. 

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Anthony Lomas

Partner

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Anthony Lomas

Partner

How can Anthony help?

If you are considering moving home which is one of, if not the single most stressful periods of life, Anthony along with his experienced team will provide all the necessary advice, guidance and support required to take as much of the stress out of the entire process as possible. In the first instance, Anthony will provide marketing and sales advice during a Free Market Appraisal. Anthony’s approach is of a friendly yet professional manner with his aim being to leave a client reassured and confident that by using Boxall Brown & Jones their very best of interests will always be in mind.

Experience

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

How long has Anthony been part of the team?

Anthony 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 his time at Boxall Brown & Jones Anthony has played a pivotal role in the continuing success and expansion of the sales & lettings department the latter of which he has recently managed. His next challenge is running the busy Allestree office which he is particularly looking forward to. In 2016 Anthony was made a Partner and now assists in running the business.

Interests

Anthony is a supporter of Derby County Football Club and enjoys regular exercise by both cycling and running. In 2018 he raised nearly £2000 for Cancer Research UK by running the London Marathon and has two 100 mile bike rides planned for 2019.

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Matthew Lyth

Matthew Lyth

Sales & Lettings Manager

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Matthew Lyth

Sales & Lettings Manager

How can Matt help?

Matthew is the sales & lettings manager at Boxall Brown & Jones and is responsible for the day to day running of the Derby city branch. After joining the industry in 2010 Matt has gained a wealth of knowledge on the ever changing property market both on a local and national scale. Usually located at the Derby branch moving inbetween sales and valuation appointments, Matthew is always on hand to give out expert advice on the trickiest of situations.

How long has Matt been part of the team?

Since getting married in April 2019 Matthew moved to Derby to be with his wife who is a registered nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital and they have purchased a house in Mickleover. Since moving to Derby Matt has become a key player in the Derby operation using his extensive experience working for multiple agencies and has become a well respected figure to our many lovely clients.

Interests

Matthew is very much into being active having studied different martial arts such as boxing, bjj and krav maga for the past eight years and was involved in helping to train participants for White collar charity bouts raising money for Cancer Research.

Since moving Matthew has become a keen cyclist and has been enjoying the many cycle paths and countryside that Derbyshire has to offer. Apart from this Matthew’s main hobby is eating! But he also enjoys gaming, travelling, and going to see live music.

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Louise Smedley

Assistant Lettings Manager

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Louise Smedley

Assistant Lettings Manager

How can Louise help?

Louise is an enthusiastic office based member of the department dealing in all aspects of letting and property management.  Louise is a very pro-active member of the team and effective in matching good quality tenants to our clients properties.  She helps carry out all our referencing and legal paperwork required to move a tenant into a property and also has extensive knowledge of lettings and management.

Experience

Having been involved within Lettings and Management since 1999, Louise has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the lettings market. She has worked for corporate companies and independents focusing her training and development on the legal aspects and, in doing so, has become a bit of an oracle on the subject!  Louise is contributing to the departments continuing success and expansion with her proactive and positive attitude.

How long has Louise been part of the team?

Louise joined the team in March 2015 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise.  She is currently studying to pass her ARLA Technical Award.

Interests

Louise likes to shop, enjoys reading books and loves spending time with her family and friends – especially her young daughters! 

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Patricia Porumbel

Patricia Porumbel MARLA

Compliance Property Manager

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Patricia Porumbel

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Patricia Porumbel MARLA

Compliance Property Manager

How can Patricia help?

Patricia deals with both out-of-office and office based work and can advise on all aspects of property management. She also carries out house visits, compiles inventories and checkout reports and deals with negotiating deposit releases.

Experience

Patricia joined Boxall Brown & Jones in February 2016 and is based at the Derby Office. Having worked for various letting agencies, Patricia has experience with a range of issues and advise on all aspects of property management. Patricia has gained an ARLA qualification and is currently studying an MSc in Real Estate.

How long has Patricia been part of the team?

Patricia joined Boxall Brown and Jones in February 2016 and looks forward to assisting in the continuing growth of an already well established company.

Interests

Patricia enjoys spending time in nature, socialising with friends and reading.

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Katie Poxon

Property Manager

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Katie Poxon

Property Manager

How can Katie help?

Katie is a very pro active member of the team and can help in most aspects of lettings and property management.  On the whole, Katie provides a vital property management role in carrying out new inventories, house visits and check outs however Katie is also experienced in dealing with landlords or tenants from a lettings point of view – being an established tenant herself!

Experience

Katie has had a wide ranging career – mainly based in customer service – however, she has always been interested in property and when she became a tenant, this ignited her interest in Lettings and Management.

How long has Katie been part of the team?

Katie joined the team in May 2016 however her ability to learn quickly and her willingness to help, has quickly made Katie one of our key members of staff.  She is currently studying to pass her ARLA Technical Award.

Interests

Katie likes spending time with her family and friends – especially her young son – and enjoys jetting off to sunny destinations!

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Louise Williams

Lettings Assistant

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Louise Williams

Lettings Assistant

How can Lou help?

Lou plays a key role within Boxall Brown & Jones Lettings answering the telephone, dealing with email enquiries, arranging viewings and dealing with queries relating to our properties. Lou looks after the interests of both the landlords and tenants and is always on-hand to offer a friendly and efficient service.

Experience

Lou has worked in Estate Agency in Derby for over 25 years; firstly in house sales and then in the Survey Department of Boxall Brown & Jones.

How long has Lou been part of the team?

Lou joined Boxall Brown & Jones in January 2008.

Interests

Outside work Lou enjoys spending time with her family and keeping fit – being a member of a local gym. Lou enjoys foreign travel, dining out and project managing the renovations on her house, and when Lou has time – she enjoys a bit of retail therapy!

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Sarah Brooks

Accounts Clerk

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Sarah Brooks

Accounts Clerk

How can Sarah help?

Sarah is the Lettings Accounts Clerk within Boxall Brown & Jones Lettings and has many years experience working in this field. Sarah has knowledge and experience in managing the individual needs and expectations of both Boxall Brown & Jones landlords and tenants and is always on hand to help.

Sarah has the overall responsibility for managing the Client Accounts within our Lettings Team which are stringently controlled by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors.

Experience

Sarah previously had a background working in banking for 6 years for a large corporate bank then took the plunge into the world of Residential property letting in 2006, since then Sarah has developed her expertise within this field as well as overseeing and handling all monetary transactions on a monthly basis.

How long has Sarah been part of the team?

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

Interests

With a busy social life, Sarah enjoys keeping fit, music, concerts, and looking after her little boy Charlie.

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William Evans

Sales & Lettings Negotiator

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William Evans

Sales & Lettings Negotiator

Will Started with the company last summer as an apprentice and is learning all aspects of sales and lettings. He particularly enjoys dealing with customers both face to face and over the phone and assisting in their property search.

Will is a keen member of his local sailing club and is a qualified instructor dealing with all ages. He can also often be seen treading the boards in the local pantomime. He has also just passed his driving test and is loving the freedom of being able to drive his own car.

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Steve Dalligan

Steve Dalligan

Accompanied Viewer

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Steve Dalligan

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Steve Dalligan

Accompanied Viewer

How can Steve help?

Steve will meet you for accompanied viewings at your chosen property, and hopefully answer any questions to assist in your decision making. His duties include preparing detailed Inventories for the benefit of both tenant and Landlord, to ensure a smooth transition when moving in and out of your rented property. He will also help maintain regular contact with BBJ tenants by carrying out periodic inspection visits to our managed properties for the duration of your tenancy.

Experience

Steve brings a wealth of local knowledge to the role being Derby born and bred. He also has experience of being a Landlord in his own right for a number of years. He has worked for many years in senior management positions in the retail sector and is a true people person.

How long has Steve been part of the team:

Steve brings a wealth of worldly experience with him into the residential lettings industry having worked for the firm since 2009. He looks forward to assisting in the continuing growth of an already well established company.

Interests:

Steve has a keen interest in local sport being a Derby County season ticket holder, for longer than he cares to remember, and also a Member of Derbyshire County Cricket Club. Also good news for our present and future Polish customers as he is learning the language, to add to his smattering of Russian and Romanian.

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John Adey

John Adey

Accompanied Viewer

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John Adey

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John Adey

Accompanied Viewer

How can John help?

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

Experience:

John knows Derby and Derbyshire well having spent most of his life here in engineering, computing and telecommunications.

How long has John been part of the team?:

John has worked for BBJ since 1995 as an Accompanied Viewer.

Interests:

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

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