Meet The Team

Chris Birds

Partner

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Chris Birds

Partner

How can I help?

I am an Equity Partner in Boxall Brown & Jones and have overall responsibility for the residential sales and lettings section of the business. As a Chartered Surveyor, I have many years’ experience in all areas of the residential property sales and management. I have worked in the Derby property market since leaving school and have worked for a number of high-profile firms of Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors.

Experience

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

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

How long have you been part of the team?

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

Fun Fact

I climbed to Mount Everest Base Camp, raising over £18,000 for The British Heart Foundation.

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Jo Hutchinson

Partner

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Jo Hutchinson

Partner

How can I help?

Living and working in Belper, I have lots of experience and knowledge of the residential market in the town and surrounding area. I help buyers find their dream home, offering honest professional advice and precise valuations.

Experience

I have been practising Estate Agency since 1999 and I have gained experience in all aspects of the business, particularly valuing. My 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 have you been part of the team?

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

Fun Fact

I enjoy entertaining, listening to live music and going on countryside walks with my German Shepherd!

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Anthony Lomas

Partner

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Anthony Lomas

Partner

How can I help?

If you are considering moving home which is one of, if not the single most In a professional and friendly manner, I can knowledgeably advise you on the value, marketing, and saleability of your property. I can also assist with lettings, regularly advising all types of landlords from first time investors to owners of large portfolios.

Experience

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

How long have you been part of the team?

I 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 my time at Boxall Brown & Jones I have played a pivotal role in the continued success and expansion of the sales & lettings departmen. In 2016, I was made a Partner and now assist in running the business.

Fun Fact

I once jumped out of a plane (with a parachute!) from 12,000 feet!

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Amelia Furness

Property Manager

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Amelia Furness

Property Manager

How can I help?

I carry out tenant check outs, inspections, and inventories to ensure all our landlord’s properties are kept in good condition throughout the tenancy.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have been part of the team since April 2021.

Fun Fact

There are villas in Spain where I used to live that my grandad has designed and built and are named after me called “Casa Amelia’s”. I also love an iced coffee, whether that is a caramel latte in the morning or an espresso martini with my friends on the weekend!

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Louise Smedley

Lettings Manager

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Louise Smedley

Lettings Manager

How can I help?

I oversee the day to day running of the office in all aspects of lettings and property management ensuring we deliver great customer service to both Tenants and Landlords. Having been involved within Lettings and Management since 1999 and working for corporate and independent letting agents, I have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the lettings market to contribute to the continued expansion and success of the department.

Experience

Having been involved within Lettings and Management since 1999, I have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the lettings market. I have worked for corporate companies and independent firms focusing my training and development on the legal aspects and, in doing so, I have become a bit of an oracle on the subject! I am contributing to the departments continued success and expansion with my proactive and positive attitude.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the team in March 2015 and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Fun Fact

I like to shop, enjoy reading books and love spending time with my family and friends – especially my young daughters! I also have an identical twin sister.

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Lily Fellows

Lettings Negotiator

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Lily Fellows

Lettings Negotiator

How can I help?

My job is to book viewings, negotiate tenancy applications and handle the referencing and legal administration related to property management.

How long have you been part of the team?

I have been part of the team since July 2021.

Fun Fact

I do fashion blogging outside of work and I have a YouTube channel!

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Katie Poxon

Lettings Negotiator

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Katie Poxon

Lettings Negotiator

How can I help?

I can help in all aspects of lettings and property management but spend most of my time dealing with property viewings and tenant applications. It gives me great pleasure to help people move into their new home!

Experience

I have had a wide ranging career – mainly based in customer service – however, I have always been interested in property and when I became a tenant, this ignited my interest in Lettings and Management.

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the team in May 2016 however, my ability to learn quickly and my willingness to help has quickly made me one of our key members of staff.

Fun Fact

As a mother of two I have my hands full most of the time but still enjoy a night out with the girls when I get the chance!!

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Sarah Brooks

Lettings Accounts & Administrator

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Sarah Brooks

Lettings Accounts & Administrator

How can I help?

I’ve been there 15 years this year, I manage the lettings accounts such as processing tenants rents, chase arrears, pay contractors, reconcile the bank.

I also do the administration for the sales department. For example, I put the brochures together, send out contracts and all the important things before the property goes live online.

Experience

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

How long have you been part of the team?

I have 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 I have been a crucial part of that growth.

Fun Fact

I like music, concerts, days out with the husband and son and my favourite animal is a poodle!

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Laura Gaskin

Finance Manager

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Laura Gaskin

Finance Manager

How can I help?

I am the in-house Finance Manager, bringing new ideas to ensure the effective management and growth of the business. Happy to help in all areas of business!

Experience

I have a breadth of experience in finance and cannot wait to assist with the progression of this ever growing team!

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the BB&J team in 2021.

Fun Fact

I like nice food and holidays! Also, a busy mum of two!

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John Adey

Accompanied Viewer

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John Adey

Accompanied Viewer

How can I help?

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

Experience:

I know Derby and Derbyshire well, having spent most of my life here in engineering, computing and telecommunications.

How long have been part of the team?:

I have worked for BBJ since 1995 as an Accompanied Viewer.

Fun Fact:

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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Cameron Godfrey

Property Manager

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Cameron Godfrey

Property Manager

How can I help?

I am responsible for the day-to-day management of a vast array of properties in our ever-growing portfolio. I deal with anything from maintenance issues to inspections and renewals.

Experience

I have always been interested in property and to see if this was the right path for me, I decided to complete an apprenticeship here at Boxall Brown & Jones. Since completing my apprenticeship, I have grown from strength to strength and look forward to seeing where my career takes me!

How long have you been part of the team?

I joined the Derby Office in August 2019.

Fun Fact

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending my time on the badminton court or football pitch, whilst regularly venturing to a beer garden in the evening to relax.

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