Senior property executives have been “back to the floor” as part of a charity fundraising drive by Chestertons that raised almost £14,000. Robert Bartlett, Group CEO, Allan Collins, Chief Financial Officer, and Richard Davies, Head of Residential, all joined office teams for the day, and gained valuable first-hand insight into the challenges of the London property market.
Robert Bartlett became a member of Chestertons’ Property Management team for the day, spending time on the phones talking to landlords, getting to grips with the computer systems and attending property viewings.
Robert professed himself humbled by the sheer hard work of the team, commenting: “When you actually work alongside the team, you quickly realise just how hard these guys are working every day and I’m genuinely in awe of them. We have a fantastic property management team at Chestertons and I appreciate them allowing me to spend the day with them.”
Julia Lickley, director of Property Management said: “Robert turned his hand to everything that we gave him, so it’s been very interesting – and a bit scary! I think it was good for him to see first-hand what we do and how difficult it can be, and appreciate it a bit more from our perspective.”
Allan Collins, Chief Financial Officer, said of his day with the Hampstead office team: “Although I’ve worked with estate agents for years, I’ve never been an estate agent and was genuinely interested to spend a day on the ‘front line’ of the business. It is hard work in the current market, but I’ve witnessed how skilled and experienced the team has to be in order to overcome various problems for their clients. I’m really pleased to have had this opportunity.”
Ben Sloane, Chestertons Area Director in North & West London, said: “Initially, I was a bit nervous for Allan rather than the team, but I think it’s been a real insight for him to see what it’s really like and see how the profits are generated for the company rather than just seeing them sitting on a spreadsheet.”
Richard Davies, who joined the Westminster office, comments: “Westminster was actually my old office when I was an office manager, but it’s been almost ten years since I last did a viewing! However, the fundamentals of the business haven’t really changed was and I really enjoyed meeting and talking to clients and applicants, and was very proud to see the team pulling together and providing an excellent service.”The back to the floor days were the culmination of a six-week fundraising effort under the Chestertons Charity Champions initiative, which has raised more than £14,000 for London-based charities since launching earlier this year.