Staff Profiles

Charlie Higgs

Charlie Higgs

Managing Director

Charlie has been an estate agent in the Reading area since 1996 and after a few years with a corporate agency, joined Village Properties in 2004 as a sales negotiator. Since then he has progressed through the ranks within the company, ultimately becoming the managing director & owner.

In his spare time Charlie is a keen golfer and a member of Calcot Park Golf Club. He also enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and keeping fit at his local gym.

Sarahjane Smart

Sarahjane Smart

Sales Director

Sarahjane has been with VP sales department for over 4 years now. She started as a part time administrator, then accepted our offer as VP's full time sales progressor since then she has excelled in that role which has lead to another promotion to Sales Director.

Sarajane is married and has 2 children who both go to Denefield School off Long Lane in Tilehurst. She also enjoys socialising with family and friends, walking her dog and holidays to Croyde in Devon.

Nikki Gardner

Nikki Gardner

Lettings Director

Nikki has been working at Village Properties for the last 8 years and first started out helping out in the sales office on Saturdays. Her aptitude and willingness to learn quickly meant she was offered a role in our Lettings office. With the commitments of a young family, Nikki took on a part time role in the Lettings team, eventually going full time early 2012. Promoted to Lettings Director in March 2013, Nikki has gone from strength to strength and has been instrumental in driving the lettings division of Village Properties forward. With over 150 rental properties on the books and tenants queuing up, the lettings office is a busy place!

Outside of work Nikki most loves spending time with her 3 children.

Riccardo Matrubhutam

Riccardo Matrubhutam

Trainee Sales Negotiator

Riccardo spent his weeks work experience with VP in 2018 and showed great promise. He's very hardworking, enthusiastic and following his work experience he constantly kept in touch with VP. This impressed VP managing director Charlie Higgs so he offered him a full time job as a trainee sales negotiator.

Riccardo enjoys playing rugby and going to hs local gym.

Chanelle Gee

Chanelle Gee

Sales Administrator

Chanelle started with VP at the start of 2018 and has been fantastic to work with. She always brings fun and enthusiasm to work and has become an important member of our team here at VP. Initially she worked as part of our weekend team but has now progressed to working full time.

Beth Westbury

Beth Westbury

Lettings Coordinator

Beth joined the company in 2016 and is a fantastic addition to our lettings team. She has a fun personality, very professional and is a joy to work with. Beth's main role within the company is to show prospective tenants over our properties and look after the office administration.

Outside of work, Beth enjoys spending her time with her daughter, sewing, singing and watching movies. She's also passionate about baking/cooking and loves to host a dinner party or two.'

David Wood

David Wood

Village Financial Services Director

David was born in Reading and is married with 2 grown up children. He founded Village Financial Services Ltd in 1989 and when he's not working enjoys playing golf, watching rugby & traveling.

Craig Power

Craig Power

Village Financial Services Director

Craig has been at Village Financial Services Ltd as a Mortgage Adviser since 2003, becoming a director and co-owner in 2013/2014.
In his spare time he enjoys doing martial arts with his 2 young daughters as well as watching most sports and likes to curl up on the sofa and watch movies.
He is a passionate Scotland fan who likes to travel around Europe to watch them play football.
In between this he looks to spend as much time as possible with his 2 girls and taking them out at weekends for family time.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

VFS Trainee Para Planner

Lisa has been part of the financial services team for over 3 years now currently working part time whilst studying for her Certificate in Mortgage Practice.
She's married and has 2 children who go to St Catherine’s Preschool and Birch Copse School in Tilehurst. She also enjoys baking cakes and holidays and days out with the family.

Michelle Helmore

Michelle Helmore

VFS Administrator

Michelle joined Village Financial Services in January 2008 and is responsible for the administration and office management within the mortgage department. She brings a wealth of Financial Services experience, having worked within the sector for almost 35 years. Michelle has been married for 32 years and has 2 grown up daughters. She enjoys family holidays abroad, long walks with her dog and practising yoga.