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.

James Fletcher

James Fletcher

Valuations Manager

James has been working in estate agency for 15 years and brings a wealth of experience. He started his career with a corporate company and attended high level training programs of which have helped him succeed and progress to where he is today. James has always lived in the RG31/RG30 area so his local knowledge is second to none.

On a personal level, James enjoys spending time with his family, going to he gym and watching sports.

Riccardo Matrubhutam

Riccardo Matrubhutam

Sales Negotiator

Riccardo spent his weeks work experience with VP in 2018 and showed great promise. Because of his hardworking, enthusiastic and positive attitude the managing director Charlie Higgs offered him a trainee sales negotiator position of which he accepted. Riccardo went on from strength to strength and within 6 months passed his trainee position with ease so he's now a very confident sales negotiator and a very important member of the sales team.

In his spare time, Riccardo enjoys playing rugby and going to his local gym.

Chanelle Gee

Chanelle Gee

Sales Administrator

Chanelle has been with VP for over 2 years. She started working for us on Saturdays and is now a full-time member of the team. Chanelle is very enthusiastic and has fantastic customer service skills. Since she joined, she has become more and more confident as the months go by and is a pleasure to work with.

In her spare time she likes to read and socialise with friends.

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.