I became partners with Geoff Hotblack in 1981; our ‘divorce’ in 1986 was friendly and I bought his half back in 1998 when he retired to his guns, cars and the country. I have worked in Islington on and off since 1976 and sold my first house in Theberton Street for £26,000! Remarkably HD is the oldest agent left in Islington now; many having been swallowed up by the larger and flashier types. Being the company insomniac, I am usually in the office at 7am but leave early to go running or to the gym. Pleasures outside include watching lots of sport and enjoying the achievements of our 4 grown up children.
Born in Canonbury in 1971, I had the pleasure of going to Canonbury school. 26 years later my children followed in my footsteps. When my first child went there I was shocked at how small the hall was and how little the climbing frames were. My primary love (after my wife and four children) is skiing and I spent 6 years as a ski instructor in the French Alps and travelling the world. However, a broken back cut that career short. I started in estate agency in 1995, joining Hotblack Desiato in 1998 with partnership following in 2003. I ski as often as having 4 children allows me and I have a passion for architecture/ design and sailing.
I have spent the majority of my life living in various parts of Islington. I started at the firm over 25 years ago as a trainee under the tutorage of Geoffrey Hotblack and I rose to partnership in 1998. I opened the Highbury office in 2006 and ran that before handing it over to Alasdair. I now look after new business, working with developers and contractors which I am finding pleasantly challenging. To unwind, I get out my bike and go cycling – my colleagues call me a MAMIL – grossly unfair! I organise the Hotblack bike rides which are a great way for us all to get to know each other out of the office and keep fit too!
Islington born and bred, I have worked for Hotblack Desiato since 2008. I have a very sporting background in that I used to play for Leyton Orient and Arsenal and for three years was a professional tennis coach so I am not entirely sure why I chose to be an estate agent but hey ho – maybe it was the free car. After working as a lettings negotiator here at Hotblack Desiato for a few years, I learnt enough to be promoted to lettings manager. I am really enjoying the challenge and I have a great team of negotiators so looks like I will be here for a while!
Hi, I’m Shell. I’ve been here with Hotblack Desiato for 10 years now, I used to deal with all the rent renewals but I now work in property management. I have a young daughter so I work from home 2 days a week, it saves me the commute and I do manage to get my work done. However, I really like the buzz of working in the Islington office on my ‘office’ days. Outside of work I am a keen runner and enjoy spending time with my family.
I have lived most of my life in Edgware and Harrow. I had never visited Islington until I had my interview, but when I arrived here in Islington, I felt right at home. I studied law at University, although I still have a passion for it I have always wanted to explore other fields of work and property management is suiting me well. It was a really exciting opportunity for me to be offered the job at Hotblack Desiato and I’m really enjoying working with a great team of people.
This ‘Meet the Team’ section actually inspired me to apply here and I’ve been lucky enough to join the lovely Islington office as a Sales Negotiator. Previously, I’ve worked in Sport Talent Management, Sports Retail and I was even employed as a full-time athlete in Denmark playing Handball with GB! Outside of work, I’m working on getting back my Netball form, learning Swedish, travelling and spending lots of time with my family and friends!
Hi. I am probably the most ‘local’ of us all as I live behind the Highbury office. I started working in N5, but I am now based in Islington so I now have a (very short) commute which enables me to clear my head before arriving home to deal with the needs of my three children. I like running and I am in charge of organising the annual Hotblack Desiato 10k run which gives us all something to aim for!
Hi, my name is Ivita and I am now one of the members of the wonderful Hotblack Desiato family. I am very happy to be here and I knew I would be as soon as I stepped into the Islington office at the day of my interview! Property management is a new chapter in my nearly 10 years of experience in different areas of the property industry. I started my career as an office administrator, have been involved in lettings, Inventory providing and even surveying.In my spare time I like to keep myself active, most likely I will be out running or exploring new places and areas of the amazing city of London, I can walk for hours and hours admiring the great historical British architecture and beautiful parks. I love the rhythm and buzz of the city but at least once a year I need to get to a country side where I come originally from to enjoy the peace and quiet and re-charge my batteries!
Hey, my name is Daniel. I was born as raised in North London and I have been working in residential lettings since 2012. I find working with property and people on a daily basis very exciting. I was fortunate enough to join Hotblack Desiato as a Lettings Negotiator in 2014. I had a very good feeling about the company on my interview and so far so good. So a little bit about me, I’m a relatively laid back, straight forward person and always happy to help. My main interests involve keeping fit, reading, travelling and I would also consider myself a ‘Foodie’ (I think it all provides a good balance!).
After spending most of my life growing up in Edgware, I moved to Islington 3 years ago and I love it here; I couldn’t recommend it highly enough as THE place to live. I have recently joined the Hotblack Desiato team after several different career paths, and although sales is completely new to me, I am really enjoying the challenge and working with new people. Outside of work I have many interests including sport, music, cooking and travelling. I have played rugby and football since I was a kid and actually spent 6 months in Australia after being selected to play for a rugby team in Sydney. I am also a passionate Arsenal fan so living so close to the stadium is a big bonus for me! If you’re looking for a place to rent, please come in and say hello!
I joined Hotblack Desiato in 2011 with no experience in the industry. I started in sales at our Camden Office where Stuart and Phifi showed me the ropes. Camden is a great place to work, live, eat and the night life is buzzing so I had no problem working there for 2 years. I moved to our Highbury Office to give lettings a go which was a great experience and I loved every minute of it. Highbury could be my favourite part of North London which is slightly ironic as I am a Spurs fan. I’m now in our Islington Office on Upper St and back in sales with Jake where I couldn’t be happier. Having been lucky enough to work in 3 out of 4 of our offices I have a great understanding of all the areas we cover. So if you’re looking to buy please feel free to give me a call or drop me a line.
I joined Hotblack Desiato’s property management team a year ago and I received a warm and friendly welcome from everybody. Originally from up north I have lived in London for almost 20 years. I enjoy being a property manager – it keeps me on my toes as no day is the same. I am a ‘people person’ and I naturally go above and beyond to meet the needs and requirements of clients and tenants. In my spare time I enjoy chilling and spending time with my family near Birmingham, they do great fish and chips up there! I also enjoy travelling, reading, cooking and studying historic pictures. Don’t laugh but I also collect old dictionaries – I love words.
Hiya, my name is Vanessa but you can call me Nessy for short. I have lived in North London all my life so I am very familiar with area and the lovely friendly people in it. I recently joined Hotblack Desiato property management department – I look after all the properties in N5. The team are full of personality and they have been very welcoming so it has been easy for me to just settle in. Although I am one of the newest members here, I have over 6 years property management experience so it isn’t all new to me here. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends, going out to eat and clubbing but most of all I enjoy some ‘me time’… listening to music, dancing around my living room. I have recently taken up oil painting so watch this space, one day my work will be in a gallery near you.