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 and be with my wife Alex and our 4 grown up children who all still live at home. Pleasures outside include Spurs (that is a debatable one, obviously), skiing and single malt!
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 23 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 which I have been running since. Talking of running, I do a fair bit as well as football and cycling, when my work and the commitments of three children allow!
Australian born I have lived in a multitude of countries but I have now decided to settle in Britain – I have lived Highbury for 5 years. Formerly a snowboarding instructor, I decided the world of estate agency had a more solid basis. I began working in Highbury in 2006 and I was promoted to lettings manager in 2007. I have just moved to the Islington office which I am really enjoying.
Islington born and bred, I have worked for Hotblack Desiato since 1999. 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. Most of my colleagues say I am a little too cockey especially Lucy ( Sales Negotiator ) however I must be doing something right. Come and see me if you need to rent somewhere, whenever you like.
Born one late afternoon In North Wales, around 198… something, my father quickly realised I was not cut out to be a farmer. My time as a teenager was spent flying, shooting, rock climbing, hiking and bike riding…. so he decided to sell the farm and send me off to University. Amazingly I graduated with Honours in the field of Computing. I quickly realised computing was not for me, so I set off to London and got my first job with Hotblack Desiato. That was 10 years ago. I’m still here.
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.
Starting at Hotblack Desiato at the end of 2012 in management has been in one word..eventful! I graduated in Property Development at Portsmouth University and decided property was what I wanted to base my career around. Working downstairs has a vibrant feel – I think the radio helps! When I’m not on the phone in the basement, you can find me…. well you can’t – I’m not sure myself half the time.
Hi I am Vicky! I’m one of the property managers. I am fairly new to the team, but it didn’t take long to adapt, as everyone is very friendly here. I am really happy to be a part of Hotblack family. With a degree in international tourism management and work experience in various industries I have finally settled in real estate, and I absolutely love it. I enjoy working in Islington; as it is one of London’s trendiest areas, it is such a busy and fun place to be.
I am the latest member of the Hotblack Desiato Property Management Team. 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 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.
North London born and raised, I have worked in residential lettings since 2008. I spent a year in the Hotblack Lettings department before an opportunity in Sales came up that was too good to pass up and I’ve been here ever since. I take a friendly, honest, straight-down-the-line approach and am never one to beat around the bush – my clients certainly prefer it that way!
Outside of work I am a keen Spurs supporter, traveller of the world and self-confessed foodie and I love checking out the latest hotspots on London’s bar & restaurant scene (I think that’s why I like working on Upper Street so much!)
If you’re thinking of moving to this wonderful area, stop by and have a chat!
Hello London!! My Name is Ellie & I am the new Property Manager for Hotblacks.
I have 10 years industry experience & have a genuine passion for Residential Lettings & top level customer service.
I am excited at being given the opportunity to enhance my knowledge & skill set in a challenging London market.
I believe the best results are achieved through a strong team mentality based on positivity & dedication.
Outside of work, I have a fantastically supportive family, a great network of friends & enjoy travelling to new places.
I look forward to welcoming future clients to the Hotblack brand & matching the expectations of our existing clients.
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!