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Introducing our team…

Graham Douglas, MNAEA MARLA

Graham Douglas, MNAEA MARLA, Partner

Graham is the founding partner of D&S. Graham’s career in agency began in 1986 and has seen him in working in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire with the last 23 years based in Wantage. Graham has developed a reputation as a highly proactive agent, whose strong negotiation skills have attained him a client base spanning several generations. Outside of the business Graham is a keen sports enthusiast; having previously played for Wantage Town FC, he still actively enjoys the game. Graham also appreciates family life with his young children and wife Rachel at their Oxfordshire smallholding.

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Rachel Douglas

Rachel Douglas, Partner

Rachel is a Partner at D&S bringing with her over 12 year’s estate agency within many key aspects of the industry covering several counties with the South East. Prior to estate agency Rachel held long standing client focussed positions with a cross section of industries. Raised within an entrepreneurial family with interests in the construction industry, her interest in property began at a young age.  Outside of the business Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, horses, and animals with husband Graham, at their equestrian property overlooking White Horse Hill.

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Guy Simmons, MARLA

Guy Simmons, MARLA , Partner

Guy is a Partner and Valuer at D&S. Having started his Estate Agency career with D&G in 2000, Guy re-joined the team in 2014, after working for a large corporate agency in Abingdon. Guy previously successfully managed his own customer-service business for 18 years, with premises in Oxford and Harwell. Guy enjoys providing outstanding customer service and his reputation for listening and understanding his client’s needs has created him a loyal following. Outside of work, Guy enjoys property renovation and playing golf, plus spending time with wife Diane, family and friends.

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Diane  Simmons

Diane Simmons , Partner

Diane is a Partner at D&S. Having supported various entrepreneurs and business leaders for over 20 years, Diane helps D&S embrace new technology, and helps to shape D&S’s business expansion plans helping to create our staff training programmes, at the centre of our company ethos. Outside of work, Diane and her husband Guy, are busy with family and friends, walking their Cockapoo dog Bertie, and undertaking renovation projects.

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Jane Barson

Jane Barson, Viewings and Sales Coordinator

Jane is our Viewings Coordinator within our Residential Sales Team. Having worked for D&G for 3 years, Jane previously worked within a local bank for 32 years. Jane was born in Essex but has spent most of her life in Wantage, where she married and has raised her family. Her husband runs a local business and Jane’s passion for people and property has encouraged Jane’s progression into Estate Agency. Jane has always had connections to horse racing, enjoying riding and her friends within the local equine community. Now a keen gym goer, Jane enjoys music, reading and spending time with friends and family.

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Jonathan Bright

Jonathan Bright, Financial Advisor

Jonathan is the founding director of J Finance. He has been a financial planner for nearly 30 years with a bias towards mortgages and a wealth of experience working with estate agents.  Jonathan created J Finance to offer not only excellent advice based on the whole of the market, but help throughout the buying process and beyond.  He works with his own clients as well as managing a team of likeminded advisers.  In his spare time Jonathan is a keen mountain biker, hill walker and skier.  He mixes these healthy pastimes with a passion for food and entertaining.

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Mark Rowe

Mark Rowe, Senior Viewings Coordinator

Mark is our Senior Viewings Coordinator, within our Residential Sales office.  Having worked for D&S for over 6 years, and previously for The Environment Agency, Mark brings a wealth of experience and common sense in his approach to showing property to prospective purchasers.  Mark moved from Essex over 30 years ago to the area and is an avid participant of the Wantage Tennis Club and a keen observer of local planning and community plans. With a passion for live music, Mark spends time travelling in and around the area to gigs.  With children and grandchildren locally, Mark and his wife are keen walkers and enjoy the wonderful trails that are on our doorstep.

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Sue Long

Sue Long, Secretary

Sue has recently joined D&S as our Sales Secretary. Having spent many years working within Customer Service, Sue understands the important it is for the buying and selling process to run smoothly from start to finish. Sue has lived and worked in the Wantage area and has extensive knowledge of what is on offer in this area. Outside of work, sue enjoys spending time with her family and friends, whilst paying particular attention to her Westie Lottie.

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Tessa Edwards

Tessa Edwards, Viewings and Sales Coordinator

Tessa is part of our front of house residential sales team, helping buyers find their perfect home.  Having worked for D&S for 7 years, Tessa has a wealth of experience and knowledge in helping to solve enquiries.  Knowing that buying can be stressful, Tessa focuses on relieving some of this pressure through great communication and a friendly approach.  Living in a village outside of Wantage with her young family, Tessa enjoys creative hobbies and spends time baking and expanding the waistlines of her colleagues!

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Aneta Helliwell

Aneta Helliwell, Viewings and Sales Coordinator

Aneta works within our front of house team during the week, and is also a Weekend Viewings Assistant.  Aneta was born in Poland but having moved to the UK, has completed a BA in English at Oxford Brookes, before working as a bi-lingual translator.  Aneta has settled in Abingdon with her husband who is a teacher, where they enjoy raising their son.  Although Aneta has only just started her career in Estate Agency, property is one of her passions; she enjoys combining her sales experience with helping people pursue their dream of buying a new home.   Outside of work Aneta spends time baking, reading, gardening and being a mum.

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Spencer Lawes

Spencer Lawes, Sales Negotiator

Spencer joined D&S in 2017 as a Sales Negotiator. His previous property experience spans three nationwide agencies across three counties, with a heavy focus on customer service. During his time in the letting business Spencer became ARLA qualified and hopes to transfer many of these skills to aid him as a Sales Negotiator. Outside of work Spencer enjoys writing short stories, long and adventurous bike-rides and spending time with his partner Danielle.

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Rosie Lewis

Rosie Lewis, SM & Online Marketing

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Charlotte Quinn

Charlotte Quinn, Weekend Viewings Coordinator

Charlotte is part of our Weekend Viewings Team and was born in Wantage.  A University Graduate, Charlotte loves living in the area and spends most of her time raising young family.  Although relatively new to Estate Agency, Charlotte enjoys meeting people and helping them find their perfect home and is an advocate for living in this historic area.  As a former client, Charlotte enjoys renovating her new home in her spare time and socialising with friends.

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Sheona Bellis

Sheona Bellis, Weekend Viewings Coordinator

Sheona is part of our weekend viewings team.  Living locally and enjoying village life supporting her husband in his plumbing business, Sheona enjoys promoting this area and being part of an independent business network, offering client-focussed services.  Sheona has a creative eye, utilising her photography skills during her weekday role.  Outside of work, Sheona enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

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Shona Endicott

Shona Endicott, Lettings and Investment Director

Shona is our Lettings and Investment Director, managing our Lettings and Property Management Division. Prior to joining D&S Shona, spent 4 years working for an independent lettings agency in Bicester and after 12 years within residential sales for a large corporate agency in this area.  Shona has a wealth of industry knowledge and experience in developing long term relationships with Landlords, helping to maximise their investment plans.  Shona moved to Didcot over 17 years ago, raising two children locally, and enjoys the great commuter links to London and Devon, where she enjoys theatre and socialising with friends and family. Shona is a holistic therapist and outside of work enjoys walking her dog locally.

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Hayley Eatwell

Hayley Eatwell, Property Manager

Hayley is part of our Lettings and Property Management Team, joining D&G from 5 years with an independent lettings agency in Abingdon.   Having lived within the area for 27 years, Hayley now splits her time between D&G and raising her young family.  With a focus for detail, Hayley leads the property management processes, dealing with our clients and contractors.  Hayley has a passion for property and a great knowledge of where to shop locally!

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Lauren Sheldon

Lauren Sheldon, Lettings Coordinator

Lauren is part of our Lettings and Property Management Team, having joined D&S in 2015. Although relatively new to agency, Lauren worked in Wantage for 5 years within a bank and therefore has a wealth of business connections.  Now focussed on developing her career within D&S, Lauren is studying for her ARLA qualifications.  In her spare time, Lauren is a keen football supporter and player and enjoys spending time with her partner, family, friends and 2 dogs!

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