Michael Alan Sears is the Managing Director of Sealeys Estate Agents. He has worked in the property industry for over 25 years commencing his career with an agency in London Docklands in the early 1990s. Michael is a fully qualified member of the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) and ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents).
In addition Michael is also a qualified Surveyor and member of SAVA (the Surveyors and Valuers Accreditation)Michael lives in Gravesham and is a keen supporter of Ebbsfleet United Football Club, where he served as a Director for eight years and Vice-Chairman for four years. Michael’s spare time pursuits include worldwide travel (it helps his sister lives in New Zealand) – he even met his wife Laura whilst on a trip to Peru, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands! Michael is a keen supporter of local charities including being a trustee of the local charity ‘Walk Tall’.
Michael and Laura share their home with Molly the Trailhound and Marigold and Linda the Chickens!
Lesley is our Lettings Manager – she joined the company in 2006 and has risen through the ranks to her current position. Her role includes managing the lettings team, rental market appraisals, marketing properties and accompanying viewings. Before joining Sealeys Lesley was a retail manager at a London branch of the fashion chain Dorothy Perkins.
Lesley lives in Gravesham and enjoys spending time with her family, watching box sets and keeping busy in the garden. Lesley is an Arsenal FC fan despite the fact that her family follow, Crystal Palace and Chelsea!
Catherine is the Senior Administrator at Sealeys and has been with us since November 2005. Catherine carries out all of the administration for our sales department as well as personal assistant duties for our Managing Director. Before joining Sealeys Catherine worked in educational administration including roles at the University of London.
Catherine lives in Gravesend but grew up in the village of Hartley near Longfield. She is passionate about the creative arts and is a regular visitor to art exhibitions in London. Her other hobbies include photography, embroidery, baking and being a member of a book club.
She is the proud owner of three Labradors and one comic genius cat. She takes part in fundraising events several times a year for animal charities. She can go from normal to dog bore in 60 seconds … don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Margaret is Sealeys’ Lettings Administrator and has worked in the property industry since 2004 including working at Ward and Partners. Margaret’s responsibilities include processing rent payments, preparation of tenancy agreements, arranging rent guarantee insurance and safety certificates for Landlords and property marketing. Before working in the property industry Margaret was the Office Administrator at Ebbsfleet United Football Club.
Margaret is local and very familiar with the area as she has lived in Gravesend since 1986. Margaret enjoys spending time with her family – she has three daughters and is a very proud mother and grandmother. Margaret has a passion for travel especially to destinations in North America (this has earnt her the office nickname of Judith Chalmers!).
Debbie joined the Sealeys team in 2016 as our Sales Co-ordinator, she is responsible for arranging viewings, agreeing sales and making sure they go all the way to completion. Now as the Sales Manager, she is responsible for the Sales Team performance as well. Before joining Sealeys, Debbie was a full time mum to two girls. Previously she was a Financial Services Trainer for Black Horse, part of the Lloyds group and trained financial advisers all over the south east.
Debbie lives locally and enjoys days out on the back of her husband’s motorbike, walking her dog and cooking. She loves travelling and has had her best holidays in Egypt and Kenya.
Natasha Thynne has been our Commercial Assistant since May 2017. Natasha has previous experience in legal practice but has decided to use her experience with a different approach, enjoying working in the commercial department, supporting colleagues with different types of clients/properties.
Outside of Sealeys Estate Agents, Natasha is mother to a son, most of her activities are to ensure they get out and about keeping active by visiting parks/amusement places, sometimes Natasha enjoys it more than he does! Natasha is family orientated and enjoys spending time with all her family.
Adam joined Sealeys in March 2018 as our Lettings Negotiator and in July 2019 took on his new current role as our Residential Sales Lister. He has a Foundation Degree in Acting and has performed in various shows around the country including supporting Walk Tall, one of the charities Sealeys’ sponsors, with their drama related activities to improve the lives of vulnerable children and adults within the community. Adam has a passion for music, performance, football and travelling and has always dreamt of moving abroad.
Chris joined the Sealeys team at the start of June 2020 as our Lettings Negotiator, and rapidly settled into the role. Day-to-day, Chris spends his time responding to lettings enquiries, attending viewings, and generally handling the move-in process, as well as filming and editing video tours.
With prior experience in customer service across a number of industries, as well as having attained his Bachelor with Honours in English from the University of Leicester, Chris has brought a good balance of personability and professionalism to his work.
Keenly competitive, Chris enjoys spending his time keeping active with a particular interest in both basketball and football, or watching films with friends during his downtime.
Following the announcement on Monday 4th January 2021 by the Prime Minister that England will move to a third national lockdown, the government has confirmed that Estate Agents can continue to work and house moves are permitted to go ahead.
The guidance states:
"You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary. Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings. Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering."
The safety of our staff and clients is at the forefront of all that we do. We have worked tirelessly since the start of Coronavirus Pandemic to incorporate a Covid-secure service including Covid-conscious property viewings and appraisals, both virtually and physically. We are, therefore, grateful to receive confirmation from government that we can continue to work in this manner and assist our clients with their property journeys during this unprecedented time.
Our office in Parrock Street remains OPEN with access is via pre-booked appointment ONLY. For the security of employees and clients our staff are working in split teams, each team alternating between working from home or within the office but remaining separate from each other to prevent cross-contamination.
Only two people at any one time may attend a pre-booked appointment at our office and they must be from the same household only. Visitors must wear face masks (unless medically exempt) and are asked to sanitise their hands upon arrival using the facilities provided.
If you would like any further information regarding our Covid-secure working practices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with all your property needs at this difficult time. Stay safe and well everyone!