Islington Team

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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 7.30am. Pleasures outside include, going to the gym, watching lots of sport and enjoying the achievements of my 4 grown up children and 2 grandchildren.
I have spent the majority of my life living in various parts of Islington. I started at the firm in 1990 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. 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!
Originally from Manchester, I came to London in 1985 and cut my teeth on the London market on Upper Street in Islington. I joined Hotblack Desiato in 1987 and became a Director in the early 1990’s. I headed up the sales team in Camden Town for the past twenty-something years and have gone full circle as I have now moved to the Islington office and back to the area I first started at all those years ago. Even after all these years I still get a buzz from the business, whether gaining an instruction, the cut and thrust of negotiation or successfully concluding a sale. I am married to Marion and have 2 sons. I am a keen golfer and lifelong supporter of Manchester City – a true test of character for anyone, though it has become a little easier in recent years!
I’m one of the sales negotiators working in the Upper Street office. With my family having years of experience working in the industry, I was given an opportunity to try it out and haven’t looked back since. I’m enjoying working here and especially in this interesting part of the world. I have lived in North London for the majority of my life and when I’m not at work I try and spend my time seeing family and friends, but my love is for cooking and expanding my palate. The best part of working in Islington (apart from the job) is finding all the great restaurants and bars it has to offer. I’d hope that you remember our name, not only because it’s unique but more that you’ll be happy you came to see us. I’m very lucky to be working with great individuals here and look forward to what’s to come.
I have lived in North London all my life, and am the youngest of 4 siblings. Having previously worked in the Camden Branch, I took a break and moved into the busy and wonderful world that is Islington. I took some time out to explore my passion for baking, which I have loved since I was a child. During my time away, I enrolled in a patisserie school and I qualified as a pastry chef. I can either be found at home covered in flour, shouting at people on the ‘Great British Bake Off’ and playing netball in the park.
Hi I’m James, I recently joined Hotblack Desiato in March 2020 as the new lettings negotiator after spending 8 years working Sales & Lettings in Muswell Hill. Its been an exciting change and new challenge for me (its also great being down the road from The Arsenal!) The best part of the job is getting out and meeting new people from all walks of life so please don’t be shy to get in touch!
I recently joined Hotblack Desiato in August 2020. I graduated from the University of York in the summer of 2019 having studied Economics and Finance. Following my degree, I decided to take some time out to travel. I spent around 9 months out of the UK before the Coronavirus put a stop to this. Since my return, I was fortunate to land on my feet at Hotblack as a letting’s negotiator. Since I’ve started, I have enjoyed every bit of it. From meeting new people on viewings to those admin days, it has been a great start. An amazing group of people to work with and I look forward to what is ahead.
Hi, I’m Shell. I’ve been with Hotblack Desiato since 2003, I used to deal with all the rent renewals but I now work in accounts. I have a young daughter so I work from home 2 days a week, it saves me the commute and I 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.
Hi there, I joined Hotblack Desiato’s property management team in 2014 and I received a warm and friendly welcome from everybody. Originally from up north I have lived in London for over 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.
Hi I’m Alison, Originally from Wolverhampton, I have been in London for 10 years now. Before joining the Islington team I had worked in the gaming industry as a receptionist. I certainly enjoyed working with the people whether they were experiencing highs or lows. Eventually the late night work pattern got a little much for me and I was ready for a change! So when I was offered the opportunity of a new career and challenge I jumped at the chance! I am enjoying my role here more and more everyday, working in a great environment with great people, and also learning the business more. In my spare time I like to hit the gym or spend time with my family back in Wolverhampton. I also love spending time here in London having been here for some time now.
Can't recommend Hotblack Desiato highly enough. They were attentive, readily available and highly professional, and came up with numerous creative solutions to problems that presented in the process of selling my flat. Mark managed the negotiation proces ... Read More

Judith Fadlon

Highly professional agency. Very smooth process and enjoyed working with the staff. Strongly recommend!

Ahmed Mehdi

Nina and the team at the Camden office have done an excellent job managing my flat over the past. They are professional, and get things done quickly -thank you!

Martha Lipovac-Dew

Having rented across London for the past 6 years, this is the first time I've felt compelled to leave a review for a positive reason. My girlfriend and I have recently decided to move in together and came across a listing we liked the look of managed by H ... Read More

Daniel Prince

Decided to list our property with Hotblack as they are experts on the Camden market place and selling through a difficult period. The service we received from Mark was brilliant, a (very) quick and seamless process. I couldn’t have asked for more. Much ... Read More

Katie Davis

We were very pleased with the professional and effective service we received from Stuart Sheirs and his team in the sale of our flat in Islington. Stuart marketed it well, responded promptly to queries and kept us informed. There was no 'hard sell' and ... Read More

Kath and Andy

Just bought from Stuart and Rafe. Stuart is higly responsive and dedicated to the mission of getting to exchange and getting it done. Rafe is charming. It hard to find good agents, I have used several over the years and can recommend these guys.

Matthew Coulter

Hotblack have found new tenants for my properties for 10 years or so. I have always found them to be at the top of their game and the quality of tenants, the best that one could possibly expect.

Phil Bradbury

We rented with Hotblack Desiato back in 2014 for 2 years, and I’d just like to say a belated thank you to Paulina, Jane and Zehra who were helping us throughout the two years as tenants. They were very professional, very responsive, and so kind and help ... Read More

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