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Adam Sparks CertREA
Born and bred in Chandlers Ford, Adam Sparks is a founder Director of Sparks Ellison and has been working in estate agency since 1986. With a commitment to quality and an instinctive understanding of property matters, Adam is a skilled negotiator and has particular expertise in marketing and branding. Educated locally at Scantabout and Thornden schools, he is married to Zoe and they have a son Henry. Sport-mad Adam lists golf, cricket, football, running/gym among his pastimes, and he is passionate about affording children the best coaching in sport to develop life skills. He coached a junior Hiltingbury side for seven years and is now the junior organiser at Stoneham Golf Club. Adam, who holds a Certificate in Residential Estate Agency from Reading University, attributes Sparks Ellison’s success to the team of dedicated, professional and outstanding people. He has been fortunate enough to have travelled to over 30 countries and in 1990 took down part of the Berlin Wall, and (eventually) would like to retire to a warmer climate, play golf and indulge in good food and wine!
Mark Ellison MNAEA
Mark Ellison is a founder Director of Sparks Ellison and has been working in estate agency since 1993. With a seat on the National Advisory Council for Relocation Agents Network, Mark knows the property world inside out and is ambitious, charismatic and with a deep-rooted commitment to customer service. Married to Tracy since 1998, with two boys Chris and Mikey, Mark loves football. A qualified referee, he manages Botley Village Under 13s (Mikey’s team), as well as the Under 15's (Chris’ team) and is Vice Chair of Botley Village FC. He’s also a Saints season ticket holder. Less well known is that Mark’s family tree contains the famous playwright Oscar Wilde and that he proposed to Tracy whilst on top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Mark’s motivation in creating Sparks Ellison was to build a business which would enable him to provide a great future for his family. His dream is to walk to Machu Picchu along the Inca trail in Peru.
Chris Bailey MNAEA
Sales Manager Chris Bailey has been with Sparks Ellison since 2009 and has a further 12+ years in estate agency. An invaluable member of the team, Chris is fully conversant with all aspects of property valuation and marketing for both sales and lettings, and he specialises in Oakmount, Boyatt Wood and surrounding locations. Happily married to Sarah, and proud to have three sons, Luke, Jack and Harry, Chris lives in Southampton. Among his interests are playing and watching football, involvement in coaching and development of youth football, and reading autobiographies. In 2005 he ran up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and raised over £1,500 for CLIC Sargent, a charity for children with cancer. Above everything else he feels passionately about his family’s happiness and well-being. Top of his Bucket List is to travel across America in a Winnebago, planned for his retirement years!
Another original member of the Sparks Ellison team, Zoe Sparks is a Sales Co-ordinator. Success in this varied and challenging role demands effective communications with colleagues and customers. With a degree in marketing and a background in marketing management for a banking company, Zoe brings her flair for creativity and marketing into activities across the organisation. She lives in Chandlers Ford with her husband, founder Director Adam Sparks, and the couple have a son Henry. Zoe and Adam are rightly proud of Henry and all his sporting achievements: County Cricket and County Golf to name but two. When not at work, Zoe loves gym classes, travelling, baking, fashion and watching cricket. A keen traveller, Zoe has visited over 30 countries. A dream for the future is to tour the Far East.
Sales Manager Victoria Robinson has been working with Sparks Ellison since 2005 and looks after all the sales when agreed ensuring that they complete successfully. Victoria has three children and has been a resident in Chandlers Ford since 2003 so is well placed to offer advice on local schools and things to do. Prior to starting a family, Victoria worked in customer services, primarily for the financial services divisions of major banks at management level, so has considerable experience in ensuring service standards are met. Having seen many examples of both brilliant and awful customer service, she believes that nobody should be on the receiving end of anything less than excellence! When not at work, Victoria loves spending time with her family, plays chauffeur to her children (!), enjoys spending quality time with her friends and loves shopping, books and music. Victoria grew up in Singapore and among her school trips was a week in a Malaysian rainforest; she hopes one day to return with her children to share just a few of the wonderful experiences she enjoyed as a child.
Property Manager Kim Rushton looks after our Landlords and their properties during the day and at home looks after her two girls and has lived in Chandlers Ford since 1999. She has worked with Sparks Ellison since 2007 and had previous experience in the customer service sector working for a large insurance company as a Claims and Complaints Manager and Fraud Consultant, managing a team of 13 staff. Top of her list of passions is her girls, and she also enjoys movies and going to the cinema. Kim works hard at her circuit training, but wouldn’t list this as a passion! Her claim to fame is that she once had afternoon tea with Billy Connelly, although nobody is quite sure how that came about! She believes that Sparks Ellison stand out from the crowd because they have an extremely motivated team of people with high standards who are consistently offering an excellent level of customer service.
Sales Negotiator, Rachel Healey joined Sparks Ellison in 2012 and initially became part of the team to work at weekends whilst working during the week for the Holiday Inn as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Both roles demanded strong communication skills and a positive outlook, working with the general public in a customer facing role. As a result of enjoying Estate Agency so much and being part of a positive, energetic team , Rachel became a full time Sales Negotiator in March 2016. She lives in Chandlers Ford with her two children, Holly and Samuel, and in her spare time she plays netball for a team in a local league. Rachel would love to visit Paris and go up the Eiffel Tower!
Debbie is our Lettings Director and joined the team in 2015 to head up our growing Lettings operation.
Debbie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Lettings having moved into the Lettings industry in 2004 after 11 years working for HSBC. She is a qualified member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, demonstrating her high level of professionalism and care for her customers. She is passionate about doing things the right way in the complex field of Lettings, which is driven by ever changing legislation.
Debbie lives in Chandlers Ford with her husband and daughter, which also gives her an excellent understanding of the local market and local infrastructure including schools.
When not running our Lettings department Debbie loves to cook and sew. She also supports her daughter who is involved in a number of projects at the Mayflower, Welsh National Opera and Toynbee school. One thing you may not know about Debbie is that she is a Guinness World Record holder as the youngest person ever to walk the Pennine Way! At just 9 years old, the complete distance of 270 miles was walked in just 17 days somewhat under protest!
Sales Negotiator Jennifer joined our team in early 2018 to assist in the continuous growth of our Sales Viewings. With over 3 years experience in Sales and Lettings within the local area and having been born, raised and had a family of her own here, Jennifer's knowledge of Chandlers Ford and its surrounding areas is invaluable. Her commitment and passion to fulfil our clients dreams of finding their ideal home together with a keen eye for interior design and home improvements makes her ideally suited as a Home Viewing Specialist. Outside of the workplace Jennifer enjoys family life, socialising with her friends, going for long walks and when time allows visiting towns and beautiful countryside in a country she loves most. Jennifer concludes, “Since being employed by Adam and Mark at Sparks Ellison I have realised how amazing working for an Independent Company can be, outstandingly successful with a fantastic team of motivated and cheerful colleagues, I salute them all!” .
Tracy started her Estate Agency career with a National Agency in 1987. Tracy’s experience over the following 13 years was primarily gained as an office administrator before working in the Southampton Auction Department and becoming PA to the Area Director. Tracy also gained experience working as an assistant to a Financial Adviser before leaving work to raise her two boys, Christopher and Michael. Tracy was instrumental in helping to set up Sparks Ellison in 2003 carrying out a number of roles within the business since that time and is currently jointly responsible for all the administration for the company. Tracy married Mark in 1998 and ‘enjoys’ spending time at football matches watching her two sons play. Tracy is a qualified nail technician and enjoys looking after her friends nails whilst also enjoying reading, socialising with friends, holidaying in warm sunny climates and dreams of a visit to the Maldives!
Tom joined Sparks Ellison in February 2019 having worked in Sales & Lettings market in Winchester for a National Estate Agency. Tom is no stranger to the Chandlers Ford area as his grandparents lived in the area for over 30 years, so his knowledge of the area is a great asset to his customers and Sparks Ellison. He also happens to be the youngest member of the team but still brings over 3 years’ experience in the industry. Tom has a passion for interacting with people and loves being out on viewings engaging with clients and getting to the heart of meeting their property needs. All of this adds up to delivering great customer service both face-to-face and in the office on the telephone. His previous career, in retail, with John Lewis taught him a great deal about the ‘customer experience’ which allows him the ability to offer an outstanding level of service. Outside of work, Tom enjoys playing football, having previously been a goalkeeper in the Wessex Premier division and is a regular at the gym. Family is hugely important to Tom and he loves spending time with them and friends. He is looking forward to more opportunities to broaden his travel horizons in the coming years with Bali top of the wish list.
Kate joined the Sparks Ellison team in spring 2019 to assist with Saturday viewings. Formerly a property lawyer, she did her legal training in the City and then worked for a national housebuilder as an in-house solicitor. She dealt with the legal side of acquiring land for the construction of new housing. After being made redundant she moved to Chandlers Ford almost 20 years ago and both of her children attended school here.
As a governor of one of the Chandlers Ford secondary schools Kate took a keen interest in the curriculum and its constant changes. She decided to make use of her language skills and trained to be a teacher of modern foreign languages. She taught Spanish and French in two local schools and is an examiner for the new GCSE. In her spare time Kate sings in a choir which performs at local events. She also enjoys horse-riding, in particular dressage. Her ambition is to compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show but in the meantime she keeps her horse fit by competing at local venues and taking part in fun rides.
Sarah comes from a customer service and marketing background, previously with Hampshire County Cricket Club, British Rail and the launch of the Channel Tunnel. Her roles have found her working in London, Paris, Avignon, Milan, Frankfurt, Brussels and Piraeus and receiving UK Customer Service Person of the Year award on three consecutive occasions! Having been born and bred and raised her children, Zoe and Ben in Chandlers Ford, Sarah has an excellent knowledge of the local area, schools and amenities. Being a strong people person and committed to customer satisfaction, Sarah embraces representing Sparks Ellison through property viewings and meeting clients in order to help them find their dream home! Sarah enjoys spending time with her ever growing family who also live in Chandlers Ford and entertaining and socialising with them and her friends. Her love of travel has taken her many times to Europe, the Far East and the West Indies and while at home, her interests include interior design, gardening and live music.