Our Team

We believe we employ some of the most talented, professional and respected individuals within the industry who have helped us to achieve our status as one of the most successful independent agents in the county. 

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Colin Donovan MNAEA

Co-Founder / Director

Colin opened Williams & Donovan in Hockley in 1999 with his school friend Ian Williams after a career in the city and working for a large independent estate agent and then Countrywide Property...READ MORE

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James Whyte

Sales Director

James joined us in 2004 having worked for both independent and corporate companies since 1998. He is a popular face amongst the community having grown up and lived in Hockley all his life, he lives...READ MORE

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Tom Revell


Tom studied at SEEVIC College where he achieved Distinction diplomas in Business and Financial Studies. He then joined the industry in 2012 where he then achieved a further diploma in the sale of r...READ MORE

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Jack Haggar

Sales Consultant

Jack joined our team in October 2020 having worked for another local agency previously. He is energetic and positive, helping with arranging and conducting our accompanied viewings as well as providing our vendors with constructive and regular feedback. READ MORE

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Baily Murphy

Sales Consultant

Baily joined our team in January 2021, having previously been in a self-employed role with another local agency. Originally from the States, Baily brings a unique perspective to customer service, always going above and beyond for her clients.READ MORE

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Claire Crome

Sales Consultant

Claire joined us in January 2018. She helps arrange and conduct our accompanied viewings as well as provide our vendors with regular feedback.READ MORE

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Janice Wheeler


Janice joined us in March 2004...READ MORE

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Deborah Hickman


Following on from a career at a city stockbrokers Deb then had her two children. She has since worked for financial advisors and conveyancers. before joining us in August 2012 READ MORE

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Ian Williams MNAEA

Co-Founder / Director

Ian has a wealth of knowledge in the property market having been involved in estate agency nearly all of his working life. He started his career with a large corporate company working in their Hock...READ MORE

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Lloyd Brooks MNAEA

Sales Director

Having successfully managed another independent estate agency in Benfleet, he prides himself on his professional, honest and hardworking approach. Lloyd tries to ensure he fully understands the req...READ MORE

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Darren Eldridge

Sales Manager

Darren is one of the latest additions to the Williams & Donovan team having joined us from a corporate agent...READ MORE

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Mark Toomey

Chief Operating Officer

Mark is one of the latest additions to the Williams & Donovan team having joined us....READ MORE

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Anita Ellis

Sales Negotiator

Anita joins Williams & Donovan as an experienced sales negotiator with over 20 years experience....READ MORE

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Leigh Webb-Walters

Trainee Sales Negotiator

Leigh joined the Benfleet branch of the Williams & Donovan team in July 2021. Leigh is one of our negotiators...READ MORE

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Kay Fogg

Sales Administrator

Following an 18 year career within banking, originally with Midland Bank, Kay then spent the last 15 years working in education...READ MORE

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Phil Reid

Energy Performance Assessor

Phil has been working with Williams & Donovan since 2010 and has been in the industry for over 20 years. He is delighted to be part of a very dedicated and professional team of sales consultants who al...READ MORE

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Dean Neagen

Ce-Map, Mortgage Advisor

Dean worked in an estate agency for ten years before moving over into the financial services sector and has been a mortgage advisor for the last 15 years. Dean's estate agency background gives him an...READ MORE

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Paul Cross MARLA

Lettings Director

Paul has been a familiar face in the Benfleet area since 1990 when he first started working in an estate agency...READ MORE

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Daniella Williams

Lettings Manager

Daniella's earliest memories of the real estate industry is being in her parent's busy commercial property agents in Leigh-on-sea from the young age of eight, folding letters, stuffing envelopes and...READ MORE

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Paula Dixson

Lettings Consultant

Paula started her working life with Barclays Bank in London at the age of 16. She remained there for 15 years until leaving to start a family...READ MORE

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Alan Chapman

Lettings Consultant

Alan has lived locally for over 40 years and spent most of his working life in production management for Ford Motor Company before coming into the Lettings market several years ago. Alan takes pride...READ MORE

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Lettings Consultant

Kayleigh is the newest member to join the lettings team at the Hockley office. Having over 15 years in Customer services and Administrative experience, she is keen to start her career in the estate agency business READ MORE


Aaron Atkinson

Lettings Consultant

We are delighted to welcome Aaron Atkinson as the latest recruit in our Hockley lettings office. Aaron is a local boy, living in and around the area since the age of three. READ MORE

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Denise Gibb

Lettings Consultant

Denise joined the Sales team in October 2014 with over 11 years of experience within the property industry. Having grown up in Devon, she moved to Hockley in 1992 where she has lived since with her husband...READ MORE

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Paul Dunne

Sales Progression Manager

Having worked as an Estate Agent for over 30 years, Paul is one of the most experienced and respected agents in the area having worked in several roles within the industry. Since joining us in 2009...READ MORE

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Lynn Beard

Sales Progression

Lynn started her career in Estate Agency with a large corporate Company working in their Witham, Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers and Rayleigh branches. Then, wanting to add another string to her ...READ MORE

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Katie Potter

Client Services

Katie joined the Sales Progression team in November 2021, having previously worked as a conveyancing legal secretary for over 15 years.READ MORE

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