A Brief History of Nony
My first job was in an independent television company based in Newman Street, London. We covered state visits of foreign dignitaries, the IRA bombings on Oxford St… but the most famous production I worked on was The Royal Wedding in 1981.
From there, I went to LWT, and worked as a Production Secretary on the most amazing and iconic television shows such as Game For A Laugh, Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and the chat shows presented by Gloria Hunniford and Michael Aspel. I met some incredibly famous people, and have some memorable stories to share…
Esther Rantzen came in as a guest on one of the shows I was working on, and she was looking for an Assistant. In 1990, I fulfilled that role, via the BBC, and had an incredible time, and learned so much from a most remarkable woman. My job was basically to liaise with the 22 charities she represented, as well as high level politicians, dignitaries and Buckingham Palace, as well as involvement in ChildLine, a charity she founded in 1986.
I met my future husband in 1991, we were married in 1992 and I left the BBC when we started a family. We moved to Hampshire in 1998, when our children were 4 & 2 years old, and have been here, in and around Alresford, ever since.
Shortly after arriving in Hampshire, I was bored of conversations surrounding chicken nuggets and Pampers… it was time to get back to work. I took a Secretary’s position at John D Wood & Co in Winchester, working my way up to full time negotiator at Lindesays Arkwright. Some people found it strange that I went from a career in television to estate agency. Weirdly enough, it wasn’t. It is all people based, dealing with the public with honesty and integrity.
I moved to Charters Estate Agents in 2010, building a reputation for hard work, dedication, and focus on customer service. Whilst there, I was recognised by the RaterAgent organisation for the second highest number of 5* reviews for customer service across the UK, and was proud to have been awarded Negotiator of the Year in 2016 by the Times And Sunday Times Estate Agent Awards – an accolade for which I’m still extremely proud.
Anyone buying or selling in and around Winchester will likely have dealt with me over the past twenty two years. One client was having lunch with a friend a few years ago, and mentioned she was house hunting in Winchester. Someone eating on another table overheard their conversation, leant across and said, “If you are looking to buy in Winchester, you need to speak with Nony”… they were eating lunch in Portugal!
I left Charters in the autumn of 2020, and am now a Freelance Estate Agent (under the umbrella of Martin & Co), working on my own, which albeit a challenge, I do get enormous pleasure from. I am extremely proud that a number of my long term clients have followed me into the independent world, and brought me their properties to sell.
I am known for totally immersing myself into the houses and clients I have represented, with the ethos of:
“if someone gives you their house to sell, it is probably the biggest and most important asset they own. No-one chooses to sell for fun – it will be to fulfil a need of some form. If a client entrusts their home to you, they will worry/stress and likely live and breathe it until it is sold.
Therefore, the least their agent can do is do the same”.
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