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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!
A pivotal member of the Sparks Ellison team, Nicola's main role is sales progression and has been with the firm since its inception in 2003. As a result of her major contribution to Sparks Ellison, combined with her experience and loyalty, Nicola was appointed Associate Director in 2105. Prior to that she gained five years estate agency experience elsewhere. A tenacious, organised and committed communicator, Nicola’s key strengths include progressing sales, dealing with solicitors and clients throughout the often complex property chains, updating and advising all parties to reach a successful completion. She lives in Chandlers Ford with her husband Paul and they have one son, Daniel. When not at work, Nicola enjoys swimming, gym, cooking and socialising with friends. What many people don’t know about Nicola is that she donated a kidney to her twin sister in 1994. One day, she would love to travel to Canada to see the brown bears. She believes passion and drive to deliver an outstanding service are the keys to Sparks Ellison’s continued market leading position.
Administrator Lisa Chalk plays a key role within the team, keeping the office running smoothly and everyone on their toes! She has been with Sparks Ellison since 2006. Lisa lives in Chandlers Ford with her husband Derek and, when not at work, loves walking, camping, travel, growing vegetables and socialising with friends. Among her passions is The National Trust; she admires the work it does to restore and protect historic houses and monuments, along with its gardens and footpaths which enable people to walk and enjoy the gorgeous English countryside. When Lisa retires, she hopes to complete the 630 mile South West Coast Path from Minehead to Poole with just a back pack and her husband! In describing Sparks Ellison’s success, she speaks of dedication, determination to be the best agent, 100% commitment to customers, positive attitude, and organised, self motivated staff.
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. 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.
Sales Consultant Kim Rushton has 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. She has just started 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!
Liz joined the team in October 2015 and combines a Weekend Sales role with her main position as Lettings Property Manager during the week. This duel role provides our customers with a level of service rarely found, enabling Liz to offer complete advice across our disciplines. Chandlers Ford born and bred, Liz has a thorough understanding of the local area and also successfully completed the sale of her own property in 2015 with Sparks Ellison. In her spare time Liz is the Events Organiser for the local Community Football Club AFC Hiltingbury and enjoys spending time with her family (usually on the side of a wet football pitch) and walking her dogs.
Clare has lived in Chandlers Ford since 2010 and grew up in nearby North Baddesley, where she attended Mountbatten School.
Clare’s varied work history has very much been customer facing, which is ideally suited to her busy role at Sparks Ellison on the weekends. This has included roles in Customer Services for B & Q and a Supply co-ordinator for Carnival UK.
Clare resides here with her husband James and 2 children, Poppy and Lincoln, who attend local schools. Clare mentions……”They all enjoy keeping me especially busy!”
In her spare time Clare helps her husband run his Landscaping Business and endures Spin and Body Pump for the greater good. Mainly she enjoys spending time with the people she loves, drinking wine and eating good food!!
Clare worked in Disney World Florida in her younger years, as a Cultural Representative, for a year in EPCOT and has always been a massive Disney fan. Clare confesses to mostly work to pay for her Florida addiction, which she is happy to say has spread through her family!