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Every year, we recognise the outstanding performance and achievements of our employees. We believe that brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated, and our awards help to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work, dedication, and contributions of our people.

We not only celebrated our employee’s accomplishments but also those of our overall business, reflecting on those we have made over the last 12 months, as well as the exciting things to come.

Within the last year, deverellsmith has:

  • Made significant investments into the deverellsmith executive search division, tripling the team in size.
  • Hosted our fifth and sixth editions of Banking on the Future in partnership with the Bank of England, industry-leading organisations such as The Instant Group, Knight Frank Finance and Way of Life.
  • Launched Hintel,  our Recruitment Process Outsourcing function to further drive innovation and evolution surrounding talent in property.
  • Made our first corporate acquisition of the fantastic Broomham Recruitment.
  • Donated over 100 hours of volunteering time with the Whitechapel Mission to prevent homelessness within London and raised over £3,000 for charities including London Youth and the Turkey and Syria earthquake cause.

And we wouldn’t have been able to achieve all of this without our people… let’s look back at the deserving winners of our Annual Awards 2023.

Rising Star of the Year

Florrie Widgery – Recruitment Consultant, Estate Agency

Florrie had an exceptional start to her career at deverellsmith. After Florrie only joined us just under a year ago, after working as an Estate Agent, she has already made her way to the 4th position on the total billings company leaderboard and has made a massive impact on her team.

Quote from Ryan Doyle – Manager, Estate Agency

“Florrie has had an exceptional start. She is continuing to learn; however, Florrie has surpassed every target I’ve set for her and we know she’s going to achieve great things here. I’m thankful to have her on my team and I’m excited to see what she will achieve.”

Rising Star of the Year and Top Performer (Contract)

Alice Murray – Principal Consultant, New Homes Contract

Alice joined us just over a year ago on our New Homes contract team and wasted no time smashing her targets. Alice has had a varied career after being an actress for 5 years and working in property, she has developed and grown at a speed like no other and has been promoted twice in her short time at deverellsmith, most recently to Principal Consultant.

Georgia Zambakides – Senior Manager, New Homes 

“More than proud of Alice for her award! So well deserved and I have really enjoyed watching Alice achieve all that she has. She has done so well through sheer determination & hard work and if I could clone her 100 times over, I would!”

Manager of the Year 

Ryan Doyle – Manager, Estate Agency

Ryan has shown a huge amount of professional growth over the last year after recently being promoted to Manager. Not only has he grown professionally, but he has also made a big impact on the culture at deverellsmith, taking on the role of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassador. He has organised well-being activities such as puppy yoga and free spin classes as well as implementing our free online therapy app Plumm, available to all employees. 

Employee of the Year (Operations) 

Laura Croggon – Marketing and Communications Manager


Laura is the definition of deverellsmith’s USP. She drives our marketing strategy, helping us reach our goal of being 10% different. She single handily re-branded the way we do marketing and has helped us build long and trusting relationships with our clients and candidates. Our brand sets us apart and Laura is the driving force behind it.

James Campion – Managing Director, deverellsmith 

“Laura has been nothing short of exceptional during her time with ds, she has created a genuinely world-class marketing and comms function and has played a huge part in the success of the business.  She takes a commercial attitude towards her role and this coupled with a brilliant work ethic and true growth mindset means she has means she has raised the bar every year.”

Ultimate MVP 

Tabitha Allingham – Principal Consultant, New Homes 

Working on our New Homes team, Tabitha has shown a lot of resilience over the last year and had showed us all at deverellsmith where hard work, determination and pure talent can take you.

Georgia Zambakides – Senior Manager, New Homes 

“I’m impressed everyday by all Tabitha has achieved in such a short space of time here at DS. When the big bosses are looking up to someone you know they’re a star and I can’t wait to see all she goes on to achieve this year & the years to come!”

Most Profitable Team

Build to Rent

Build to Rent is the fastest-growing real estate sector, and it is not showing any sign of slowing down. Our team dominates the BtR market share and has global growth plans. With a productivity of £19k per head and an average fee of £8k, there is no doubt they work extremely hard to take hold of the opportunities the market offers.

Hannah Taylor – Manager, Investment and Build to Rent 

“These guys are truly leaders and experts in their space. They know it inside out and are truly passionate about it (with one of the team even living in a BTR building to truly experience the product…!)

They are experts in building onsite teams and understanding their client’s needs. They are consistent in their efforts and their results, work together amazingly well as a team, and I am so proud of them!”

Top Performer (Permenant)

Nick Hammond – Head of Build to Rent

There is no doubt that Nick Hammond is one of our most consistent team members at deverellsmith. He has not only been the company’s biggest biller, but a determined and driven individual. After asking Andrew Deverell-Smith (Founder and CEO of deverellsmith and Hintel) if he could head up the Build to Rent team, he has shown himself to be a great leader and supported all of the members in the Build to Rent team to become the market-leading team it is today.

Hannah Taylor – Manager, Investment and Build to Rent

“Nick is truly an expert and trailblazer in the BTR space and works with many of the most senior leaders in the industry. His passion and knowledge shine through in his podcasts, market updates, and industry events.He has worked globally over the past year, headhunting for positions across the UK, US, and Australia. Nick has built up an amazing reputation and deserves all of his success.”

We would like to say a massive thank you to our trusted clients, our candidates and our employees for making deverellsmith what it is today.

Our Annual Awards is not just about recognising individual accomplishments, but also a celebration of our team’s collective effort in achieving our organisation’s goals.

It’s a reminder of the power of collaboration, innovation and consistency in driving success.

Can you see yourself winning one of these Awards? Learn more about a career at deverellsmith here.

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