Meet the team

Heywoods is an independent estate agent based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which has been part of the local community since 1881.

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Heywoods is the leading independent estate agent in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area and beyond. Our reach extends throughout North Staffordshire to South Cheshire and the Shropshire border.

Your Heywoods team

We sell homes in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and the Shropshire borders. We are trusted locally as professional, experienced, honest and dedicated. At Heywoods, we love matching homes to the right people, and we have the best team to do the job.

Chris Stops


Chris acquired Heywoods in 1991 and was very proud to have helped it grow in that time, building on the business’s heritage to become the best. A great leader to his excellent team, well known and ...

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Janine Stops

Managing Director

Starting out in estate agency in 1988 I met my husband Chris when we both worked for another agent.  We have owned Heywoods 1881 now since 1991.  Together we tried to build a professional, highly r...

Stef Knapper

Chief Property Guru

I’m a local lad! Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent so I know this city like the back of my hand. I’ve been working in the property industry for around 20 years now, both in residential sales and le...

Mandy Price

Business Guru

I joined the Heywoods team in February 2019 and I’m relatively new to the property industry which is an exciting new challenge for me!  Over the last twenty years I’ve been working for corporate co...

Tina Lomas

Accounts Guru

As well as my day-job I'm also the office kitchen fairy, although I'm trying to give it up. I’ve worked at Heywoods since 2003, and have lived in Clayton all my life. I'm close enough to walk to w...

Rachel Breeze

Residential Sales Guru

I have worked in Estate Agency since 2013 and it was the best choice I have made in my career. I thoroughly enjoy working in the property industry and get such a buzz from the outcome of the job wh...

Kelly Pepper

Residential Sales Guru

I am passionate about property and love to sell! This is my fourteenth year in Estate Agency. I am local to the area and love being a friendly approachable face when I meet people to discuss their ...

Charlotte Foden

Residential Sales & Lettings Guru

I’m originally from Stafford but I spend most of my time here in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. I previously worked as a Lettings Manager for another estate agent but now I have the best ...

Chelsey Tuff

Residential Sales Guru

I have worked within the property industry for over four years and I can’t imagine working within any other sector! I love my role here at Heywoods as no two days are ever the same. I live in Whit...

Victoria Priestley

Property Guru

Born in the Borneo rainforest a country known for its tropical climates and natural beauty, why I’ve ended up in the cold and rainy British weather is a long story, but weather aside, I’m lucky eno...

Amy Ormond

Property Management Guru

Everyone who knows me can vouch for me when I say, I eat, sleep and breathe lettings. I was born and raised into property management and I have been a lettings coordinator for 7 years now. The lett...

Carla Jackson

Lettings Guru

I have now worked in lettings for over four years and I love helping our tenants find that perfect property! We all know how stressful it can be to move all of your belongings and start a new chap...

Martin Woodhead

Mortgage Advice Guru

I’m the Heywoods buy-to-let and first-time buyer guru, helping each through the complexities of the mortgage market. I've been with Heywoods since 2013, and a mortgage broker since 2008, and befor...

Michael Scragg

Mortgage Advice Guru

I have been working in Financial Services for 27 years and have been directly involved in the mortgage arena for over 20 years, both as a mortgage broker and as a Regional Sales Manager and Directo...

Anne-Marie Johnson

Sales & Lettings Guru

I joined the Heywoods team in September 2020 as a viewing representative. I really enjoy the job and have four years previous experience showing buyers and tenants around what could be their next h...

Derith Brown

Sales Progressor

I have worked in Estate Agency for over 30 years and covered all aspects of the job. I am passionate about property and giving the best service possible to help clients through the moving process....

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