Meet our team

Get to know just a few of the friendly faces of the Michael Hardy Sales & Letting teams in Wokingham and Crowthorne. We are all dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and sharing our expertise in the local property market.

Michael Hardy Wokingham & Crowthorne

Neal Mackenzie
Operations Officer

Neal joined Michael Hardy in 1985, became the MD and owner in 1992, and opened Lettings in 1998. He's had a front row seat while Wokingham and Crowthorne have grown! Married to Debra for 33 years, he has 3 sons, 4 cats and a mad spaniel, Rolo. Favourite pastimes are circuit training, walking the dog, golf if it isn’t raining and city breaks in Europe with Debra.

Ben Biggs
Sales Director, Crowthorne

Ben has worked in Estate Agency for the last 16 years, and lived in Crowthorne since 2002. Married to Emma, they have a small dog, Alfie. His favourite pastimes include walking the dog and mountain biking, and he can often be found in one of the restaurants in Crowthorne High Street at the weekend.

Barnaby Styer
Sales Director, Wokingham

Barnaby has been an estate agent in Wokingham since 1998 and joined Michael Hardy a year later. Married to Katie who works in marketing, they have two daughters. He enjoys running, cycling, football and snowboarding, listening to music, producing and mixing dance music.

Dan Macdonald
Letting Manager

With an impressive 25-year tenure in hospitality management, Dan made a career change when he joined Haslams Group in 2021. He looked after a large property portfolio and achieved ARLA qualifications in six months. With his expertise in compliance, new tenancies and sales support, Dan now manages the Michael Hardy letting team to deliver exceptional service to our customers.

Ricky Wootton
Sales Manager, Wokingham

Ricky's career started in Banking where he learned that excellent customer service brings customer loyalty and satisfaction. He moved to Estate Agency 12 years ago and has worked in Berkshire's most exclusive areas including Ascot, Windsor & Wokingham, earning a wealth of experience with different types of clients. He is a proud husband and father who loves spending time with his family and finding new restaurants to enjoy.

Helen Gibbons
Senior Letting Negotiator & Valuer

Helen has worked in the residential lettings industry for 18 years working as a property valuer and negotiator. At Michael Hardy, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and local market, with her endless professionalism and enthusiasm delivering an excellent experience for her clients.

Sarah Ankerson
Sales Negotiator, Wokingham

Sarah moved to Wokingham in 1995 after meeting her husband Tony. They have a teenage daughter and two cats. Before working in Estate Agency, she had a long career in the Marketing & Planning Department of NHS Blood & Transplant. She enjoys meeting people and is dedicated to providing excellent customer service. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and going to the gym.

Daragh MacSweeney
Sales Valuer, Crowthorne

Daragh has been an Estate Agent since 1998 and for many of these years has worked in the local area of Crowthorne, having previously worked in the London market. Even after two decades he is still as passionate as ever about finding buyers their perfect home and achieving the best price for our sellers.

Jane Down
Sales Progressor, Crowthorne

Jane joined Michael Hardy in Crowthorne in May 2011 as a Weekend Sales Assistant and now works part-time during the week in addition to weekends. In her life pre-children, she worked in Recruitment Sales Management in London. She lives with her husband, two sons and various pets, only leaving Crowthorne if she absolutely has to!

Haslams Group

Steve Woodford
Executive Chairman

Having acquired Haslams Estate Agents in 1995, Steve has been instrumental in expanding Haslams Group across the Berkshire area with the purchase of Michael Hardy Estate Agents in 2020. He strongly values and supports the local community, and as custodian of the Haslams brand he ensures that every employee lives and breathes the company's culture, vision and mission.

Dan Channer
Group Managing Director

Dan oversees the day-to-day direction of the business. He previously ran a letting agent with 4000 ASTs which twice won Sunday Times Best Letting Agent in the UK. Before that he was a journalist and management consultant. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management.

Mike Shearn
Group Investment & Development Director

Mike advises land owners, developers and fund managers on residential property matters. With a diverse background spanning Porchester Homes, Bewley Homes PLC, NatWest and non-executive director roles, Mike brings extensive experience to residential property advisory.

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