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About Ayers & Cruiks

Since we opened our doors in 1997, we’ve grown to become one of the region’s largest property firms, with specialist teams spanning commercial and residential agency, property management and professional services.

We might be bigger these days, but we’re still driven by the passion for a good job well done that we had when we started. And we’re proud to say that it’s an approach that’s helped us to win quite a few awards along the way.

Our team is fully accredited too – we are members of NAEA, RICS, The Property Ombudsman, Tenancy Deposit Scheme and South East Alliance of Landlords Scheme.

Meet the Team

Nick Clarke

Nick has worked in the residential property market since 1983 and is a fellow member of the National Association of Estate Agents. Nick joined Ayers & Cruiks in 2011 to head the residential lettings, management and sales department, covering the South East of Essex.

Nick enjoys watching all kinds of sport and hosting dinner parties...a 'Come Dine With Me' enthusiast.

Jo Ballantyne

Jo has experience working within further education and the accountancy sector, along with secretarial and marketing since 1989. Joining Ayers & Cruiks in 2013, Jo now forms a major part in the residential lettings, management and sales team.

Previous hobbies include horse riding and socialising, before devoting all of her time to Ayers & Cruiks.

Carole Millbank

Carole has re-joined us here at Ayers & Cruiks! She will be heading up our inventories and property inspection department, liaising with both Landlords and tenants alike. Carole will work closely with Nick Jo and Remi to ensure our move in and move out procedure runs smoothly providing exceptional customer service. With her attention to detail, we can ensure we work closely with the TDS following current and new legislation and complying with national standards.

When not working, Carole can be seen along the Estuary walking her 3 Greyhounds. She volunteers with Greyhound Trust at Dunton, rehoming, walking, cleaning & grooming the hounds as well as helping to fundraise. She also has a great love of the outdoors and is a keen scuba diver not that there is much time left to get into that wet suit!

Stephen Ayers

Steve has specialised in commercial property and land in the South East Essex area since 1984. Dealing with sales and lettings, market appraisals, acquisitions, residential and commercial development and heads up the commercial sales and lettings department.

Hobbies include sailing, cycling and constantly maintaining his 600 year old Grade II listed farmhouse.

Darrell Clarke

Darrell has been in the property industry since 2007 where he started in residential sales and lettings. Darrell made the transition to commercial property in 2012 where he now specialises in retail, office and industrial sales and lettings. His knowledge and experience is proven by winning the Estates Gazette Most Active Deal Maker in Essex in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Hobbies include rugby, rugby and rugby!

Abbie Hayes

Abbie joined Ayers & Cruiks in 2014 and forms part of the commercial lettings and sales team. Abbie previously worked for the Co-Operative Travel Agents.

Abbie’s spare time is spent going on holidays, socialising with her friends and family and decorating her new home.

Kevin Cruiks

Kevin has been involved in commercial property in the South East of England since 1987 in a variety of roles. He has a degree in General Practise Surveying, and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1995. He is an RICS Registered Valuer and has been awarded Fellowship status of the Institution. Kevin deals with valuations, rent reviews and professional work as well as overseeing the commercial and residential management portfolios and residential sales and lettings department.

When Kevin is not at work he partakes in various water sports with his family, he is the holder of Coastal Skipper and Yacht Master sailing certificates and is also the holder of a private Pilot's license.

Neil Burroughs

Neil has been involved in selling and letting residential and commercial property since 1999 within the South Essex area. Joining Ayers & Cruiks in 2019, Neil has taken on a new role and now forms part of the busy commercial team.

His hobbies include any sporting activity and socialising with friends and family.

Christopher Lushey

Christopher joined Ayers & Cruiks as Accounts Manager in 2014, bringing over 15 years of experience in property accounting gained from working for some of the largest landlords in London and Essex. The roles he has undertaken have ranged from managing the whole Finance Team of a large Housing Association to specialising in income management and service charge accounting for a portfolio of over 20,000 homes.

Christopher's interests include playing the piano and saxophone, DIY and cycling.

Matthew Kirsh

Matt Joined Ayers & Cruiks in 2016 after completing his level 2 & 3 AAT diploma. He is now training towards his level 4 certificate whilst gaining important practical knowledge. He is responsible for the Purchase Ledger & service charge accounts.

His hobbies include partaking in fitness and following Leyton Orient home and away.

Julia Richards

Julia has more than 20 years of commercial property experience ranging from rental investments to corporate real estate having a degree in General Practice Surveying. Julia was previously an asset manager at Royal & Sun Alliance and more recently she has specialised in lettings and sales in the Southend residential property market.

When not working, Julia enjoys spending time with her two children, going to the cinema and listening to her eclectic range of music.

Rita Mullins

Rita joined Ayers & Cruiks in May 2019 after working as an Office Manager in a Building Surveyors in London for 5 and a half years.

In my spare time I can be found on fun days out with my son, listening to music or shopping.

Remy Carter

Remy joined Ayers & Cruiks at the end of 2018. She has 7 years’ experience in administration and customer service and qualifications in Legal Secretarial Studies and Business Administration. She now forms part of the Accounts & Management team.

In her free time Remy enjoys spending time with her German shepherd. With a love for dogs she currently studies canine behaviour and is a qualified pet first aider.

Brad Laidler

Brad joined Ayers and Cruiks in 2021 and is currently studying towards his AAT level 2 certification with a view to go on and complete the higher tier qualifications, he is responsible for reconciling the residential agency portfolio and managing the residential client accounts.

Some of his interests include reading, going to the gym, eating great food and travel.

Amy Barnett

Amy joined Ayers & Cruiks in 2021 and forms part of our Accounts team. She has attained her AAT Level 2 and is currently studying Level 3, she also has 10 years administration and compliance experience as well as 4 years Finance experience.

In her free time Amy enjoys spending time with her 17-month-old little girl, Gracie.

Anna Warren

Anna joined Ayers & Cruiks in 2021 Hobbies include swimming, cooking and generally being active. Love to travel and spend time with family.

When I have spare time, I do enjoy being creative and starting projects.

Haley Green

Haley has been working in the property sector since 2012. She joined Ayers & Cruiks in January 2022 and now forms part of our commercial sales and lettings team.

Her hobbies include yoga, walking, holidays and spending time socialising with friends and family.

Alison Berg

Alison joined Ayers & Cruiks in June 2021 and supports the property management team. Alison previously worked in the travel industry.

In her free time Alison likes to travel and catch up with friends.

We Know Your Area

Our Local Expertise Is Unrivalled In Your Area


We Know How To Win Awards

With our services you can have your cake and eat it


We Know That Size Is Important

Being one of the largest estate agents in your area does have its advantages


We Know The Personal Approach

We get to know you and your property


We Know The Property Market

Years of knowledge means our roots spread far


We Know How To Market Your Home

Making sure you look your best


We Know The Right People

Giving us a very fast turnaround to sell or let your home


We Know How To Deliver Results

Being proactive in a high paced environment

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