Thursday, August 2, 2012
Countrywide Land & New Homes has bid farewell to one of its longest serving employees following the retirement of Jane Dobson, a Sales Director for Essex.
After starting her property career more than 20 years ago in an estates department at New Town Development Corporation in South Wales, Jane went on to spend nine years in Majorca as a sales and lettings Negotiator before returning to the UK to work for a Spanish bank in central London.
Keen to rejoin the property market, Jane moved back to her hometown of Great Dunmow and joined Bairstow Eves, which is part of the Countrywide Group, in 1992. Jane was soon promoted from Branch Negotiator to Office Manager and began her career in Countrywide's Land & New Homes team in 2000 as a Sales Manager with responsibility for around 50 branches along the M11 and A10 corridor.
Jane said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my career with Countrywide and have always been closely involved in selling new homes so I could establish good relationships with developers to gain repeat business. That approach has served me well and has contributed to my success. Highlights for me during my 20 years of service in the property market include a site I managed in St Albans for Crest Nicholson, which sold over 300 units - it was one of my biggest challenges at that stage in my career but definitely my best achievement."
Jane's sales expertise was recognised and rewarded and after winning Sales Manager of the Year in 2004 at Countrywide's annual Chairman's Awards, Jane was promoted to Area Director for Essex, North London and East Hertfordshire.
James Poynor, Managing Director for Countrywide Land & New Homes, said: "Jane has been a fantastic ambassador for Countrywide Land & New Homes and will be sorely missed by colleagues and developer clients alike. I'm delighted that John Clark will be taking on a new role as Area Director for the East to build on Anne's success in Essex and to also grow new business opportunities across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk."
Jane added: "I have been fortunate to work in an area where we have prospered even in the tough times, which is a testament to the teams I've worked with. I have been privileged to work with such loyal and dedicated staff throughout my time with Countrywide and feel sad to be leaving all my colleagues who I will miss very much."
Jane has plenty of plans to keep her busy in her retirement with golf lessons, tennis club league matches, plus trips to Australia and New Zealand all in the pipeline. If Jane does find time between worldwide travel and sporting endeavours, her colleagues at Countrywide have said she's welcome to join them again on development sites for occasional relief work to fuel her love of selling new houses and dealing with the public.
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