Senior Property Manager and Social Responsibility Officer
Book keeping / Finance
Nigel Client Account Manager
Search Engine Marketing
Ellie Marketing Executive
Greg Investment Director
Ken Fund Monitor
Non Exec Chairman
Non Exec Director
Non Exec Director
Frazer Fearnhead Founder & Team Captain
Frazer started his career as a lawyer in the music industry. He has been investing in property since 1994 and working with other investors since 2003, helping them invest in over £50,000,000 worth of investment property along the way.
He is an award-winning entrepreneur, founder of The Armchair Property Investor (which he built up over 3 years and sold in 2007 for £2.25M), The Video Inventory Agency which he franchised to over 40 franchisees before selling it. He is the founding director of The House Crowd, the world's first property crowdfunding platform.
He is a regular contributor to amongst others RightMove.com and WhatHouse.com and has also contributed articles to the Investor's Chronicle, Residential Property Investor, ThisisMoney.co.uk and The Guardian. He is often interviewed by the media about crowdfunding and property investment (please see our press page for more information).
Good box sets, literary thrillers, tennis, backgammon, scuba-diving, creative writing, Amarone and strong martinis.
Red tape, DIY, celebrity culture (what happened to actual talent), being boring and bullies.
Suhail Nawaz Founder & Property Director
Suhail has an MBA and is a surveyor with 20 years experience in sourcing, developing and renting property. Over that time, he has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of property investment. Frazer and Suhail have been friends since school.
His family, old school hip hop, sleeping, good food, cigars and animals.
Getting out of bed early and Frazer (who makes him get out of bed early), computers and spreadsheets.
Clarissa Fearnhead Director - Technical and Website Support
Clarissa supervises the website management and is responsible for dealing with investor enquiries about technical and security issues.
She grew up in New Zealand, and has a background working on UNIX systems as a senior systems manager for various investment banks. In 2004 she had the extreme good fortune to marry Frazer (who coincidentally wrote this page!) and has since worked alongside him managing websites and IT and generally being his extremely valued right hand woman for various companies. She now shares her desk with a large weta called Wally whom she waves at people when they annoy her.
Motorways, football, not getting coffee in bed in the morning, people who don't like animals, Range Rovers.
Manoj Varsani Chief Technology Officer
As a technology leader and startup advisor, Manoj has over ten years experience launching new services, and scaling startups.
Manoj is a specialist in launching new products online and building cutting edge technology applications both mobile and offline. He is a strong advocate for lean innovation and creating customer value. He has led and delivered several digital transformations programmes focused on creating customer value.
When he’s not working, he is occupied being a trustee for a charity, investor in start-ups, guest lecturer at Cass Business School, keynote speaker, delivering workshops in entrepreneurship and technology and is an advisor and mentor to several soon to be entrepreneurs.
His family, friends, playing football, travelling, charity work, learning new things, Manchester United, all things technology, teaching and mentoring.
Slow computers, traffic, bad salespeople, bullies, cold calls, and bad customer service.
Lewis Walters Chief Financial Officer
Lewis is an experienced accountant with over 10 years of experience ranging from Funerals to Construction and an expertise across e-commerce in particular. More recently Lewis has been involved in working with fast growth SMEs including as far as away as Brazil, helping them to develop the correct platform from which to support and scale their growth.
He has extensive experience of working with and across multiple functions including Marketing, Operations and Legal via business partnering or just getting stuck in himself. He will also do anything for chocolate, even washing up.
Manchester United, running, travelling, curries, computers, moneysavingexpert, excel and a 'drink at the end of the week'.
Traffic, Apple products (linked to money saving), trash tv & the celebrity scene, bullies and litter.
Paul Stallard Chief Marketing Officer
Paul is a marketing veteran having spent more years than he cares to remember at the forefront of the financial services revolution. In his comparative youth he created the first financial service brand in the UK with an investment account called Liquid Gold from ‘The Leeds’. The award winning TV advertising for this account featured George Cole in the guise of Arthur Daley from the hit TV show Minder.
Paul has an outstanding track record among UK and global banks, wealth managers and financial services companies for developing and implementing successful business strategies and sparking life into the sales, marketing and business development process.
Today he is at the forefront of delivering digital solutions in financial services and in 2011 he published his first book on this subject called ‘Next Generation Finance’.
Married with 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren he attended Aston University and he has an MBA from the University Of Bradford School Of Management. He is both a graduate and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers. He is also a Chartered Marketer, a graduate and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing.
all sport but especially rugby union, cricket and fly fishing.
Negative people, Political correctness, Supermarket shopping
Olivia Clay Commercial Accountant
Olivia qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000, having passed all her exams first time.
She then continued her career with a move to KPMG. She was involved in both the management of transactions and the production of due diligence reports on a variety of targets and companies on behalf of banks, private equity businesses and corporate clients. Olivia then moved to a role as a Commercial Finance manager for one of the clients she had worked for, whilst employed at KPMG. This role involved providing financial support to each of four trading teams and allowed her to see the factors faced from within a business rather than carrying out a review as an external body.
Following a career break of several years to allow her to spend time with her two young children, Olivia has returned to work as our Senior Commercial Finance Manager.
Her two fabulous children, good friends, going to the gym, body boarding and drinking wine.
Queuing and any soaps - particularly Coronation Street.
Jonathan Meare Marketing Manager
Jonathan is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Environmentalist.
Having worked within the Property, House building & Construction Industries for over 20 years he set up his own Company in 2009. Having invented an innovative new product he developed the brand through social media and clever marketing strategies, picking up several awards along the way.
The product now sells worldwide having featured on TV, radio and the press around the world.
He has assisted several innovators/inventors bring their products to worldwide markets.
An FSB 'Real Life Entrepreneur' who last year launched the FSB manifesto for small businesses in Brussels.
He met Frazer singing Blondie songs whilst listening to his ipod – painful doesn't begin to describe it – by a pool in Mykonos and the rest, as they say, is history.
Manchester City Football Club, sitting on a beach, fine food & drink, innovations, lining up the paperwork on his desk.
Sitting in traffic, people (especially when they mess up the beautifully lined up paperwork on his desk).
Charlotte Hall Head of Legal & Compliance
After completing the LPC, Charlotte started her legal career in insolvency working on some high profile administrations and managing a portfolio of LPA receivership properties. Charlotte took a career break to look after her two young children but kept herself busy managing a variety of events around the country. She is now responsible for preparing all our legal investment packs, dealing with the FCA, issuing shares certificates and handling all legal paperwork. She is a Cheshire Girl through and through, and her pride and joy is a white Range Rover complete with fairy lights (that is definitely going in the next novel – Frazer)..
Spending time with her children, going to the gym, eating out, holidays.
Rain (she picked the wrong place to live then), cooking, coffee, cats, horror films, traffic.
Diane Brocklehurst Executive Assistant
Diane initially started her career as a medical secretary and progressed into a P.A. Office and Building Manager role for a number of large blue chip companies, before joining the property field some nine years ago when she set up and managed a franchised letting agency before being head hunted by a property developer, to oversee a multi million pound residential property portfolio, which included refurbishing some exclusive properties in London.
Diane joined THC and her role is Executive Assistant to Frazer and Office Manager.
Her daughter…..she means the world to Diane, her sports bike and days out with my motorbike buddies, weekends away, relaxing with a glass of wine…white or red it does not matter! Good food but especially chunky chips…the thicker the better. High heels which she refuses to be separated from.
Harley Davidsons, her daughter's messy bedroom, sitting in a car park on the motorway, music she can't dance to and having to dye her hair because I have to not because I want to!
James Dearsley Digital Marketing Director
Having spent 11 years directly involved in the Real Estate Industry, both in UK domestic estate agency and overseas development, James turned his hand to the world of digital marketing; believing it to be the future.
Demystifying the complexities of data whilst putting a personal bias to all marketing is core to his beliefs. Making data, and thus crowdfunding, friendly is central to elements of some of the processes at The House Crowd.
Sadly the data doesn't stack up in his love of Queens Park Rangers FC but that is another story.
Beekeeping, all sport – both watching and participating, technology (especially virtual reality and artificial intelligence) and being the father of 2, the husband of 1.
Technology not working, phone chargers and gone off milk.
Jackie Ryder Admin Assistant
Jackie is a mum of one boy, a daughter, a sister and an auntie. Her first job was for a bank in London where she worked her way through branch and corporate relationship banking before joining the cheque processing projects group. She learned all about running projects and then took a job as a process consultant. A bit of travel and consulting in the UK followed before having her baby boy, and then a move to Manchester and a career break followed in quick succession. Before joining THC she was the manager of a website shop.
Her boy, Starbucks, walking with the dog in the rain and not caring about getting wet, a night out with her besties (doesn't happen often enough), going on holiday when she can sit and read her kindle, visiting her niece and nephew in SoCal, confusing Suhail by using Glaswegian slang.
Her boy (at times), messy kitchens, having to put her kindle down at a good bit in the story, being in a hurry, dog-eared paper, utility companies.
Emma Lakin Senior Property Manager and Social Responsibility Officer
Emma started her career as a fundraiser for Cancer Research Campaign. After 3 years of successful fundraising. She was then promoted to Mobile Area Manager a role she enjoyed for 7 years, before deciding to strike out on her own and start her own cafe and catering business. It went well for 6 years but unfortunately she broke her wrist (doing a back flip!!!) which ended her days of chopping and peeling.
She entered the property industry by chance as a part-timer at a well-known local agency but displayed great aptitude for it and after 3 months was offered a full time position as the maintenance manager. A year later she also took on the role as the marketing & office manager. After 4 years she left the company to help set up a new agency as the senior property manager and was working there when The House Crowd headhunted her. Emma is also our SRO - Social Responsibility Officer -and is in charge of arranging fundraising activity for selected charities in Manchester. Favourite quote – History shows that no business survives when it puts its own interests ahead of staff and customers.
Her 2 beautiful children, good food, drink and conversation! Walking her dogs, keeping fit, especially dancing the night away!! Laughing as much as possible, releases serotonin (needed in this job)
Automated services, express check outs, reality TV shows. Tenants who don’t pay rent!!
Jacqui Hewitt Book keeping / Finance
Jacqui is our company bookkeeper and looks after all the House Crowd related companies (that's quite a few) as well as supplying Lewis with chocolate when he starts displaying withdrawal symptoms. She is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren (we know – she doesn't look that old!) and has worked in Finance for 20 years for a variety of organisations including several property related companies. For the last 7 years, before joining The House Crowd, she was Finance Manager for a fast growing company involved in managing government energy saving schemes.
Time spent with her family particularly her grandchildren. Tennis, Pilates, going for long walks with her husband and being by the sea in sunshine.
Tea, Birds (very scary), dark winter evenings.
Bill Anthony Non Exec Chairman
Bill has worked in the Financial Services industry most of his career, starting off in branch lending at HSBC before embarking on a 14 investment career with 3i Group plc where he was ultimately responsible for managing a £1bn portfolio. This last role meant overseeing literally hundreds of exits, the largest of which was £300M.
His experience encompasses all types and stages of business, performance levels and management styles and includes two IPOs. Since leaving 3i and starting his own consultancy, he has coached a number of high growth SMEs and sits as a Board Non-executive on two technology companies, one of which has raised finance via crowdfunding.
He has direct personal experience of property investment other than his House Crowd involvements. Bill's role is to advise on business growth and inform strategy and key recruitment in order to help build shareholder value.
Simeon Barnes Non Exec Director
Simeon has extensive skill and experience in growing companies from ideas in to profitable, successful businesses. He implements best practice into everything he does and brings a wealth of sales and management experience to The House Crowd.
Being a dad, lifting weights, stupid cars and laughing.
Indecision, flakiness, dishonesty, and bullies.
John Houghton Non Exec Director
John came across Frazer and the Armchair Property Investor in 2006 whilst building his own property portfolio. Upon learning about The House Crowd he decided to invest in the business. John has 16 years experience of business development, helping grow Enterprise Rent-A-Car from one location to the UK's leading rental company. John will transfer his car purchasing and rental knowledge to provide governance and independent views to the property purchasing and rental market.
The fun part of being a father of 5, Junior Football (as not as stressful as watching Liverpool!), good wine, good food, good coffee and good company; oh and any extreme sport that his wife will let him do!!
The messy jobs of being a father of 5, (not that he has done much of it according to his wife), Insomnia and Dad's Taxis!!
Michele Baker Content Strategist
Michele has over ten years’ experience in digital marketing, much to her surprise. She started out, fresh from her MA in Creative Writing, with the ambition of writing great literature, gazing off into the sunset, and contemplating the complexities of existence. Instead, she became embroiled in the heady world of web content, which she found to her liking, and has been creating great content ever since.
Her work has brought Michele a range of expertise in different industries, from Travel, Health and Wellbeing, and Technology, to… well… Property Investment. However, when she steps away from the desk, it’s all about hanging out with her daughter and beloved dog, Billy. When she’s not running around after those two, she spends her time gardening, reading, drinking far too much tea (a little milk and no sugar, please!) and – in theory – writing stories.
Her wonderfully kooky, smart and creative daughter; her similarly kooky but much less smart, super cuddly staffie, Billy; hot summers; a good vinyl collection, and a house full of books.
Spiders, the wind, the hellishly invasive noise of television, and non-dog lovers.
Nigel Beverley Client Account Manager
Nigel’s role is to assist all clients and prospective clients with questions they have about our investments. Nigel started off his career in the Manchester music scene training as a sound engineer at the famous Strawberry Recording Studios working with the likes of The Smiths, James and New Order. He left eventually to join a band and tour around the U.K. But world rock star status wasn’t meant to be, so the time came eventually for him to get a ‘proper job’.
He has a wealth of experience in client and account management, his proudest being fifteen years in the glamorous (and not so glamorous) world of Premier League Football sponsorship which has involved him in the successful client activation of all of the Premier League title sponsors. He was dedicated to making sure clients received the maximum benefit from their investment in a professional but friendly way and he brings his valuable experience of dealing with a broad range of clients to his role at The House Crowd.
The mighty Manchester United, discovering and watching new bands / artists, sports
cars, dogs, Bob Marley and The Wailers, beaches , Jameson whiskey, red wine, Venice,
Skiathos, Manchester and of course my wife and two daughters.
Brussel Sprouts and clowns.
Simon Lees Search Engine Marketing
Simon has over 20 years experience of working in the online industry for various media businesses including Guardian Media and the Autotrader group.
Having escaped the corporate world, Simon is now responsible for promoting The House Crowd website through search engine optimisation (SEO), pay per click advertising (PPC), social media management and content marketing.
Manchester United, motorsport, cycling, 80's bands, vintage Porsches, hot curries and Czech lager.
Losing, excuses, middle lane hoggers, One Direction.
Ellie Dixon-Smith Marketing Executive
Ellie has been in the marketing game since her second year of university where she joined the corporate world, working as an intern for Cancer Research UK. Since then she has been hooked in this ever-changing, crazy world and is a self-confessed social media addict.
With a background in a range of different sectors, including online gaming, events, charities and retail, she has an all-round knowledge of how to effectively target customers. A marketer by day, she also blogs in her spare time about anything and everything under the sun.
A local girl through and through, she studied English at the University of Manchester and is proud to call herself a true Northerner, backed up by her perpetual love of tea and cake.
Her cat, writing, a good book, Christmas, travelling, eating good food paired with her new-found love of red wine.
Her alarm, slow eaters, queueing, the week before payday, mushrooms, coffee.
Greg Osborne Investment Director
Greg is an industry entrepreneur with over 10 years experience within private equity and real estate, having worked across the European and GCC markets. He has successfully launched and raised capital for several funds and projects with some of the most recognized industry names.
Over the past eight years, Greg has worked for offshore investment funds, regulated investment vehicles and multi-family offices, for which he has helped raise over £50 million in investment capital and managed over £300 million in acquisitions. His commercial acumen and experience in brand creation and development will be pivotal to the growth of the THC.
Sports in particular Everton Football club, good food, fine wines, travelling, films, music and new challenges.
Non-adventurous people, politics, cricket, sitting in traffic.
Ken Jones (MRICS) Fund Monitor
Ken sits on our Investment Committee. His role is to review and report on development proposals as well as sign off on valuations and approve the release of funds to developers as projects progress.
Ken is a member of RICS (a chartered surveyor). Following his graduation with a degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying he has worked in eth construction industry for the last 15 years, gaining experience working for Main Contractors on several notable projects throughout the UK including the Wales Millennium Centre, Old Trafford and several high rise apartment schemes on the Manchester skyline. He then switched to the consultancy side of the industry (the dark side!) where recent experience includes commercial, industrial and residential projects, from affordable housing to super-mansions, from shop fit-outs to distribution centres as well as several major care homes.
Ken has tried a variety of sports and interests over the years, with a current focus on cycling and squash (although time pressures have meant he thinks about these more than he actually participates). He has also been involved in rowing, kickboxing, rock climbing and sailing to varying degrees.
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