Our Speakers

Below are the speakers who took to the stage at our 2024 conference.

Kate Faulkner OBE

Kate Faulkner OBE is one of the UK’s leading property experts. She is passionate that most of the problems in the residential property market can be solved if the media, industry and government worked together to educate consumers on how to carry out property projects. To aid this, Kate has set up a free consumer education site Propertychecklists and working groups for Home Buying and Selling and The Lettings Industry Council which are attended by DLUHC.

Kate regularly features on BBC TV and radio including You and Yours and Moneybox. She has also appeared on ITV’s This Morning and co-hosted LBC’s Property Hour. Kate works closely with journalists all over the country to help ensure their work is accurate and up to date – not easy when housing policies differ between Scotland, NI, Wales and England.  See Kate’s latest media.


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David Mintz

With over 26 years of experience at the coal face of the Estate Agency industry, and successfully being involved in running independent estate agencies in both London and Manchester, David is a passionate advocate for our industry.

David has presented many panel discussions and podcasts, tackling a wide range of topics and has had the privilege of interviewing some of his estate agency heroes along the way.

Taking the approach that conversation is healthy regardless of how difficult the subject matter is, whilst maintaining a gentle and compassionate approach to interviewing;  David’s key areas of interest include mental health in estate agency, addressing the equality and diversity balance in estate agency, reputation management, press accountability, marketing and generally helping agents and suppliers alike to better communicate their message to their target audience.

Ellie Hall


Ellie possesses nearly three decades of extensive experience in sales, lettings, acquisitions, and mergers. Over the past ten years, she has held various senior leadership positions with distinguished companies in the industry, including The Property Franchise Group, LSL, and Belvoir. Presently, Ellie holds the position of Managing Director at Martin & Co, where she consistently endeavours to empower and inspire individuals to attain their objectives, regardless of the obstacles they encounter.

Ellie is a strong advocate for fostering an environment within the sector that enables women, in particular, to embrace their true selves with confidence and comfort. She promotes the significance of providing support and recognition to women for their valuable contributions in the workplace.

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Layla Gordon

My passion for health and wellbeing really grew when my husband and daughter both faced health challenges, and I made it my personal goal to help them to feel better. A predisposition to the symptoms of IBS, SIBO, candida, leaky gut, sleep issues, anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances and cravings led me to begin studying at the ‘The Institute for Optimum Nutrition’.

I have presented on the topics of health and wellbeing for ‘The Institute for Optimum Nutrition’, Dorset Mind, Rise Wellness, Sustudio, The Collaborative Network, Peer2Peer board-networks at Limewood and The Captains Club and online for global companies such as Simplyhealth, Elsevier and Lexus Nexus. I was voted ‘UK’s Most Transformational Nutritionist 2023’ for my work in looking outside of the box when it comes to dietary and nutrition advice and support.

Clare Hughes

Clare has over 20 years’ experience in the residential property sector, focussing primarily on East London. She launched her own business in 2020, Clare Hughes Independent Estate Agent, powered by eXp. Clare was proud to become a founder of the WiEA Facebook Group and Podcast.

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SJ Taylor

SJ Taylor, Preston Baker’s Group Operations Director, is well-known and admired for her pragmatic, problem-solving skills.

SJ’s estate agency career spans 17 years, starting out as a junior negotiator with Rentons Countrywide in March 2006, before joining Ian Preston and James Baker in a new franchise business.

SJ’s expertise was later called on to head the Preston Baker lettings portfolio, which she ran and organically developed from a 200-unit to 600-unit operation over an eight-year period, overseeing its sale last year, and returning to her first passion of estate agency.


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Heather Staff

Heather Staff is the Co-Founder of Street Group, home to industry-leading prospecting tool Spectre, and the revolutionary CRM Street.co.uk. Heather has extensive family experience within estate agency.

She recognises the vital role that agents play and is passionately committed to building technology that optimises and enhances their businesses. Voted 16th Best Tech Company to Work for in the UK, Heather believes in creating a work environment that people love, which she feels is the key for creating high performing teams with great retention.

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Francis West

Francis West is on a mission to protect 1,000,000 businesses from Cybercrime by 2026. No-one wants to be the victim of cyber-crime but people don’t know how to protect themselves.

Francis helps businesses secure their money, data and reputation with managed security services. Forget about getting hacked and focus on running your business instead.

Rachel Hanniquet-Brooking

Rachel is a highly experienced Director with extensive operations and strategic leadership experience in the private residential property industry. 

As well as holding the post of Operations Director for the Apo Group Ltd she  is also a trainer and advisory panel member for Propertymark. 

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Jane Thomas

Jane Thomas has utilised her background as a Cardiac Nurse Consultant Practitioner to establish herself as a highly skilled wellbeing trainer for over 17 years. Jane’s primary focus revolves around creating healthier work environments.

As the driving force behind Premier Life Skills, Jane is profoundly passionate about delivering high-quality training and support to her clients. Jane is a Senior Licensed Practitioner of Motivational Maps, an ISO-accredited assessment tool utilised to evaluate motivation and satisfaction levels.

Her extensive experience and expertise make her an exceptional choice for organisations seeking to invest in their employees’ health and wellbeing.

Nicola Broomham

Nicola Broomham is a Director at deverellsmith, one of the UK’s leading property recruitment firms. She brings over two decades of real estate expertise. As a key figure in the industry, Nicola’s insight extends to global real estate players, with an extensive network and deep insights into the real estate market. Hailing from a property-oriented family, Nicola embodies a direct and results-driven approach.

Colleen Babcock

Colleen is the Head of B2B Marketing at Rightmove and a big part of her role is helping agents to make the most of their brands on Rightmove and beyond. Colleen spent 10 years working at an award-winning independent estate agency in West London, before moving to Rightmove 9 years ago.  With 19 years in the industry, Colleen believes that marketing is about understanding the people who need your service and how to reach them effectively.  Originally from Canada, Colleen loves spinning, reading, art and drinking more espresso based beverages than would be considered strictly healthy. 

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