Meet the Team

John Read

Chief Executive Officer

John Read, Chief Executive Officer

John has owned and run companies since the age of 26. With almost 30 years spent in property and finance, he was well qualified to acquire Shaws Estate Agents in early 2008.

Since then John has steered Shaws through what has been a particularly difficult time in the property sector. Throughout the recent, turbulent financial crisis he set to work gathering together the professional, energetic and likeable individuals that make up the enviable team at Shaws. John passionately insists Shaws will continue to deliver a level of service to its customer’s way beyond that of our competitors, a philosophy that is gratefully accepted by our happy clients. John has been married to his wife Avril, a co-director at Shaws Estate Agents, for over 30 years. They have two grown up daughters and have been blessed with a recent grandchild. When not working, John has always enjoyed all sports. He has held a lifelong love affair with Manchester United but also finds time for tennis and cricket. A desire to play the occasional round of golf also battles for space in his diary, and he freely admits that the occasional good shot makes up for the many that fail to go where aimed!

Avril Read


Avril Read, Director

Avril has worked with her husband John for 15 years, assisting with building their financial services company which they sold in 2002. Her main responsibilities were looking after personnel and training and development.

Passionately interested in interiors, Avril gained a diploma from KLC in interior design in 2010 having embarked on the training course late in 2007, shortly before the acquisition of Shaws Estate Agents in 2008. Avril coped admirably with a busy couple of years of studying and helping to build the business from, what was already a good local estate agent, into the highly professional company it is today. Avril took charge of the company’s rebranding, including the office interior. In addition, and using her experience in recruitment and personnel, she has helped John and Huw build the outstanding team that is now in place. Avril’ s passion for interiors and architecture is her main outside interest, second only to her family. Avril also enjoys walking (especially around shops!), cooking and eating out.

Huw Jones

Managing Director

Huw Jones, Managing Director

Huw Jones has a wealth of property experience and expertise in the London market. This expertise includes both residential and commercial sales, new homes, investment brokering, lettings and property management.

Over the last fifteen years Huw’s skills have been fine-tuned setting up and managing estate agencies in Central London; successfully steering these businesses through the challenging and varied market conditions seen during this time. Huw feels he has truly found his niche in Barons Court, as his role encompasses all the facets of his experience. He attributes the on-going success and growth of Shaws Estate Agents to the hard working and experienced team members around him. Huw says that coming into work is a pleasure thanks to the enjoyable and professional environment. Building on the fantastic reputation of Shaws Estate Agents has proved the ultimate challenge in his career yet he is excited in the knowledge that the team is not only achieving this, but is taking the company to exciting new levels. Outside of work, Huw and his wife Sarah have their hands full with three young children. Cycling, golf and the gym are the other loves of his life and these compete for the few remaining spare moments in his happy and busy life.

Lisa Heeringa

Lettings Director

Lisa Heeringa, Lettings Director

Lisa has worked in the London lettings market since 2005 following a move from her native Australia in 2003 where she obtained a university degree in fashion & textiles.

Having initially worked in the fashion industry, Lisa soon realised that her energy and positive “can do” attitude would open up an opportunity for a career in lettings and she has very successfully progressed and now manages the lettings department at Shaws Estate Agents. Lisa’s outside interests or “passions” as she prefers to call them include travel, going to the gym, socialising, reading and snowboarding.

Olivia Sloan

Senior Lettings Negotiator

Olivia Sloan, Senior Lettings Negotiator

Originating from Cheshire, Olivia has only lived in London for two years yet the city is already reverberating from the impact of her warm northern charm, natural friendliness and undeniable empathy.

oHer working life began in the charity sector, being quickly being promoted to a managerial position, overlooking specialist boutique stores and handling all media relations, campaigns and events. She answered her natural calling when she strutted confidently in her high heels through Shaws welcoming door. A family background in property and development must have been the luring factor she couldn’t resist! She adores the exciting yet warm, family environment in which her dedicated colleagues have welcomed her into. Outside of work she has a keen interest in art, photography, music and outdoor sports. She is known in the office as the joker (don’t ask!) and strives to add to the vibrant atmosphere. She carries her humour through to her viewings so that her clients may relax and share an enjoyable, mutually beneficial experience.

Sarah Jane Carey

Lettings Negotiator

Sarah Jane Carey, Lettings Negotiator

Born and bought up in County Cork, hailing from a large family Sarah is extremely proud of her routes and heritage. After completing her studies she decided it was time to spread her wings.

Having travelled around Europe she decided to settle in London and has been here for the past four years. Finding work in the hospitality industry she quickly found her feet and developed her enviable interpersonal skills. Circumstances prevailed and, already knowing the team at Shaws, were invited to join as a lettings negotiator. Sarah happily tells everyone she encounters that she has found her niche in life and hasn’t looked back for a second. She loves the daily challenges, never the same, the satisfaction of finding the perfect property for the perfect tenant and seeing it all come together gives her a job satisfaction she never thought possible.

Izabella Toth

Lettings Negotiator

Izabella Toth, Lettings Negotiator

Izabella originates from Serbia, but decided to move to London in 2014 to experience a different culture and way of life due to her love of travelling.

Prior to joining Shaws and proving herself as a valued member of the team, she previously studied Law for 6 years in Serbia.

Jana Sramova

Lettings Progressor

Jana Sramova, Lettings Progressor

Jana was born in Slovakia but came to the UK in 1997 having completed her studies in business and economics.

Having taken the decision to come to England, Jana built a successful career in facilities and building management before joining Shaws Estate Agents in 2009 where her experience has been invaluable in her role ensuring that lettings transactions proceed to satisfactory conclusions for both landlords and tenants. With a touching degree of self-deprecation, Jana describes herself as the “Office Pitbull” in that she is strong and tenacious, superb qualities that make her an important part of the team. In her free time Jana enjoys going to the gym, listening to music and going to the cinema.

Priscila DeAndrade

Property Manager

Priscila  DeAndrade, Property Manager

Originating from Brazil, Priscila moved to London in 2003 for a new challenge and London was always somewhere she had wanted to move to. Priscila has a strong work background with much experience and is extremely focused and organised. After completing a degree in Accounting, Priscila first experienced working in Estate Agency as a Sales and Lettings Negotiator in Brazil.

Priscila started her career in London in Hospitality where she developed her personal skills in an unfamiliar country for the next 10 years. She ended up at Shaws after realising that she missed the Property Industry too much! After almost two years at Shaws, Priscila has recently accomplished her NFOPP Level 3 Residential Letting & Property Management certificate while still studying Accounting on the side!

Malcolm Andrews


Malcolm Andrews, Accounts

Malcolm came to the property industry later in his career than other members of Shaws’ team. In previous lives he has worked in the finance industry and also the wool trade. He has stepped into the property industry with remarkable ease and is now, amongst other things, responsible for ensuring all rents are collected and paid to Shaws’ happy landlords.

When not in the office, Malcolm shares a wonderfully fulfilling family life with his wife. His two daughters and son have kept him on his toes for many years now but the tempo has been significantly raised with the recent addition of Iris to his family, his first grandchild. Scuba diving is Malcolm’s main recreational passion, and he has travelled the world experiencing different oceans and seas.

Helen Slack


Helen Slack, Ms

Oliver Pyle-Santini


Oliver Pyle-Santini, Mr