An Introduction
To Philip James

Philip James is one of Greater Manchester’s largest independent chains of Estate Agents- in 2016 we sold over £280 million and managed over £410 million of property.

Our 65-strong team includes some of the industry’s most experienced and respected professionals.

History
Philip James was taken over by Philip Nolan in 2003 with a vision to transform the business from a small branch agency to Manchester’s largest chain. Over the past decade Philip James has expanded into Manchester’s most popular residential areas including City Centre, Didsbury, Withington and Heaton Moor.

We achieved that with our winning management team

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Introducing the Philip James Management Team

Philip Nolan – CEO

Philip trained as a chartered accountant in Dublin. His first appointment was as financial director of International Translation and Publishing an international IT company. He helped expand the company into 15 new countries, increasing turnover to over £20 million before facilitating the sale to an investment house in 1999. At the turn of the millennium, Philip moved into property with the purchase of a Manchester property portfolio. He realised there was an opportunity to create a professional independent estate agency that married traditional values with modern technology. Philip’s personal and corporate integrity means he has always understood the value of his staff and has made this a core foundation for the future growth of Philip James.

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Dermot McKenna – Non-executive director
Philip James Group

Dermot is a non-executive director at Philip James and has been part of the company for the past 15 years. Dermot has a wealth of experience in property sales, lettings and management. He has built several property portfolios in both the student and residential sector. He also has over 30 years in property development.

Rob Cuffe – Managing Director
(Manchester & Salford Quays)

Property is Rob’s passion: for the past 18 years he has been selling and letting properties in Manchester City Centre, Salford Quays and the surrounding areas. Rob has built a very successful team that shares his drive and determination to always offer excellent customer service whilst ensuring that the best possible price is achieved for clients, and in shortest time frame. Rob believes that the key to being market leader is down to constantly changing with the times and the market, and always staying one step ahead of the competition.

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Robert Kennedy – Managing Director
Philip James Group

Originally from Hale, Rob always appreciated some of the incredible homes he would deliver papers to on his three paper rounds. After graduating from Newcastle University Rob joined a large corporate agent and successfully ran the Sale office followed by the Timperley and Hale offices, coming to the hallowed turf of Didsbury in 1998. Under Rob’s leadership, each office was transformed into a top performing Branch office.

Always uncomfortable with the restrictions of leading inflexible corporate companies, Rob craved the freedom of his own business to practice his own style of estate agency forming Philip James Kennedy in 2003. More recently Rob has become a shareholder in the whole of the Philip James Group which still remains one of the only truly independent local estate agencies.

Liz Biddle – Finance Director
Philip James Group

Liz Biddle is the Financial Director at Manchester’s largest chain of independent estate agents, The Philip James Partnership.

After four years in practice she spent the next thirteen years working as an Accountant in the construction industry, accepting the Accountant position at Philip James in 2005. Two years later she was made Financial Director.

The Company has grown in this time from a company with two sales offices and management of 250 properties to three sales offices, three lettings offices and management of over 2000 properties in South Manchester and the City Centre.

Last year Liz oversaw the acquisition of another lettings agent in Manchester City Centre. This was so successful she is looking forward to repeating the experience.

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Leighton Snow – Branch Manager
Philip James Wilson

Leighton Snow leads the Heaton Moor team with a strong and passionate approach to selling houses. Having spent 6 years in the competitive London market Leighton’s work ethos and dedication is second to none and is mirrored in his committed staff. Through shear hard work and a friendly and approachable attitude Leighton’s career in estate agency has spanned over two decades having spent his last 5 years right here in Stockport.

Neil Ryder – South MCR Lettings Manager
Philip James Partnership

Neil Ryder has been with Philip James for nine years. He started as assistant manager in the Withington branch and then took over management of both the Withington and Didsbury lettings branches in 2010. Neil now heads up the south Manchester lettings as well as the student lettings department.

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Polly Atkin – Property Manager
Philip James Partnership

Polly has over 10 years’ experience in property management. Her previous experience includes mobilisation of new schemes and establishing these within competitive markets to maximise lettings, day to day management of tenancies and properties, and working on behalf of Price Waterhouse Coopers managing and improving properties in administration. Polly’s focus is on ensuring maximum rental income and minimal arrears for landlords, and to ensure both landlords and tenants receive a professional service from Philip James throughout the tenancy, taking the hassle out of renting.

Libby Nobbs – Sales Manager
Philip James Manchester

Libby has enjoyed over 12 years of success with other prominent local agents in Manchester before joining Philip James Manchester as Sales Manager at the City Centre branch. Having always lived and worked within Manchester, Libby has an extensive knowledge of the area and both the sales and lettings markets being a member of both NAEA and ARLA.

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Dan Smith – Maintenance Manager
Philip James Partnership

Dan has over eight years’ experience in property management, recently relocating from London to Manchester for this role. He has managed maintenance teams at both Foxtons and Savills, and has worked with high profile clients such as The Royal Parks and London Metric on their rental portfolios. Dan is a Member of ARLA and has passed his NFOPP Level 3 exams in Residential Letting and Property Management.

Franca Carbone – Denton Area Manager
Philip James Wilson

Franca’s career in the property sector has covered roles in South Manchester, the City Centre, and the Tameside area of Manchester. Franca is a specialist when it comes to the property market in Denton: she grew up and went to school in Denton, and it is also where she still resides, so her knowledge of the area is second to none.

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James Armitage – Reddish Area Manager
Philip James Wilson

Area Manager James Armitage has lived in the Reddish area for the past ten years. During this time he has sold property in Manchester City Centre, Salford Quays, The Heatons and now specialises in the area in which he resides. As a personal agent in Reddish, James is able to offer a bespoke unrivalled service to all of his clients from providing the initial valuation, arranging and carrying out accompanied viewings to negotiating offers and sales.

Marc Cox – New Business Manager
South Manchester Lettings

With over six years’ experience in the lettings industry, Marc Cox is our New Business Manager for South Manchester Lettings. Having built solid foundations with Landlords across the South Manchester region, Marc is now a single point of contact for any Landlord bringing a property to the rental market. Being born & bred locally, Marc has always been heavily involved in the areas that he now operates in. After a short stint in debt negotiation, he joined estate agency at the age of 19 as a Trainee Negotiator. After quickly progressing to Senior Negotiator and then Lettings Manager, Marc joined Philip James Lettings in 2015.