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Jeremy Leaf

Jeremy Leaf

Principal

Bio
I was born in Hampstead in 1956 and grew up in North London but soon discovered property must have been coursing through my veins as my family seemed to talk of little else in my early years! I didn’t waste much time putting that knowledge into practice for, after leaving University College School, Hampstead I gained an Estate Management degree in 1977 then took up RICS membership. I then joined St Dunstan’s, the war-blinded ex-servicemen’s charity, to help manage their mainly residential portfolio in Hertfordshire and East Anglia. Jeremy Leaf & Co Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents started trading from 863 High Road, Finchley, in March 1984. The business grew organically with other branches to employ 22 people today and, although still run as a general practice covering sales, lettings, surveys, valuations, etc, became particularly synonymous with land and new homes. As a result, we have been directly involved in the acquisition and sale of over two hundred schemes in London and the Home Counties. I am married with four grown up children and live off Hendon Lane, Finchley, where Jeremy Leaf & Co have been responsible for sixteen developments alone! I enjoy most sports - especially football and cricket - as well as theatre, cinema and country walking when time permits. However, I start work around 7am every day and rarely finish without completing a 12 hour day - and continue every weekend! I really love my work and can honestly say have always done so.

Katrin Gerlach

Katrin Gerlach

Operations Manager

Bio
Katrin, originally from Germany, came to London in 2005 to study Business Management & Marketing at the University of Westminster. During her studies she worked part-time for Jeremy Leaf & Co. as an Administrator in the North Finchley Office. After completing her Bachelor degree, she continued her career with us as a full-time Residential Sales and Lettings Co-ordinator in the East Finchley Office. Since then she has grown in her role and is responsible for our client accounting and the operation of both offices.

Michael Zucker

Michael Zucker

Surveyor

Bio
Michael grew up in North West London where he still lives. He graduated in Architecture before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. After working as a surveyor in the West End, dealing with commercial property, he joined Jeremy Leaf & Co. in 1986, subsequently becoming a Fellow of the RICS. Michael now specialises in valuations for various purposes, in particular for leasehold enfranchisement. Travel, foreign languages and world cinema are some of his many interests.

Marcus Brilliant

Marcus Brilliant

Residential Sales Manager

Bio
Marcus has grown up in Finchley and has sound, invaluable local knowledge and experience of over twenty five years at Jeremy Leaf and Company. With numerous contacts in the local community his friendly and honest approach is a very refreshing quality in this day and age. Marcus is involved with various local committees and through Jeremy Leaf sponsor very worthy causes throughout the year. In his spare time Marcus is a very enthusiastic Badminton player and plays three times a week .

Robin Seery

Robin Seery

Sales Manager

Bio
Robin has an extensive background in property with more than 30 years experience. He studied Law at university before going on to run his own Estate Agency in Hendon Central for more than 10 years. Robin, a local resident based in Mill Hill, joined Jeremy Leaf & Co. in 2014. Outside of work, his main interests are sport, particularly cycling, and literature.

Nicholas Whales

Nicholas Whales

New Homes and Commercial Properties

Bio
Nick is a member of the New Homes and Commercial Property team. A keen interest in property led him to start a career within the industry. Originally from Norfolk but now a resident of North London, he is an avid sports lover and enjoys football and cricket in his spare time as well as travelling to all parts of the globe.

Barbara Franks

Barbara Franks

Secretary

Bio
Barbara has worked as PA to Jeremy himself since 2001 when she joined the company to cover maternity leave. Prior to that she was teaching IT to adults. Her role encompasses deciphering Jeremy's handwriting and sorting out varying computer and printer problems! Her spare time is taken up with child sitting her grandchildren and indulging her passion for dancing Argentine Tango and Blues!

Michael Bourke

Michael Bourke

Residential Sales and Lettings Negotiator

Bio
Michael joined Jeremy Leaf & Co in 2020, as Sales and Lettings Negotiator, having previously worked in the Corporate Travel industry for more than 20 years, managing travel, data and software needs of multinational clients. Born and raised in North London, Michael is an avid football and rugby fan and has been known to play a little of both sports in his spare time as well as taking part in organised running events for charitable causes. Michael is ARLA/Propertymark (Level 3) qualified in Residential Lettings and Property Management.

Gill Lea

Gill Lea

Administrator

Bio
Gill joined the Company in 2001. She provides secretarial support to both the sales and lettings teams and lives locally. She has one son, enjoys cooking and is a keen gardener.

Terri Rayhaman

Terri Rayhaman

Senior Lettings Negotiator

Bio
Terri moved to East Finchley in 2018 and loved the area so much, she wanted to work in it! Subsequently in 2019, she joined the Jeremy Leaf team in East Finchley. She was born in North London and has remained in the area all of her life. Originally she worked in the fashion industry for 14 years dealing primarily with overseas manufacturers and shoe retailers in sales and operations. She has always had a keen interest in property since she purchased her first flat in 1995 for £46k and has continued to renovate properties over the years. She changed career path in 2010, working in Lettings, Sales, Investments and Property Management. She is also ARLA/Propertymark qualified in Residential Lettings and Property Management since 2017.

Norbert  Kurucz

Norbert Kurucz

Property Maintenance Coordinator

Bio
Norbert has been a North London resident since 2012 and a member of our East Finchley team since 2020. If you have a leak, a broken washing machine or any other maintenance issues in your property, he will be dealing with all problems promptly. Norbert considers himself as a creative person with hobbies like music, photography, and videography. He's also a lifelong gamer and an enthusiastic traveller who loves exploring new destinations, both near and far, often on a motorcycle.

Melissa Spaven

Melissa Spaven

Administrator

Bio
Melissa joined the team as part-time administrative support in 2013. Originally from Australia, she has lived in Barnet for over 10 years and enjoys walks in the nearby countryside with her family, watching Netflix, eating and sleeping - oh - and the cultural life of the big smoke.

Trish McKeague

Trish McKeague

Sales Negotiator

Bio
Trish joined the New Homes team at the North Finchley branch of Jeremy Leaf & Co in 2003. With a keen interest in property, Trish moved on to residential sales and lettings before transferring to the East Finchley branch in 2021. She has extensive experience in all aspects of the property industry. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and photography.

Daniela Freeman

Daniela Freeman

Residential Lettings Negotiator

Bio
Daniela is the newest addition to the Lettings team. She has previous experience working for London Borough Councils – in particular in Planning & Land Charges and her passion for property led her to start a career in the property industry. She is a long term North London resident and in her spare time she enjoys trying out new recipes and playing tennis.

Aelaf Zewdie

Aelaf Zewdie

Finance Assistant

Bio
Aelaf joined Jeremy Leaf & Co in 2019 as a Finance Assistant. She focuses on processing, recording and updating financial transactions. Aelaf graduated with BA in Accounting and Finance. She is originally from Ethiopia before she came to the UK in 2010. She is a mother of two and loves spending time with them.

Doreen Maduchere

Doreen Maduchere

Accountant

Bio
Doreen Joined Jeremy Leaf & Co as a Finance Manager in 2017 with extensive experience in the finance sector. Her role involves dealing with all the financial matters of the company including, dealing with the relevant regulatory bodies. In her spare time, she enjoys physical exercise, listening to music and keeping abreast of laws and issues affecting the housing sector. MSC in Forensic Accounting, BA(Hons) in Business Administration and MAAT (full Member of Association of Accounting Technicians)