Mathew Wood

Mathew Wood

Director

Mathew Wood has worked in estate agency for 25 years in and around South Somerset. Rising through the ranks of the country’s largest corporate agents and honing his craft enabled Mathew to develop the vision for Orchards Estates. As Managing Director, Mathew naturally spends time working on the business and “steering the ship”; he has an uncanny ability to pick up on the nuanced changes of Zeitgeist in the market. Mat’s skill at delivering tailored, on-the-spot training enables each member of the team to develop themselves and also his ability to digest extremely lengthy legal documents, distilling them down to crucial points benefits the team and clients alike. When Mat does get a day off, he likes to drive his VW Camper to a kite-surfing or surfing spot and play in the waves. He lives in Stoke sub Hamdon with his fiancée and an extremely angry rescue cat.

Thomas McDermott

Thomas McDermott

Director

Thomas McDermott has worked in estate agency for 15 years both at home and abroad. Knowing the European market made him the perfect director alongside Mathew to develop the Orchards Estates brand. Tom’s work ethic has driven the business forward in ways that couldn’t have been done without his unwavering dedication. Tom’s natural charm is a lesson all on its own and another source of inspiration to deliver information with an easy-going kindness. This has taught the team to provide service with a genuine smile and an empathy we often hear is lacking from other agents. Tom is a keen traveller and any time off is most often spent visiting friends and family all round the world. He lives in Norton sub Hamdon with his wife and beautiful rescue dog, Lola. 

Ayesha Hutton

Ayesha Hutton

Property Manager

Ayesha Hutton is the Property Manager at Orchards Estates, working with tenants, landlords and contractors to ensure an efficient lettings service is provided. Landlords’ properties are inspected regularly and thoroughly and any issues dealt with swiftly and at good value, thanks to her strong relationships with local contractors. Ayesha’s regular contact with tenants means that many properties have suitable tenants found before they ever make it online, reducing possible costs for the owners. Ayesha lives in Yeovil with her son and rescue bunny rabbit who has a penchant for wallpaper stripping.

Elle Gilpin

Elle Gilpin

Sales

Elle Gilpin works in Sales and works hard to get sellers’ homes sold quickly and for the best price. A previous history in health related roles, she has an easy-going manner with all and loves the match-making element of house to buyer. Keeping in regular touch with potential buyers means that often the buyers get to hear about new properties before they ever go online and many are sold prior to launch. She lives in Stoke sub Hamdon with her fiancé and, having not long moved into a new home, is looking forward to developing a hobby in gardening. 

Imogen Crump

Imogen Crump

Sales

Imogen Crump also works in the Sales Team and has an excellent history within local estate agency. Having learned the basics in a corporate environment, she is thriving in the world of an independent agency, fine-tuning her skills to ensure the best buyer is found for sellers’ properties. Living in Yeovil with her boyfriend, she is a Black Belt and Assistant Instructor in Kick Boxing and a keen gym-goer around work. 

Jeremy Darvill

Jeremy Darvill

Associate

Jeremy is a very experienced Estate Agent, having started his career 35 years ago in London. Training in Estate Management at Hammersmith and West London School of building, Jeremy completed his ISVA and went on to work with several top Agencies. In 1995 Jeremy moved from London to Exmoor in Somerset, where he has thrown himself into country life with gusto.

Jeremy is excited to be responsible for the West Somerset area of Orchard’s operation, which he considers to be the most beautiful place in the world; he brings his long experience and passion to all aspects of marketing and is there to ensure that Orchard’s client’s get the very best professional Estate Agent.

Jo Edon

Jo Edon

Administrator

Jo Edon is Orchards Estates’ Administrator and helps keep the paperwork and Sales Team in-line! Jo is efficient and great at helping sellers through the process of selling, from creating their listings to confirming completion. Her Italian heritage means she is an excellent cook and throws a fabulous party. She lives in Yeovil with her husband and two boys and a cuddly ginger tom cat. 

Stuart O’Donnell

Stuart O’Donnell

Associate (Ilminster)

Stuart O’Donnell has worked in property for around a decade in the South West and has been in sales-related roles for most of his working life. A Northern lad by birth, he is easy to talk to and his sense of humour creates a comfortable atmosphere; often necessary with home moving as it can be a stressful time. He now enjoys watching football and supporting his sons at their training. His wife and him have two lovely boys and two cats, although the latter prefer his wife.