Did you always envisage a career in Property?
Not initially. I did a Sociology degree at University and then a spell travelling and suppose when I returned I fell backwards into it. My Grandfather was formerly Senior Partner at Lamb and Edge so when I began my career at Rook Matthews Sayer in Gosforth there were some synergies there.
Tell me about your current role?
I recently launched Jack Harrison Estates where I am Director and valuer. This is a family run business and our aim is to become the lead local agent in the NE7 area. I have wanted to run my own business for some time but waited for the right opportunity to come along.
How has the market changed since you started your career?
Unquestionably the crash of 2008 changed the industry forever and things are now far more challenging than ever. Competition is intense so it is critical to surround yourself with a good team and great knowledge of the marketplace.
How would you advise people looking to buy property?
I would certainly recommend the NE7 area ! This is central to everything, has an outstanding local school, good hospitals and very family orientated.
What is the most exciting thing you’re working on?
Very simply turning sales boards into sold boards! It is also hugely gratifying to hear clients commenting on your success.
What is your fondest career memory?
Unquestionably establishing Jack Harrison Estates. This has rejuvenated and revived me and been great for self confidence and self esteem.
What are your career aspirations?
To grow the business into a 3 office operation which is both manageable and profitable.
What are the best places to live in the North East?
I’m biased but undoubtedly NE7!!
Tell me about your team?
Friendly, driven and motivated, All live nearby and have great local knowledge which I think is important.
How do you like to relax?
Time with my wife and young daughter. General sport and exercise and I’m also a long suffering supporter of Newcastle United.