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Wandsworth 020 8480 4444

MEET OUR
Team of Experts


Jess Lucas

Jess Lucas
Senior Property Manager

Jess joined First Union in 2002 and celebrated ten years with the company in 2012. Jess was just 17 when she joined us and started as the administration junior. Progressing through the ranks, Jess spent time in both sales and lettings until in 2005 she became the property manager. When not looking after client’s and customer’s properties, Jess likes to spend her free time with her family and friends, walking her dogs and dining out.

Stephanie Azubike

Stephanie Azubike
Property Administrator

Raised in London, Stephanie loves all things London. After gaining a Law degree, she quickly discovered her love for property at the age of 19 whilst working as a junior paralegal at a property law firm, since then she has worked in property full time. At First Union she works with the senior property manager, handling all the maintenance queries along with other duties. She thoroughly enjoys this role as it means no two days are the same and she can spend her time ensuring the properties are in good order, and the tenants are happy. During her spare time, Stephanie is a keen reader with a particular love for dystopian novels and things out of this world, she also loves socialising with family and friends over a great movie, pizza or burger.

Fran Clarke

Fran Clarke
Saturday Support

Fran grew up and was educated in Switzerland. Having attended Business School, Fran completed a clerical apprenticeship there. She has always loved travelling and this led to a high flying career as a Flight Attendant for Swissair. Fran then met her husband and moved to England in 1994 and they now have two children. Fran works during the week as a Learning Support Assistant in a secondary school and has been First Union's 'Saturday Girl' since 2001. When Fran gets a few moments to herself she enjoys badminton, cycling, skiing and reading.

John Chase

John Chase
Director

John started in Estate Agency in 1987 in Battersea when he was introduced to a great independent agent by his brother in law. That chance meeting led to a start as a sales negotiator and, whilst John took a short while to adapt to the profession, he has never looked back since! John worked for just a handful of agents before setting up First Union and says he has always far preferred independent estate agents as he has always felt that they worked harder for their clients. John was given the opportunity to start First Union in 1997 and has loved every minute of the time he has spent developing the business. He regards himself and the team as fortunate to work in an area that has a diverse range of properties starting with those that appeal to first time buyers right up to luxury penthouses overlooking the river. John has met some great personalities over the years including some who have been able to tell him stories about Battersea when it was not quite the place it is now!! John feels extremely lucky to have built relationships with some clients which have now spanned 15 years – some of these have become good friends. He says that he loves the fact that the profession is very varied and there is never a dull moment. Outside of First Union, John has a wonderful family, Emma his wife and two beautiful daughters, Emily and Imogen. John enjoys spending as much time with them as he can. Otherwise its the usual dining out, meeting friends and personal training twice a week!

Kaylie Appleby

Kaylie Appleby
Lettings Manager – Wandsworth

Kaylie first started First Union as a Saturday assistant, progressing over a 3 and a half year period into the Lettings Manager at our Wandsworth Town branch. As well as working in both offices over this time period, she has also lived in the Wandsworth borough for most of her life – only recently moving to Middlesex.   Outside work hours, Kaylie enjoys socialising with friends and family; including her new puppy Albus, who takes up a lot of time and energy! She also follows a mainly plant based diet, so is very healthy – apart from the odd glass of weekend wine (or three)!

Dean Payler

Dean Payler
Saturday Support

Dean grew up and pursued his legal studies in Kent, and has enjoyed living and working in London since 2001. He currently works with a firm of Solicitors in West London and has over 15 years experience in the law and insurance industries. Being interested and involved in the local property market, Dean joined First Union in 2012 for an active Saturday role, and loves dealing with clients face-to-face both in the office and out on viewings. When off the clock, Dean enjoys spending his time in the many excellent parks and pubs of Battersea and Wandsworth with friends and family, and also travelling abroad with his American wife. Passionate about almost all sports, he closely follows rugby, football, and cricket, and is active locally in touch rugby, darts, snooker… and even bikram yoga (!).

Emma Newell

Emma Newell
Group Lettings Manager

Emma joined First Union in 2002 having previously worked in retail. She regards herself as lucky to have worked in both offices and is very proud of the fact that First Union rarely loses a landlord client. She believes this is due to a personable approach together with professionalism and good realistic advice for Landlords. Emma has two delightful daughters who keep her very occupied and she tries to keep up with them by running a couple of times a week and undertaking some Pilates lessons on the side! Emma loves gardening and, whilst her garden is not a patch on Battersea Park, she has great aspirations for it and so is often found pottering around her little patch!!

Yaz Dokumaci

Yaz Dokumaci
Lettings Negotiator

 Yaz  is one of the newest members of the First Union Team, she is a full time Letting’s Negotiator at our Battersea Branch   Born and lived in Germany for 20 years, academically she studied up to my A levels in Retail and business communication.  Following her A levels, she has decided to carry out an apprenticeship in Retail management and business for Mister*Lady GmbH owned by the Swiss Opcon AG Group. After completing her  apprenticeship she was promoted to a supervisorial role within the company.  After 2 years completing her apprenticeship she was given the opportunity to come to London, having always had love for working and living in London one day,  she decided to grasp this opportunity and  start a new life in the big city. Having arrived in London she has worked on a contract bases for different companies using her language skills     Yaz is  looking forward to developing her  skill set  in lettings and progressing her career in Estate Agency industry further. Have many hobbies and interests, love being active and participating in many different sporting activities such as tennis, swimming, kickboxing and Golf.  I also like learning and enhancing my knowledge by reading books. Love also going out and socializing with friends and family.

Monika Ellis

Monika Ellis
Sales and Lettings Negotiator – Wandsworth

Monika grew up in the Czech Republic and as an air-hostess settled in London. She studied economics & marketing and gained skills in several industries. Monika has previous experience in lettings, sales and property management, and is looking forward to developing her skills further in property at First Union. Having lived in Wandsworth herself, she is also very familiar with the area. She loves spending time with her daughters and in her spare time she enjoys to keeping fit, playing tennis, cycling, as well as socialising with friends, visiting galleries and the theatre. She is also an enthusiastic skier and traveller.