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Meet the Team

Noel Wood


Originally from Halifax, Noel graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1986 with an honours degree in Civil Engineering and then completed post graduate studies at the University of Leeds to become a qualified teacher. Noel went on to teach mathematics to A level for 10 years in local secondary schools and colleges. Noel then established Peter David Properties in 1996 and has since overseen the growth of the business to what it is today. Noel is a regular road cyclist and likes to keep fit, the rest of his time taken up by his family and five daughters. Noel believes honesty, dedication and good communication are personal qualities key to the success of the business. However, he says this could not happen without a team of people who believe in the same values.

Rick Cowling

Director of Brighouse and Huddersfield

Rick moved to the Hipperholme/ Lightcliffe area in 2003 after meeting his wife, Judith. Having always had an interest in property Rick was eager to establish his own branch of Peter David in 2011, when he opened the very successful Brighouse office working closely with Noel who he had met through mutual friends and a love of cycling. Since this time, Rick’s enthusiasm for anything property related has grown and grown! He loves meeting new people, is very honest in his approach and spends the majority of his time doing what he loves. Book an appointment to find out more…

Judith Cowling

Director of Brighouse and Huddersfield

Judith has an in-depth knowledge of the local area, having been born and brought up in Halifax and the surrounding areas. She has a successful business as a Chiropodist, and she now has an out-of-office part in Peter David Properties. She plays an integral role in all decision making and her previous business experience provides useful insights. Judith is easy to talk to, hardworking and thorough in her attitude. She enjoys spending time with family, an active and healthy lifestyle and skiing.

Sherrie Mellor

Lettings Area Manager

Sherrie has been with the company since 2006. At this time the company was a specialised lettings business. As the lettings business expanded, she has developed her skills and knowledge demonstrating her determination and commitment to see the business thrive. She is now the Lettings Area Manager and oversees the lettings business in Halifax, Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge areas. Last year Sherrie, was blessed with the birth of her first child, and now spends much of her free time with her young family. Sherrie enjoys reading crime novels and crime documentaries. When the opportunity arises, she also likes to travel and visit new places.

Fay Cowling

Brighouse Branch Manager

Fay took a break from Peter David Properties after completing her university studies and training as a secondary school teacher. We were very pleased to welcome her back to Peter David Properties in July 2015, as our Brighouse Branch Manager. Fay covers all aspects of the business, working predominantly in sales, but also marketing and promoting the business. She has recently become a member of BNI Embrace where she meets with other local businesses each week. Her personable nature makes her very approachable and she is well-liked by colleagues and customers alike. Fay has recently got engaged and is finding her attention to fine detail valuable in her wedding planning!

Helen Lund

Halifax Branch Manager

Helen began her career in estate agency over ten years ago when she worked for her brother in his estate agents. She joined the team in 2012 and is now our Branch Manager in Halifax. Her down to earth, no nonsense and honest approach allow her to work well with the team and our customers. She enjoys going on holiday, socialising, spending time with her family and is an avid horse rider. She is local to the area and clients often comment on her distinctive Yorkshire accent!

Liz Costello

Hebden Bridge Branch Manager

Liz started working for Peter David in September 2012, when the Hebden Bridge branch opened.  Prior to this she had worked in estate agency for 23 years, working her way up from a weekend sales negotiator, to senior sales home consultant for a corporate Estate Agency. Liz has a clear understanding of the business, and a clear belief of the basic principles of being a good estate agent. Liz is now our Branch Manager at Hebden Bridge and her role entails covering all aspects of estate agency.

Lucy Cowling

Huddersfield Branch Manager

Lucy originally worked in our Brighouse branch of Peter David managing our rental properties following the completion of her degree at The University of Manchester in Historical Studies, Religious Studies and Comparative Religion. She continued to work here whilst studying for her PGCE in Primary Education and we were sad to see her leave to take up a teaching position. After 3 years teaching, Lucy decided to return to Peter David Properties and become the Branch Manager at our new Huddersfield office. Her role in the business is varied, but she predominantly does the book-keeping and processes the rental payments. She is experienced in both sales and rentals and works with both the sales team and rentals team. She is well-organised and prides herself in her ability to prioritise. In her spare time she enjoys reading, meeting up with friends and visiting new places.

Sally Welham

Residential Sales Valuer

Sally began working at the Brighouse branch of Peter David Properties as a Property Valuer in 2013. She is honest and passionate and develops positive relationships with vendors and purchasers. She has always lived in the local area and this in-depth knowledge is invaluable when offering advice. She is a real asset to the team and is committed to delivering the highest standard of customer service. Sally has just purchased a new home for herself and her family, which I’m sure she will put her own stamp on as she has a creative mind and good eye for detail!

Garry Horsfield

Residential Sales Valuer

Garry has been in the Estate Agency business for over 30 years. Garry is a local chap who was born and bred in Calderdale and knows the local sales market inside out. What you see is what you get with Garry. Honest, good sales advice without any of the waffle you will hear from other agents. Garry is backed up with a strong admin and sales team. He has a strong work ethic and can often be found working evenings and weekends as he thrives on the business. His enthusiasm for selling property is contagious as you will see when you meet him. Completely professional and honest and he will go out of his way to keep his clients happy.

Nicola Dawes

Sales Administrator and PA to Garry Horsfield

Nicola joined Peter David in April 2016 and is PA to Garry Horsfield as well as being responsible for administration within the office, including production of our marvelous sales and marketing literature and a plethora of other jobs that keep a busy office moving along. She has a compulsion for Post It notes and loves a list! Away from her keyboard in her personal time, Nicola loves Steampunk and has a burgeoning collection of Victorian costumes to support. When she isn’t promenading in a bustle gown, Nicola enjoys sewing, knitting and crafting and rummaging round antique shops

Vicky Bell

Sales Negotiator

Vicky started working at Peter David in January 2014 as a weekend member of staff assisting in the lettings team in our Halifax branch. She has now progressed to a full time role within the business working as our sales negotiator at our Hebden Bridge branch. She believes that her excellent local knowledge and communication skills are key factors in the customer service that she provides to our clients.

Beckie Fisher

Sales Negotiator

Beckie is the Sales Negotiator at our Halifax branch of Peter David Properties and has been part of the team since 2011. She has completed her NVQ Level 3 in customer service. Her customer service skills are often commented upon, alongside her hard work and enthusiasm, and this is what allows her to create fantastic relationships with both vendors and purchasers. In her spare time Beckie enjoys going to gigs and music festivals, and photography (she was previously a qualified professional photographer)!

Chloe Ansley

Sales Negotiator

Chloe is the most recent addition to the Peter David team and is fitting in well to her role as Property Administrator, also handling sales negotiations at Peter David Properties Brighouse. She has previously worked in a customer based environment and has built up a high standard of customer service skills. She has completed her level 2 NVQ in customer service and has now started on her level 3, this allows her to create great relationships with both vendors and purchasers. Outside of work Chloe enjoys socialising with her friends and loves to cook and experiment with different types of food. She also loves training and competing in sports as she is now a retired cheerleader and gymnast.

Jasmine Cowling

Trainee Negotiator

Although Jasmine works solely on weekends she is fast becoming a valuable member of the Peter David Team. She predominantly works within the sales team answering phone calls, arranging viewings and liaising with vendors and buyers about feedback following viewings. She is currently studying for her A Levels and enjoys a sociable lifestyle with friends and family, going to the cinema and eating out.

Vicky Gabbitas

Lettings Property Manager

Vicky started with Peter David in 2008. Vicky coordinates the maintenance side of the lettings business for Halifax, Sowerby and Hebden. Every day she will be sorting faulty boilers, leaking pipes, gas safety checks and anything else that can go wrong in a property. In this time she has established strong links with various trades which enables her to call upon their services at a moment’s notice. Vicky is part of a strong team and has taken team building to the next level, allowing Sherrie to deliver her first daughter when she decided to arrive unexpectedly. Great team bonding! Out of work Vicky also has a young family which she spends her time with. To relax she enjoys reading and playing Bingo in the local Bingo Hall.

Penny Mitchell

Lettings Property Manager

Penny joined the Peter David team in 2012, and has taken on various roles in both sales and lettings. She is currently the lettings manager in the Huddersfield office, responsible for all aspects of marketing, viewing and letting your property and the ongoing management. Having worked within customer facing roles for the past 10 years, she exceeds both vendor and customer’s expectations. Penny lives local to the area and enjoys spending time with her family.

Chelsea Wood

Lettings Property Manager

Chelsea started working for the company in 2010. After completing a Flight Attendant course in Leeds she was looking for a customer facing role for experience, and she has never left. She enjoys her role which involves various administrative responsibilities including referencing and processing of tenant applications, liaising with landlords and organising the move in process amongst many other duties you will find in a busy lettings office. Chelsea enjoys travel when the opportunity arises, she is also in a long term relationship and enjoys meals out with her partner. She enjoys weekly karate lessons with her 3 sisters and takes her dog to training classes every week.

Lesley Cooper

Lettings Property Manager

Lesley started with Peter David in 2016. Lesley coordinates the maintenance side of the lettings business for Brighouse and Huddersfield. This means that she liaises with landlords, tenants and contractors in order to sort out any repair issues in a timely manner. She also organises essential maintenance such as gas safety checks and she has administrative responsibilities including referencing and processing of tenant applications, liaising with landlords and organising the move in process amongst many other duties you will find in a busy lettings office. In her spare time Lesley enjoys visiting the theatre, keeping fit and reading.

Debbie Mitchell

Lettings Co-Ordinator

Debbie works part-time as a Lettings Co-ordinator, across the Brighouse and Huddersfield offices. This is a new role for Debbie, who has previously worked in retail, but she is enjoying the new challenges of the property industry. Debbie is cheerful and good-humoured, often bringing a little sparkle to the office! She has a love of fashion and in her spare time enjoys visiting new places and enjoying good food.

Erin Carolan

Trainee Lettings Administrator

I am currently studying at Huddersfield New College where I am completing my A-levels. In September I will be attending Leeds Beckett University where I received an unconditional offer to study MSci in Biomedical Science. I enjoy studying and learning new skills. In my free time I like to go out on day trips with my friends and family. I enjoy my weekend position in the Lettings department at Peter David Properties. It is providing me with invaluable experience dealing with customers face to face and on the phone, improving my communication skills and learning new people skills.

Helene Mellor

Assistant Viewer and Property Inspector

Helene has been with the company since 2011. Previously working in education, Helene has skills in dealing with people from various backgrounds facing various challenges. This is well suited for her role in the company where she shows prospective tenants around properties to let, and for sale, and also carries out property inspections during the course of the working week to identify potential issues. She is now a proud grandmother, albeit a young one, and enjoys spending time with all her family who benefit from her superb cuisine skills. The staff also benefit from this as she often brings samples for us to try, a favourite being her famous cheese and onion pie.

10 Reasons to Choose Peter David Properties

Just to let you know I have rung NPower to close our gas and electric account....... Kind regards and thanks for all your help and assistance over the year, I can honestly say you have been the most efficient and proactive letting agency I have ever rented from and much of that has been to do with you, so thanks!

Mr E, Brighouse (vacating tenant, October 2015)

Good to know there are 28 pictures on Rightmove. Thanks for your continued professionalism and service in handling this process, we've really appreciated your support.

Mrs J, Hebden Bridge (vendor, May 2015)

I have been extremely fortunate enough to deal with Sherrie and the team at the town centre branch now for just over three years.
Having already used *********** in the past where i had a pretty appaling experience i was always going to be apprehensive using another agent.
With my time with Peter David, they have provided me an excellent and trustworthy service. Always found me great tenants which have proved to be exactly what i required. I have enjoyed working with them all and without them i don't think it would have been possible to carry on as a landlord.
The only reason i am leaving their service is because a family member is taking over the house now.

A truely substantial and thorough service they offer and personally worth every single penny. I have never felt any doubt or stress while they have dealt with my house and tenants. Thank you so much for the past few years guys, i couldn't recommend them enough to anyone who are looking for a managed tenancy company. Fantastic!!!

Mr T, Halifax (landlord, September 2015)

I couldn't fault you even if I wanted to. Excellent service from start to finish from Matt, Liz and Vicky. You know how to deal with people as well as houses. You made me feel secure, kept me in the loop at all times and delivered what you said you would. Thank you.

Mrs A, Hebden Bridge (vendor now living in Bristol, November 2015)

I also wanted to say a big thank you. You have been invaluable in the purchase of Copley Drive. We really appreciate all your efforts to move things forward and keep communications going. It has been a stressful time for us and it helped us greatly to have our questions answer so quickly (solicitors are not always so helpful!). If we ever sell Copley Drive we would absolutely use Peter David Properties and would highly recommend you also. I look forward to putting a face to the voice on Friday when I collect the keys!

Mrs H, Copley (buyer, October 2015)

One card, two thank you's. Wonderful service. Love and all the best for 2015 and beyond.

D, Sowerby Bridge (vendor, May 2015)

Just wanted to say thanks for all that you and your team have done over the last few months. I have been very pleased with the service I Have received from Peter David. Thanks again.

Mr A, Todmorden (vendor, November 2015)

We found Sally to be very efficient and courteous on her visit to us on Tuesday. She came back to us with some information for us as promised. very impressed. We will probably sell our property through Peter David when we are ready to go to market.' Mr & Mrs K, Brighouse (potential vendors, August 2015)
'Many thanks for selling our house.You have done a brilliant job and communicated very well throughout. I will definately recommend your firm and most certainly use your firm again.

S & D, Sowerby (vendors, August 2015)

Thank you for coming today. I just thought I would let you know a little feedback if that's ok?

Both myself and my brother thought you were both extremely professional, polite and full of knowledge (it was also nice to see you had already done some research of cost etc), We were very impressed with your attitudes and your clear passion for what you do and your honesty regarding pricing and value. I look forward to hearing from you regarding solicitors fee's and brochure and will be advising my sister of how impressed I was with your services.

Thanks again

Mrs L, Huddersfield (prospective vendor, January 2016)

We can't thank you enough Helen for your friendly, professional, on-the-ball personality we've had the pleasure of dealing with since April. I remember the first call to arrange a valuation and hearing your broad Yorkshire accent and thinking "hhmm I like Peter David best so far" and you've kept that up since then. We cannot imagine doing all of this without you, I don't think you realise how supportive you've been through a house move, marriage and a sudden loss. You've chased things without me having to ask and just have a way of calming things down when the frustrating days got too much.You were our perfect match to help us get our new home and we can never thank you enough. Peter David Properties have a very special added touch having you on their team and if anyone was to ask if we would recommend I would hand on heart say 100% and I believe that's very rare these days to say. (As you know I'm tough to please!!!!) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Have a fantastic Christmas, enjoy family time and I shall see you on Facebook!

Mrs C, Wheatley (vendor, December 2014)

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