VSL & Partners was formed in 2002 by 5 leading Chartered Surveyors as a niche commercial property firm in the Oxfordshire area. We aim to provide our clients with unrivalled local and regional advice. Our clients benefit from a very personal service mainly dealt with at director level. Please do not hesitate to give any of us a call.
Richard Venables MRICS
Tom Barton MRICS
Richard Sherrott FRICS
Andrew Lockhart FRICS
Duncan May BSc Hons
Nick Wilkinson MRICS
Andrew Parker BSc MRICS
I was educated at St Edward’s, Oxford and Exeter University where I gained a geography degree. I commenced my surveying career in 1989 at Gerald Eve in London and back to Oxford in 1993 joining James Offen and Partners and then Savills before jointly starting VSL in 2002. I have considerable experience in office, industrial, retail, development and investment agency work.
I dedicate considerable time and energy to economic and cultural development in Oxfordshire. I am a board member of Experience Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Youth and Active Oxfordshire, a member of the Oxford Stratigic Partnership, and the OxLEP Programme Sub Group. I was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire in 2017 and High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2018/19.
I am a hockey fanatic playing at Oxford Hawks Hockey Club and an enthusiastic parkrunner.
I was educated at Abingdon School and at The University of the West of England, Bristol and started my career at King Sturge in Bristol and moved to Savills in Oxford in 1999.
I specialise in agency, development, leasing and investment work for a wide range of local and national clients including MEPC at Milton Park and a number of large warehouse and distribution schemes.
I am a keen golfer, judging by the various clubs that litter the office, and a competitive sportsman, including tennis, albeit injuries are narrowing the list of available sports!
I gained my degree from the College of Estate Management, London and I have worked in Oxford for over 35 years, starting in the Valuation Office before moving to Chesterton where I was director in charge of the Oxford office.
Specialising in professional work including rating, valuation, landlord and tenant as well as property acquisitions, where I have established a large client base.
I enjoy the outdoors; gardening, walking and cycling and I am regular supporter in the ‘Shed’ at Gloucester Rugby.
I went to Shiplake School in Oxfordshire and completed my surveying degree at Anglia Ruskin University. I started working for Chesterton in Reading before moving to Oxford in the early 1990s. I focus on rent reviews, lease renewals, valuation and rating advice but also undertakes acquisitions and offers all round asset management advice. I have developed a strong knowledge of the BioTech sector and advise many local companies. I am on the RICS Panel of Arbitrators and Experts.
I am a keen runner and enjoy country pursuits. I have a busy family with three children and Daisy the dog, who is my constant companion in the office.
Duncan has left the VSL team and is currently on Gardening Leave.
I joined the agency team at VSL & Partners in September 2012. Working alongside Richard and Tom, I primarily deal with office, industrial and retail disposals and acquisitions across Oxfordshire.
I was educated at Cokethorpe School, Witney and University of the West of England. I moved to Oxford to work for Lambert Smith Hampton in 2002. I am an avid rugby fan and can often be found at Twickenham watching England play in the 6 Nations Championship. I also enjoy camping holidays with my young family.
I joined the professional team at VSL & Partners in November 2015 and have over 25 years professional experience. I focus on landlord and tenant matters including rent reviews and lease renewals along with valuation work. I have a wealth of commercial experience having practised in the Oxford commercial market for more than 10 years.
I am a keen golfer and member of North Oxford Golf Club Management Committee, a qualified Rugby coach and fan and father of two.
“I was educated at the Howard of Effingham School in Surrey, before moving on to do a business degree at Plymouth University. More recently I have obtained a masters degree in Planning from Oxford Brookes University before joining the VSL agency team in 2019. I am currently studying to become a chartered surveyor.
At VSL my focus is on commercial lettings and sales. In Q1/2 2021 I was EG Radius’s top agent in the South East, transacting a total of 157,840 Sq Ft of floor space across 35 deals.”
I joined the professional team at VSL & Partners in July 2020, working alongside Richard, Andrew and Nick, I primarily focus on valuations. I was educated at St Edward's, Oxford and Durham University before doing my masters in Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University. I trained as a graduate surveyor in London at Cushman & Wakefield and qualified in 2017. Before returning home to Oxfordshire, I spent 3 years working in the City and the West End in valuation, development viability and consultancy, with experience in commercial mixed used and residential developments for both the public and private sectors.
I love triathlon! I have completed 5 Ironman races and have qualified to represent my age group in team GB for middle and long distance. In the winter when I’m not swimming, cycling or running, I can be found playing at Oxford Hawks Hockey Club. I am a keen baker and enjoying bringing baked treats into the office. For some downtime, I love a good country walk and pub lunch with my husband and our sprocker spaniel Monkey.
I have worked at VSL and Partners for over 17 years in the the Commercial Agency Team in many, many varied roles, embracing new technology and the evolving property market. (Yes I did use a fax machine!)
I am the go to for Website Administration, Acquisition Reporting, Commercial Property Agency Enquiries, Property Management & Tenant Liaison, Editing and Copywriting, Advertising, Marketing and Social Media, be sure to say hello to me on our social media accounts. We are most active agent in the South East on EGi for 2021, I keep extremely busy collecting data.
In 2020 Richard Venables and I coordinated the launch of Growzone.Space, VSL's new free workspace finder helping start ups, entrepreneurs and innovators find the perfect workspace to grow and flourish.
I love long walks in the countryside or on my favourite beach in Ventura. I am a season ticket holder at Oxford United and can regularly be seen supporting the 'Yellows' with my son. A good shop a Bicester Village is always treat. When visiting my daughter in London we go to The Tate and then lunch at The Bistro London Bridge ending back at Brixton for cocktails and Clapham for a walk around the common.
I started work at the Rover Cowley Plant firstly on the Montego assembly line, followed by working in the R&D Department before joining James Offen & Partners in 1991. I have been with VSL since the start and I am PA to the Commercial Agency Team. I do enjoy a good catch up phone call with all our clients, some of which I have known for a very long time ....
I do like a bit of home decorating, sewing and love trips to Brighton in our vintage Mini.
I originally worked in a legal practice but I am now PA to the Professional Department who keep me busy with various reports, whilst offering support to the Agency Department keeping the websites up to date. I have now been working at VSL for over 15 years. I keep the team in order and keep the office supplied with homemade cakes.
I am a long time Oxford United fan and also support Liverpool FC with the rest of my family.
I joined VSL & Partners in 2015 to form Oxfordshire’s largest dedicated agency team. My role as commercial property consultant focuses on office and industrial development opportunities providing funds and developers with the essential support required. I have a diverse property background, having dealt in most sectors both across the UK and in Europe with clients ranging from private investors, property companies, funds and institutions.
I enjoy fly fishing, golfing, equestrian sport and am a member of the British Show Jumping Association. He lives in West Oxfordshire with his family.
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