Watts & Co are a leading firm of multi-disciplinary commercial property agents based in Guernsey. As a RICS Regulated Firm we have a team of qualified Chartered Surveyors, with the full range of knowledge and expertise to advise our clients on how best to maximise their property holdings, across all sectors of the commercial market.
As founder of Watts & Co, Joanna has worked in Guernsey's commercial property market since June 2004. She previously graduated with a first class honors degree in Land Economy from Cambridge University in 1995, being awarded the Prize for Best Performance, the RICS Valuation Prize and a Final Year Scholarship. Following her graduation, she worked in the Investment Agency Department at DTZ in the West End, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 2006.
Joanna's wide range of expertise includes investment agency and lettings, commercial property management, rent reviews, lease advisory and professional work. In addition, she is able to provide valuation, landlord and tenant, development and planning advice. She is also now regarded as Guernsey's most prolific agent, selling £100m of investment property in 2017 alone. She also sits on the RICS President's Dispute Resolution Panel as an Arbitrator and Independent Expert and acts as an Expert Witness, with particular expertise in the office market. She has a strong track record amongst industry professionals and is highly regarded for her thorough approach and her technical skill and ability.
In addition to her day to day work, Joanna is a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Land Use and Planning Subgroup. Until 2018 she was also Secretary to the Guernsey Branch of the Institue of Directors, organising its highly successful Management Shadowing Scheme.
She also enjoys endurance sports. As well as representing Guernsey in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 for cycling, she holds course records for the prestigious Sark to Jersey Rowing Race, the Round Island Rowing Race and, until recently, the off island record for the 25 mile Cycling Time Trial.
Wing graduated from the University of Exeter with an Upper Second Class degree in Geography. He subsequently went to Oxford Brookes University where he completed a Masters in Real Estate Management. He has since worked in the commercial property sector and gained significant experience working for Bruntwood Limited, one of the largest commercial property owners and developers in the North of England.
During his time at Bruntwood, Wing qualified as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in rent reviews, lease renewals, lettings, lease advisory and valuations. He was also responsible for managing a £94 million portfolio of approximately 547,000 sq ft. This comprised 15 prime and secondary office buildings with 94 tenants. In 2010, he returned to his home island of Guernsey where he is instrumental in developing Watts & Co and the services it offers to its clients.
In addition to his day to day work, Wing is a Council member and also former President of the Guernsey Young Business Group.
Neil is locally born and educated. He started his working life at Woolwich Guernsey Limited as the fourth member of the team back in 1992 and progressed through the ranks to assistant manager, having worked there for a total of thirteen and a half years.
A dramatic change of career in 2005 saw Neil move to local law enforcement. He was there for nearly nine years, where he gained many qualifications and a tremendous amount experience managing complex cases and dealing with a wide variety of people.
Bringing all of this to Watts & Co, Neil is also extremely practical, having previously renovated his own properties. Neil is an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the Watts & Co team and is married with four young children. He is also a keen fisherman in his spare time.
Viv joined Watts & Co having worked in BDO Reads' Audit and Offshore Department for seven years and run her own business for ten. Having previously studied ACA accountancy qualifications, she plays a vital role ensuring the smooth operation of all aspects of Watts & Co’s financial and administrative affairs.
Having previously run her own company, Viv has also had significant experience of providing property management, book-keeping and administration services to a range of clients, including Investment Companies, Property Management and Development Companies. She is a highly capable individual and is key to ensuring the firm's interests and those of our clients are cared for in a correct and professional manner.
Stephen has worked in the finance sector in Guernsey’s for over 30 years and was previously Managing Director of Woolwich Guernsey Limited and Senior Executive Director of Rea Brothers (Guernsey) Limited.
Following retirement as the Island Director of Barclays Bank PLC in Guernsey in September 2002 Stephen has been actively involved in the work of the Guernsey Cheshire Home and devotes much of his time to his position as Jurat of the Royal Court of Guernsey. He has also held chairmanship positions for G4S in Guernsey, Clydesdale Bank International, the Guernsey International Business Association, the Association of Guernsey Banks and was the first Chairman of Guernsey Finance.
His wealth of business experience therefore enables him to provide invaluable strategic direction and support to the Watts & Co team.
Emma has a wealth of administrative experience spanning more than 12 years. Having worked in the legal and medical fields as a personal assistant and in other administrative posts, her sunny personality and “can do” attitude contribute strongly to supporting the rest of the Watts & Co team, enabling them to deliver a service to the highest standard. Outside of the office Emma enjoys swimming and walking.
Laurence was born, raised and educated in South Wales and moved to Guernsey in 2001 following the completion of his studies at the University of Liverpool where he graduated with a BA in Modern History and Politics. He began his working life in Guernsey within the finance sector at SG Hambros Bank (CI) Ltd, where he worked in brokerage settlements.
A career change in 2007 saw Laurence move to The Probation Service where he ran the Community Service Scheme for the Bailiwick of Guernsey from its operational beginnings. Over the next 11 years, Laurence progressed to become Business Manager, gaining invaluable experience in running all areas of Probation Service operations – including Property, IT, Budgets and Administration.
Laurence is married with three young children (and a dog), and in his spare time enjoys sports particularly rugby (playing and watching!) and running the south coast cliffs. He is also a member of the St Martin’s Douzaine and was recently elected to the position of Parish Procureur.