Born and raised in Yorkshire, Caroline’s family ran a property development, lettings and management business which is where her love of all things property related began.
After completing her degree at university in the UK, Caroline studied at business school in France and lived in Paris. Initially working in the corporate sector, for a multi-national company, her early career took her to London and saw her relocating to the USA to live and work in New York. This experience of moving abroad for work and then in turn relocating back to the UK gave her an invaluable and personal insight into the process of relocating and the multitude of elements that need to be considered, coordinated and managed when finding a new property in a new location.
Alongside her career, Caroline also began to buy, develop and sell properties in London and Yorkshire, establishing a network of contacts and know-how that would prove to be invaluable.
Whilst working for a multi-national company and travelling all over the world was exciting, Caroline always felt she needed to work for herself and was keen to set up her own business. A conversation one day with her fellow Director Peter Watson was where the story began.
With a strong track record of success in the property, relocation and HR industries, over a period of 32 years, Peter brings a perfect blend of people and property skills to his role as an Owner/Director of Vantage Property Finders. Born and raised in Twickenham, South West London, Peter’s father ran a property construction business, which is where, in his teenage years, his interest in property was sparked.
After further education, he spent 5 years working in a management role for a large independent property development company based in West London. Peter went on to spend 10 years working for large private & FTSE 100 companies in senior management roles in the retail sector, whilst at the same time becoming a fully qualified HR Practitioner and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. This time saw him managing large scale recruitment programmes and being responsible for the accompanying relocation of hundreds of employees throughout the UK. Working for progressive growing companies, Peter also spent much of his time finding new sites for development, throughout the UK, developing his property search skill set.
During his time working in the corporate sector, Peter worked throughout the UK and became very well acquainted with the property sourcing challenges that people faced when moving from one location to another. After initially partnering with smaller boutique style agencies to deliver the property finding services required, Peter went on to witness a sharp decline in service levels when these companies were acquired by much larger companies. This was Peter’s lightbulb moment.
He realised that whilst those companies were getting bigger, they were, in turn, delivering a poorer service. Peter was convinced that there remained a place in the industry for smaller, boutique style agencies to thrive. Vantage Property Finders was born!