Mike manages the Chestertons Gibraltar business, having previously been finance director of a Gibraltar based international property investment and development company.
Mike is a qualified chartered accountant (ex-KPMG) with over 25 years post qualification experience predominantly in the property, finance, funds and marketing sectors. Mike has significant experience of property related transactions, property development, offshore tax planning, the raising of both debt and equity, and corporate finance.
Mike also manages a real estate investment consultancy and acts as a non-executive director of a variety of Gibraltar based companies.
Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Gibraltar Society of Accountants.
Mike is regularly consulted by the local media on Gibraltar property matters.
I moved to Gibraltar in 2017 with my wife and two daughters and we settled in immediately . We love the Gibraltarian ethos in terms of good manners and politeness.
Having over twenty five years experience in the UK managing Estate Agencies I was keen to see what was available in Gibraltar. After meeting the CEO Mike Nicholls on a number of occasions, it was quite clear that Chestertons was the only place for me. I love the values and practices of the company in addition to the exciting ventures in the pipeline to take the company to the next level. In my last role I had eleven combined sales and rentals offices with just over one hundred staff and I am hoping to bring some of that experience to Chestertons in order to provide our clients with a complete service whether they are buying, selling, renting either long or short term, investing or in commercial.
A lot of my spare time is taken up with my family as my daughters love horse riding, netball, dancing and recently sailing. As for me I am never happy than watching football, cricket or rugby plus playing the odd round of golf.
Director of Operations & Marketing
Lisa left the UK in 1999 with a background in Quality Management. After 4 years living in Gibraltar she moved to Spain where she became involved in property management and holiday rentals, successfully managing her own business for a number of years before moving back to Gibraltar. She first became involved in Chestertons with the design and production of the Chestertons Brochure, her involvement in the company grew and she joined the team full time in 2014.
Lisa uses her quality management experience to embed processes within the organisation in order to increase productivity and efficiency. She is also a key player in business strategy, co-ordinating the activities of the various departments to achieve organisational objectives. She is responsible for brand management and for delivering the company’s marketing strategy.
Outside of work Lisa enjoys travelling, reading, spending time with her family, does a spot of video editing and is not averse to the odd karaoke!
Tim Benson JP
Business Development and Commercial Director
Tim has lived in Gibraltar since 1990, nearly all of which has been dedicated to property sales and services in Gibraltar and nearby Spain.
Tim heads up the sales division for Chestertons Gibraltar and takes care of residential property sales and rentals, as well as relocation services. During his time in Gibraltar he has relocated several major blue chip companies and has settled over 300 individuals and families both in Gibraltar and nearby Spain. He benefits from a wealth of experience covering all aspects of relocation and prides himself on sound local knowledge and excellence in customer service.
An avid sailor, Tim likes to spend as much time on the sea as possible and has been fortunate enough to have sailed to many destinations; Morocco, Portugal and the South of France to name a few. He has recently taken up golf, though would admit he is better at sea than on the fairway.
Senior Sales Negotiator
Michelle is responsible for all aspects of residential sales. She previously worked at Chestertons, in London, in both the Barnes and Battersea offices. The busy London market afforded her both sales and lettings experience. Previous to this she spent 7 years working for an independent estate agent, Hawes & Co, in their Wimbledon Park and New Malden offices.
She is delighted to return to Chestertons having left the UK to travel and see the world. Michelle’s travels took her as far afield as New Zealand and included adventures on glaciers and jumping out of planes. Eventually she settled on the Costa del Sol where she enjoys the climate and the Mediterranean lifestyle to the full.
Michelle’s professional background, prior to estate agency, was in the ‘Quality and Training’ divisions of both the Automobile Association and NHS.
Michelle is passionate about customer care and understands how important and significant a property purchase is in a person’s life. Her ethos is to understand, fulfil and, whenever possible, exceed her client’s expectations.
Senior Sales Negotiator
After spending every summer visiting family in Gibraltar, Louis decided to leave his home town of Chichester in 2010 and move to Gibraltar permanently.
Having previously worked in both hospitality and marketing Louis joined the Chestertons team in 2013 in a junior support role. During his time at Chestertons he has gained considerable knowledge of the local property market as well as substantial experience dealing with clients, this has attributed to his progression to Sales Negotiator. Louis demonstrates enthusiasm, drive and commitment to Chestertons clients, whether it be first time buyers, buy to let investors or high net worth individuals.
An estate agent by day, a local celebrity by night, Louis co-hosts the local TV show ‘The Hub’ on GBC, a fun programme covering local events of the week. He is also player/director of a local football team ‘Bruno’s Magpies’
Lulu started her estate agency career in the UK in 1997 as a weekend viewing guide. She fell in love with the industry and how every day was different and in her own words she couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else.
She progressed from a junior negotiator to having the opportunity of opening a brand new office for Cubitt and West (part of Arun Estates, the largest independent agency in the south east of England), this role also enabled her to experience a variety of different market sectors - gaining a mass of experience, from a high-volume office in Northend, Portsmouth, to the stunningly beautiful Arundel and Emsworth in West Sussex.
Lulu and her family then embarked on their overseas adventure and instantly fell in love with Gibraltar, especially the wonderful community spirit. The diversity Lulu gained in her previous roles and her experience with the high end market sector, is already adding new, fresh and innovative ideas at Gibraltar’s largest estate agent, Chestertons.
Lulu stated “it’s a privilege to be working for Chestertons - who pride themselves on customer service and a pleasure to be working with driven passionate like-minded colleagues. I am proud to now be part of Chestertons’ success in Gibraltar, albeit I have an in built desire to make it even better.”
Head of Lettings
Jacky was born in Gibraltar and has served the Gibraltar property market since 2005, prior to which she worked at Credit Suisse. Jacky joined Chestertons Gibraltar in 2008.
As head of the residential lettings division, she manages Chestertons portfolio of properties dealing with landlords and tenants on a daily basis. She advises a number of Chestertons buy-to-let clients with her vast experience of the rental market. She has excellent customer service skills and a wealth of local knowledge. Furthermore, with a background in property management and accounts she is well placed to assist and advise those considering entering the rental market.
In her free time Jacky likes to spend time with her family and is a keen baker with a talent for creating the most wonderful cupcakes!
After numerous holidays to Spain to visit her parents, Nicola decided to relocate permanently in March 2005 with her husband and son.
Before working at Chestertons, she dedicated her time to being a full time mother. Nicola joined the team in 2011 on a part time basis in administration before moving into accounting on a full time basis. She is responsible for all the financial aspects of the business from collecting the monthly rents to paying the general office expenditure. Nicola is very approachable and always on hand to help with any enquiry.
In her free time she loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys running and cycling and supports her husband & son watching Norwich City Football Club as well as being an avid supporter of the Chestertons sponsored football team, Bruno’s Magpies.
Michele left the UK in 2016 to move to Gibraltar with a background in IT and property management. She was Head of IT at the prestigious King’s College in Cambridge where she particularly enjoyed troubleshooting complex IT problems. Her biggest achievement of all before leaving King’s College was deploying wifi into the world famous Chapel. She has also managed her own property portfolio in the UK.
Michele brings with her a wealth of experience in fault management and through her property portfolio she has also gained experience dealing with tenants and contractors to effectively manage the many issues that arise in property management.
Outside of work Michele enjoys Interior design, cooking, travel and cycling.
Assistant Property Manager
Rebecca was passing through Gibraltar in 1991 and loved the place so much she decided to stay, she has lived on the Rock ever since. Rebecca worked in Trust & Company Management for seven years dealing with company formation and compliance. From 2009 to 2013 she was employed by the Fairhomes Group of Companies and was assistant to the project manager for the construction of Ocean Village Phase II. Her role involved quality control management, ensuring that each apartment was snagged and signed off then steering the handover of each property from developer to client. Post-completion Rebecca liaised with the owners during the guarantee period and was the point-of-contact for complaints and queries. In 2014 Rebecca changed direction and became Welfare Officer of the British Red Cross, Gibraltar. As the sole employee she managed the office, dealt with the ordering of mobility equipment, organised the accounts, the AGM and Flag Days and attended to patients in the community.
Rebecca joins Chestertons as Assistant Property Manager. She enjoys troubleshooting and problem-solving. Her ethos is that no request is too big or too small.
Rebecca is a published writer and poet and has won various literary prizes. Her first novel was released in 2016 and one of her plays was staged in 2015. She has penned many articles for the local press her main subjects being heritage & urban renewal in Gibraltar, social politics and football.
Executive PA to Mike Nicholls
Claire was born in Gibraltar but moved to the UK at an early age, returning to Gibraltar in 2008. She joined the Chestertons team in 2014.
It is said that behind every great Managing Director you’ll normally find a hard-working and efficient EA planning their life. As the first point of contact, Claire likes to maintain a strong professional and interpersonal relationship with clients and staff alike.
Claire is not only responsible for Mike’s day to day business life but she also supports the Chestertons team on the whole.
In her free time, Claire likes to spend time with family and friends and is an avid rugby supporter.
Cherrelle was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the Costa del Sol in 2013. She joined Chestertons in 2015 as sales and lettings coordinator.
Cherrelle is most likely the first person to meet and greet you whether by telephone, email or in person. Very personable, she sits at the front desk ensuring that all clients are promptly dealt with and introduced to the most appropriate member of the Chestertons staff. She coordinates viewings and listings ensuring at all times that clients are given a professional service.
In her free time Cherrelle likes to travel, pick lemons from her orchard and whip the sales team into shape.
Becky was born and grew up in Gibraltar.
She went on to gain a degree in photography, followed by a degree in Real Estate, both degrees gained at The University of the West of England.
While studying real estate in the UK, Becky worked with Savills on a part-time basis and gained important first-hand experience.
After 6 years away, Becky is now happy to return home and is proud to have been offered the opportunity to work within the established and professional environment of Chestertons.
Becky's interest in real estate stems from the belief that one of the single most important choices in life, is our choice in property, whether it be purchase, rental, business or investment.
Away from work, Becky enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, pottery and photography.