Matt was born and raised locally in Raunds attending the Raunds Park Infants, St Peters C of E and Raunds Manor schools. After leaving school and working for a local bank for some years, Matt entered the estate agency industry in 1990, learning his trade during the tough property market of the early 90’s. After going on to work at managerial level throughout Leicestershire for the countries largest estate agency chain, Matt and a friend set up a successful estate agency called Hind Estates which is still the towns leading agency in Lutterworth where it is based. After some very enjoyable and fulfilling years at Hind Estates, Matt decided to leave the partnership and 'go it alone' by returning to his roots in Raunds and opening Magenta with his wife Dee around 11 years ago. Their ethos of hard work, honest advice and complete dedication has meant that Magenta is now a well-respected and leading name within the industry. Matt comments. “At Magenta, we are passionate about our business and bring an energy and commitment to every single transaction; we never forget that our success is entirely dependent on exceeding, not just meeting, our customers’ expectations.” Matt now lives in Market Harborough with his wife Dee and their two children and is not ashamed to admit that he drives a Skoda!
Like her husband Matt, Dee grew up locally in Raunds attending the Windmill Primary School and then Bishop Stopford School in Kettering. Dee went on to gain a BA Honours degree at De Montfort University in Business Studies (majoring in French and German) which helped her secure a sales role at an American-owned musical instrument manufacturer after graduating. During her 10 years there, Dee was responsible for dealing with their European clients including regular overseas trips all of which helped Dee attain the coveted title of ‘European Sales Representative of the Year’. After then starting a family and looking after their two children, Dee is now heavily involved in the day-to-day running of Magenta and offers crucial sales support within our offices. In her spare time (if there is such a thing when having two children and helping to run Magenta!) Dee relishes a good challenge and has enjoyed raising money for charity by running the Great North Run (twice!) and now has her sights firmly set on completing the London Marathon. However, she also likes nothing more than to curl up on the sofa on an evening with her husband Matt and her Kobo!
An Essex girl at heart being born and raised in a small village in the county, Julia begun her working life in London arranging student travel for many years. A move to Surrey took her to British Oxygen where she was responsible for the business travel of it’s executives. After a career break to raise four children in Buckinghamshire, in 2003 Julia saw an advertisement for a local independent estate agent looking for a new member of staff and has never looked back. A keenness to work hard and learn all aspects of the business were rewarded by promotion to Senior Negotiator and then to Branch Manager for one of their largest branches. Relocating to Raunds in May 2015, Julia is now delighted to be part of Magenta to support the strong and friendly team. A keen VW car fan, Julia and her partner Peter enjoy motoring through the UK and Europe in his classic cars during the summer months. Large family gatherings are frequently on Julia’s agenda too with her sister living locally in Rushden.
Born and raised in Northampton, Nigel attended the Cherry Orchard High and Weston Favell Upper Schools and had his first taste of sales during his first job which was within the fashion industry. Nigel then gained valuable interpersonal and management skills through several positions held at the Weston Favell Shopping Centre complex where he rose through the ranks to the position of Operations Manager. A change of career direction then saw Nigel enter the world of estate agency where he was trained as a valuer within a local independent and then moved to a large corporate agency as Branch Manager. Magenta noticed Nigel’s success and invited him to join the team when they first opened their doors in 2005. After several enjoyable years there, it was no surprise that Nigel was then asked by a large corporate agency to develop their flagship Northampton office as Senior Branch Manager. Not content with the demands such a challenging role necessitated, Nigel fulfilled a long-held aspiration when he joined the Northamptonshire Police Force as a Special Constable during which time he received two awards for bravery in the line of duty. After a short break living overseas, Magenta were delighted when Nigel agreed to rejoin the team in 2014 as their Branch Manager. Nigel married his long-term partner Jackie on Christmas Eve and are both now living in Oundle. Very keen walkers, they love to visit the Lake District and enjoy holidaying in Greece whenever possible. Nigel also likes to sing… could he be the first estate agent to win X-Factor?