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Surrey’s most influential property people: Movers and Shakers 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:54 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:54 02 July 2013

James Wyatt

James Wyatt


In recent months, team Surrey Life has been busy speaking to our contributors and industry experts from around the county to get a feel for just who makes Surrey tick

James Wyatt

One of Surrey’s most high profile estate agents, James Wyatt is chairman of the Surrey branch of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), the UK’s leading professional body. As a partner at the award-winning Barton Wyatt in Virginia Water, he specialises in some of the county’s most exclusive areas, including the Wentworth Estate, with the result that he has met many of Surrey’s best-known residents over the years, including Sir Bruce Forsyth. The 47-year-old is also a board director for the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) and a past chairman of the MPs’ business club, the Enterprise Forum.

Colin Tutt

As the CEO of Octagon, one of the area’s most prestigious property developers, Colin Tutt is a major player in the new homes market. Having joined the company in 1985, the 56-year-old went on to be appointed development director in 1988 and has been CEO since 2001. During that time, the Virginia Water resident has overseen the creation of such prestigious developments as Watergardens in Kingston Hill, Virginia Park in Virginia Water and Richmond Lock in Richmond. Most recently, the company received two highly commended LABC Awards in the Developer of the Year category for their work on the BBC’s former research centre, Kingswood Warren Park, in the village of Kingswood.

Lucy Alexander

Celebrating her tenth anniversary presenting the hit BBC TV show Homes Under the Hammer, Lucy Alexander certainly knows her stuff when it comes to the property market. Away from our screens, the 42-year-old is just as passionate about property herself, and has bought and sold 14 places to date, nearly all of which have been in Surrey. Most recently, she has been busy doing up her own Arts and Crafts house in Thames Ditton, spending £500,000 – and more than a year – transforming the house into a six-bedroom, three-storey family home. You can now read more from Lucy in her monthly Surrey Life property column.

Keep on moving

Of course, any such list is subjective and many more could have featured within these pages. Get in touch with your Movers & Shakers, the people who influence how we all live in Surrey, on and and maybe you’ll see them included next time round!

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