Steve Bolton – Founder
Having left school with no qualifications a love of the outdoors and a natural flair for teaching others led Steve to an apprenticeship working in outdoor pursuits where he started to realise his own potential. He moved on a few years later and set up his first business, Ropes Course Developments, which built all the high and low adventure ropes courses for Center Parcs, First Choice Holidays and the RAF in Europe, as well as courses in 12 other countries. Once that was established, he started another business providing management consultancy and development training, servicing a number of well-known blue chip and other high-profile clients including the British Lions, Microsoft and KPMG.
In the economic fallout that followed the tragic events of September 11th 2001, Steve’s businesses were all but wiped out, and he was forced to sell his own home to avoid bankruptcy. He credits that period as being “the best worst experience of my life” as it taught him the power of owning underlying assets. If he had owned his business premises which, over a 7 year period and in a fast-rising property market, would have translated into a substantial asset base, he probably could have ridden out the storm. Steve learnt from this fundamental mistake and made sure he rebuilt his fortune on the solid foundation of property.
Steve now owns a multi-million pound property portfolio and helps others achieve the same through the business he founded, Platinum Property Partners. He is passionate about showing people how to set higher standards for themselves, in order to make money, have a better quality of life and, importantly, share their wealth with those less fortunate. Steve is the President of the Patrons programme for Peace One Day and supports many good causes through PPP.
Steve is the author of the essential guide to the key business principles that underpin successful property investing – ‘Successful Property Investing: How to earn £50,000 to £150,000 in two to five years’.
Steve lives in Bournemouth with his wife and four children and enjoys spending time on the water, fishing and boating. Connect with Steve on LinkedIn
Richard Davies – Partner & Finance Director
Following a fast-track career with a leading London estate agency, where he was responsible for starting and growing the short-term lettings arm of the business, Richard moved into property development full-time, buying, developing and selling sites in south west London for significant profits. In 1999 he also wrote his first book, ‘Property Developer Secrets’.
In 2000, he took three years off to travel the world and research international property investment opportunities then, in 2003, he founded the Visium Group (Property Secrets), to capitalise on the opportunities he’d identified in Eastern Europe.
Richard’s extensive business and property experience has given him the skills and abilities to collate, manage and interpret financial data in a powerful and effective manner. He stands out from more traditionally trained FDs who, typically, lack in-depth understanding of the property sectors.
Richard lives in the New Forest with his wife, children, two dogs and too many horses.
Steve Hogan – Operations Director
In his former corporate life, Steve held board level positions with some of the major UK and International FMCG companies. Following 10 years with Coca-Cola, where he was European Services Director, he spent a number of years in the wholesale and retail sector primarily dealing with mergers and acquisitions and business recovery.
In 2007, Steve and his wife, Linda, joined Platinum as Franchise Partners. Steve quickly established himself as a star performer in the Franchise, quickly building a profitable £2 million portfolio in the UK and overseas and undertaking more challenging residential developments. After delivering exceptional results in short-term project-based internal roles for Platinum Property Partners, Steve’s talents were recognised and he was asked to take up a Board level position.
Steve now heads up Operations for Platinum Property Partners. He leads and manages the team that provides ongoing training and support to Platinum’s Franchise Partners. His PPP Franchise property business in Aylesbury has been fully systemized so it produces a passive income stream. It is managed day-to-day by an employee.
Steve lives in Poole with his wife Linda, when they’re not travelling the globe.
Sarah Daykin – Director of Marketing
With an extensive and international marketing career encompassing the leading-edge IT and print and publishing sectors where change was the only constant, Sarah has a truly client-focused approach to business development. As a passive investor in the Platinum model, she has a crystal clear understanding of the problems, choices and implications faced by potential Franchise Partners. Sarah holds Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications, an MBA and is also a qualified Barrister.
Sarah has worked for blue chip companies like Kodak with responsibility for European markets and she has also run her own consultancy business for nine years prior to working with Platinum Property Partners. Sarah’s aim is to use her skills and knowledge to help grow PPP in a sustainable way whilst providing ethical services and products to clients in answer to a real and identified need. She believes passionately in the development and growth of her team members and is constantly watching for opportunities to add to their skill sets.
Sarah lives in Bournemouth with her husband. Her three step-children are, variously, at university, married and living the high-life in HMOs!
Jon Rose – Franchise Partner and Franchise Recruitment Mentor
A serial entrepreneur since 1999 and having started within the office products industry the last 14 years has seen Jon as a Director / Shareholder in a number of different businesses.
Jon sold his last business, a telesales agency with 50 employees, after becoming the top outsourced new business acquirer for the UK SME division of Pitney Bowes.
In 2010 Jon became a Franchise Partner with Platinum Property Partners and 18 months later he and his partner Lindsay built a portfolio of eight HMOs in Ashford, Kent and are well on their way to achieving their target of 15 HMOs by April 2014.
Since December 2011 Jon has also carried out the full-time role of Franchise Recruitment Mentor. Jon plays a critical part in helping prospective Franchise Partners identify whether PPP is the right investment model for them. Jon divides his time between Bournemouth and his home in Kent with his partner and their two dogs. He is an Arsenal season ticket holder, a keen clay pigeon shooter, and has a passion for horse racing.
Alongside his impressive sales career within the office supplies industry, Andrew followed his passion for property by buying and renting HMOs in South East London since 1985.
His 25-year career with national office supplies company included a variety of sales roles and in 2008 he became Head of New Business.
Andrew became a Franchise Partner with PPP in 2010, developing his PPP portfolio in Lincoln. By 2013 he expanded his portfolio to seven properties worth £2 million.
In February 2013 Andrew joined PPP as a full-time Franchise Recruitment Executive to help prospective Franchise Partners through the recruitment process.
Andrew is a keen sportsman and is especially proud of completing the London Marathon and Tour of Wessex, a 330-mile cycling sportive. He lives in a thatched cottage in Cranborne, Dorset with his wife and stepson who is currently studying at Loughborough University.
Matt joined Platinum Property Partners in August 2011. As well as managing all of PPP’s in-house recruitment and HR needs, Matt’s expertise is outsourced to Franchise Partners.
Prior to joining PPP, Matt successfully headhunted and sourced for positions up to Director Level in large organisations in a diverse range of industries. Matt prides himself on providing a tailor-made recruitment solution, sourcing and headhunting the best talent in the most cost effective manner. Using a wide range of resources, Matt will go the extra mile to ensure he locates even the most difficult to source candidates, in order to achieve the best possible match between employer and employee.
Matt lives in Ringwood with his wife Karla and enjoys playing and watching football.
Mike Dixon – Mentor
Mike has over 37 years’ business experience encompassing senior management and CEO roles coupled with ownership gained in the entertainment industry (music, video, computer games and sports broadcasting), marketing and management consultancy, and the security industry in South Africa. Mike also led a team of legal and accountancy experts providing offshore fiduciary services specializing in Trust and Company administration. These business activities took Mike all over the world enabling him to form a wealth of business contacts and relationships along the way.
Mike became a PPP Franchise Partner in November 2007 and he has built a multi-million pound property portfolio while providing property investment mentoring services across the UK. As a PPP Mentor, Mike works with prospective and new Franchise Partners training them in the execution of the PPP model as well as teaching them how to raise investment capital for their property businesses.
Mike lives with his wife and daughter in Monmouthshire and is a passionate Gloucester Rugby Club supporter.
Paul Cronin – Affiliate and Partner Manager
Paul is an IT professional with an impressive career in sales and marketing, primarily in the high tech telecommunications solutions sector. His 30-year career culminated in him holding the position of Vice President of Sales for a telecommunications software company, but after he had reached this position, he began to reassess his options.
Platinum Property Partners “PPP” stood apart from other franchises for Paul, as it was the only business that was based around the accumulation of tangible assets and, importantly, was also the only one that offered the very real possibility of achieving significant passive income.
Paul and his wife, Linda, now own a PPP franchise, through which they are building a highly cash-positive property portfolio in Berkshire and Surrey. Paul is also responsible for recruiting and managing affiliates and partners in the career guidance and outplacement sector and other suitable industries who can assist PPP in identifying suitable new Franchise Partners.
Judy Mizen – Refurbishment Mentor
Judy Mizen worked as a physiotherapist specialising in neurological rehabilitation until the first of her three children was born in 1998.
In 2007 she decided to go back to work in order to create a more stable financial future for the family but felt her previous career was no longer a suitable full-time option. Property was something she’d always been interested in, but she hadn’t considered franchising until she came across PPP at a property show.
Judy became a Franchise Partner in 2007 and now works with PPP as a Refurbishment Mentor teaching new Franchise Partners to refurbish their properties following PPP’s proven methods.
Judy lives in Basingstoke with her husband and 3 children and enjoys family holidays.
Alison Broderick, MRTPI – Chartered Town Planner
Alison is a Chartered Town Planner, accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Alison provides advice to Franchise Partners on all planning applications and development, from new build to change of use as well as guidance on Building Regulations compliance and applications and HMO licensing requirements.
Alison has a wealth of experience relating to HMO Change of Use applications and Certificates of Lawful Use as well as applications relating to extensions and change of use of commercial premises. Alison is yet to lose a planning appeal, proving her expertise.
Alison lives in Bournemouth with her partner James and loves snowboarding and her tortoise!
Lisa Appleyard – Operations Manager
With a background in managing multiple branches of her own Musical Theatre School and helping young people to establish their own, Lisa diversified to gain property and renovation experience through a process of trial and error in the buy-to-let market.
As Operations Manager for Platinum Property Partners, Lisa, with the support of a valued team, is able to utilise and apply her own personal experience, alongside the proven PPP model and processes, to provide quality training and support for Franchise Partners through the full term of their agreement.
Lisa lives in Bournemouth and enjoys going to the theatre and spending time with friends.