MEET THE TEAM

Ged, David and Adam lead a growing team of over 150 property specialists.

Meet the Team
Ged McPartlin Managing Director Ged has an unrivalled knowledge of the property market, which has heavily contributed to the success of Ascend and their high-quality service. He previously specialised in large scale developments and building stronger contacts between bulk buyers and the property industry. He previously owned award winning letting agency Curtis & Bains which he sold to Countrywide. In 2014, Ged and David founded Ascend Properties. As well as experiencing phenomenal growth over the past 7 years, Ascend has a multitude of awards under its belt, including Best Letting Agent at the ESTAS for four consecutive years. Through collaboration with BtR funds and clients, Ascend has developed into a leading nationwide Build to Rent specialist property company, and has recently become the largest manager of Single-Family-Homes in the UK.

Ged McPartlin


Managing Director

Ged has an unrivalled knowledge of the property market, which has heavily contributed to the success of Ascend and their high-quality service. He previously specialised in large scale developments and building stronger contacts between bulk buyers and the property industry. He previously owned award winning letting agency Curtis & Bains which he sold to Countrywide. In 2014, Ged and David founded Ascend Properties. As well as experiencing phenomenal growth over the past 7 years, Ascend has a multitude of awards under its belt, including Best Letting Agent at the ESTAS for four consecutive years. Through collaboration with BtR funds and clients, Ascend has developed into a leading nationwide Build to Rent specialist property company, and has recently become the largest manager of Single-Family-Homes in the UK.
David Giovanni CEO David is a highly respected industry figure and has previously amassed a large portfolio of properties across the UK. Since purchasing his first buy-to-let property at 20 years old, David has built up significant experience in the sector and understands exactly what service a large landlord requires. In recent times he has purchased large blocks of apartments and then begun reselling to individual buyers over time. He has also been involved in building several developments including Shot Tower, 70-apartment block in Chester. Prior to property David obtained a degree in Business Technology and has previously been a self-employed consultant for various blue-chip clients such as NatWest, Lloyds and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

David Giovanni


CEO

David is a highly respected industry figure and has previously amassed a large portfolio of properties across the UK. Since purchasing his first buy-to-let property at 20 years old, David has built up significant experience in the sector and understands exactly what service a large landlord requires. In recent times he has purchased large blocks of apartments and then begun reselling to individual buyers over time. He has also been involved in building several developments including Shot Tower, 70-apartment block in Chester. Prior to property David obtained a degree in Business Technology and has previously been a self-employed consultant for various blue-chip clients such as NatWest, Lloyds and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Adam Stephenson Head of Build to Rent Adam is a very experienced property professional with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. A Member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (MARLA), Adam has particular strengths in lettings, large landlord management and customer service. He also has strong experience in finance and accounting. Adam heads up the Build to Rent team and the day to day running of the head office. He ensures that portfolios are performing as expected for both clients and residents. Adam has been with Ascend since its formation and is a highly valued member of the team.

Adam Stephenson


Head of Build to Rent

Adam is a very experienced property professional with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. A Member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (MARLA), Adam has particular strengths in lettings, large landlord management and customer service. He also has strong experience in finance and accounting. Adam heads up the Build to Rent team and the day to day running of the head office. He ensures that portfolios are performing as expected for both clients and residents. Adam has been with Ascend since its formation and is a highly valued member of the team.
Glynn Rudge Area Manager Glynn has joined Ascend as a Area Manager, using his 30-year experience in the property industry to ensure Ascend reaches the highest level of service possible. Glynn has worked as a Negotiator, Sales Manager, Branch Manager, and for a period of time was in New Homes and Auctions, so he knows the industry inside and out. With qualifications in Residential Sales, Residential Lettings, and ARLA, Glynn has an acute understanding of business and customer requirements.

Glynn Rudge


Area Manager

Glynn has joined Ascend as a Area Manager, using his 30-year experience in the property industry to ensure Ascend reaches the highest level of service possible. Glynn has worked as a Negotiator, Sales Manager, Branch Manager, and for a period of time was in New Homes and Auctions, so he knows the industry inside and out. With qualifications in Residential Sales, Residential Lettings, and ARLA, Glynn has an acute understanding of business and customer requirements.
James Hardern Team Leader BtR James has been part of the Ascend family for several years. Specialising in property management, he leads the dedicated BtR team and ensures all residents are receiving the highest possible level of service. From overseeing maintenance requests to delivering customer satisfaction, James knows exactly how to run a happy team of Build to Rent Asset Managers and aims to guarantee that all residents are loving their home.

James Hardern


Team Leader BtR

James has been part of the Ascend family for several years. Specialising in property management, he leads the dedicated BtR team and ensures all residents are receiving the highest possible level of service. From overseeing maintenance requests to delivering customer satisfaction, James knows exactly how to run a happy team of Build to Rent Asset Managers and aims to guarantee that all residents are loving their home.
Jack Wright Marketing Manager Jack has been with Ascend since 2018 and has since gone from being a one man band in the department, to being promoted and leading a team of marketers. After graduating university a few years ago, Jack went on to working in the industry straight away doing Marketing, Media and PR for a property management firm. At Ascend, he’s the expert when it comes to marketing communications to our landlords, residents, buyers and vendors, and works closely with our BtR clients to ensure all marketing efforts and customer journeys are successful and on-brand.

Jack Wright


Marketing Manager

Jack has been with Ascend since 2018 and has since gone from being a one man band in the department, to being promoted and leading a team of marketers. After graduating university a few years ago, Jack went on to working in the industry straight away doing Marketing, Media and PR for a property management firm. At Ascend, he’s the expert when it comes to marketing communications to our landlords, residents, buyers and vendors, and works closely with our BtR clients to ensure all marketing efforts and customer journeys are successful and on-brand.
Jacob Kerr Property Accounts Manager Jacob has been part of the furniture for 5 years. He started back in 2015 as an assistant in the Accounts department and has since worked his way up to become the Property Accounts Manager. His knowledge, outlook and positive approach is what makes him the go-to for all things accounts.

Jacob Kerr


Property Accounts Manager

Jacob has been part of the furniture for 5 years. He started back in 2015 as an assistant in the Accounts department and has since worked his way up to become the Property Accounts Manager. His knowledge, outlook and positive approach is what makes him the go-to for all things accounts.
Lucy Sexton Referencing Manager Lucy looks after the referencing department at Ascend. She has been in the property industry for just over 5 years working within all departments ranging from lettings, sales and property management. Within our Build to Rent division, her team are the main points of contact for residents before they move into a property, carrying out the essential checks on them which inevitably gives insurance to our landlords and clients.

Lucy Sexton


Referencing Manager

Lucy looks after the referencing department at Ascend. She has been in the property industry for just over 5 years working within all departments ranging from lettings, sales and property management. Within our Build to Rent division, her team are the main points of contact for residents before they move into a property, carrying out the essential checks on them which inevitably gives insurance to our landlords and clients.
Oliver Sacks External Team Leader Oliver is our external team leader where he manages the external diary and team across our nationwide offices ensuring that all the correct checkouts, inventories and interim inspections have taken place and are all in check. He’s also in charge of dealing with tenancy handovers and any snagging issues with new developments, as well as training new members of the external team.

Oliver Sacks


External Team Leader

Oliver is our external team leader where he manages the external diary and team across our nationwide offices ensuring that all the correct checkouts, inventories and interim inspections have taken place and are all in check. He’s also in charge of dealing with tenancy handovers and any snagging issues with new developments, as well as training new members of the external team.
Matthew Herbert Maintenance Controller BtR Matt heads up maintenance for our Build-to-Rent team, working closely with our Asset Managers to ensure both reactive and planned maintenance are completed swiftly, to the required standard, whilst also ensuring value for the client. Since studying Real Estate at Sheffield Hallam University, Matt has been in property management with Ascend for over 5 years, gaining valuable experience in the field.

Matthew Herbert


Maintenance Controller BtR

Matt heads up maintenance for our Build-to-Rent team, working closely with our Asset Managers to ensure both reactive and planned maintenance are completed swiftly, to the required standard, whilst also ensuring value for the client.
Since studying Real Estate at Sheffield Hallam University, Matt has been in property management with Ascend for over 5 years, gaining valuable experience in the field.
Chris Norman Compliance Manager Chris heads up our compliance and monitoring teams, boasting extensive experience in training from performing this role across a variety of sectors throughout the last 16 years. His team are key contributors to the continued betterment of the brand by setting the right foundations in terms of support to ensure service levels remain consistently high for all our residents. With a wealth of experience within regulated environments, his knowledge on compliance has become an invaluable asset in our pursuit to have a compliant, fair and resident focused business.

Chris Norman


Compliance Manager

Chris heads up our compliance and monitoring teams, boasting extensive experience in training from performing this role across a variety of sectors throughout the last 16 years. His team are key contributors to the continued betterment of the brand by setting the right foundations in terms of support to ensure service levels remain consistently high for all our residents. With a wealth of experience within regulated environments, his knowledge on compliance has become an invaluable asset in our pursuit to have a compliant, fair and resident focused business.

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