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Having been one of the original founders of the company Gary is still at the centre of all the big decision making. Prior to Estate Agency, Gary was a professional footballer with a large part of his career being at Notts County and whilst on the face of it the two industries could not be further apart, he has managed to bring many of the skills required in his sporting life in to the company. After 22 years of exciting times with the company, Gary is looking forward to shaping the next 22!


It perhaps goes without saying that Gary enjoys sport, with his favourites being golf, skiing, running and football (watching). Keeping fit through running has led to Gary taking part in the 2016 London Marathon. He is also a big fan of a holiday!


Tel: 0115 981 1888

Val is the driving force within the office and is 'all-seeing'. She is not just a Director and the office manager but she is the glue that holds everything together and makes sure everything runs as it should with solid team work. Her professional experience is legendary. She worked in the city centre for global property agent Savills for 22 years so she understands the corporate side of the property market but she is passionate about the more personal and detailed local service that an independent agent can provide.

Her vast experience means there is not a scenario she has not encountered and therefore is the 'go to' person with any questions any of the staff may have.

She has expererience in all aspects of the land and property market and has had huge success in extending the company's expertise and knowledge in New Homes, particularly with eco-friendly energy efficient projects which have proved hugely popular. She also has a wide knowledge of shared ownerships schemes which is a popular growth area enabling many first time buyers of all ages and circumstances to get on the property ladder.


Val is married, has two grown up sons and two labradors. She loves country walks and cruising when she can escape her busy work life!
Val Shakespeare ANAEA



Liz graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2011 with a degree in Geography and joined the company in January 2016 following a career change. She has a background in retail and is passionate about delivering excellent customer service. Her favourite part of the job is meeting and working with clients, whether it be through the sale of their property or helping someone to find their dream home.


Liz loves to travel to new destinations with her trip to Japan being a particular highlight. She likes keeping fit through running and going to spinning classes which is a good job as she thoroughly enjoys eating out and cooking!
Liz Owen BSc(Hons) MNAEA



Graham graduated from Newcastle university in 1998 and has worked in the Estate Agency sector for over 16 years including working in New Zealand, Grantham, Lincoln and Nottingham City Centre. He joined Royston and Lund in July 2010 and has had 6 enjoyable years selling on average 40 million pounds of property each year. Graham has NFoPP Level 3 in the Sale of Residential Property and is therefore a member of the NAEA.

Intersts - he is a big sports fan, has had a season ticket for 34 years at Nottingham Forest and enjoys 5-a-side and badminton. He lives in Tollerton with his wife and young son
Graham Sheardown BSc (Hons) MNAEA

Graham Sheardown BSc (Hons) MNAEA SENIOR VALUER


Mark has been working within the industry for 26 years now with experience as a Senior Sales Negotiator and Office Manager in the past. He has been working for Royston and Lund for 18 years now and has come to know many of the local Vendors and gained a good knowledge of the area. Mark enjoys meeting new people and help making their dream of a new home come together. His father was an Estate Agent before him many years ago owning his own estate agency ‘Bowden and Daley’, and so it is in his blood.


In his spare time he enjoys computer gaming, playing Dungeons and Dragon’s with his friends each week and has done so since he was 15 !! Also enjoys rock music and going to concerts, going to gaming conventions, wargaming and painting the miniatures and building the scenery. There is still much more he does but no more space to put it all in.
Mark Daley



Melanie has been in the estate agency industry since 1985 and has worked for both corporate and independent agencies and therefore has an excellent knowledge of the whole sales process and helps out on this side of the business whenever needed. Her main role now is P.A to both the valuers Graham and Steven and she tries hard to keep them in order!! She makes sure all the sales details are correct and displays in order as well as doing all the other tasks associated with a good secretary (including buying biscuits and making tea) She is always available to offer advice to other younger members of the team and can be relied on to sort out any queries both efficiently and with a calm approach.


With 4 children and 5 grandchildren most of Mel’s spare time is taken up with family matters making sure there is never a dull moment.
Melanie Pinks



Terry has worked for the company for over 5 years. He is local and has good knowlege of the areas that we cover and is happy to share his expertise with potential buyers on viewing appointments.
Terry Killeavy


Tel: 0115 981 1888

Roger has been carrying out the very important role of Accompanied Viewer since 2014. As he has lived in West Bridgford for many years, he is always able to answer any questions with regard to the local area. Roger always has a smile on his face and is very happy to help out where he can.With a background in sales
Roger Shakespeare


Tel: 0115 981 1888

Sarah started as an apprentice with us in 2013 and since then has gone from strength to strength. We are proud of her achievements which include gaining her NAEA certificate last year. Sarah has also been totally involved and highly successful in dealing with the New Homes sites we deal with. She has been out on site on numerous occasions(complete with builders boots and white hard hat!) and enjoys building relationships with the developers and the buyers and guiding them through the whole house process from start to finish helping and advising them to apply for Help to Buy if buying one of the Shared Ownership properties.

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In her spare time she goes to her local gym and loves to visit her sister who lives and works in London. She also likes to organise us all on our nights out as a team.
Sarah Jones MNAEA


Gina has worked in estate agency since 2002 and started at a local independent agency in Radcliffe on Trent she then joined us here at Royston and Lund in 2005. She is an important member of the team as she has achieved the NFOPP (National Federation of Property Professionals) level 3 award and is also a member of NAEA since 2005. Although she left briefly on maternity leave in October 2013 she is our “Multi Tasker”as she now works part time (Monday Tuesdays and Fridays) as our Marketing expert dealing with our website, twitter and facebook and the preparation of leaflets/flyers and all the advertisements in the Nottingham Evening Post. She is also an experienced Sales Negotiator and is always ready to help in any area of the business (including all the administration when required).


We are proud to say Gina recently completed a “mammoth” 22 mile swimming challenge for the charity Aspire (for spinal injury and rehabilitation) raising a lot of money and enjoys the theatre, nights out (when she gets chance) and loves spending time with her family.
Gina Burbidge MNAEA


Tel: 0115 981 1888

Samantha joined us from a large corporate agency based in the City Centre where she was a Senior Negotiator but is the newest addition to the Royston & Lund team.

She realises the importance of good customer service and is very keen to make her mark on the West Bridgford market, therefore making her a willing, enthusiastic and efficient member of staff. Her previous employment was in Social Care and she worked as a Home care manager which she then left to pursue her career in estate agency. Sam enjoys converting viewings into sales and progressing the sales through to completion and therefore keeping the vendors informed throughout (the most important task we do).


Sam has lived in Honduras for 6 months and speaks Spanish and also worked in America too working with severely disabled people. She is lively and fun and enjoys going to the Gym and socialising and travelling the world (when she gets chance!)
Samantha Simkins MNAEA


Steven has worked for a number of agents in the West Bridgford area but he has found his home with us. He brings a wealth of experience with him and is very creative in making a deal come together. There are not many houses in West Bridgford that Steven hasn't been in and on the back of that he brings real knowledge to the table. He has a fantastic rapport with his fellow Forest fan Graham and is a larger than life character. Interests – Most of his free time is spent with his three daughters and when the chance allows he will go down to the City ground with Graham and watch Forest.
Steven Gray


Chris is one of the original founders of the company after previously working for a large coporate. A very methodical character he brings calmness when things are getting heated and gets along with everyone. He has been in the industry for over 30 years now and has seen masssive changes within the industry during that time and as a result is able to bring a wealth of experience to the table.


As a season ticket holder at Notts County most of his Saturdays are spent drowning his sorrows! Alongside watching the 'Pies' he is a big traveller and cruiser with his wife and 2 sons.
Christopher Royston

Christopher Royston DIRECTOR

Tel: 0115 9811888

Li (Lee) was another of the original founders of the company having worked with Chris for a number of years before taking the plunge to go it alone. A real man of the people, he is everyones friend. He is a very caring person and this has helped him enormously in his time in the industry. He is the man to turn to when you need help and over the years must have listed more properties than anyone else in the area.


He is a real family man spending as much time as he can with his wife and children and he is delighted that he is now a Grandad! With any spare time he has Li is heavily involved with charitable causes.
Liaqat Ali


Tel: 0115 9811888

Matt Dennis joined the experienced sales team in April 2016. He has recently enjoyed 18 months of travelling the world after earning a BA degree in Sports, Leisure and Educational Development from Nottingham Trent University. His extended travels included living and working in Sydney before travelling New Zealand, Fiji and parts of South East Asia.

After travelling Matt worked in Sales & Marketing for Roko Healthclub for just over a year which helped him gain some sales experience which he felt he needed before securing the position as Sales Negotiator.

Matt grew up in West Bridgford and worked in the local Marks & Spencer store for 6 years whilst he was in higher education. It was this experience that helped him develop his natural customer service skills and has laid the perfect foundations for each venture he has had since. He is a keen sportsman enjoying football, tennis and golf with an impressive handicap of just nine after representing Beeston Fields Golf club at junior level, winning several Junior titles along the way.
Matt Dennis BA