Meet the team

Our people are our Greatest Asset - meet them below

David James

David James, Partner

David is married to Kathryn and they have three children Helen, Oliver and Emily. Originally from Abergavenny, they moved to Brecon in 1982 where they started their own estate agency business, David James in 1986. In 2007 they merged with Adam Dean to form James Dean.David is passionate about his job and to make him feel old, he now works with two of his children, Oliver and Emily. A family man, he loves spending time with his Grandchildren as well as playing golf, 5 a-side football twice a week and running with the dog.


Adam Dean

Adam Dean, Partner

Adam is one of the older partners of James Dean having been in practice within the Mid Wales area for some 40 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, member of Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation and a Domestic Energy Assessor. He is responsible for the survey, valuation and professional side for James Dean. Married with two grown up children and living locally he enjoys his golf which involves mostly looking for lost balls.


Oliver James

Oliver James, Partner

Oliver studied Business in Property and ‘having a good time’ at Bristol before joining the family firm. He is married to Tammy and they have just welcomed the birth of their son, Chester who is already keen to join the business. Oliver is a keen sportsman and enjoys socialising, has developed a taste for gin. He sounds just like his Dad on the phone, so be careful who you are talking to.


Kathryn James

Kathryn James, Partner

Kathryn is married to David and is funnily enough the mother of Helen, Oliver and Emily. She met David when they both worked for an estate agent in Abergavenny and she comes from a large local family having ten brothers and sisters! She is a great cook keeping them all fed and watered, enjoys singing and can be seen around the town walking their sausage dog.


Emily James
Chartered Surveyor & Associate Partner

Emily James, Chartered Surveyor & Associate Partner

Emily is a Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer. She too is a keen sportswoman with a particular passion for hockey. Unfortunately plagued by dodgy knees and six knee operations later, shes taken early retirement but was previously captain of Wales at age grade, competing in Home Nations and European Cups. Emily is very competitive, loves socialising, playing the piano and is always thinking about her next meal.


Gwen Bywater
Senior Negotiator

Gwen Bywater, Senior Negotiator

Gwen is a local farmer’s daughter, married to Roger and his motor bike. She has worked with David for an impressive 30 years and has officially become his work wife. She has a great sense of humour and is a huge Welsh rugby fan. The office is always quieter when she has time off, which isn’t very often although she has started to enjoy a Mediterranean cruise.


Kate Hudman

Kate Hudman, Negotiator

Kate studied at Cardiff University where she graduated with a degree in business management. Within 6 months of graduating Kate started her career in estate agencyand has never looked back. She has recently passed her MNAEA sales qualification, and is looking forward to furthering her qualifications in estate agency. Outside of work Kate enjoys spending time with her family and friends, adding to her extensive clothes collection and trying to stay fit in the gym!


Victoria Tweedy
Lettings Manager

Victoria Tweedy, Lettings Manager

Victoria joined James Dean in 2010 and has become a vital member of the team. Previously a Williams, she married Martin in 2017. She is always out and about with friends sampling the local tipples and has become queen of the cupcakes. She currently lives in Sennybridge and was an active member of YFC before she became too old (sorry Vic). Vicky is very kind and calm which is perfect when dealing with a busy lettings department.


Stacie Matthews

Stacie Matthews, Negotiator

Stacie joined James Dean, in July 2018 and has never looked back. Another local farmers daughter, Stacie attended Brecon College after School where she studied Business. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and walking Jessie the Westie. Stacie has taken to estate agency like a duck to water and is already a solid member of the team.


Hywel James

Hywel James, Valuer/Negotiator

Hywel was born and raised in Abergavenny. After studying at University, then travelling the world, he decided he missed the hills of Wales and moved back 5 years ago. Hywel has a wealth of experience in sales & customer service and brings a lot of knowledge of the local area. When not in the office, he loves walking, running and cycling through the beautiful local countryside. Together with Oliver, Hywel is looking forward to opening the newest branch of James Dean in Abergavenny, and providing the town and surrounding area with a modern, vibrant estate agency.


Mollie May Hutchinson

Mollie May Hutchinson, Negotiator

Mollie is originally from Cheltenham where she has gained experience in sales as well as having worked for a local estate agent. Mollie loves all animals in particular her dog Daisy. Mollie also loves a good sunset, playing football, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends.


Richard Close

Richard Close, Valuer

Richard has been working within estate agency for the last 12 years. Originally from Presteigne, he is married to Lucy who have both recently moved back to the area after living and working in Hereford. An avid supporter of Bolton Wanderers (we all have our flaws) Richard is half Dutch and wanted to be a Rockstar when he was younger! Being an estate agent is close enough.


Lucy Parry

Ffion Pugh
Lettings Negotiator

Ffion Pugh, Lettings Negotiator

Ffion has lived in the Builth Wells area her whole life and is an active member of YFC. She is a keen sports woman playing hockey for Radnor Ladies as well as competing in gymnastics. She is also a level 2 gymnastics coach. Ffion likes to socialise and loves to bake!


Gwyneth Mills

Gwyneth Mills, Admin

Gwyneth joined James Dean in 2016 looking after administration and survey department based at the Builth Wells Office. She is married to local farmer Clive and is kept busy with 2 boys and as secretary to the Llanafanfawr Show. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening and wine making so is very popular within the office.


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