Shaun Adams

Shaun Adams

Managing Director

I was born in Rustington and live in East Preston with my wife Nicola (who works with me at Cooper Adams) and my son.

In 1991 I got a job as an office junior at an estate agency in Worthing, I found that I really enjoyed it and the rest is history.

It’s ironic that now I run my own business I often work evenings and weekends anyway. Who said being an estate agent was easy?

Over 30 years since entering the industry I still love it.

In 2004 I set up Cooper Adams with a partner and I’m immensely proud of the level of customer care we continually provide to our clients.

I’m a hard taskmaster but that’s because I’m genuinely passionate about ensuring each and every client we serve is 100 percent satisfied.

As estate agents we’re in a privileged position to help people make the right choices when they want to move.

As a smaller, independent estate agency I feel our team are more focused and motivated to look after people’s property needs than some of our rivals who have strict targets they have to hit.

We regularly get our clients a higher price than our local rivals and I put that down to our focus on delivering the best possible results for them and our non-stop desire to improve in all areas of our work.

At Cooper Adams we have a simple but successful ethos of treating everyone with honesty, respect and professionalism.

Shaun’s Top Property Tip - When preparing your property for sell aim for the look and feel of a quality hotel room. Neutral, minimal and somewhere people can imagine themselves living. 
In my experience, a well-presented property up against a similar, but not so well presented one, can sell for between £5000-£10,000 more.

Five Star Google Review - I was introduced to Shaun, owner of Cooper Adams back in 2004 by my mortgage broker at the time. Since then they have sold 3 properties for me including my parents home in 2016 after they passed. This was a very difficult time for me and Pauline handled the sale in a very caring and sensitive manner. My current home was purchased through Rustington Branch we moved. Cooper Adams are a very professional company the Team are all very approachable and extremely good at what they do. My last sale was particularly difficult and frustrating East Preston branch were always just a phone call away and they managed to steer me and the sale to a successful conclusion with good advice and professionalism. I would recommend them and wouldn't use any other Estate Agent. (Suzanne Goszczynski)

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams

Accounts and Administration

I handle the administration and accounts side of the business and it’s a very busy and varied role.

I’ve been married to Shaun for 30 years and we have a son together.

For me working within a family business means everything matters that little bit more. We all go that extra yard to ensure people feel totally happy with our service.

My role requires me to be thorough and reliable and my biggest challenge is that there’s often not enough hours in the day.

But the variety and working with a closely knit team is really enjoyable and often a lot of fun.

I’m a real animal lover and one of my most memorable moments working here was when a chap ran into the office asking if anyone knew the owner of a car where a dog had been left inside.

It was a sweltering day and the man had quite rightly recognised the danger the dog was in.

I went outside and took the agitated dog out of the car (which thankfully was unlocked) and gave him a drink and reassurance until his owner turned up.

That incident sums up what we try to achieve at Cooper Adams by delivering calm, caring and results driven service.

Nicola’s Top Property Tip - Declutter, declutter, declutter. Your home will look more spacious, clean and attractive to viewers.

Debi Harrison

Debi Harrison

Angmering Senior Property Consultant

I joined the Cooper Adams family from a corporate agency in 2016.

I love the different, more bespoke and personal approach which Shaun and the rest of the team have to helping clients. It compares favourably to the fiercely driven target culture which I experienced before.

This approach makes it possible to look after clients properly and spend time on every aspect of their sale or let. And that’s something I love.

I’d like to think I’m approachable, very chatty, open and honest.

I’m naturally enthusiastic and that can sometimes get the better of me. Just like when I was a little girl and I watched a movie called The Mighty Ducks about ice hockey.

I was adamant I was going to play ice hockey. I even got my parents to stump up for ice skating lessons before realising (pretty quickly) that ice hockey was a VERY rough sport for a little girl (or boy) and perhaps not for me.

I’ve lived locally for more than 16 years and when I’m not working there’s nothing I enjoy more than walking my rapidly growing puppy Brooke with my partner.

I can often be found on Sundays volunteering at a dog's’ sanctuary walking rescue dogs that are waiting to be find a new, loving home.

Debi’s Top Property Tip: When your property is up for sale you have to keep on top of the little daily chores you might sometimes let slip. The property will benefit from being as presentable as possible. This includes those little jobs like making the beds, not leaving piles of washing up in the sink tidily putting away toys, the laundry and other daily items.

What I love about East Preston: I love East Preston as there is lots going on and it is so easy to get to everything you need. I am particularly fond of the East Preston family centre as I use that regularly with my son.

Sarah Crowter

Sarah Crowter

Rustington Senior Property Consultant

I moved to the area nearly six years ago when I purchased my first flat and I love being near the sea and countryside.

Before I joined Cooper Adams, I worked in the hospitality industry for 14 years. I have always had a passion for customer service, attention to detail and I enjoy talking to clients about their future moving plans. It’s a great feeling knowing you have been part of helping someone move onto the next chapter of their life.

Away from the office, I enjoy keeping active in the gym, long country walks and spending time with family and friends.

I wanted to be part of a friendly and professional team who have the same values as myself and I have found that with Cooper Adams.

Sarah’s top property tip: Make sure all your boxes are labelled when moving, and remember to keep a pair of scissors close by for when you start unpacking!

What I love about Rustington: I love it that Rustingon has all the amenities you will ever need with its wide variety of shops including Waitrose. The beach is also a stone's throw away with links along the South Coast accessible by the 700 bus.

Five Star Google Review: Very professional and thorough from start to finish. Our house was beautifully photographed and advertised and sold very quickly at above the asking price. Unfortunately, our chain was rather troublesome. Although this was no fault of the estate agents they went above and beyond to chase everyone in the chain until we completed. I would especially like to commend Sarah in the Rustington branch who was superb. Would thoroughly recommend Cooper Adams without any hesitation. (Phil Blow)

Aurora Colson

Aurora Colson

East Preston Property Administrator

I am a French National who moved to England in 2003.
Despite the massive disappointment with the weather, I decided to stay!
After years spent living in Surrey working as an independent graphic and web designer, I had the opportunity to work as an office administrator for a well-established Chartered Surveying firm in West Sussex. That was when I fell in love with the area.
The company then decided to relocate to Surrey, and almost at the same time, I found out that Cooper Adams were looking to fill up an Office Administrator position. I thought the role would be the perfect fit. So did Shaun, as he was happy to welcome me into the team.
What I like about Cooper Adams is that it is an independent, family run business, with genuine care and dedication to customer service.
Outside of the office, you maybe be able to hear and watch me sing at one of the local pubs or restaurants. I have been singing professionally for years and still enjoy performing at the weekends, but only locally as my touring days are now behind me.

Aurora’s top property tip: When getting viewings on your property, the first impression is absolutely crucial. My advice is the outside of the property should not be neglected, and look as good as possible. A tidy garden, removing any outdoor clutter, a good jet wash, external paintwork in good order will give your property instant kerb appeal, with potential buyers aching to see the inside.

What I love about East Preston: Living two hundred yards from the seafront, walking and running along the beach is something I will never get tired of. I have also made a fair amount of very close friends within the East Preston village community, who welcomed me with open arms when I moved to this wonderful part of the world.

Five star Google review: We bought a property through Cooper Adams, right from the start they were so helpful. Aurora took over seeing the purchase, she kept us well informed, nothing was too much trouble, she was great in establishing where the solicitors were in the sale and purchase of the properties. The whole experience with them was perfect, we shall definitely be calling on them in the future should we sell our property. Thank you all so much and especially Aurora. (Sarah Shaneeco)

Chris Caley

Chris Caley

Rustington Property Consultant

I grew up in the beautiful Surrey Hills, in Albury, just outside Guildford, before relocating to Littlehampton in early 2018. I live with my wife, Layla and our two cats, Zeus & Hera, in a townhouse in Littlehampton - there are a lot of stairs – but we love the retro style. When we were deciding to buy our first home together, we looked at a variety of houses and locations across the South East, and eventually settled for Littlehampton because of its lovely beaches.

In my spare time, I enjoy eating out with my friends and family, I also like to keep fit and go to the gym. I love watching football and I am a keen Arsenal supporter.

Previous to joining Cooper Adams, I was a retail store manager for Clarks, their mantra was customer service and unbeatable craftsmanship - this trained me well for my career at Cooper Adams as their customer service is the most important drive in their business. I enjoyed Clarks very much as I am very much a people person.

Chris's top property tip: Have a non-negotiable list of requirements that you really want from your new home, for example, having a driveway, being close to school and even having a toilet downstairs these things will help you realise what is really important to you and what things are just a bonus!

What I love about Rustington: I like Rustington because it has a village feel and it reminds me of the town where I grew up. It has a good mixture of shops, cafes, and restaurants. As well as essential services such as a post office and pharmacy.

Five Star Google Review: The team at the Rustington Branch were absolutely first class from the first interaction right through to completion. The service was professional throughout and Chris really took care of us and took time to get to know us and help to get everyone in the chain pulling in the same direction. We sold our property through a different agent and didn't receive a fraction of the comms that we did from Chris, James and Sarah. I'd definitely recommend Cooper Adams to anyone looking to sell their house. We really can't speak highly enough of Chris, and he is an absolute credit to Cooper Adams! (Martin Stapley)

Charlotte Good

Charlotte Good

Angmering Property Administrator

I started my career as a Lettings negotiator in Esher, Surrey, and loved being involved in the property market. I then met my husband, moved to the South coast, had three children and worked in a school as they grew up. So I was delighted when I had the opportunity to be working back in the property industry. Shaun and Nicola are extremely professional and work so hard to provide the best service to their clients (role models to look up to!).

In my spare time, I enjoy long walks by the coast with my friends and family. I also love my husband’s (perfectly burnt every time) BBQ food.

Charlotte’s top property tip: First impressions are pivotal when clients view your property. Keeping your property tidy and clean will make all the difference. A lick of paint here and there to freshen up your home could improve your chances of a quick sale.

What I love about Angmering: Angmering has a real family village feel. There are fantastic walks up High Down, charming tearooms and of course a central welcoming pub where I have enjoyed many delicious meals.

Jason Howell

Jason Howell

East Preston Branch Manager & Property Valuation Expert

I started my career in estate agency in 2008 in the city of Brighton, working in the cut and thrust of city properties.

I’ve worked in different locations across East and West Sussex before settling in the beautiful village of East Preston. Working in this location having the time to support my clients every step of the way from preparing to sell or let through to moving into a new chapter in their life.

I love working in estate agency and consider it a hobby rather than a job.

My other hobbies and interests are in science, ufology, astrophysics and astronomy. I am also a big movie buff and huge football fan. My Bengal cat also keeps me busy who has been in my life since 2017.

Meeting and helping people is what makes this job special and because we set such high standards we’re always striving to be better.

Jason's top property tip: It’s a proven fact that smell is very important when trying to sell your home, making sure your home smells great for viewings could make all the difference. eg Bread, coffee, clean laundry, fresh flowers and open fire.

What I love about East Preston: The sense of community in the village is something I really admire and the high standards that people have in their homes. Also, the 700 bus service is a great asset to the village, its route takes it from Brighton to Portsmouth and back again.

Five star Google review: Would highly recommend Cooper Adams in East Preston. Jason, Aurora and the rest of the team are lovely and fantastic at their jobs.
They got us a quick sale at the price we wanted and have made the process easier, keeping us updated the whole way through.
We really appreciated how straightforward Jason has made the process with none of the cheesy sales tactics or complications we’d seen with other agents.
The high standard of photography and the addition of a video tour really made all the difference.
We also felt reassured by the security of having a reservation agreement in place having had bad experiences in the past of losing buyers late in the process of a sale.
We’ll certainly use them again should the need arise!  (Sophie Lofts)

James McGillivray

James McGillivray

Rustington Branch Manager & Property Valuation Expert

I started my career as an estate agent in 2014 having worked in London as an assistant property manager. The property industry has always been a passion of mine from an early age with customer service being my main priority when speaking with people. Having grown up in West Sussex all my life and with customer service being a priority I knew Cooper Adams was exactly right for me due to their outstanding reputation and reviews.
Outside of work I enjoy playing a variety of different sports from football to golf, however, I am constantly reminded how unfit I am and therefore find myself of the golf course more than the football pitch. I am a Charlton Athletic supporter, but we don’t talk about that!

James's Top Property Tip – It is very important to make sure you de-clutter and get your home ready for photos before placing your property on the market. This will make a real difference, but don’t worry we can help you every step of the way.

What I love about Rustington – I love the village feel and that it's on the coast with the sea only ever five minutes drive away. 

Five star Google review: A really big thank you to James for his valuation expertise and to Sarah, Chris and Sophie for their professionalism in progressing the sale of our home.  We are regularly updated and have every confidence in them achieving a smooth completion.
We would highly recommend Cooper Adams, Rustington. (Sue Atkinson)

Jo Leaver

Jo Leaver

Angmering Branch Manager & Property Valuation Expert

I live with my daughter Molly & my Cocker Spaniel Snoop. I have two children, but my eldest Josh has flown the nest. I have lived in West Sussex most of my life, apart from living in the Dordogne for a year back in my 30’s.

Having worked in the industry for many years, working in all areas of the property sector, from re-sales to retirement. I love working in property, partly because I am nosey and passionate about getting sellers the best price in the shortest time, as well as giving great customer service to both sellers and buyers.

In my spare time I enjoy going out for dinner, watching movies at my local cinema and taking long country walks with Snoop.

Jo's Top tip - First impression are key, this can be paramount to receiving an offer or not.

What I love about Angmering - The village has a real feel-good vibe, with a great community feel. Plus the added advantage of being so close to the Southdown’s and the beach!

Google five star review:  Jo at Cooper Adams. A really lovely, genuine, helpful estate agent. Gave great advice and would defiantly recommend this company. Thank you  (Carol Bennett)

Sophie Rutter

Sophie Rutter

Rustington Property Administrator

I grew up in a small town just outside Portsmouth and relocated to West Sussex to study Musical Theatre at Chichester University in 2017. 
Other than my love for spontaneous karaoke in my car, I have always had a love for properties, spending many of my evenings aimlessly browsing Rightmove (normally the houses that were waaay out of my price range!)

I knew Cooper Adams were the perfect place for me on day one – their level of customer care is like no other, and they really will go above and beyond to get you the best sale they can.

Sophie's top property tip: A lick of paint can cover an awful lot! Not only does it conceal small marks, chips or scratches, but it also revives the character and charm of your home. The most important part for me is the skirting boards, a bright white coat can really make the room brighter, plus nobody likes that sun-bleached yellow tinge!

What I love about Rustington: Rustington is such a lovely village, with a busy high street and beautiful beach in the summer. I love how the town lights up in December with its Christmas lights – I have the perfect view from my desk!

Five star Google review: A really big thank you to James for his valuation expertise and to Sarah, Chris and Sophie for their professionalism in progressing the sale of our home.  We are regularly updated and have every confidence in them achieving a smooth completion.
We would highly recommend Cooper Adams, Rustington. (Sue Atkinson)

Seb Kirwin

Seb Kirwin

East Preston Trainee Property Consultant

I grew up in this area and love it so much.
I am very hard-working and passionate about what I do, and will go above and beyond to make sure the clients are always happy and stay informed.

I live in Arundel with my mum, my sister and my dog Smudgy a little cockapoo. I’m an avid sports fan too, especially football, where unfortunately I have been brought up to be a huge Everton fan. To hide away from this I love to keep myself as busy as I can, so I’m always doing something, whether that be DIY around the house or playing music, or even trying my hand at a bit of cooking. Making sure I can help out my family is very important to me as your family is all you have at the end of the day. And that’s what I love about Cooper Adams, as it’s a family run business, the sense of unity and togetherness means it is a great environment and everyone here cares just that bit more.

Seb’s top property tip - First impressions matter. Having the outside of your house clean and tidy draws a lot more people in.

What I love about East Preston – The variety and location; You have the gorgeous beach right on your door step, as well as the beautiful south downs just minutes away. East Preston is a great place to get the best of everything. Being only a stones throw from places such as Arundel and Worthing. 

Sam Dunnings

Sam Dunnings

Lettings Manager

I started my property career in 2005, how time flies! I have been in lettings since the start and love the fast pace of it. Renting can be just as tricky as buying so I love to help people find their next dream home and onward move. 

I have been in a management role for 16 years now, which gives me a wealth of knowledge when it comes to valuing homes, the latest law changes and ultimately finding the best tenant for your property.

I enjoy keeping healthy and going to the gym in my spare time, I love my house and garden and in the summer I will always be the chef at the BBQ. My two cats, Monkey and Mishka keep me on my toes too! 

Sam’s top property tip: When advertising your property, you need to entice tenants, make sure the front door is clean and tidy, the porch clear of leaves and cobwebs and if there is space a pretty plant will give it that extra something to welcome them into their potential new home. 

What I love about the BN16 area: Everything is on your doorstep; the beach is minutes away as well as the rolling hills of Sussex Countryside so plenty of choice for walks and exploring. I love living so close to the sea and beautiful South Downs.

Google five star review: Sam from the East Preston office went above and beyond his job role. From the first meeting onwards the service provided was professional, friendly and useful. Words that until this point I have never used in response to a letting agent....until now.  Highly recommend Cooper Adams as I would also highly recommend Sam. (Tania Rodd)

Jasmine Clayton

Jasmine Clayton

Angmering Trainee Property Consultant

I have lived locally the majority of my life. I feel very privileged to be so close to the sea and I ensure I am making the most of the beautiful scenery we are surrounded by and often go for long walks and runs.

Before starting at Cooper Adams, I worked in both retail and hospitality for two years. This is where I discovered my passion for working with people in a team.

In my spare time, I love both performing in and watching musical theatre productions, and I have been doing so since I was seven years old. When not singing, I enjoy going out for brunch with my friends!

I love learning and love our positive and dedicated team.

Jasmine's Property Tip: Focusing on decluttering and ensuring the property looks tidy is essential. This will make your property more appealing in photos and on viewings.

What I love about Angmering: I love the atmosphere, everyone is so welcoming which makes it such a lovely community to work and live in.

George Aylott

George Aylott

East Preston Senior Property Consultant

Having started my career within estate agency in 2015 I have progressed from being an apprentice all the way through to my current Senior role. 

Property has always been a keen interest of mine but quickly had the realisation it is actually working with people to assist them in achieving their move goals and adding real value is what gives me more fulfilment. I’ve grown up in West Sussex and bought my first property fresh out of lockdown in 2020. It is my passion to add value and provide a high-quality service that attracted me to Cooper Adams, I feel these are values shared by the brand which has allowed them to build a strong reputation in the local area. 

George’s Top Property Tip: When selling your property try to be available as much as possible. Whether this be to allow access for viewings or via the telephone to assist your solicitor dealing with any enquiries, it goes a long way to make sure no opportunities are missed and things are not needlessly delayed. 

What I love about East Preston: I love East Preston as there is lots going on and it is so easy to get to everything you need. I am particularly fond of the East Preston seafront, me and my partner enjoy getting the paddleboards out and getting on the water as much as possible, weather permitting! 

Jayde Pope

Jayde Pope

Cooper Adams Property Marketing Manager

With a strong background in estate agency, Jayde manages the marketing across the entire Cooper Adams brand. From mostly behind the scenes, Jayde's job is to ensure our customers are receiving the highest quality service, the best insights and education into the property market and maximum exposure for each property.

Jayde's Top Tip: Before you have photographs taken and for viewings, ensure you remove any clutter, everyday items such as washing up or laundry, and particularly personal items from view. Do your best to banish certain smells, like pets or smoke, and instead replace them with scents that trigger emotions, like baking. This will enable potential buyers to envision your home as theirs. 

Vicki Hazelgrove

Vicki Hazelgrove

Cooper Adams Bookkeeper and back office administrator

I joined Cooper Adams in 2022 after spending over 40 years in finance. I have previously worked in the Public sector so I am excited to be part of a family-run business especially as Shaun is my nephew.

I will be assisting Nicola with the bank reconciliation and administration work. I pride myself on being honest and reliable with a good attention to detail. I enjoy a variety of work and like to be busy. 

Aisha Mulrooney

Aisha Mulrooney

Cooper Adams account manager at Gazeal for Legal Packs and Reservation Agreements

Aisha is our dedicated reservation agreement specialist, on hand to help you with securing your property sales & purchases so you can move with ease. Aisha will start by ensuring sellers are legally prepared for when they have found a buyer to move the process along as quick and smooth as possible. Once a buyer has been accepted an agreement is then set up between seller and buyer to ensure their commitment to each other.

Using Cooper Adams means using the safest agent in East Preston, Angmering & Rustington.

Aisha's Top Tip: The process for moving in England is in need of change. We believe that any property sale and purchase should start with trust and certainty my advice is, if you are serious then you should have no problem with showing commitment.

Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman

Independent Mortgage Advisor

Do you need professional independent advice to help find the right mortgage?

Ryan will help you!

Unlike all other brokers Ryan doesn't charge expensive admin fees.

Whether you are a first time buyer, moving, looking to finance a buy to let or remortgaging, by combining sophisticated technology with human expertise, he can quickly identify and arrange a mortgage that best fits your requirements.

Ryan has worked in the mortgage industry since 2017 and has a great understanding of the needs of customer and how to implement this efficiently, keeping the customers best interests at the forefront of what he does. Out of working hours Ryan loves nothing more than family days out with his wife and two children.

Ryan's Top Tip: Always be transparent with your mortgage advisor. There are multiply lenders with different lending criteria and affordability calculators to cater for individual circumstances. A mortgage advisor can cater to your individual circumstances if them know about them. Its causes delays, raises more questions and creates unnecessary problems when you don’t fully disclose everything to your mortgage advisor. If you are unsure about anything don’t be afraid to ask, no question is a silly question.

Bank statements and pay slips are usually the documents that take people the most time to get hold of for a number of reasons. To make sure there are no delays, approach your employer or bank for these documents in good time, before talking with your mortgage advisor.

Try and keep financial commitments as low as possible and make sure everything is paid to date to give yourself the best chance possible when applying for a mortgage.

Steve Newman

Steve Newman

Independent Mortgage Advisor

Do you need professional independent advice to help find the right mortgage?

With over 25 years experience and a friendly service, Steve will help you!

Whether you are a first time buyer, moving, looking to finance a buy to let or remortgaging, by combining sophisticated technology with human expertise, he can quickly identify and arrange a mortgage that best fits your requirements.

Steve lives & works locally running a professional, family Independent Mortgage Brokers who arrange mortgages from the ‘whole of market’ and he does not charge Cooper Adams’ clients a fee!

Steve's Top Tip: Are you pre-qualified with an agreement in principle? Before you start the process of buying or selling, make sure your mortgage is already. Most of the application can be done in advance. This way you will be one step ahead of everyone else. Your offer will be more attractive and you could save money. Ask myself or Ryan about getting this in place well in advance.

Paul and Lou Westbrook

Paul and Lou Westbrook

House Clearance

Paul Westbrook House Clearance

We are a husband & wife team, Paul & Lou, who offer a full or partial, stress-free (for you!) house clearance service. We established our business back in 2001 where we initially only offered a removal service before fully moving on to clearing properties. We are Licensed Waste Carriers and our current Waste Licence number is CBDU176755, this enables us to dispose of your house contents in a legal manner, though saying that we do our best to recycle wherever possible. Once the property is cleared we vacuum/sweep through leaving it ready for marketing, and on completion of the clearance we send photographs of the completed works for your peace of mind.

A bit about who we are...
I was born in the Zachary Merton Maternity Hospital, Rustington in 1967, and as a baby lived in the Barnham Police House, as my dad was a Policeman, before moving to Worthing as a young child where I have remained ever since.
Paul however was born in Paddington, London in 1963 and grew-up in Langley near to Slough before moving down to be with me in Worthing in the late 1990's.
We married in 1999 and between us have two daughters, three grandchildren and an ageing Jack Russell called Maxie. We enjoy gardening, days out, cooking from fresh and eating!

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