Rob Clifford

Group Commercial Director

Rob returned to the SDL Group in 2009, after roles as Managing Director of Virgin Money and Chief Executive at mortgageforce, and is CEO of the rapidly developing estate and lettings agency businesses. Rob is also ideally positioned, group-wide, to use his experience to maximize the opportunities for our partners across the full range of property services industries.

Paul Staley

PRS Director

After establishing a number of property-related businesses, Paul returned to the Group in 2011 to spearhead the SDL Group’s pioneering work in the Private Rental Sector, and has spent the last few years working on a number of major projects which have secured over £1bn of institutional investment into Build to Rent schemes. SDL Lettings now manage the properties which have been delivered under these schemes.

Lesley Sharkey

Operations Director

Lesley has spent the last 20 years of her career in Estate and Lettings Agency businesses. Having held senior positions within the UK’s largest corporate agency, she has spent the last 6 years with CENTURY 21 as Operations Director. Lesley believes that passion for property and outstanding customer service are the ingredients of her success and that of a successful business.

Louise Jeffries

Business Development Director

Louise joined the SDL Group in 2010 to focus on corporate partnerships and new revenue streams across the group. Louise believes that passion and an entrepreneurial spirit is what drives her and the business she works for. Louise is instrumental in linking up business opportunities and corporate relationships to deliver the best customer outcome, across the group, whilst delivering commercial advantage.

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Leadership Team

As part of the SDL Group, we also benefit from the guidance of some of the property and financial services industries’ best-regarded individuals. Please visit for more details.