Chris Winton

Property Sector Recruitment Expert

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Chris has over 35 years’ experience in residential estate agency. Starting straight from school as a Trainee Surveyor, working for a long established independent Yorkshire estate agency and studying to be a Chartered Surveyor.

In 1975 he joined The Provident Financial Group subsequently becoming a founding member of Whitegates Estate Agency. Initially working as valuer, then branch manager and once established, was instrumental in the expansion of the network, opening branches throughout West Yorkshire.

Recognising that financial services were growing in importance within the industry, he moved to Lloyds TSB, working on a pilot, in branch estate agency and qualifying as a financial services consultant.

In 1992 he joined the Halifax, managing various branches in West and North Yorkshire including The Yorkshire Dales.

After a substantial career in property, he moved successfully into recruitment in 2007, specialising in all aspects of estate agency. 

What they say

I'd happily recommend Robin I found him very professional and informative on potential roles and really understood my needs. He helped greatly on what was a very important decision.
Will - Candidate
I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me find my dream job. Nicola was there with me every step of the way and was always available to take my calls and answer any questions I had. I would and will recommend her to anyone looking to take the next step in their career.
Joshua - Candidate
From my side of the desk as an applicant I found Nicola to be a very professional and hands on recruitment ally in my search for a new job. She put me in front of some great companies and I'm pleased to say I secured a new position pretty quickly, so in what she does she does it very well!
Nigel - Candidate
Nicola is amazing at what she does! Now found me two brilliant jobs in next to no time.

Highly, highly recommended.
James - Candidate

I have found Ambitious the only recruitment company that specialise in finding people who have experience of our industry to a competent level.  This has saved me valuable time finding the right recruit for the position.

Steve Cox - Trading Places
Having known Robin since his time at AMR, I have worked with him indirectly in a number of areas and always found him to be very affable, incredibly easy to deal with and an expert in his field.

He understands his sector and the nuances within and is able to adapt to market and client demands. I would have no hesitation in recommending Robin, or Ambitious Group, if you are looking for a recruiter to offer unparalleled service with real value.
Ben - Client

I can confirm that I have known Robin for 6 years and he has been my number one point of contact for my ‘job hunting’ needs.


I have found Robin highly organised, an exceptional communicator and I have always been very impressed with the speed and efficiency he has dealt with all aspect of the process, from first enquiry through to the job offer. 

He clearly has worked in the recruitment industry for many years but understands the property industry thoroughly and I highly recommend Robin for anyone seeking job opportunities.

Alison - Candidate

I have been using Nicola & Christine for my recruitment now for many years.  The service and communications has always been great. 

Nicola listens to my expectations/requirements and always sends me the right candidates.  Her knowledge and professionalism is fantastic and I look forward to continuing to work with her

Rob Cuffe - Philip James
 I would highly recommend Nicola as an outstanding recruiter, she was able to source me an ideal role within a week!! In my initial meeting with Nicola I found her very professional and approachable and it was clear that she is very passionate about recruiting.

She supported me through the whole process and kept me informed at every stage. I would like to thank Nicola for her interest in my cv and for helping me to secure my new role.
Nicola - Candidate
Robin is the best person to contact regarding a new role. He is super efficient and always does his best. He emailed my CV to as many clients as he could and found my new role which I love.

He went above and beyond to help me. I highly recommend Robin Tossell to anyone looking for new employment.

Sarah - Candidate

We would like to take this opportunity to say that the quality of service offered by Nicola since our first contact over 10 years ago has been highly impressive.

Nicola has an extensive insight in Estate Agency, Lettings and Financial Services with a vast knowledge of the industry.  Not only has she presented us with a high quality of applicant but she has advised us on the structure of our business and has strategically helped us improve our business extensively.


Nicola takes pride in providing us with high quality applicants and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and work with her again.

Mike Cowell - Cowell Norford
I have known Nicola for several years and she has always delivered a fantastic service, she is always there when you need her. 
Aston Darby
It was an absolute pleasure working with Nicola, she understood exactly what I was looking for from the off. She very quickly found me the perfect roll and with her guidance landed me my perfect job! She was fantastic to deal with and I would highly recommend her!
Jodie - Candidate
Nicola managed to find me a great job within just 48 hours of meeting her! Everything was dealt with quickly and professionally and more importantly Nicola delivered on everything she said at our first meeting.
Darren Owen - Candidate
Nicola is simply amazing at what she does. She has not only found me two wonderful jobs in my career but she also keeps delivering exceptional candidates for me as well. If you get a call off Nicola you need to take it! They pay dividends.

If you have a vacancy or you are looking for a new challenge I can't think of anything else you should do but to call Nicola or her team.

Thanks for all your help Nic
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Robin and The Ambitious Group for all their help and support in my search for employment. I have already recommended Robin to several of my friends as nothing is too much trouble. He even left me a message to wish me good luck on my interview, which I thought was lovely and really appreciated.
Sam - Candidate
We have worked with Nicola for a number of years now across various divisions within the group and always found her knowledge, assistance and quality of candidate she submits to be excellent.

She listens to our requirements and advises us accordingly to ensure we get the right candidate for the job. I would highly recommend anyone to use the Ambitious Group as their service and delivery is superb!!
Jennifer Tappin - Pinnacle MC Global
Robin has now found us several high quality recruits over the years. Always open and honest! We will continue to use him for any future vacancies.
Johnathan - Client
We would like to thank Ambitious Group and especially Daniel for working really hard on our behalf. We had plenty of applicants and you actively sought a suitable candidate for our business. Many thanks, Matthew (Partner) Pearson Ferrier

I have worked with Robin for many years, he has a fantastic understanding of the company and has been a tremendous help in finding the perfect candidates to join our ever expanding team. Candidates are always of a very high standard and well matched to the business and the roles themselves, leaving Signature to concentrate on developing the business.


I would highly recommend Robin and Ambitious to deal with recruitment needs.
Tracy - Signature

Fortunately I was lucky enough to stumble across Emma whilst looking to make a step up in my career and I can honestly say the service she offers is second to none thanks to her professionalism and genuine passion she has for helping people find their dream role.
I would recommend Emma to anyone looking for a new role without hesitation.

Josh - Candidate

A massive thank you to Nicola and her team. After spending some time looking for my next job with not much luck, I was put in touch with Nicola. She invited me down to her office the same day I rang, she spent enough time to discuss what kind of job I was looking for etc.

Within 48 hours I had several interviews lined up purely from her many contacts. I ended up accepting one of those jobs and I am very happy. Thank you again Nicola!

Adam - Candidate
We have used Nicola and the team to recruit various members of staff. Nicola really ‘gets’ our business and always send’s me quality clients.

Nicola is the only person in recruitment who I know interviews all of the candidates before sending them to me.
This is invaluable and saves me a lot of time. I would highly recommend the Ambitious Group.
David Lee - Christie & Co
I am writing to thank you for all your efforts in finding me my new job. I found your process, care and attention to detail provided by your company to the highest of standards.

I would strongly recommend your company to any person anywhere.

Take care and I wish you all the best for the future.
Martin - Candidate
Nicola has been of great assistance in helping me find employment when returning back to the UK from travelling. Within days I had interviews lined up and I have now landed a perfect role close to home and enjoying working for the company. Nicola took the stress out of the daunting job searching and placed me in a role quickly which I am well suited.

I would highly recommend Nicola and would like to thank her help and assistance!

Sophie - Candidate
As an owner manager of an independent lettings agency recruitment can be a daunting experience. Working with Nicola and Christine at Ambitious has made the whole process much easier.  Nicola understands my business and takes the time to understand the requirements of each role.

  As a result I have a small prefiltered batch of applicants to review which saves me time and allows me to focus on running the business. I can absolutely recommend Nicola and her team and I look forward to working with them for many more years.
Around Town Flats

Nicola contacted me about a job recently and was great at supporting and helping me through the recruitment process! I would absolutely recommend the Ambitious Group!

Stephanie - Candidate
Nicola is the most efficient recruiter I have ever worked with. She was able to find me the perfect role which suited both my personality and skill set almost immediately. I was offered my new job role just over 2 weeks after making initial contact with Nicola.

I would highly recommend Ambitious Group to everyone as everybody I dealt with was exceptionally professional and pleasant. Thanks again Nicola!
Sofia - Candidate
Would highly recommend Chris Winton from the Ambitious Group. He found me my dream job in the perfect location, at a great salary what more could anyone wish for?
Ellen - Candidate
Nicola was fantastic in getting me my new role. I've had the pleasure to work with her twice now and both times she has been friendly, supportive and professional. She really listened to what I wanted and found me this new role which I'm fully enjoying!
Amy - Candidate
Assetz has been working with Nicola for over 10 years now across the group and has had a succession of talented new employees as a result. Nicola is highly skilled in placing new members of staff who are perfectly suited to the role, which ensures we retain the staff for a long period of time and they become part of the Assetz family.

Her hard work and dedication to finding the right candidates has ensured that we have continued to recruit the best sales staff in the industry. After all, we pride ourselves on being the best in the industry and will only use the best recruiter in the industry! I would recommend Nicola to anyone looking for highly talented new employees.
Jan Bancroft - Assetz
Robin at Ambitious was a pleasure to deal with.  After submitting a job application through a third party website, he contacted me within a few hours and arranged an interview then and there, no messing about.  

He was completely professional and down to earth.  Robin kept me informed throughout the process and he was very easy to do business with.
Connie - Candidate
We have worked with Robin for many years and he has successfully recruited for us at all levels in our business. He has an excellent understanding of our needs and, as a former property professional himself, knows the industry well.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Robin and the team at The Ambitious Group.
Sarah Mains - Sarah Mains Residential

Genuinely so thankful to Nicola and her team, I'm thoroughly enjoying my new role!

Joanne - Candidate
I just wanted to say that I am so grateful that I registered with you, as I personally feel that unlike other agencies you are so much for the person than a number. I have the utmost faith in you and your business and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.
Jeanette - Candidate

Nicola has been so helpful, right from the start. She was the only recruiter who took the time to meet me face to face, which I thought was really nice. It wasn't a formal meeting so she made it easy for me to be myself.

I loved how proactive she was and really thought about what role would suit me best. I'm really happy with the job she has found for me and can't wait to start now.  I will have to send her a thank you card :)

Gemma - Candidate
Understanding our company and its core values has been at the heart of our relationship with the Ambitious Group. Their personal attention, easy access and prompt reaction to the needs of our ever growing business has been vital to its continued success.

Both Robin and Nicola are true professionals in their field, matching people to positions with care and attention to detail. We believe that a company is only as good as it’s people, so working in partnership with The Ambitious Group gives us the ‘winning bid’ every time.
Dawn Reay - Iam Sold

I could go on and on about how fantastic Nicola and the team at The Ambitious Group have been. I feel that she really took the time to find out exactly what made me tick and what I was looking for from my relocation to the North West.

Nicola’s professional yet very personable approach has made her a joy to work with and I cant wait to start my new position. I can’t thank her enough and will be recommending her to anyone looking for a move within the industry. 

Stewart - Candidate
Nicola found me the perfect role, exactly what I was looking for with a great company. Available at all times of the day, I really felt encouraged and supported throughout the whole process! Absolutely recommend!
Sophie - Candidate
"Recruitment Robin" is the man to go to for property recruitment in the North East. He is not your typical recruiter and like all the team at Ambitious, he listens to what you need, he calls you back, he is proactive in scoping potential roles and when I have used him to recruit into my current business he has been a joy to work with, as always.

You and Chris have found me the perfect new role in an amazing company, thank you!

Fran - Candidate
We have used The Ambitious Group for many years now and have built positive relationships with Robin and Nicola. They appreciate how important our people are to us as a company, and as a fast growing business they understand what our recruitment expectations are.

The professional and proactive service we receive from Robin and Nicola has been consistently good and we would not hesitate in recommending The Ambitious Group.
Jessica Tait - George F White
Having scooped not one, but four top awards at the 2015 Estate Agent of the Year Awards in London, including the BEST ESTATE AGENT IN THE UK, we are extremely conscious of how important it is to have the right calibre of staff.


Chris Winton and his colleagues at THE AMBITIOUS GROUP have successfully recruited a number of key staff in recent years.  We use them because, not only do they know the industry inside out, they know DALE EDDISON and the high standard of candidates we insist on.  Their registration process ensures that we only interview real contenders for the vacancy, saving us valuable time and money, virtually dispensing with the first interviews.

I have real confidence that when THE AMBITIOUS GROUP sends me a candidate, it will be a candidate worth interviewing.  Only with the best staff can we be the very best agent.
in the UK!
William Eddison - Dale Eddison
Nicola was fantastic and I could not be happier. She really listened to what I was looking for and worked towards this. Having looked at my needs, she actually suggestes a position I wasn't even considering which I have now taken. Very helpuful and easy to get hold of. 
Andrew - Candidate
Would always go back to Nicola to find a job for me and always recommend her to friends. She's very attentive to what I'm looking for and finding the right job for me. She found the role I am currently in and I couldn't be happier with where I am now.
Rebecca - Candidate
Nicola is the best Recruiter I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with! Everyone at The Ambitious Group were great to deal, very professional and conscientious! I wish Nicola all the best for the future, she is an absolute star!
Lee - Candidate
GSC Grays have been working together with the Ambitious Group for a number of years, recruiting key members of the team across our property business.

Robin and the team at Ambitious know our industry extremely well, in addition to taking the time to understand our business, and so only recommend candidates to us who fit our company culture.

This unique understanding of the property industry ensures that we are only presented with the best candidates for our business, ultimately saving us time and money in the recruitment process.
GSC Grays
Nicola was so helpful throughout the whole application process. Knowing I couldn't drive at the time she was more than happy to accommodate and we did a Skype interview. I immediately felt more relaxed and Nicola was lovely, full of encouragement!

Even better I had a job within a week of our chat and I've now settled into an excellent role. I'd like to say a big thank you for making everything so easy and stress free! 
Roxanne - Candidate

I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me find a job! Nicola is such a sweetheart and she understood me and my criteria. I would definitley recommend her expertise and her services to anyone.

Thank you.

Humairah - Candidate
Nicola was amazing throughout the whole process, calmed me before interviews and talked me through the whole process.

Nicola gave me confidence and just general advice I can't thank her enough, even now I'm in the posistion she still checks I'm doing okay Thanks Nic my job fairy :)
Emma - Candidate
I have worked with Robin for years now and believe he is truly an asset to our team. He is always professional and helpful, even when we ask for the impossible... he quite often delivers!
Hannah - IAM Sold
Chris and his team have proved their worth by the high calibre of candidates they put forward.
As a Director this saves me time and money and ensures minimal disruption to my business when vacancies arise.
Ian Hind - Whitegates

Nicola, thank you for your help and support this week. I still can't believe how quickly I've landed myself a new job, I couldn't have done it without your help. Your communication has been brilliant. Thank you!

Heraa - Candidate

Having worked closely with Robin and his team recently in finding a suitable candidate for our lettings dept. I can honestly say it has been an absolute pleasure! Robin has provided me with expert professional advice, taking full cognizance of our requirements.

I know that I can rely on Robin to deliver his services on time, keep in regular contact, answer any questions and above all make the provision of all his services stress free and easy.


Gemma Myring - Myrings

Nicola is the most enthusiastic, organised and knowledgeable recruitment consultant I've ever used or come across. Her communication and productivity were second to none. I would whole-heartedly recommend her both to companies and to prospective candidates.

Helena - Candidate
Robin is both passionate and enthusiastic about what he does, seldom failing to find suitable candidates for positions we require. His attitude and friendly demeanour make the difference between us enjoying personal service rather than being one of many.

Our requirements are often both specific and not common in the UK marketplace, however Robin and the team at Ambitious deliver first class personalised service and above all else results. Well done.
Omar Binder - Asteco
It was a pleasure dealing with Nicola, I found her very professional. She really listened to me and quickly understood my strengths and what I was looking for. She found me a great role with a fantastic company and I would have no hesitation recommending her services. She is definitely the best recrutier I have dealt with. 
Nicola - Candidate