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Cridland and Co
About Us

Who are we?


A team of professionals dedicated to the very highest professional standards, with an unrivalled reputation for service.

James Cridland MNAEA has run various estate agency businesses over many years, from Surrey to rural Oxfordshire, taking each to market leader status. Cridland and Co is the culmination of years watching agents putting profit first and service a distant second, when the reverse logic actually benefits all far better.

James holds his hands up to being an obsessive. The smallest detail being sometimes the difference between successful marketing and failure, he works with each and every client to produce the best marketing available anywhere, which is why many of our successes were failures with other agents. Outside work if it has an engine or a sail it's James' passion, and when he's not working on a car or boat he can often be found in a record store or soldering old bits of hi-fi together (some of which survive the experience...)

Harriet Cridland owned and ran a recruitment business for 10 years, building it from nothing - then sold it as a successful concern with an international reputation. Her understanding of business and finance is second to none, she is an outstanding networker and fantastically organised, and she is never afraid to be completely honest with her advice. She is responsible for all our branding and all our finance.

Once a keen and accomplished horse rider, she is hoping that between family and work there will be more time for that one day. Meantime, like James, she loves classic cars and sailing boats; unlike James she is also a fabulous cook.

Issy McCarthy AssocRICS came to us from a rural background in Herefordshire. Issy studied at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, then working with Strutt and Parker and Finders Keepers before arriving here. This has provided her with a comprehensive understanding of sales and lettings, in both city and country locations, ideal in the transitory market so typical of Oxfordshire. Clients find it hard to get stressed talking to Issy as there's always an answer, always a solution, delivered with calm and sagacity.

Quite aside from her abilities as an agent, her wit is the driest and keeps the office amused. She also has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of every local eatery, pub or place of interest! 

Rebecca Shaw MARLA Becka runs our office with a rod of iron, keeping the diary running like clockwork. She is also our Lettings controller.

A country girl from West Oxfordshire, before coming into this business she ran busy pub/ restaurants with up to 100 covers, a job requiring stamina, patience and high levels of organisation. Consequently her people skills, especially her ability to sort out crises calmly, are beyond reproach. Howver, when we found her cleaning an oven herself as she felt the professionals hadn't hit the right standard, we started to worry... She confesses her OCD attitude continues outside work, which might be why while she tries to find a moment to go to the gym she admits to failing regularly.

Sara MacAndrew-Uren An inveterate property nut, she originally tried to sell her previous house through one of our competitors. When that failed she came to us. After the sale successfully completed Sara nagged us until we agreed to bring her in for weekends. She clearly knows far more about property than most "professional" estate agents, something that viewers frequently comment on. Her sunny attitude is noticed by all she meets, and being a local Mum to two boys means she knows every activity, group, amenity available for families.