Staff Profile

Martin Bird MNAEA,MARLA,Dip DEA Director

Martin has lived in Essex all of his life, with Chelmsford having been his home town for more than 20 years. He started his Estate Agency career in 1986 working for an Independent multi office company and progressed to managing their Chelmsford office. In 1996 he moved to a corporate agent again working from their Chelmsford office until 1999 when an opportunity arose to join Independent Property Services.

Being the landlord of a small portfolio of properties himself and having had the experience of buying and selling property for refurbishment, Martin appreciates all the more the challenges that landlords, sellers and buyers sometimes face.

Best known for his sympathetic, unassuming and professional approach. Martin still gets a great deal of satisfaction helping people move, even after 28 years in the business.

During his spare time Martin enjoys the outdoors especially gardening, he is also a keen cyclist and has a particular interest in aviation and gained his private pilots licence in 1989 followed by a commercial licence in 1998!


David Gilvray Director 

David started his Estate Agency career in 1980 when he joined a highly respected Independent firm of estate agents in Braintree as an office junior. David then progressed to sales manager and met and worked with Martin Bird for a number of years until 1994 when he joined a large corporate agent and ran two very successful sales offices. In 1999 he joined Independent Property Services where he teamed up again with Martin and has been successfully running the lettings department since 2004.

David has a reputation for being a very diligent, considerate and conscientious worker and prides himself on giving a very high standard of service which has been demonstrated over the last 30 years in the business.

David resides in the village of Silver End with his wife Nicky, his daughter Leanne who is a teacher at flitch green academy and son Carl who is an operations controller.

During his spare time David enjoys cycling, gardening and surprisingly decorating.


James Neville Director

James started his Estate Agency career when he joined Independent Property Services in 2000 as a trainee negotiator and rapidly progressed to a senior negotiator. Since then James has gained a wealth of experience in residential lettings property management and residential sales.

James specializes in the residential lettings arm of the company and deals with all aspects associated with lettings. He has a reputation for delivering a highly trustful and professional service and has an implicit understanding of finance in residential letting. 

James resides in Chelmsford and has Four daughters.

In his spare time James enjoys his family life and has a strong passion for all types of motor sports.

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