Meet the Team

Darren Clarke


Founding Partner, Darren Clarke, started Simon Clarke in 1991 from a small office on Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone N20. With a clear vision of being a lettings only specialist the client base of Simon Clarke quickly grew as did the need for a larger office. Simon Clarke moved to their current home on Whetstone High Road before opening their second office in Finchley Central in 2001. Darren advises clients on the refurbishments of their properties in order to maximise their rental yields and controls projects ranging from redecoration to complete refurbishements and extensions,


Neil Shah

Partner BA (Hons) MNAEA MARLA

Neil joined Simon Clarke in 2003 as a trainee negotiator and slowly moved to Senior Negotiator before becoming an Associate Partner in 2011. In 2014 Neil gained full Partnership status. With an extensive knowledge on the local Lettings market Neil is regarded as a trusted advisor to landlords on many aspects from purchase to refurbishments. With a clear vision of being the best Lettings Specialist in North London Simon Clarke has won Best Letting Agent for Customer Experience in N20 & N3 in 2015,2016 & 2017. When his two young sons are not keeping him busy Neil enjoys anything motoring related.


Tony Hodgson

Branch Manager MARLA

Tony joined Simon Clarke Letting Agents in 2004 after working in the retail industry. Managing the Finchley Central office tony has a vast amount of knowledge and experience of the rental market in particular the areas of Finchley, Woodside Park, Whetstone, Crouch End and surrounding areas. Tony has achieved a NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting & Property Management and is a member of ARLA. Outside of work Tony enjoys watching his team Tottenham Hotspur play up and down the country.


Marco Caimi

Lettings Consultant

Marco moved to North London from Italy in 2006 at the age of 19. He started working in hospitality and having managed some of London’s most prestige cocktail bars his excellent customer service, attention to detail and multi tasking skills were naturally transferable into the world of lettings. Marcos always had a passion for property & interiors and loves connecting people with their ideal home. Fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish Marco enjoys visiting European cities in his free time.


Rishi Patel

Lettings Consultant

As an experienced landlord himself Rishi joined the Simon Clarke team in 2015. Rishi places a great importance on making each client feel valued & building good relationships throughout the process. Rishi enjoys eating out with his friends and colleagues in his spare time.


Chris Payne

Lettings Consultant

Chris joined the Simon Clarke team in 2015. He has a great knowledge of the local area and has lived in the Barnet area for his entire life to date. Chris has always had a keen interest in property with this stemming from multiple family members that have also been involved in the industry in some form. Chris is an avid fan of multiple sports but his main passion is following his football club Tottenham Hotspur.


Margaret Clarke

Property Administrator


Purdie Martin

Head of Property Management

Purdie has been doing Property Management for 13 years starting a career at Simon Clarke in a seceterial role supporitng the Lettings Department. After several years, she furthered her career in the Management Department and in 2010 became Property Manager. With a strong team behind her, our Management Department succesufully manages a portifolio of over 250 properties. In her own personal time, Purdie regulary attends the gym and takes a keen passion in baking


Carl Feaney


Carl is our full time in house handyman working solely on properties managed by Simon Clarke. Carl has worked in general property maintenance for over 20 years and has a huge experience in all matters relating to property maintenance. Carl joined Simon Clarke in 2012, and is often seen driving the Simon Clarke branded van from property to property attending to repairs. In his free time Carl likes spending time with friends and cooking.


James Demetriou

Property Maintenance Co-Ordinator

James started his career in property in 2012 working as a Lettings Negotiator in Finchley Central and after some time then decided to persue a career in Property Management. Having taken to this role quite quickly, he has gained a vast amount of experience over the years. With excellent organisation skills and customer service James has become a great asset to Simon Clarke’s team. James speaks fluently in English and Greek and outside of the office enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as having a keen interest in cars.

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