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Jonny Aston

Ella Tugwell

Role when joined:



Senior Consultant 2017 


Jonnys initial aspirations when he started working with expand:

When I joined expand i wanted to get on the property ladder and get a mortgage. I am buying a house this year (with a little help from inheritance) and lots of savings, I’ve managed it thanks to expand. It’s great to work for a company that encourages positive wellbeing of its staff and a support network for the team. I feel valued, encouraged and able to excel professionally. 

Why did he choose expand:

Flexible working allows me to manage my personal life without stress, I can pick up my daughter from school, leave early to get to boxing or cycle a different route in the morning to enjoy the sunshine. I have amazing support, from a network of market experts (the Directors) who are recruiting themselves and who lead by example. There’s opportunities to go from consultant to Director, based on your performance. 

I came from a corporate background, which didn’t suit my personality at all. I was unhappy in my previous job and a friend (who already works here) recommended expand. He was saying how happy he was here – so it made sense to have an introduction. After a quick call with Samantha, I met my two of the Directors for an informal conversation and followed up with a couple of other meetings with some of the team. The interview process was quick, relaxed and set a good tone for the company and the atmosphere.  

What 3 words would you use to describe expand:




Favourite place to go for lunch:

Deadwax pizza

Favourite pub nearby:

Ohso Social

Favourite thing about working in central Brighton:

Cycling to work along the seafront