Roger Lightfoot B.Tech (Hons)

Group Chief Executive

I'm sports-mad, love Kent and I'm experimenting with photography!



I joined Hobbs Parker in January 1990.

Even after all those years, I love being part of Hobbs Parker.

I often say to friends that I think a large part of our success is down to the friendly atmosphere in the office — many of our Directors and staff are friends first and work colleagues second.

It’s my job to make sure that our business runs smoothly so that our Directors and brilliant staff can spend their time looking after our customers and clients.

I deal with much of the dull (but important) administration of our business which includes our IT systems.

But my real interest lies in creative ideas and solutions to improve our business and especially the efficiency and quality of the service we provide to our customers. Our website and digital communications strategy occupy much or my time at the moment.

I have always been fascinated by technology. I built my first computer aged about 15 in 1978 which involved hand soldering over 2,000 connections (it worked first time!). I studied Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University and was sponsored by Jaguar Cars. After university, I worked as a consulting and software engineer at Concentration Heat and Momentum for a couple of years before joining Hobbs Parker.

I founded HP Technology a specialist company which specialised in the supply of business telecoms and internet services (we sold this business in 2018) and I am a Co-founder of Spark 9 LLP which develops Fabmin a leading cloud-based web application for managing staff holidays and sickness in small and medium-sized businesses.

Anybody that knows me will know that I’m a little competitive!

I refuse to give in to age and still play league hockey for Ashford Hockey Club (I first played for the club in 1976). I’m a member at Littlestone Golf Club, play tennis at our village club in Woodchurch and I am a former Technical Director of the Pot Blacks Five-a-Side football team!

And I just love skiing having first skied on wooden skis and in leather lace-up boots in 1970!


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Jaguar F-TYPE, E-TYPE, I-PACE or trusty Ford S-Max?

By Roger Lightfoot

I was incredibly fortunate to be sponsored by Jaguar Cars whilst studying Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University from 1982 to 1986. Some of my happiest memories are from my time working on the factory floor […]

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How many Ashfords are there in the UK?

By Roger Lightfoot

Our website contains a database of all the villages, towns and cities in the UK. We combined this data with Google Maps to created this interactive map of all the Ashfords in the UK.  

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The 50 Most Popular Villages

By Roger Lightfoot

Our website is very busy — every day up to 6,000 people visit our website. Many are researching the ideal location for their next home and spend some time reading about the towns and villages […]

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Will Netflix and Amazon affect property prices in Ashford?

By Alex Davies

There has been talk of an Ashford metamorphosis for almost as long as I can remember. The opening of the ‘Missing Link’ of the M20 motorway between Ashford and Maidstone in 1991 would surely bring […]

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Why 2019 is the right time to invest in Ashford

By Sally Randall

“If you have ever wished you’d invested somewhere that has regenerated, you will know that you are already too late.” These are the words of Alex Davies, Managing Director for Hobbs Parker Estate Agents, an […]

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The History of W & B Hobbs and The Hobbs Parker Group

By Roger Lightfoot

This clip from the Kentish Gazette dated 28th August 1849 casts doubt on the firm’s long-held belief that W & B Hobbs was established in 1850. It has piqued my interest in the early years of our […]

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Historic Property Auction Particulars -- Mersham 1878

By Roger Lightfoot

These have been hanging on the wall in our boardroom for as long as I can remember. I recently happened to ‘bump into’ two of the current owners of the cottages when I gave a […]

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The Best Restaurants in Kent and East Sussex

By Sally Randall

The next best thing to eating good food, may be talking about it. Certainly asking in the Hobbs Parker offices about people’s favourite restaurants leads to a mouth-watering conversation about how spoilt for choice we […]

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The best pubs in and around Ashford and Tenterden

By Sally Randall

When I was young going to the pub generally meant me and my siblings sitting in the beer garden squabbling over a pack of Ready Salted whilst my parents nipped in for a pint and […]

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Our recommended golf courses in Kent and East Sussex

By Roger Lightfoot

As a golfing destination, Kent and East Sussex has a huge amount going for it. We’re blessed with a better than average climate (compared with other parts of the UK) which means we enjoy more […]

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The best beaches in Kent and East Sussex

By Sally Randall

We explore the best beaches in Kent and East Sussex — for your children, dogs and foodie friends — as we work our way round the South East’s beautiful coastline. It’s a funny thing that […]

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