Meet the Team

Tom Hood

Managing Partner

Tom is a West Countryman to the core. Born and brought up in Bristol ( with a six year period living in Hong Kong and Singapore ), he is an old boy of Millfield School in Somerset. He served his 'apprenticeship' in residential and commercial estate agency with Hartnell, Taylor Cook, and has a wealth of experience in dealing with the sale of town and country properties. He is a former president of the Bristol Property Agents Association, and is also a member of The Society of Merchant Venturers. Married to fellow business partner, Judith, Tom has two sons. Away from the office, he is a keen fisherman, skier, and motor sports enthusiast.


Henry Thornhill


Originally from London Henry moved to Bristol with his parents at a young age, and was educated at Clifton College and afterwards at Westminster College, Oxford. Henry started his career with an agency in the capital, before heading back to Bristol to join Hydes in 2001. In the past 14 years, he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the local property scene embracing the city, its suburbs, and the surrounding villages. Henry lives in Westbury Park, and is married with two children. He is a keen golfer and also enjoys travel and skiing.


Judith Hood


Judith, who has 30 years experience in sales and lettings, and has lived in Bristol for 25 years, having been educated at The Alice Ottley School in Worcester, and the University of the West of England. She has a degree in town planning, and retains her membership of the Royal Institute of Town Planners. Judith and Tom set up the business in 1989. Her hobbies include skiing, walking, and watching her sons play rugby.


Edmund Dodds


Edmund was born and educated in London. He 'cut his teeth' in the world of estate agency in the south east, specialising in sales of country homes in Kent and Surrey. He also has experience in the international property market working for a prestigious agency in south west London. He relocated to Bristol 19 years ago, and lives with his wife, and two daughters, in Abbots Leigh. Edmund, who now has 30 years experience in the industry, is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents. His past times include cycling, sailing and supporting his daughters through their further education and various sporting interests.


Shaun Sutton

Partner in charge of Hydes' lettings department

With more than 25 years in the business, Shaun is a very experienced lettings specialist. His career started in West London, and in Surrey, where he managed several lettings agencies - at one point running his own company. He moved to Bristol from London almost fifteen years ago and now lives in a 17th century house in South Gloucestershire with his wife and two dogs. In his spare time Shaun keenly follows all types of motorsport, walking the dogs and follows local rugby.


Karen McMahon

Property Manager and Accounts Co-ordinator

Originally from Wales, Karen, in common with Tom Hood, has spent time living in Hong Kong, where she ran a business. She moved to Bristol in 1998, and has been with Hydes lettings for over ten years, concentrating on property inspections and contractor accounts. Karen has three grown up children, currently lives in Clifton and enjoys overseas travel as often as possible - especially to Thailand - keeping alive her interest in the culture and cuisine of the Far East.


Emma Tappenden

Weekend Sales negotiator

Emma knows the Bristol area like the back of her hand. Born and brought up in the city, she attended St Ursula's School, and trained as a nursery nurse before switching to estate agency work six years ago. Experienced in management, sales, and marketing, Emma is mother of two daughters.


Belinda Holbrook

Accounts Administrator

Belinda grew up in Shropshire and joined Lloyds Bank from university, moving to Bristol in 1997. She undertook a wide range of roles as a senior manager within the Bank before deciding to take a step back from her career in 2008 to start a family. Property has always been a strong interest for Belinda, having renovated a number of houses. Belinda’s spare time is spent managing her and her partner’s rental portfolio and in renovating the Edwardian villa they have recently purchased


Hannah Solley

Lettings Negotiator

Originally from Scotland and currently living in Stoke Bishop, Hannah is an Old girl of St Georges School, Edinburgh. She has a degree in Sports Science from Northumbria University and latterly a Masters in Rural Estate Management from The Royal Agricultural University. Away from the office, Hannah is a keen lacrosse player playing for Bristol Bombers and enjoys skiing, walking and country pursuits.

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