Meet the team

Over the past 30 years as an Estate Agent in the Canary Islands David Wood has had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the Canary Islands finest, most talented and respected professionals throughout the islands. Today it gives him great pleasure to introduce “The Team of Professionals” at Woods the Estate Agents.

David Wood

Sales & Marketing

From small beginnings at the height of the Tenerife property boom in the early 80’s, David Wood worked with Pedro Luis Suarez Martin, owner and founder or Gomasper S.L., official building contractors for the government.

Developments such as La Colina, Victoria Court One, Paloma Beach, Victoria Court 2, San Marino, Edificio Don Antonio, The Heights, El Mirador (Los Cristianos); Andorra, Andalucia, The Paradise Club, Balcon del Atlantico (Playa de las Americas); Oasis Tropical and La Serena (Callao Salvaje) Granada Park as well as El Mirador in Los Cristianos, La Finca, Las Vistas in Aguilas del Teide and many more fine developments throughout the Canary Islands.

Rhyming off a list of developers and developments that David Wood has been involved with is like listing a royal Who’s Who of the overseas property scene. Some would say it’s easier to produce a list of who he’s not worked with. For over 25 years, Wood has been instrumental in brokering the best deals between developers or private owners and those looking to buy apartments and villas in in the Canary Islands.

Chris Wood BA (Hons)

Sales & Media Marketing

Chris Wood was born in Las Americas, Tenerife. He spent his school years at Wingate School in Cabo Blanco, Tenerife and decided to finish his studies back in the UK.

Upon completing his A-levels in Art, Physical Education, Biology, Spanish and Geography, he went on to gain a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree in a Hospitality Management course in Leeds. During his time at University, Chris Wood focused more on the marketing, financial and business planning side of the course and used his dissertation in 2009 to formulate a business plan for the expansion of the family’s Fish and Chips shop brand in Yorkshire. By 2012, Chris and David stuck to the original business plan and built a small chain of very successful takeaways and a restaurant.

Having learned a great deal in managing a business and dealing with customers, handling staff and marketing, Chris feels the need to return to his home in Tenerife where the property market is on the rebound and follow in his father’s footsteps and create a successful property business.

Chris is fluent in Spanish and is now learning Russian. He’s an avid surfer with several other hobbies including photography, scuba diving, competing in triathlons and also has a keen interest in politics – but now TRIES to avoid talking politics at all costs!

"I look forward to the challenge of finding the right properties for my clients and helping them get through the entire buying process and settling in in their new home. If I were to list the values I believe in adhering to at all times, they’d be sincerity, honesty and reliability."

Angie Hill

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer, Angie Hill brings over 22 years’ experience in advertising, design and marketing to Woods. As one of the island’s most renowned designers, she has directed production teams for many corporate and retail companies, using her unique vision to publish standout newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as create corporate identities, produce trademarked branding and design eye-catching packaging for both local and international clients.

Having worked with ‘master of marketing’, David Wood on numerous design and marketing projects over the past 10 years, Angie’s singular creativity forms an integral part of Woods the Estate Agents.

Angie also owns Nu Arte Design & Print, Nu Arte Canvases and Teazer Drinks.

Nu Arte Design & Print
Nu Arte Canvases
Teazer Drinks

Joe Cawley

Writer

Joe Cawley is an international travel writer, copywriter and award-winning author of four books, including More Ketchup than Salsa, a humorous account of British expats in Tenerife, and Moving to Tenerife, a practical guide for those relocating to the Canary Islands.

His words have appeared in just about every national newspaper in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Express, as well as the New York Post, Taipei Times and Condé Nast Traveller. Joe also produces travel content for Google.

Copywriting clients past and present include Condé Nast Johansens, Trinity Mirror, World Hotels and Valamar, Croatia’s largest hotel group.

Joe is also the editor and managing director of Tenerife’s number one guide for UK visitors, My Destination Tenerife. Joe has had the pleasure of working with David Wood on numerous ventures over the past 20 years or so, the last being writing various articles for Woody’s Fish & Chips in the UK a highly successful chain of “Traditional Fish & Chip Shops” based in and around Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Before this Joe wrote for David when he was the owner and director of sales at the Horizon Property Group probably one of the largest independent Estate Agents throughout the Canary Islands then.

Sue McDonald

Interior Designer – Soft Furnishings

Sue McDonald is a Director of Deco Nuevo, based in Tenerife, and has been involved with the furnishing business in the Canary Islands for the last 25 years. She worked with David Wood and the Horizon Property Group in its´ heyday, and believes that the concept of offering a wide range of after-sales service is a major factor in the success of any property sales company.

Sue is delighted to continue this association with Woods Estate Agents, and comments that her success and longevity in a competitive business is due to being able to adapt to changing markets and working with other groups who share similar work ethics and professionalism.

The company offers an interior design service, all types of furnishings and fittings, and can project manage any size of property from the smallest studio to the grandest villa.

Sue is also the Managing Director of Fabulous Emporium Limited, which is an Exclusive Membership Club for mature women and also a co-director of Agefix, specialising in anti-ageing products.

Sue can be contacted at info@deconuevo.com
Tel: (0034) 922 789729
Deco Nuevo
The Fabulous Emporium
Agefix

Carol Schleisman

Foreign Currency Exchange

Carol Schleisman is the Business Development Executive for Currencies Direct in the Canary Islands. She works with more than 100 well-established companies and businesses such as estate agents, lawyers, financial advisers, accountants and local media – helping them and their clients to get the very best deal when making foreign currency transfers.

Based in the South of Tenerife for over 30 years, Carol has helped independent companies expand their businesses to other parts of the island and worked with, and for, local newspapers and radio stations. Carol has also had success in the property market - as owner of a property management and letting company and a real estate and car rental business. David Wood has known Carol both professionally and personally for over 25 years. The Horizon Property Group, the forerunner in estate agents on all the islands during the early “nineties”, had a working association with Carol under their umbrella of trusted agents and also had a long term affiliation with Currencies Direct for many years.

Co-founder of Women in Business Tenerife, Carol is an avid networker and a great believer in working with professionals who she can recommend from personal experience.

Carol lives in the quiet village of El Roque, with her husband John, two rescue dogs and a cat who decided to move in with them. In her “spare” time, she enjoys playing badminton and runs a club in Las Zocas. She says “There’s no better way to get rid of your frustrations than knocking the hell out of a shuttlecock – even in this heat!”

Carol can be contacted at carol.s@currenciesdirect.com
T: +34 922 971 781
M: +34 687 906 607
LinkedIn – Carol Schleisman or on Facebook at Currencies Direct, Canary Islands
WIBT (Women in Business Tenerife)