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Richard Harding - Co-Founder

Richard has over 14 years of experience in selling houses and advising clients about their real estate assets. He has worked in and around Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and North Hampshire, initially with a small independent firm then latterly as a partner within a leading national firm. During this time he has sold some of the best houses in the area. Richard has also gained a post graduate qualification with The College of Estate Management, which underpins and broadens his knowledge of all aspects of real estate, in particular development, planning and valuation. Richard lives in Streatley with his two daughters Jemima and Beatrice and the family/office dog Bertie.


James Theunissen - Co-Founder

After his education at Douai Abbey, James spent five years as a cricketer in the UK and the southern hemisphere. Playing sport at a high level has given James a drive to succeed, as well as an understanding of how to be a real team player. Before founding Black Cygnet Properties in 2017, James worked at two leading national estate agencies for 12 years. Specialising in developments and seeing the potential in houses, James has had much success over the years helping his clients maximise the value of their homes. Well trusted, he is often the first port of call for a number of developers. James lives in Bucklebury village with his wife Sarah and two daughters Amelia and Charlotte.


Penny Dean-Evans - Senior Negotiator

Penny has lived in West Berkshire/Hampshire for the last 21 years and has extensive knowledge of the area.  She is well known for her great customer service, enthusiasm, consistent communication, strong attention to detail, and ensuring a professional and positive experience for all parties involved.  She has previous experience having worked for a leading local national property firm and has a passion for dealing with clients.  When Penny is not working, she pursues her hobby of wine consulting, cooking and tennis.  Penny lives in Highclere with her three sons, Harry, Archie and Freddie.