Meet our Team


Mike Ockenden

Mike worked for Barclays Bank for 28 years of which 18 years were spent overseas in six different countries. He ran Barclays Mortgage business in UK in the 1990’s and then became Director of Direct channels setting up Barclays on-line banking service and centralising the back office for the UK Bank. In 2001 Mike became a founder shareholder and Director of the Move Factory a centralised conveyancing business trading as MyHomeMove which is now the largest transactional business in the country. In 2004 Mike took on the role of Director General of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP). In July 2010 Mike established Thornby Associates.


Lin Ockenden

Linda has travelled overseas extensively since her childhood and through to the 1990s. She has lived in Malawi, Zambia, Vanuatu, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and the USA. She worked in pre-schooling in Africa and The British Police and Barclays in Vanuatu. In the 1990s Lin owned and ran a twenty bedroom hotel in Huddersfield and then a successful pub in Foxton, Leicestershire. Lin worked at the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) and become a founder shareholder and Director in Thornby Associates Ltd in 2010. Lin’s hobbies are golfing, entertaining, going on holiday and her love in life (other than family!) is her dogs.


Emma Cook

Emma has been part of Thornby Associates since its inception and even worked with Mike at AHIPP before that. Her role is to oversee all elements of the office operations across all the Thornby clients including marketing, events, commercials and transactions. Before Thornby Associates, Emma worked at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club for 11 years carrying out a variety of roles including organising events and conferences in the UK and overseas such as in Jordan and Malaysia. Emma’s family take up the majority of her spare time and she loves all sport, especially football and tennis.


Gemma Keeling

Gemma joined Thornby Associates in August 2015 and works mainly with the RPSA, INNSA and AIO clients. Previously, Gemma worked for Johnsons Restoration Services dealing with restoration enquiries for insurance claims for fire, flood or smoke damaged items. She enjoys socialising with her friends, shopping and going to see bands as often as possible.


Jayne Neale

From 2000 Jayne ran her own beauty therapy business until 2009 when she began working in a hotel as head house keeper. Jayne joined Thornby Associates in October 2011 and is the main contact for PEPA enquiries. Jayne is also a Director of Thornby Developments. Jayne’s main hobby is playing golf and she is the Lady Captain for 2014/15 at Cold Ashby Golf Club. Jayne also loves having a drink with her friends at the local pub.


Ania Nourish

Ania joined Thornby Associates in June 2014 and is the main contact for The Society of Licensed Conveyancers. Previously Ania worked for Barclays and more recently for HSBC as a Client Service Manager looking after large Corporate Clients. Her hobbies include travel, reading and running. She took part in a few 10k races which she even managed to finish.