Meet the Team
Mia Pearlman – Managing Director
I moved to Spain in 1999 to work in the property sector. Working for a market leading Real Estate agency until 2006 when I decided to set up affinity, and yes, this is when the recession started! We have been a success ever since. Born in Dorset, UK, and then moved to London when I took my first job in the UK's largest publishing house, EMAP. I was also part of the launch team for the 'Boots Health and Beauty magazine' published by a lovely company called Redwood. I won many awards for creative ideas for many of our clients including BMW, Estee Lauder, LVMH and so on.
I now live in La Quinta, Benahavis which is extremely quiet, yet still very close to the center of Marbella and Puerto Banus. I am also very close to a beautiful village where some of the best restarants on the coast are located. If you are a resident of this special area, the local town hall give you many benefits such as free schooling, lower taxes and free entry to the activity centre.
James Vizetelly – Marketing Director
I made my final move to Spain in 2010 after 3 years of travelling between London and Marbella. I spent 10 years prior to this working within the finacial sector in central London's Canary Wharf. I grew up in East London and now live within a stunning Golf Resort in Marbella/Benahavis. Within a 5 minute drive we have some great beaches, fantastic restaurants and even a great ski resort (Sierra Nevada) which is only a 2 hour drive away. The lakes of Istan are a 20 minute drive from the coast too; for a perfect place to live and work, Marbella ticks every box you could ever wish for!
Raquel Amat – Office Manager
I was born and raised in Marbella, the Capital of the Costa del Sol! Before joining Affinity, I was a personal assistant to a Doctor based in San Pedro Alcantara. I still live in Marbella and I believe this is the most beautiful town in the world – it brings a great quality of life and offers you all one can dream of, including golf, a wonderful climate, great shopping and eateries! We are also close to Gibraltar which is great for a day out.
Tim Smith - Customer Service Manager
I moved to the Costa del Sol in 2007 and live near the very popular La Cala de Mijas. I worked in the hospitality industry for many years before joining affinity, and have travelled to many different countries and continents, but nothing really compares to the Costa del Sol! I love cycling and the roads and mountains of Andalucia offer some of the most challenging and rewarding rides you can imagine, with beautiful scenery and remote villages to stop for a coffee!
Javier Ayala – Property Listing Consultant
My name is Francisco Javier Ayala Pons, born in Malaga, Costa del Sol in the south of Spain. I grew up and studied in this City until I moved to Torremolinos in 1992. I used to run my own customer service related business for many years. I then moved a little further down the coast to Marbella City where I now live. The busy tapas bars and the lively atmosphere is the best on the coast in my opinion!
Warren Ali – Sales Manager
I moved to Spain in 2001 with a Hotel Management Degree. Previously I had worked as the Captains sommelier on the QE2 as well as Bars Manager at the Dorchester Hotel in London. I am originally from London, UK, but my father is Trinidadian, and as so I am spoilt for holiday choices! I chose to live in the exclusive area of Torrequebrada, due to my passion for golf and it’s wonderful location close to the beach.
Abigail Williams - Senior Property Consultant
I moved to Marbella in 2003. Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of the UK, but grew up in Bromley, Kent. My previous job was assistant manager for Holmes Place Health Club in Bromley, one of the largest purpose built health clubs in Europe. I now live in Aloha, Nueva Andalucia and I LOVE living there!! The views, proximity to amenities, yet I am literally a stone's throw away from Puerto Banus and the bustling nightlife and restaurants.
George Short - Senior Property Consultant
I studied a degree in Global Financial Management that led me into working for one of the city´s top currency brokers trading on behalf of large corporates, multinationals & NGOs. It sounds glamorous, but being surrounded by the markets and analysing cycles wasn´t the lifestyle I wanted, and then the opportunity of moving in to Spain showed up, combining the sunshine with the birth of a new boom in the property market. I now live on the Golden Mile, a great location, central to everything and within short walking distance from amazing bars, restaurants and beach clubs.
Craig O’Rourke – Senior Property Consultant
I am originally from Liverpool however the coast has played an important part of my life for the past 15 years. Previous to working for affinity I worked in on board management for Emirates Airlines, based in Dubai; I have travelled extensively and for me, there really is no place like Spain. I now live in San Pedro de Alcántara, close to the new boulevard, which has restaurants, family areas and even an amphitheatre. It is hard to believe that in the same place only a few years ago stood the A7 motorway!
Fuchsia Finney - Property Consultant
I was born in Malaga, but grew up and studied in London, UK. After university, I did my Masters and worked at the Saudi Arabian Embassy Institute in Madrid, then I moved to the Middle East to teach English at an American University in Kuwait whilst studying Arabic. I was interested in working within the property market, so when I was met with the opportunity to work for affinity I took the offer and relocated to Marbella straight away. I have now lived on the Golden Mile for over a year. It’s a beautiful location offering high quality living. I could not wish for a better part of the world to live in!
Katy Mazen – Property Consultant
I was born and raised in London, UK. After hanging up my Cabin Crew wings in 2010, I moved into the property sector where I worked in Lettings for Chestertons Humberts before becoming Sales & Marketing Manager for a niche London property developer for 5 years. I have been in love with the Costa del Sol ever since my parents bought their ´place in the sun´12 years ago in Santa Clara, and I finally made the move out here at the beginning of 2016 - finally living the dream!
Linda Barnes - Property Consultant
Originally from Weybridge, Surrey in the UK. I moved to Spain back in 2000 for my three children to complete their secondary education, offering them a healthier outdoor international lifestyle. Since becoming an “empty nester” I have worked in the property industry in Dubai, South Africa and the Caribbean, travelling through many continents before returning back to my roots and the traditional sunshine and relaxed lifestyle Spain offers. I now live in Los Arqueros in Benahavis, where life is quiet and tranquil, enjoying fabulous views with all delights of Puerto Banus just down the hill. It’s great to be back!
Barnaby Randal-Williams - Assistant Manager
I was born in Malaga, Spain, and lived in Spain the majority of my life. I am fluent in English and Spanish, which I learnt at an international British school on the coast. In 2006 I moved to Guildford for an academic year studying sports science in golf. This is the main reason I moved back to the coast as there are so many golf courses to choose from. I currently live in Elviria (east Marbella), a micro-community with great beaches, restaurants, and all amenities within easy walking distance. I rarely take the car on my days off!
Lukas Prihoda - Property Consultant
I am originally from Prague, where I worked as a manager of a prestigious Travel Agency for three years. I could not stand the bad weather and I naturally decided to leave for Spain. I have never regretted moving to the amazing Costa del Sol. I chose to live in Campo Mijas, close to the mountains to hike and enjoy the breath taking views of the whole coast, yet within a short distance from the wonderful beaches!