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Meet The Team

At Salix Living, we understand the importance of delivering first class customer service. So, whether you are a landlord looking to market a property or a tenant interested in one of our homes, our friendly and experienced team will work with you every step of the way. Each member of the team has the ideal mix of local knowledge and industry expertise to allow them to deliver the highest levels of service that we pride ourselves on.

However, our service does not just end at 4.30pm. The Salix Living team are supported by a Contact Centre that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- so we’re always available when you need us, whether it is to report a repair or any other issue.

Jonathan Drake

Service Director- Salix Living


The head of our Salix Living brand, Jonathan is vastly experienced and has spent his entire working life in the housing sector, with 17 of those years spent in Salford. During this time, he has been involved in every aspect of housing including the private sector, public sector, outright market sales and now affordable housing, plus working in the regeneration sector for the Central Salford Regeneration Company. If Jonathan doesn’t know something about housing, then it’s probably not worth knowing!

Jonathan’s belief that bringing empty properties back into use to create affordable homes can help solve the housing shortage across Salford has led to a recent appearance on ITV’s ‘Where’s Home?’ programme, where he discussed the work that Salix Living are doing across the region. Jonathan has also written articles for the First Time Buyer and Northern Housing magazines, appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and was named as one of Inside Housing’s “Tech Leaders” for 2018, in recognition of his ground-breaking Mii-Home project.

Jonathan’s exceptional customer service skills shine through on a daily basis and he is always willing to go the extra mile to work with private landlords to find solutions to make things happen. He understands the need for more affordable housing within Greater Manchester and is dedicated to achieving it.

Away from the office, Jonathan’s passions lie in both sport and seeing the world and he can regularly be found catching a game of either rugby league or cricket, or jetting off to visit various cities across Europe.


​​​​Eddie Sawford

Leasehold & Private Sector Leasing Manager

Eddie has been part of the Salix Living team since day one and has been our Leasehold & Private Sector Leasing Manager since 2012. A veteran of hundreds of leasehold agreements in his 20+ year career in the housing market, Eddie has a genuine passion for making a difference and helping to provide more affordable housing to the people of Salford.

Experienced, approachable and always willing to go the extra mile for customers, Eddie is an encyclopaedia of Property Management knowledge.

In his spare time, Eddie enjoys keeping fit through playing badminton several times a week and being a keen runner. He also enjoys weekend trips away with his wife and children and loves to attend music festivals, including an annual visit to Glastonbury. Originally from Northampton, he’s now classed as an honorary Northerner having lived in the area for close to 15 years.

Tony Smith

Leasehold Services Officer

Tony is our Leasehold Services officer and has more than 17 years’ experience in the housing market under his belt. Having grown up in Manchester, he knows the local area like the back of his hand and has been a crucial cog in the Salix Living machine since its inception in 2007.

Amongst his many responsibilities, Tony conducts the inspections of all incoming properties to ensure they are up to our high standards, liaising with and signing up new tenants and preparing property inventories. His commitment to getting the job done and can-do attitude are regularly praised by colleagues and customers alike.

Away from work, Tony is a passionate Manchester City supporter and a season ticket holder at The Etihad Stadium so you can usually find him smiling on a Monday morning! He also enjoys many other sports including cycling, spinning and badminton plus spending time with his wife and 3 children.

Susan Lee

Leasehold & Private Sector Leasing Administrator

Born and raised a stone’s throw from our head office, Sue is the glue that holds the Salix Living team together. She is responsible for supporting the team with all administration tasks, completing reference and credit checks on applicants, dealing with referrals plus a whole lot more.

Joining the company in 2013, she has become a very popular member of the team and is well known amongst Salix Living customers for her enthusiasm and positive attitude.

When she’s not in the office, Sue is a keen traveller and loves nothing more than getting away on holiday with her husband. She also enjoys getting her hands dirty at home in her stunning garden (when the Manchester weather allows it) which is the envy of the office.