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David Gibson FNAEA MARLA

David Gibson FNAEA MARLA

Partner - Sales department

Bio
An estate agent for over 40 years David Gibson has a wide and diverse experience across the entire property spectrum. Joining Whitton & Laing as manager of the busy Exeter Estate agency department in 1986 he had previously worked for another high profile local independant company in various towns covering the whole of the county. Now a partner in the firm David is a fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and member of ARLA (the Association of residential letting agents) David prides himself in providing the best and most professional service that he can, sometimes in tricky circumstances but always with a smile! In his spare time David enjoys sports of all kinds, is a keen golfer and more recently cycling. He enjoys watching football and is an avid Barnsley fan! (he blames his wife's South Yorkshire roots for that!) A keen member of "Global Harmony" a 40 plus strong harmony choir, David loves singing and performing in various charity concerts around the district.

Chris Heal MNAEA

Chris Heal MNAEA

Associate Partner

Bio

Chris has nearly 15 years’ experience in estate agency, having worked throughout Exeter and East Devon. He prides himself on being ‘Exeter born & bred’ and has in depth knowledge of the city and surrounding areas. Chris loves being an estate agent enjoys working for Whitton & Laing because like him, great customer service is a real passion and something he always strives for in his work. Now married and living in Exmouth, in his spare time Chris likes to relax and play golf as he’s convinced he’ll have no spare time when his second child arrives in March. 


Mary Robertson BA (Hons)

Mary Robertson BA (Hons)

Senior negotiator - Sales department

Bio

Having joined Whitton & Laing’s Sales Team in 2013 Mary brings her friendly enthusiasm into her role as a Senior Negotiator and thrives on offering a highly personal bespoke service in what can be a stressful event in clients’ lives.
With over ten years experience in the local property market, Mary brings a wealth of experience and property knowledge.
Having graduated from Exeter University in 2002 Mary set up her own property developing business with her partner, buying, selling, building and renovating over twenty properties in Exeter and the surrounding villages. This has gained her extensive practical knowledge and experience in this field and a passion for period property and issues relating to old buildings in particular.
Living in Silverton, she loves village life with her partner and young son Jack and enjoys long walks and keeping fit, literature, the arts and travelling whenever there’s an opportunity.


Rachael Middleton

Rachael Middleton

Senior negotiator

Bio

Having previously worked successfully in the luxury lodge and holiday home market across several coastal locations in the UK, Rachael has recently joined the Whitton & Laing team here in Exeter as a Senior Sales Negotiator. As a customer focussed and service driven individual, she endeavours to always deliver the best possible experience to both our sellers and buyers. Originally from Yorkshire, Rachael now lives to the south of Exeter in Kennford, and in her spare time enjoys exploring all that the South West has to offer with her partner and his two young daughters.


Symon Garratt CPEA FNAEA Dip.DEA Dip.GDA

Symon Garratt CPEA FNAEA Dip.DEA Dip.GDA

Associate Partner

Bio

An estate agent for over 36 years Symon has a wealth of experience in the property industry having worked for most of his career in the Exeter & East Devon area. Joining Whitton & Laing as an Associate Partner in 2015 he is based at our prestigious Exmouth office. He had previously been a Director for another high profile local independent estate agent in the area also working mainly in Exmouth & Budleigh Salterton. Symon is also a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor as well as a Green Deal Advisor and provides EPC’s for the company. A past Devon Chairman and fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents, he was awarded the Certificate of Practice in Estate Agency, in 2002.

Symon was born in Exmouth where he still lives. His main interests outside of work include sailing and rugby. Past Commodore of the Exe Sailing Club and season ticket holder at Exeter Chiefs. 


Mark Soper

Mark Soper

Assistant manager

Bio

Mark started out as a part of the Sales Department in the Exeter in 1986 and now more recently as assistant manager in Exmouth, handling all types of residential property and building up a loyal client base and a number of professional contacts.  Mark grew up in East Devon and went to school in Exeter and then worked for a year for a family firm of estate agents in Dawlish.  Seeing sales progress from start to finish is certainly the most rewarding part of the business and receiving kind and positive feedback from clients we have acted for is brilliant.

Outside of work, Mark is passionate about antiques and is a keen collector with a particular interest in early English pottery.  In his spare time, Mark likes nothing more than going to auctions and antiques fairs and is a regular visitor to The Cotswolds and London.  Mark is a keen supporter of a particular animal charity and is an avid follower of Coronation Street! 


Kirra Broadhurst

Kirra Broadhurst

Negotiator

Bio
Kirra is a local girl who grew up in Silverton and has always been involved in the community. She knows the Exeter area well and has a vast array of contacts and local knowledge. Kirra has extensive experience in customer service roles and dealing with the public. Having taught in Japan for 18 months and in her spare time loves to travel and visit new places. She enjoys keeping fit and quality family time with her husband and young son, Rory. As a trainee sales negotiator Kirra is enthusiastic about the challenges and knowledge that lie ahead in her career.

Pam Preston

Pam Preston

Secretary/Administrator - Sales department

Bio

Having been in Estate Agency for over 26 years, 12 of which was spent in Budleigh Salterton, Pam Preston joined the company in 2002 as Secretary/Administrator for residential sales when the Exmouth office first opened.  Pam has lived in Exmouth all of her life and has a great deal of local knowledge and enthusiasm for the town and surrounding areas alike, giving clients and colleagues the benefit of her experience in both sales and admin, while also demonstrating commitment in her role to the highest standards of service and customer care in order to try and make the moving process as stress free as possible.
During her ‘out of office’ hours Pam is a keen member of ‘Renaissance’ - a four-part harmony chorus in Exmouth town, where she sings with over 40 other ladies who often participate in local and foreign music festivals and, many charity concerts during the year; one of the most prestigious being at one of Exeter Cathedral’s many Christmas singing events.  She also likes to participate in other charity events, the most recent being a sponsored ‘SkyDive’ on behalf of Hospiscare when, with the help of her company, she raised over £1,000.


Alison Whitfield BSc (Hons) AssocRICS MARLA

Alison Whitfield BSc (Hons) AssocRICS MARLA

Partner - Lettings Department

Bio

As head of the very successful lettings department, Alison strives to maintain a personal, friendly lettings service.  With an Honours Degree in Estate Management Alison is now a partner in the firm having worked for Whitton & Laing since 1995, Alison believes her many years experience in the property industry, enables her to give the very best advice to Landlords and Tenants.

Alison is proud of the quality of the lettings portfolio at Whitton & Laing, built up over many years and is determined to ensure that ongoing future expansion will not be at the expense of continuing to offer a personal, customer friendly service, as she continues to build the business on reputation. Although born in Exeter, she takes full advantage of our beautiful beaches and coastline, enjoying kayaking, boating and fishing and is often found caravanning near the coast in her spare time! Interestingly she is also a keen paper crafter!


Alison Whitfield BSc (Hons) AssocRICS FARLA

Alison Whitfield BSc (Hons) AssocRICS FARLA

Partner - Lettings department

Bio

As head of the very successful lettings department, Alison strives to maintain a personal, friendly lettings service.  With an Honours Degree in Estate Management Alison is now a partner in the firm having worked for Whitton & Laing since 1995, Alison believes her many years experience in the property industry, enables her to give the very best advice to Landlords and Tenants.

Alison is proud of the quality of the lettings portfolio at Whitton & Laing, built up over many years and is determined to ensure that ongoing future expansion will not be at the expense of continuing to offer a personal, customer friendly service, as she continues to build the business on reputation. Born in Exeter, Alison still lives in the City with her family.  She is a keen paper crafter, takes full advantage of our beautiful beaches and coastline, enjoying kayaking, boating and fishing and is often found caravanning near the coast in her spare time!


Lianna Pitsakis MARLA

Lianna Pitsakis MARLA

Lettings Manager

Bio

Lianna joined us in late 2016 as our Lettings Manager. 

As a customer focused individual, she endeavours to deliver an excellent service by building and maintaining lasting relationships with Landlords and tenants. 

In order to fulfil her role as Lettings Manager, Lianna believes in a friendly, professional approach which focuses on the customer and their individual needs. 

When not working hard in the office she enjoys socialising with friends and family, going abroad on holiday, long walks on the beach and shopping sprees which happen a little bit too often! 


Katie Proctor MARLA

Katie Proctor MARLA

Senior Lettings Negotiator

Bio

Katie joined us in December 2017 as our Senior Lettings Negotiator.

She has been in the property industry since 2013 and she is a very enthusiastic person who prides herself in providing a consistantly excellent level of customer service, always doing her best to ensure that this is to the highest standard 

When she's not working Katie enjoys spending time with family and meeting up with friends as well as travelling abroad at every opportunity!


Jess Brown MARLA

Jess Brown MARLA

Lettings department administrator

Bio
Jess joined us at the start of 2021 as our Lettings Administrator. She has recently passed the ARLA qualification to broaden her knowledge within the property industry. She is very passionate about all aspects of property, especially property renovations and maintenance. Jess is from Sidmouth and in her spare time, enjoys exploring the beautiful coastline that Devon and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Martyn Burnett BSc (Hons) MRICS

Martyn Burnett BSc (Hons) MRICS

Associate Partner - Chartered surveyor & registered valuer - Professional and Survey department

Bio
Having studied Building Surveying at Brighton University Martyn qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 1998 following a period working in Birmingham and Bristol. With a broad range of experience gained with a number of firms Martyn specialises in building surveys, insurance valuations, party walls, defect analysis and contract administration. More recently Martyn has also been carrying out valuation work and has been an RICS Registered Valuer since 2010. Outside work interests include a wide range of activities and sports.

Julie Weaver

Julie Weaver

Partner - Estate & Apartment Block Management

Bio

Julie is the Head of Estate & Apartment Block Management and a partner at Whitton & Laing.  Julie leads the department with the philosophy that ‘people are as important as property’, a view that is installed within every member of the team, which we believe has contributed to the success of the business in recent years. As well as communicating well with residents at all levels, she feels it important to develop a good working relationship with contractors in order to ensure the best possible levels of service for our clients.

Whilst her family are not originally from the West Country, Julie was born and educated in Exeter and is well known amongst the local professional community, having worked in both the commercial and residential property sectors in Exeter and Bristol for over 25 years, the last 21 being with Whitton & Laing in Exeter.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending precious time with family and entertaining friends and when not shaking her famous cocktails, can be found doing similar at the local Zumba class!


Ruth Amesbury

Ruth Amesbury

Estate & Apartment Block Manager

Bio

Ruth has a longstanding background of property maintenance and management spanning the last 20 years, together with running the management of the development in which she has lived for a number of years and is, therefore, very much in tune with the needs and requirements of a group of residents!

Joining Whitton & Laing early in 2014, Ruth is thriving on the challenges of being ‘on the other side of the fence’ and having always worked with the general public, is enjoying building new relationships with residents within her new portfolio of properties and organising major works for the year ahead.

Living in Exeter, but having spent time living and working in Bristol, Ruth is familiar with the South West Region.  Ruth’s philosophy in life, which she has passed onto her grown up family, is always to treat people as you would like to be treated yourself.


Ian Fox

Ian Fox

Estate & Apartment Block Manager

Bio

Ian joined Whitton & Laing after a full and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, culminating in the Meritorious Service Medal.  Originating from the South East, Ian was educated in Hove, Sussex, before moving to the South West, living Plymouth for 15 years and then moving to Exeter.

After performing a wide and varied amount of roles for the MoD in both Housing and Executive roles, his final role was overseeing the rented accommodation for over 150 families that made up the UK contingent of NATO forces throughout Italy.

Ian has a proactive approach to property management and takes time to try and plan long term to ensure that there is a comprehensive understand of what is needed in the future.  Approachable and keen to resolve problems, he is thoroughly enjoying the challenges of Property Management. Ian’s portfolio covers properties in Somerset, East Devon and Plymouth, where his local knowledge of the area is very valuable.


Martin Armstrong BSc (Hons)

Martin Armstrong BSc (Hons)

Exec Estate & Apartment Block Manager

Bio

After leaving university in 2003, Martin’s first full time job was in logistics, starting at 4am every day! He then progressed into maintenance and lettings, leading to property management from 2010 onwards. He joined the Whitton and Laing Property Management Team in December 2015. Martin mostly spends his time out and about with his partner and young daughter. He is a supporter of Nottingham Forest (which he claims he was tricked into as a child), a keen squash player, occasional 5-a-side footballer and loves a pub quiz. He also enjoys walking on the moors and around the coastline.


Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

Estate & Apartment Block Manager

Bio

Ashley grew up and was educated in Newton Abbot before moving to Oxford 6 years ago following a career break travelling the world.

Having worked in property management during his time in Oxfordshire, Ashley decided to move back to the Devon at the end of 2018.

Happy and approachable, Ashley is enjoys building relationships and providing great customer service.

When not at work Ashley enjoys playing basketball, kayaking and walking. He also enjoys cooking as well as eating out as much as he can.


Bobby Sleightholm

Bobby Sleightholm

Estate & Apartment Block Manager (East Devon)

Bio

Bobby has worked in the holiday lettings industry for 13 since moving to Exmouth in 2006.  He has a unique approach to customer service, together with a vast experience of property maintenance and prides himself on delivering the highest standards. He is an avid reader and a huge Agatha Christie fan. He has a keen interest in history and loves to travel the world. 


Yvonne Thompson

Yvonne Thompson

Asbestos Surveyor TFAAM/Fire Risk Assessor

Bio
Yvonne’s career within the property sector spans over 25 years and since joining Whitton & Laing in 2012, as Block and Estate Manager. Yvonne has gained vast knowledge in all aspects of facilities management, including relevant knowledge of Government legislation, Building Regulations, Health & Safety and Fire Safety legislation, which Yvonne had a keen interest in and brought about her decision for a career change. With the relevant knowledge and experience in Block Management and transferable skills, Whitton & Laing were in a position to offer Yvonne a role transfer within the company, which enabled Yvonne to follow her chosen career path with the benefit of continuing to work amongst her longstanding colleagues, who she also considers her friends. Yvonne felt that the opportunity to transfer roles within the same company made the transition a much smoother and happier one. Eager to learn new skills, Yvonne has since achieved BOHS and NEBOSH qualifications and holds a certificates in BOHS P402 Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings, a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and National Fire Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management. Whenever possible, Yvonne enjoys travelling, sailing, skiing and socialising, weekend hobbies are walking, cycling, interior design and home improvements.

Charlotte Rickard

Charlotte Rickard

Estate & Apartment Block Admininstrator (East Devon)

Bio

I have always lived in Exmouth other than for a period when I studied Fashion & Textiles in Bristol for 3 years. Following the purchase of my first home that I realised just how much the property industry interested me and this encouraged me to start working within the sector. I have worked within the industry for nearly 5 years dealing with both Sales and lettings and pride myself on delivering excellent customer service and building relationships with people. 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my little boy, husband and dog. We love to holiday and make new memories s a family. 


Ellie Rawlings

Ellie Rawlings

Estate & Apartment Block Administrator (East Devon)

Bio

Ellie comes from an administration background, with the last 7 years being in the manufacturing industry and domiciliary care sector. Ellie enjoys the busy working environment and prides herself on being organised, hard-working and ready to face any challenge! In her spare time, Ellie enjoys spending time with family and friends and also walking her three dogs along the beach and common.


Whitney Hargreaves

Whitney Hargreaves

Estate & Apartment Block Compliance Officer

Bio

Having arrived at Whitton & Laing at the age of 15 on ‘work experience’ shy but a little cheeky, Whitney Parmenter must have made a good impression as she never left!

Working throughout the holidays and weekends of her final year of school and studies at college, over the years, Whitney inherited the skills required when working in Estate & Apartment Block Management; diplomacy, practicality and calm whilst juggling various different balls.

Now Whitney is an experienced Estate & Apartment Block Manager with a portfolio of properties in Exeter, Plymouth, East and Mid Devon areas and is well experienced in dealing with whatever conundrums the job throws at her, where appropriate doing so with a generous sprinkling of good humour!

During the working day, Whitney is responsible for the maintenance of the structure and communal areas of apartment buildings and estates and during the evenings and weekends, is currently renovating her new home. When there is not a paintbrush or drill in her hand, a glass of wine will often be in its place as she enjoys socialising with friends and family on a regular basis.


Jean Davren

Jean Davren

Estate & Apartment Block Administrator

Bio

Jean grew up and was educated in Exeter. She has worked for the past 14 years in the property sector, most of this in Apartment Block Management and prides herself on a happy, friendly approach and the rule of treating others how she would like to be treated. Jean lives in Dawlish with her husband. She has recently got back into running as well as some of the classes at her local gym….this way she can enjoy a good Sunday roast with all the trimmings followed by a stroll along the coast. Jean is family orientated and she would say that her family and friends are her most prized possessions.


Juliette Brand

Juliette Brand

Estate & Apartment Block Administrator

Bio


Juliette originally comes from a background in retail and having enjoyed working with the general public, but feeling that she was ready for a new challenge, joined Whitton & Laing’s Estate Agency in 2002, before moving to Estate & Apartment Block Management two years’ later and enjoys the busy working environment, feeling that no two days are ever the same! 

Juliette was born in Colchester, but moved to Princetown 43 years’ ago and later settling in Exeter.  She enjoys camping, cooking and socialising with friends.


Denise Cauchois

Denise Cauchois

Estate & Apartment Block Administrator

Bio

Denise worked within the life assurance and investment sector for 30 years, during which time she took a break to raise her two young children.

She joined Whitton & Laing in 2009 and is one of the main contacts for clients calling the office, dealing with day-to-day maintenance issues and assisting the Property Managers.  Denise enjoys being part of our busy team and the satisfaction of solving any problems which may come her way.
 
Denise’s other role is as Mum to her teenage Sons and she also assists her Husband with his business, all of which keep her fit and very busy when she is not working hard in the office!


Elissa Carter

Elissa Carter

Estate & Apartment Block Administrator

Bio

Emma Martin

Emma Martin

Estate & Apartment Block Administrator

Bio

Emma is originally from Cornwall but has lived in Exeter for most of her life. As well as having vast experience in client support and liason Emma is also a Cabin Manager at Easyjet and has worked there for the last 14 years and still now on a part time basis, getting to see some of Europe’s finest airports! Emma has joined our team to work alongside her flying career. Emma lives in Exeter with her family and has a dog called Coco. She has recently taken up the hobby of hiking and exploring the coastal paths around this beautiful part of the country. In 2018 she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis but she hasn’t let this stop her from enjoying life to the full with her family and friends who have been a massive support.