Meet the Team

William Laing-Bennett, MNAEA – Sales Director

Known mainly as Bill, he has been in Estate Agency for over 20 years working in the local area. Having previously worked for several independent agencies, in 2009 he was delighted to return to his home village of Lyminge to open Laing Bennett. Bill oversees the sales departments, carries out market appraisals and progresses our agreed sales to completion. Bill is a Member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and holds a Level 3 Technical Award in the Sale of Residential Property. Bill is also the Honorary Secretary of the Folkestone, Hythe and District Association of Surveyors, Valuers, Auctioneers and Estate Agents.

Robert Laing, MARLA – Lettings Director

Rob is a Director of Laing Bennett, he joined the company in 2012 growing the business and incorporated ‘Phillip A Chapman’. Before Laing Bennett, he ran his own business for over 10 years. Rob was born and bought up in Lyminge and now has children growing up in the village and attending the primary school. Rob leads the Lettings team and uses his wealth of knowledge in building and property to manage our ever-growing lettings portfolio and handles the checkout process and deposit returns. Rob is a Member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and holds a Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting & Property Management.

Ian Laing-Bennett, BSc/Ed (Hons) – Operations & Financial Director

Ian founded Laing Bennett along with Bill in 2009 after a career as a secondary school teacher. He lives in Lyminge and is proud to be a Governor of Lyminge primary school. His main role is running the day to day accounts of the business and developing our systems. He supports both the Sales and Lettings teams and runs our Lettings account management and the tenancy renewal process.

Rachel Boulden, ANAEA – Head of Sales

Rachel joined Laing Bennett in 2015 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge gained over 15 years working in the local property industry. Rachel was born and still lives in the village on Elham. She heads up the Sales Department team, carries out market appraisals and markets our properties. Rachel is an Associate Member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

Julie Tyrrell, Ba (Hons) – Lettings Property Manager

Julie joined Laing Bennett in 2016 bringing with her many years of experience in the local property industry. Julie’s role is to manage our lettings portfolio of managed properties. Her duties include: viewings, progressing tenancies from application to move in, managing repairs and property visits.

Sophia Moffatt-White, MNAEA – Sales Property Manager

Sophia has worked in our Lyminge office since 2017, she is from the village and has strong ties with the community. Sophia’s carries out market appraisals, markets our properties, conducts viewings and negotiates sales. Sophia is a Member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and holds a Level 3 Technical Award in the Sale of Residential Property.

Jessica Mehdi – Sales Property Manager

Jessica joined Laing Bennett in 2015. Since started her career as an Estate Agent in 2006 she has worked for several prominent firms in this part of Kent. She uses her knowledge of the local area and market to liaise with our Vendors and Purchasers, conducts viewings and negotiates sales.

Sharon Day – Sales Property Manager

Sharon joined Laing Bennett in 2018 and has a wealth of experience gained over many years in estate agency and other service industries. Sharon’s professionalism and expertise are an asset to Team LB. She registers and maintains relationships with our applicants to find them new homes, conducts property viewings and negotiates sales.

Katrina Howard, BA (Hons) – Sales Negotiator

Katrina works part-time supporting our sales team. She has had a varied career from working as a principal researcher for the Lorraine Kelly show, fundraising and a property researcher. Katrina also has a BA (Hons) Media and Communication. She works mainly on Saturdays carrying out property viewings and talking to buyers about our properties.