Meet the Team

William Laing-Bennett, MNAEA – Sales Director

Known mainly as Bill, he has been in Estate Agency for nearly 20 years in the Canterbury and Folkestone markets. 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 progressing 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 Sale of Residential Property. Bill is also the Chairman of the Folkestone, Hythe and District Association of Surveyors, Valuers, Auctioneers and Estate Agents.

Robert Laing, MARLA – Lettings Director

Rob is a Director of the Laing Bennett, he joined the company in 2012 growing the business and incorporated ‘Phillip A Chapman’. Prior to Laing Bennett he ran his own business for over 10 years. Rob runs the Hythe office and leads the Lettings team across the company. He uses his wealth of knowledge in building and property to manage our ever growing lettings portfolio. 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 Director

Ian founded Laing Bennett along with Bill in 2009 after a career as a secondary school teacher. His main role is developing the business, our systems and operations for Laing Bennett and our staff to deliver excellent service to our clients. Ian also supports both the Sales and Lettings teams across both offices and runs our Lettings account management.

Rachel Boulden, ANAEA – Head of Sales – Hythe

Rachel joined Laing Bennett in 2015 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge gained over 10 years working in the local property industry. She heads up the Hythe Sales Department working with Sharon, Mary and Katie. She carries out market appraisals, marketing our properties and updating Vendors. Rachel is an Associate Member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

Julie Tyrrell Ba (Hons) – Lettings Property Manager – Hythe

Julie joined Laing Bennett in 2016 bring 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: progressing tenancies from application to move in, managing repairs, property visits, renewing tenancy agreements, managing the checkout process and deposit returns.

Jessica Mehdi – Sales Property Manager – Lyminge

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.

Sophia Moffatt-White – Sales Negotiator – Lyminge

Sophia joined in 2017 working in our Lyminge office, she is from the village and has strong ties with the community. After 10 years of working and travelling she is now starting her career in property. Sophia’s duties included; registering and maintaining our applicants helping them find their new home, property viewings and negotiating sales.

Charlotte Miller – Sales Negotiator – Hythe – Currently on Maternity Leave

Charlotte joined Laing Bennett in 2016 to start her career in property having worked in other service industries. With Charlotte’s enthusiastic and professional approach she: registers and maintains relationships with our applicants to find their new home, conducts property viewings and negotiating sales.

Sharon Day – Sales Negotiator – Hythe

Sharon joined Laing Bennett in 2018 having 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 negotiating sales.

Mary Millard – Sales Property Manager – Hythe

Mary has been a key figure in the Hythe office for over 25 years. There is very little she doesn’t know about the local property market and area. Prior to joining Philip A Chapman in 1990 she gained experience and local property knowledge through her work with a Hythe solicitor. Mary’s main role is liaising with our applicants and building relationships with them to find their perfect property.

Katie Lloyd – Sales Negotiator – Hythe

Katie joined Laing Bennett in 2018 and works part time in our Hythe office. Katie has previously worked in estates agency. Using her experience Katie helps buyers find their new home by conducting viewings and negotiating sales.

Drew Elliott-Cook – Sales Negotiator – Lyminge

Drew joined Laing Bennett in 2018 and works part time in our Lyminge office. Drew is accustomed to working with the public as a part time Barber. He uses his people skills and know-how honed in other service industries to help buyers find new homes.