Garrington South East are a team of handpicked, local property consultants who will use their combined experience to ensure that you achieve the desired result in your search for a country home, rental property or investment property in Essex, Kent, East Sussex or Hertfordshire.
Toby Ridge, Associate
Toby has extensive experience and an impressive network of contacts built up during his twenty years in property. He initially began his career as a negotiator in North London with a leading independent estate agent before becoming promoted to Premier Homes Manager, covering North London and Hertfordshire.
Despite a move away from property into recruitment Toby was infamous for finding properties for work colleagues, including the Director of the large financial recruitment agency he was working for. This ongoing involvement in property became the catalyst for his return to the world of property, seeing him establish his own relocation and property finding company in 2005, which he successfully grew before deciding to join Garrington to focus on the South East region.
Toby is qualified in project management and it is an area which he specialises in. He has an eye for potential, and is able to spot a diamond in the rough, great for those who are looking for investment properties.
Toby lives life to the full and in his spare time he enjoys road cycling and playing sport.
Mandy Bissell, Associate
Mandy started her property career in 1996 in Prime Central London. Working in Lettings as a Manager and as a property developer in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, she gained a wealth of local knowledge and expertise. In 2003 Mandy moved to Hong Kong to run an international property investment desk gaining valuable experience in understanding client care and high standards of service.
On returning to the UK in 2006 Mandy embarked on her buying career working for a private client buying arm for an International estate agents then moving on to setting up her own buying agencies representing International and High Net Worth individuals in Prime Central London, South West London and the South East of England. Having lived in four countries before finally returning to her home County of Kent, Mandy fully understands all aspects of property acquisition whether it’s an investment purchase or moving from London to the country.
Mandy’s extensive experience and commitment to her clients and their requirements matched with her tenacious approach ensures a comprehensive and dedicated high level property search service.
In her spare time Mandy is a keen horse rider; skier and enjoys walking her dog.
Leonia Newman, Director & Co-Founder
Leonia offers a wealth of experience spanning many years in the national and international relocation sectors. She is respected as a relocation professional for providing a first class service to clients.
In her early career Leonia set up her own relocation company helping London families to move to the Home Counties. She began to appreciate the needs of busy clients; not only finding the right property, but also the accompanying lifestyle, formed by schooling, the commute, and local amenities.
Through her extensive network of business contacts Leonia next headed up a niche relocation consultants for film actors. Out of this intriguing challenge she became an industry expert discussing property matters for Real Estate TV.
Building on this success, Leonia founded a relocation company serving high profile corporate clients buying and renting in prime central London. She helped over 500 executives, working for the world’s most prominent and successful corporations, to find homes in the capital.
After many years of relocating families from all corners of the globe, Leonia was ideally placed to join forces with Garrington Relocation to develop our industry-leading brand.
Jennifer Mullucks, Account Manager
With firsthand experience of relocating from abroad and her wealth of lettings knowledge, Jennifer has a full understanding of our clients and assignees needs. As an account manager, Jennifer deals with the day to day running of the office and supporting the assignees with their relocation from start to finish. Her main goal is to ensure long term success of the assignees relocation by guiding and supporting them throughout their journey.
Born and raised in The Netherlands, Jennifer started work as an event organiser after completing a degree in Tourism. She became the PA to the Global Advertising Director of Adidas based in Amsterdam. She grew rapidly competent in administrative, operational and organizational skills.
In 1999 Jennifer was ready for a new challenge. Her first job in London was in property. Realising her passion for it, Jennifer worked for several prime estate agencies and after some time managing the lettings department of a large estate agency, she relocated to Cambridge with her family, continuing her property career by joining Garrington in 2008.
Fluent in Dutch, Jennifer also speaks French and German. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and spending time with her young family.
Laura West, Account Executive
Laura provides essential support to the relocation team, having joined Garrington after graduating from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in International Relations.
In between her studies, Laura has successfully completed internships with high profile law firms which provided a valuable insight into the world of professional advisory services for corporate and private clients. Building on this valuable experience and academic knowledge, Laura decided that Garrington would be the perfect company to progress her career.
During her studies whilst at University, Laura held the position of Social Secretary, organising events and charity fundraising throughout her time at Loughborough. Following a successful period as Social Secretary, Laura was then elected as Social Chair which involved event management, student body coordination, and the ability to negotiate contracts.
Laura is able to apply this knowledge into her role as Account Executive at Garrington, by assisting with day to day support and administration of the firm and utilising her multiple skills.
With a keen interest for sports, Laura has represented the county at netball and athletics. She also enjoys running, shopping and eating out.
Lynne West, Operations Manager
Throughout her career Lynne has worked mainly in the areas of Office Management, Event Management and Customer Service. In this time she gained experience being a PA at board level, organising trade shows and heading up a customer service team.
After nearly 20 years working mainly in the Telecommunications industry, Lynne decided that it was time for a new challenge. In 2009 the opportunity arose to join the Garrington team in a key role as an Operations Manager. With a wealth of administrative experience coupled with extensive customer service skills, Lynne ensures that the operational side of Garrington runs smoothly and efficiently. As an important linchpin of the organisation, Lynne’s support to the management team and network of associates is invaluable.
When not at work, Lynne enjoys spending time with her family and is an active committee member of her son’s football and cricket clubs.
Alexandra Nicol, Client Service Executive
Alexandra is a key member of the head office team, supporting both clients’ searches and assisting Garrington’s regional search consultants with operational matters. Her career began after successfully graduating with a triple Distinction in Hospitality, and went on to work at a privately owned country house as an events coordinator, gaining a wealth of experience for the planning and organising of important corporate and private events.
She then took the decision to further her career and joined Garrington in 2012 in a newly created position which draws on her comprehensive understanding of customer service, excellent organisational skills and an eye for detail. This enables her to carry out a pivotal role, to ensure that client searches are supported to the highest possible standard.
As part of her on-going commitment to continued professional development and providing first class service, Alexandra is currently studying for a professional qualification awarded by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Away from work Alexandra’s hobbies include baking, walking her dogs, fly fishing in Scotland, reading and eating out.
Cheryl Elliott-Edwards, Executive Assistant
Cheryl has an impressive track record and wealth of experience of serving discerning clients across luxury sectors including Residential Sales, Lettings and Management, the Hospitality Industry and Business Aviation for over 10 years. She joins Garrington in a key role, as an Executive Assistant and co-ordinates client and operational matters in Garrington’s Asset Management division.
Having previously worked on behalf of VIP’s, sporting personalities, celebrities and dignitaries in Private Aviation and working closely with film crews, airlines and airport authorities to accommodate services to the film industry, Cheryl’s negotiating, and organisational skills are exemplary.
At home, Cheryl enjoys her time with family and particularly enjoys baking with her daughter at weekends. Tennis and other outdoor activities are high on the agenda together with a passion for dance, music and travel.