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 being 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 a 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.
Emma Atkinson, Director
Looking for a new challenge, Emma joined Garrington Relocation in January 2015. Her extensive knowledge of the relocation industry and global network well place Emma to assist in the facilitation of national and global contracts.
Emma graduated with a 2:1 in Law and holds a qualifying LLB Bachelor of Laws Honours degree, specialising in Commercial Contracts alongside both International and European Law.
Having worked in relocation for more than 5 years, Emma has a keen eye for strategy and commercial awareness, delivering compliant and process driven service methodologies to many global clients during her career.
Her focussed approach to service excellence has developed and implemented a full supply chain methodology, ensuring the most robust controls are in place to manage a vast global supply chain.
Emma’s passion for compliance extends to the EuRA Quality Seal Accreditation, where in 2013, Emma secured the first EuRA Global Quality Seal with no non-compliances.
Having internationally relocated herself, Emma understands the concerns, frustrations, pressures and stress a relocation can create. Her detailed knowledge, coupled with first-hand experience and understanding, well equips her to assist in the development of products and services tailored to meet the needs of both our clients and their transferees.
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.