In 1981, Les decided to have a change of career from working in a small engineering culture to retraining within the financial services sectors. He gained valuable experience with the biggest company Prudential. During the seven years Les was employed with the Prudential his responsibilities were to provide financial solutions with his personal clients advising on pensions, life insurance and investment/savings. However, there was an area his clients sought advice elsewhere and this was probably the largest life investment home buying. In 1989, Les decided the only way he could provide mortgage advice was to re-employ with an estate agency network. The following five years he was responsible for ALL mortgage related business for local home buyers within the Seaham and Peterlee agencies as a senior mortgage advisor. Promotion followed swiftly to area mortgage advisor and increased his responsibilities to oversee mortgage business from two other agencies in Houghton le Spring and Hetton le Hole. In the early days of Kimmitt and Roberts, Les was similarly responsible for providing mortgage advice for clients as well as having direct responsibility for the financial aspects of running a busy but provincial estate agency. As the business grew, Les became more involved with the difficult task of running the business. In more recent years, Les has had direct involvement with the property investment sector, and more recently has become directly involved in repossession sales throughout the northeast.
Bill has only ever worked in property. He joined a famous firm of chartered surveyors in Sunderland, CHARLES BELL, as a trainee chartered surveyor in 1981. By 1983, he was manager of Charles Bell Estate Agency branches in Seaham and Horden, cutting his teeth during the miners strike at that time. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1986, claiming the Estates Gazette prize for the highest overall mark in the Commonwealth a rare achievement for anyone outside Oxford, Cambridge or the city of London let alone a bricklayers son from Shotton Colliery! Bill became an associate partner in Charles Bell at the age of twenty four, the youngest in the firms 160 year history. When Halifax acquired Charles Bell in 1987, he was promoted from branch manager to senior branch manager and then residential executive, and finally to area manager. In doing so, Bill gained huge experience in selling properties throughout the northeast, but East Durham and Sunderland were always his home turf. As well as having direct responsibility for the existing estate agency operation, Bill is also a practicing estate agent and has hands on involvement with the Seaham and Houghton branches. He is also a fully qualified chartered surveyor and carries out residential and commercial surveys and valuations on a daily basis. Bill is regionally renowned as an expert and frequently acts as expert witness in complicated property court issues.