Meet The Team

The Directors

Les Roberts GPEA

Director

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 Kimmitt MRICS, MNAEA

Director

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.

David Kimmitt BSc (Hons) MNAEA GPEA

Director

A well known face in and around Seaham, David has been involved with property since the age of sixteen and has a natural affinity with property – he holds an Honors Degree from the School of the Built Environment, Northumbrian University, and has developed that further to become a Member of the National Association of Estate Agents and an Associate of The Guild of Property Professionals. His knowledge of the local property market is unsurpassed. However, it is David’s personality which sets him apart. He has a natural ease with people, is very approachable, as well as being highly knowledgeable. Aswell as David's roll as partner within the business, he also Manages the Seaham Office. David’s main claim to fame is that his is an accredited Agent on the panel of BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer, and can regularly be seen on this programme.

Jonathan Roberts MNAEA GPEA

Director

Jonathan started his estate agency career in 2007 as a very young man and has matured, very rapidly into a very able, enthusiastic and competent professional. Jonathan is very highly qualified. Not only is he a member of the National Association of Estate Agents, he is also a domestic energy assessor (DEA) and a commercial energy assessor (CEA). He qualified as a DEA in 2008 and at that time was one of the youngest in the country to have qualified. Jonathan has developed his estate agency career starting as a Sales Negotiator and then into property valuing before gaining promotion to now Branch Manager. Jonathan then went one step further when he was named as a Director alongside Bill, Les and David. Jonathan has been involved with property all of his adult life, and is part of an energetic experienced and successful team at the Houghton le Spring branch. He also has additional responsibilities across the company as a whole, particularly his position as our senior coordinator with The Guild of Property Professionals.

The Houghton Team
 

Tracy Walker GPEA

Branch Manager

If you are selling a house, then Tracy Walker is the ideal person to help you do it. Her approachability means that she can answer any queries that you might have. Her experience means that she can see problems before they arise. Her direct and forthright approach to handling problems means that she can remedy any issues along the way. Her availability, being office based in Houghton full time, means that she is available whenever you need her. Tracy started as an estate agent as a fresh faced sixteen year old, working for Charles Bell in Sunderland. She has learnt much along the way and she thrives on doing her very best for all who place their trust in her! More recently, her skills and expertise have been recognised as an Associate of The Guild of Property Professionals. Tracy Thrives on doing her very best for all who place their trust in her. She has also recently been made the branch manager of Houghton le Spring which was certainly overdue as well as been involved heavily on the compliance side of the company alongside Director Jonathan Roberts.

Lucy Cardy GPEA

Sales Negotiator

Our newest team member, Lucy settled straight in to our Head Office at Houghton le Spring. Boasting a high level of knowledge on the sales progression side from her previous roles within conveyancing departments at a busy solicitors. She has quickly adapted and learned her role to offer a level of customer service usually found in someone of greater experience and is a valued member of the team.

Chantel Mitton GPEA

Sales Negotiator

In 2019, Chantel started with the company and has since became an integral part of the Houghton le Spring branch. She has learned rapidly and is knowledgeable beyond her experience. She looks after our Houghton le Spring clients to an extremely high standard and is always happy to help whenever needed. Chantel has formed a great team with Tracy, Lucy, Carter & Jen at our Head Office.

Carter Cook GPEA

Sales Negotiator

One of our newest team members, Carter has previously worked in estate agency with local agents and offers a level of estate agency know-how not usually found in someone of his years. He is located within the Houghton le Spring head office where he thrives in a sales environment offering customer service at the highest of standards as well as carrying out accompanied viewings for our Seaham & Peterlee branches.

Jen Elliott GPEA

Sales Negotiator

Jen started with Kimmitt & Roberts last year and has became an integral member of the team. She offers an abundance of knowledge and experience which comes from over a decade in the industry. Jen started as a negotiator within a corporate estate agency and dealt with sales and lettings as well as carrying out valuations too. She provides a professional and friendly service to all of our customers and nothing is ever a problem as she loves to help every customer she has the pleasure to deal with.

The Seaham Team

Gail Yuill GPEA

Branch Manager

Gail is one of the longest serving members of Kimmitt & Roberts team. Gail joined the business over a decade ago as a Sales Negotiator and soon gained promotion to Senior Negotiator and subsequently Valuer and Branch Manager. Gail has the unique role of managing both the Seaham and Peterlee offices, spending her time split between the two branches. She works alongside Director, David Kimmitt to provide a seamless service in both Seaham and Peterlee. Gail is renowned for having a smile on her face, even in the most stressful of situations! Dealing in the highly fraught environment of Estate Agency can often be tiresome and trying, but Gail always seems to light up the office, always seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

Karen Tate GPEA

Negotiator / Administrator

Karen joined Kimmitt and Roberts in 2011 and has proved to be a confident and hightly valued member of staff in the Seaham Branch. It is fair to say that the office evolves around Karen. Her administrative role means that she is at the centre of all of the information produced by the branch and she combines this wealth of knowledge with a unique friendly approach with clients. Karen is always calming, never seems flustered and is totally reliable. Her knowledge and experience has been recognised in her Associateship in the Guild of Professioanl Estate Agents.

Sam Cranmer GPEA

Sales Negotiator

Sam started with Kimmitt & Roberts back in 2019 filling a role vacated by Gail Yuill who went on to become manager of our Seaham & Peterlee branches. Sam has excelled in offering a high level of professionalism and customer services to everyone she deals with. Her knowledge of the market in both Seaham & Houghton really help in the day to day business of Estate Agency. Again, forming an efficient partnership with Karen & Gail.

The Peterlee Team

Gail Yuill GPEA

Branch Manager

Gail is one of the longest serving members of Kimmitt & Roberts team. Gail joined the business over a decade ago as a Sales Negotiator and soon gained promotion to Senior Negotiator and subsequently Valuer and Branch Manager. Gail has the unique role of managing both the Seaham and Peterlee offices, spending her time split between the two branches. She works alongside Director, David Kimmitt to provide a seamless service in both Seaham and Peterlee. Gail is renowned for having a smile on her face, even in the most stressful of situations! Dealing in the highly fraught environment of Estate Agency can often be tiresome and trying, but Gail always seems to light up the office, always seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

Lauren Foster GPEA

Senior Sales Negotiator

Lauren has been with us for nearly a decade, starting as an apprentice with us in early 2012 and was quickly recognised as someone with a real grasp of our business. As well as being pleasant, friendly and approachable, over the years she has developed comprehensive knowledge of the property market helped by her studies towards the NFOPP Technical Award in Residential Estate Agency. A very competent Senior negotiator in her own right, she fits well into the Peterlee team.

Tracey Musson GPEA

Senior Sales Negotiator

As with many of the senior members of the Kimmitt & Roberts team, Tracey spent her earlier years in Estate Agency with a national corporate Estate Agent with many branches in the North East. Following in the closure of many of their offices, Tracey worked with a number of other local agents before joining Kimmitt & Roberts in 2019. Tracey is approachable, knowledgeable and a friendly face in the recently refurbished Peterlee Branch. Her expertise in residential property sales is unrivalled in the area. If you need to sell a house in Peterlee, be sure to call Tracey!