Our Team

Meet the Letsafe Management Team



Our management team have a combined 60 years plus experience in the sector, we are based in the famous coastal town of Whitley Bay covering the North East region.

 

Raymond Blake

Managing Director

Leading the business is Raymond who has a valuable 30 years experience in the sector. Raymond began his career joining a corporate estate agency straight from school as an apprentice, where he progressed over 10 years into a multi branch senior management position, from this role Raymond moved into a senior management position in an established law firm handling its property sales & letting activities and overseeing extensive buy to let acquisitions, to more recently in 2014 setting up the successful Letsafe brand.

 

Raymond has a real passion for property, having a portfolio of his own built up over 20 years.  Raymond has driven the Letsafe business to its position as one of the leading letting brands in the area, trusted by landlords now fully managing hundreds of properties. Raymond also has a wealth of experience in property investment strategies and dedicates a vast amount of his energy in assisting landlords in acquiring properties to grow their portfolios, whilst overseeing the day to day operations in the Letsafe business.

 

Raymond offers Landlords advice in all aspects of property investments, whether it be a new landlord entering the market for the first time wondering how to make that first step, or experienced landlords building their portfolios, or even just assisting landlords in technical or legislative issues including dispute resolution.

 

 

Joanne Gillespie

Lettings Director

Joanne, similar to Raymond, joined the world of estate agency and lettings from school and has spent the vast majority of her career directly in the sector. Joanne has gained her experience with both corporate and independent entities and has also operated her own corporate estate agency franchise.

 

Joanne manages the busy day to day activities within the Letsafe business, overseeing landlords properties from listing stage, through to careful tenant referencing and selection, to finally a successful tenant handover. Joanne has a wealth of experience in office supervision and micro manages the lettings processes to ensure our clients properties are in safe hands.

 

 

Sean Courtney

Compliance Manager

Sean manages this vital role in the company.  Sean has responsibility for ensuring the business complies with the ever more complex world of property lettings. The industry has become increasingly more regulated in recent years with waves of new legislation governing how the lettings process is handled. Sean has the role of managing each and every managed let ensuring compliance with the minimum legal requirements.

 

Sean joined Letsafe a number of years ago as an apprentice.  Sean has proven to be a valuable asset in the business ensuring the company stays one step ahead of any changes affecting our landlords.

 

 

Sharon Macdonald

Accounts Manager

Sharon joined the Letsafe team in 2017 to bolster the accounts and finance activities in the business. Sharon manages the day to day rental banking and payments ensuring our landlords rents are fully tracked and dispatched swiftly. Sharon has a wealth of experience in accounting and banking and has a superb reputation with our clients for having a tight grip on rental payments and transactions.

 

 

Kara Coulthard

Lettings Consultant

Kara is a valuable member of the team, fully office based assisting in managing the day to day incoming activities including assisting landlords marketing new properties, arranging tenant viewings, assisting with rental applications and coordinating maintenance tasks. Kara is a bright, young enthusiastic member of the team and receives fantastic feedback on her customer service and friendly approach.

 

 

Hollie Gillespie

Letting Consultant

Hollie joined the business recently to bolster the team since moving into the new Whitley Bay Management Centre, Hollie has proven to be a ‘hands on type’ who grasps any issues coming into the branch with a positive and enthusiastic attitude. Hollie is well liked by the team and clients alike. Hollie manages day to day tasks on the extensive Letsafe property portfolio including maintenance, administration, viewing arrangements and follow ups, and assisting tenants with the process of applying and moving into rental properties.

 

 

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