Face of lettings in Sussex marks 30 years at Leaders

Thu 07 Apr 2016

One of the most experienced and popular figures in the Sussex lettings market recently celebrated her 30th anniversary with Leaders.

Jane Wilkinson, the company’s lettings director for Sussex, started at Leaders in 1986 as secretary to founder Neville Lee. At the time, the firm had a single office in New Road, Brighton and boasted a workforce of just five people.

Tremendous expansion has followed over the subsequent three decades and Leaders now operates almost 120 branches across the UK and employs in excess of 1,000 people.

Jane says: “Leaders started as a small family business with strong values and despite our size now, we have managed to retain the same ethos.

“We have always been very much a people business and it is because of the staff and clients that I have worked with - past and present - that I have remained with the company for the past 30 years.”

After starting as a secretary, Jane soon became involved in all aspects of the business and was promoted to roles including property manager, negotiator, branch manager and area manager before becoming lettings director.

She believes the same opportunities to progress exist today, explaining the company is keen to recruit ambitious individuals looking for a long-term career.

“Regardless of what level a person joins us at, we will invest in them by offering them the training and development to prepare them to be the best at what they do and offer the very best service to our customers,” Jane says.

“There are many opportunities in the business for the right people. As long as you are prepared to work hard you can be certain you will enjoy every minute of your time at Leaders and you will reap the rewards of your efforts.”

Evidence of this can be found in the Sussex region overseen by Jane, where the majority of branch managers have been promoted by her from other branch roles, which also offers great consistency to local clients.

For more information on selling, letting, buying or renting a property, contact your local Leaders branch.