Company history

Leaders was founded in 1983 by the late Neville Lee OBE, a keen businessman from Sussex. After renting out his own home to spend time living in India, Neville quickly learned just what landlords wanted and needed from a lettings agency, and was inspired to improve the industry upon his return.


Alongside successfully co-founding the regulatory board ARLA, Neville opened Leaders’ first branch in Brighton on April 1st 1983 and welcomed two instructions and two lets in his first week of trading. This inspired Neville and his protégé to push forward with their plans to expand the business, and they never looked back.


Leaders started to grow quickly, with additional branches in Brighton and Hove opening in the late 1980s, followed by Horsham, Portsmouth, Fareham, Burgess Hill and Southampton throughout the nineties.


Rapid expansion throughout the South of England meant that Leaders quickly celebrated their 25th and then 50th branch openings after the millennium, and now demonstrate Neville’s first-class customer service in over 120 branches nationwide.


In 2016, Leaders appointed a new Managing Director as the company merged with Romans – another of the property industry’s leading estate agencies – and Boyer, to form the Leaders Romans Group. Together, we provide our customers and clients with a comprehensive range of property related services.