Julie

Julie

My early career was quite varied beginning with working for a local authority in South Wales, where I dealt mainly with Right to Buy. I spent some years with British Airways working my way through to a position as Trainer before leaving to start a family. Over a period of time while my children were young, my roles varied from sales support/admin to livery yard hand and even wedding make-up artist. I took on prominent roles within voluntary groups, becoming the chairwoman of the large primary school PTA for some years before we left Berkshire. Like many people, we couldn’t wait for an opportunity to move to the West Country and we did that in 2002, when we were lucky enough to acquire a building plot in the lovely village of Thorncombe (West Dorset) and carried out a “self-build”, where we remain very happily. It was in 2003 that Estate Agency grabbed me and I realised that I had found my perfect role. I went quickly from part time to full time and began working for myself about 3 years later.

Gordon and Rumsby was born in January 2009 with my then business partner, Susan. Due to personal commitments, Susan stepped down from the business in 2010 but was happy for me to retain the name as we had started to become established even in that short space of time. In 2012, I opened the office in Colyton, moving to larger premises in 2014, from where we currently operate. My philosophy is do the best job I can for my client. We specialise in being considerate, fair, friendly and professional and are developing a strong reputation, which is why much of our business comes through recommendation.

Debbie

Debbie

My first experience in Estate Agency actually started when I was 11 years old. I used to help my father in his estate agents office, during the school holidays. On leaving school I joined full time and my position at that time was Telephone Sales, or 'Ring round girl' as they used to call us in those days.

My career progressed with a well established local independent estate agent, with promotions to Negotiator, Senior Negotiator and then to Manager/Branch Director, dealing with various aspects of the business, experiencing all kinds of markets, with finance and property shortages. The company subsequently sold out to the Halifax PLC in the late 80's and that was interesting having the bank's perspective into estate agency.

I decided to leave the madness of London and moved to Devon some 17 years ago to open and run a successful Bed & Breakfast business. However, it wasn't long before I was back to Estate Agency again. Very different to be selling individual properties in this outstanding and beautiful part of the country. Meeting Julie through the business, once we took office premises in Colyton, I joined on a more permanent basis. Whilst I'm involved with the day to day running of the office, viewings etc., once we agree a sale on the property, I usually deal with the Sales progressing, liaising with the sellers, buyers and the solicitors. This can sometimes be extremely challenging, but oh so rewarding, when the keys are handed in, the seller moves on and the property that we have completed on, takes on a new chapter with the new owners.

Mary

Mary(Retired 31st March 2021)

My childhood was spent moving from house to house around the UK as my Dad was moved in his job from the South West to the North East via the Midlands and Scottish Borders. I always remember from a very early age that I loved going to view houses and thought moving house was a great adventure. So it's probably very fitting that I ended up in estate agency.

I started my working life in London in the design room of a fashion house and after ten years in the fashion industry, moved to Los Angeles with my husband who worked in film and TV. The house hunting process once again got me interested in California architecture and I decided to take the real estate exams and get my licence to work there. I had a fantastic time and stayed in California for 17 years when we decided to return to the UK for my daughter's education. We looked at 45 houses in three weeks and the property we finally decided on was shown to us by Julie Gordon. She was so helpful I decided I would keep in touch with her when we finally arrived in the area and one thing leading to another, I started working for her part-time shortly after she established the company increasing my hours as she steadily built the company.

I love my job - we all muck in to do a variety of tasks that need to be done on a day to day basis including assisting Julie with taking on the new properties and getting them ready for the internet and producing the brochures and advertising. I enjoy engaging with buyers and attending viewings with them and helping them into a new home. There's nothing better than giving a first-time buyer the keys to their home.

Belinda

Belinda

I have always considered East Devon to be my home. I grew up in Bristol but as a child I would regularly visit my grandparents in Colyton and then once school was over I moved here on a permanent basis. It’s a beautiful part of the world and the people here are kind, friendly and helpful – why would I want to live anywhere else?

Most of my adult life has been spent travelling the West Country working as a medical rep within the pharmaceutical industry. Then one day I had a “light bulb” moment when I finally realised I really didn’t like what I was doing. I wanted to do something that really motivated and interested me so here I am working in estate agency. I have always had a very keen interest in property and over the years have bought and renovated several properties. I am now very lucky to be working in a role that I feel truly passionate about and with the lovely people who brought me here in the first place.

Beyond the office my two main interests include singing and motorcycling. For the benefit of others I do most of my singing in private, whereas other people have said for the benefit of others I shouldn’t be riding my bike!!

Emily

Emily

I joined Gordon & Rumsby in February 2017, after moving back to “the shire” following a 5-year period working in London as a professional makeup artist. I had some great experiences but after a while, my heart wanted to “escape to the country” again! I grew up in West Dorset (Julie is my mum!) and have always loved the magic and history of the Jurassic Coast and surrounding areas.

I’ve had a varied career so far, from working in sales and retail to craft beer and makeup but I have always been in people facing roles so I have honed strong communication skills over the years. This stood me in good stead to join the G&R family and start learning about Estate Agency and the property industry.

Providing exceptional service and a sympathetic ear is very important to me; two of the things that first drew me to Gordon & Rumsby. Julie and the team lead by very strong example and hold client care in the highest of regard. Buying and selling houses can be extremely stressful and I love our ethos of making Estate Agency “something to be proud of”. I have learnt a lot over the last 4 years, thanks to the team’s extensive knowledge and experience and I do my best to live up to this high standard on a daily basis.

Outside of the office: I love wildlife and rambling through fields and rivers with my other half, Robin. I am a herbal tea enthusiast and I also sing in a funk/soul band called Smokey Jean & The Limes! I look forward to chatting with you and helping any way I can.

Susan

Susan

My early career was in the City of London selling Japanese bonds and derivatives to pension funds worldwide. Working very long hours enabled me to buy my first property at the age of 18. In 1989 my son was sadly born with brain damage, therefore I could not continue my career. Two daughters later I had bought and sold a number of properties. A chance meeting with a local estate agent led to me working in their Leigh on Sea office and the estate agency bug began! My own experience in buying and selling led to an understanding of the whole procedure but also enabled me to empathise with both buyers and sellers during what can be a very stressful process. In 2003 my husband, three children and various pets left the ‘rat race’ and bought a 100 acre farm in Musbury, East Devon. Having never farmed before it was an incredible learning curve but one of immense enjoyment. Another chance meeting led to me being interviewed by Fortnam Smith and Banwellin Lyme Regis and I became their new manager. After a successful time there it became impossible to juggle a full time job, jointly running a farm and a family. A few years on after running a bed and breakfast on the farm (we became the no.1 B & B in the South West) I met Julie through a mutual contact. Gordon and Rumsby was launched in 2009. We became a very successful business in a short time with our emphasis on honesty and professionalism. Once again life took over and my son became very ill,therefore I had to stand down. Life has moved on, the farm was sold and I am now fortunate to live in Charmouth. All three children have left home and after helping Julie in busier times it was nice to hear so many people (both vendors and buyers) commenting that it was a shame I was no longer in the business. The bug was back! I am now extremely excited to be heading the new Gordon and Rumsby Coastal Department and will be specialising in properties in both Lyme Regis and Charmouth. I have the same ethos as Julie and wish to offer an honest, professional and friendly service to all our new ‘coastal’ clients.”

Izzy

Izzy

My childhood was spent moving house almost yearly, until we finally settled on a small farm in Musbury, where we stayed for about 10 years. During this time, I attended Musbury Primary School and then Colyton Grammar School. We then moved across the border to Charmouth, and I started working at a busy restaurant in Lyme Regis. This helped fund my time at the University of Southampton, where I studied English Literature and had some great work experience placements. Once university was over, I moved back home and began looking for my first ‘adult job’. A job advert for an admin role at an Estate Agents in Bridport popped up, and I applied, thinking it would be a funny coincidence if I started a career in Estate Agency and unintentionally following in my mum’s footsteps. I was very luckily offered the job, and the property bug began. After about a year or so, I was promoted to the role of Sales Negotiator, and I learnt a lot about the property industry with the company. During this time, I also bought my first home in Bridport with my partner, and have been slowly renovating it outside of work. In January 2021, I heard that Mary was sadly retiring from Gordon and Rumsby, and that Julie would need an extra pair of hands. After a few chats with Julie, I was offered a job here in Colyton and decided to go for it! The team here have made me feel very welcome, and I’m looking forward to continue learning about the industry and helping out as much as I can.