Meet The Team

Ken is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has over 36 years’ experience in the local property market having sold thousands of houses in Wetherby and the surrounding villages. Leaving Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham with an honour’s degree in Urban Estate Surveying he joined Hepper Watson in Leeds as a trainee negotiator/valuer in 1982. Promoted after 9 months and transferred to his home town where he went on to run two successful offices at Wetherby and Boston Spa after the partners at the time sold out to the Halifax group in 1987. Head hunted in 1997 to join Renton & Parr as a partner before taking over as Owner & Managing Director in March 2011. Married to Louise they have three sons, Patrick, Thomas and Alex all University graduates from Newcastle. Ken has been an active member of Wetherby Rugby and Golf Clubs and until recently captained TABS 3rd team cricket side in the York Vale League, now making time to once again work on his golf handicap. Ken is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and passionate about property and customer satisfaction and over the years established himself as one of the most respected estate agents in Wetherby
Ken Bird

Ken Bird Owner & Managing Director

Sonia joined Bernard Thorpe Estate Agents back in 1989 which shortly thereafter was known as DTZ (Debenham Thorpe) where she was Secretary for two of the Valuers. After a short break to start a family Sonia joined Renton & Parr in 1994 to cover secretarial duties. 18 years later she is still here and is now Secretary to Mr Kenneth Bird Bsc Hons and I.T. Co-ordinator for all departments. With over 20 years’ experience Sonia is also the longest serving member of the current staff at Renton & Parr. Married for nearly 24 years, with two daughters, life can be extremely hectic but Sonia enjoys holidays, shopping and socialising.
Sonia Westerman

Sonia Westerman Secretary

Thomas is a keen sportsman and has represented Rugby Union to County standard and captained the freshman rowing crew at Northumbria University. During his Business Degree Thomas gained a year of industry experience in the form of a Placement at General Motors. Upon graduating from Northumbria University with a first Class Hons degree Thomas worked within sales in the Medical device industry before embarking on his travels around South and North America. Joining the company in 2012 Thomas has demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm and competence in his role and is keen to gain further experience and knowledge in the property market. Thomas is undertaking additional industry qualifications and training to ensure he is up to speed with current legislations and the high industry standards maintained at Renton & Parr.
Thomas Bird

Thomas Bird Associate Director

After graduating from Trent Polytechnic with a Degree in 3-D design Jacquie worked as a freelance scenic artist within theatre and commercial set production. Clients ranged from Madame Tussauds to Opera North. Jacquie returned to Yorkshire to be near her family and has many years experience in Customer Service Management working for various blue chip companies including BBC Education. Before joining Renton & Parr Jacquie worked for a major corporate estate agent for eight years as a Sales and Lettings Negotiator. Committed to making that extra effort to deliver a second to none professional service Jacquie is motivated to utilise her experience and industry knowledge at Renton & Parr.
Jacquie Franklin

Jacquie Franklin Sales Consultant

Alex is now the third member of a truly family run business. A keen sportsman, Alex has played rugby union at county and academy level as well as during his time at university. He continues to play golf, cricket and cycle through the summer months. After graduating from Newcastle University with a 1st class business degree Alex worked successfully in the high end jewellery market in Harrogate before shifting his focus and embarking upon a career in property. In addition to being a full time sales negotiator, Alex is currently studying with the SAVA school of surveying to become a qualified RICS Chartered Surveyor.
Alex Bird

Alex Bird Sales Consultant

Rob is the newest member of the team; he has been with Renton & Parr for nearly 12 months now, previously working as a quantity surveyor in professional practice for 44 years. Married with two sons, he has lived in the Wetherby area for nearly 52 years. Rob enjoys sport and is involved with a local hockey team; he also loves football, walking, cycling and swimming. He is passionate about building construction and enjoys using his constructional knowledge and skill to help find clients a new home and relishes the challenge of being part of the dedicated team at Renton & Parr.
Robert Wood

Robert Wood Accompanied Viewing

Gilly joined Renton & Parr following 22 years working in the Education Sector. She has also been employed in the Fitness Industry and in Marketing. Gilly has 17 years’ experience in residential sales as a negotiator and sales progressor, in Wetherby and the surrounding villages. As an effective sales negotiator, Gilly values high level customer service. She is a good communicator and displays a calm, considered and meticulous approach in her role, and throughout the sales process. Gilly is an Associate Member of The Guild of Property Professionals. Originally from Lancashire, Gilly lived in Bardsey for 23 years and has recently moved to Wetherby . She enjoys swimming, walking, cinema, theatre, running, singing and heritage visits.
Gilly Wright

Gilly Wright Sales Consultant

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