Meet The Team

Ken is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has over 38 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 captained TABS 3rd team cricket side in the York Vale League. He is now making time to once again work on his golf handicap. Ken is still 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 has been an integral part of the Renton & Parr team since joining from Bernard Thorpe estate agents (DTZ Debenham Thorpe) in 1994 and is the longest serving member of staff. Bringing a wealth of experience to her multi tasking role and a pride in her work that is recognised by everyone that meets her. Amongst her many and varied duties perhaps her key role includes preparing accurate property details for vendor approval before uploading to the portals, ensuring compliance with changing legislation and resolving IT issues. Sonia enjoys the interaction with clients and gains particular pleasure from being able to assist clients with their property needs. Having been part of the local community in Wetherby all her life, married with two daughters life can be hectic for Sonia but she still finds time to enjoy holidays, shopping and cycling.
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. Upon graduating with a first Class Hons Business degree Thomas worked in sales before embarking on his travels around South and North America. Since joining the company in 2012 he has demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm and competence in his role, 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 proudly became a Director in 2015.
Thomas Bird

Thomas Bird Associate Director

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

Eagerly joined the company in 2020 as part of our 70th anniversary year, he's keen to please, loves meeting new people and is bursting with enthusiasm...

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