Matthew Williams (Director)
As Co-Director of Redbrick Properties, my role is to oversee the running of the company, which I do with a certain amount of delegation, mixed in with a portion of guidance to our capable and committed staff. It would be very easy to just sit back and bark orders, and to be honest this isn’t really my thing, so I roll my sleeves up and get stuck in where my skills will allow me to do so effectively.
If our staff need support, I am there; and as I have built this business up from scratch, along with my Co-Director, Mark, there is nothing in this company that I do not know how to deal with, so you will regularly find me signing up tenants, paying contractors, or just making sure we are all constantly supplied with coffee and tea.
Mark Phillipson (Director)
I've got Leeds Metropolitan University to thank for my arrival, as a fresh faced teenager, eager to commence my degree course in the early 1990s. Prior to this North Shields was where I lived out my childhood with my fantastic parents and my brother Carl.
North Shields is an old fishing port located at the mouth of the Tyne, around 7 miles from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
University Life grounded me for the journey beyond. My first job was in banking which convinced me this was not the career path I wanted, sitting behind a desk all day number crunching!
I wanted a career which was rewarding in the sense that with the correct vision you can formulate your dreams, as long as you have a business plan and a dedicated business partner (Matt).
Over ten years in as Director of Redbrick, I'm as passionate as the first day when we picked up the keys for our first lease, a first floor office above our good friends, Castlehill Estate Agents.
The role of a director of a letting agent has changed drastically over this period. With more importance being put on marketing and various options for company advertising means a knowledge insight in social media is required. This is coupled with being an enthusiastic salesperson, with an astute legal mind set and at times an attentive mediator between landlord and tenant.
Bottom line this evolving business model is what drives me to grow the business, but at the same time looking after number one - the customer.
Outside of Redbrick my passions are playing footie, maybe driven by sheer will rather than skill these days. Also I would say an occasional runner in the sense of one marathon, three half marathons and a few trail races over the years.
I also enjoy listening to music of most genres, jazz being one of the exceptions but that pleasure may come when I'm in my 50s!
Live music especially is something I've gone out of the way to see, from Kraftwerk at Manchester's Velodrome to The Foals at The Faversham, and even Underworld in Moscow! Best venue well has to be the Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, Leeds.
Also worth a mention I follow Newcastle United, I'll only mention my highlights to St James Park, 3-2 v Barcelona in The Champions League (1997- Tino hat trick) and a 5-2 victory against Leeds in opening day to the old Division Two (1989- Micky Quinn 4 goals!).
Home life is a Yorkshire stone property in the ever popular Horsforth area of Leeds, which is ideally set up for families and a gateway to the Dales. My area description sounds like one of Redbrick's property descriptions!
Anyway back to business, I’ve enjoyed scribbling down my "description" on a Northern Line train to Hebden Bridge!
Joy Gray (New Business Development Manager)
Leaving school back in the early 90’s I started my career in hairdressing however after a few years training and becoming fully qualified I found that I wanted more out of my life. I decided one day to enrol in a IT course which would give me the valuable tools to work within a office environment.
Within that course I had to do a two week office placement of my choice. I choose an Estate Agent!. That was the start of my career within the property sector which I love even to this day.
Over the last 20+ years my career has taken me through the sales, acquisitions, lettings and management side of the industry. Every part of my career path has made me love it more and more.
Working my way up the career ladder in every department allowed me learn and absorb every aspect which has now lead me to Redbrick Properties.
Now married with two wonderful boys Jack and Stanley and finding this brilliant company I am extremely excited what the next chapter of my life will take me.
Matt Carter (Portfolio Manager)
I grew up in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (last of the summer wine country) until I was 18 when I moved to Newcastle for University. Upon finishing my degree in Business and Economics, I decided to go travelling around South America.
I came across Argentina on my travels and the good weather, wine, steak and my girlfriend Julia managed to keep me therefor nearly 10 years!
I became a landlord in Leeds in 2013. I soon caught the property bug and knew this was what I wanted to do for my career. I now get the pleasure of finding people new homes while helping other landlords to let and manage their portfolios.
I try to keep fit outside of work, although it doesn’t always go to plan! I like to play tennis and squash. Football is my other passion but I find it easier to watch rather than playing as I’m not getting any younger. I regularly go to see my football team Huddersfield Town, whom I’m very proud of as we were promoted to the premier league in 2017.
One of my biggest passions apart from property is travelling. I’m fluent in Spanish so in particular I love to travel to Spanish speaking countries. Seeing new cultures, trying new foods and meeting new people is one of the best experiences in life.
I now live in the historical city of York with my girlfriend Julia.
Edward Slater (Property Coordinator)
I was born in Peterborough, spent most of my teenage years in Nottingham and then completed a degree in Business Management at the University of Sheffield.
Upon finishing my degree, I moved to Vietnam for 10 months to teach English in both private and public schools. Although some kids were a handful, I loved teaching and got much satisfaction from seeing my students progress throughout the year.
However, I’ve always been extremely passionate about working in property. I’ve been fortunate to work within a family property business - over the years I’ve worked on countless residential buildings, assisting in the development, refurbishment and maintenance of properties across Nottingham.
After my travels, I decided to complete a master’s in real estate at Nottingham Trent University. Having recently graduated, I was delighted to be offered a job as a Property Coordinator for Redbrick Properties.
I’m a keen runner. So far, I’ve completed 3 half marathons in Leeds, Sheffield and Hanoi. I’m currently training for the Leeds half marathon taking place this September
Harry Cahill (Senior Lettings Negotiator)
Originally from Nottingham, I moved to Leeds at 18 to study BSc Sports and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University.
Upon finishing my degree, it became clear that I had developed a personal interest and passion for property. The idea that I could combine my interests with a career became a reality for me when I was offered my current role at Redbrick as the Lettings Negotiator.
This role has further cemented my desire to continue a career in property, as I really enjoy working with the viewers to find them their new home and help manage their properties from the very start to the very end of their tenancy with us.
Before property however, my biggest passion is Nottingham Forest FC, where I currently have a season ticket in A Block. Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym, going out with my mates and spending time with my family. I still currently live in Leeds with my university friends in Headingley.
Milo Ryan (Negotiator)
I’m originally from Nottingham, but moved to Leeds at the age of 21. After finishing my A levels I went back to college to achieve a qualification in construction.
After moving to Leeds I started a career in land surveying. I worked up and down the country, undertaking a variety of surveys. During my time, I became invested in properties and property development.
Eager to increase my knowledge of the property sector, I fortunately found Redbrick, where I currently work as the Lettings Negotiator.
I’m an avid golfer when the weather is right. I enjoy rugby and football, however, I tend to watch more than play nowadays. I also support Championship side Coventry City fc, stressfully.