Meet The Team

Andrew Kneale

Andrew Kneale

Managing Director

Andrew started in estate agency in 1986 with a local family firm in the Lancaster area before setting up and running a very successful solicitors estate agency practice for 17 years with 5 offices in the local area. Andrew joined the company as a Director in 2006 heading up Fine & Country which quickly established itself as the market leader in the upper quartile of the market.

Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon

Director

Local to Ambleside Matt joined the company in 2002 and subsequently obtained a Masters degree in Commercial Property Management from John Moore’s University. With strong local knowledge and a member of the NAEA, Matt manages our highly rated Ambleside office and was made a Director of the company in 2006.

Jack Irwin

Jack Irwin

Director

Local to the area, Jack joined the company in 2007 obtaining a degree in Property Management & Investment along the way and later becoming a member of the NAEA. With a wealth of local knowledge and valuation experience Jack manages our Windermere Office, valuing property and negotiating successful deals across the Lake District National Park with both Fine & Country and Matthews Benjamin.

Adam Anderton

Adam Anderton

Lettings Director

Adam joined us as a Director in February 2018 with the sole purpose of setting up our lettings company. Adam comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge specialising in Residential Lettings & Property Management. As a registered member of ARLA Property Mark, Adam is fully qualified to assist and advise in any matters relating to Residential Lettings and Management.

Janet Clark

Janet Clark

Property Consultant

A long time resident of Ambleside Janet has been with Matthews Benjamin since 2004 and has built many strong client relationships, dealing directly with countless successful negotiations and day to day running of our busy office. Janet’s daily enthusiasm and positive approach to her role is well appreciated by both the company and clients alike.

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson

Property Consultant

With the business since 2007, Andrea has been a vital part of the expansion into Lancaster with both Fine & Country and Matthews Benjamin. Andrea is also a fully qualified member of the National Association of Estate Agents having completed the extensive course in 2018 and is our leading Sales Negotiator for properties in the upper quartile of the market in the North Lancashire region.

Mark Bolan

Mark Bolan

Property Consultant, MNAEA

Mark has a wealth of experience working within Garstang and the surrounding areas having managing a successful local estate agents branch before making his move to Fine and Country in 2020. A highly motivated individual with an emphasis on delivering a professional and courteous service, whilst achieving desired results, Marks time is dedicated to the Garstang and Lytham areas.

David Carter

David Carter

Property Consultant

David boasts over 30 years experience in the local property market, starting in the industry in 1984 and quickly established himself as a well known figure in the property community. David joined the Matthews Benjamin and Fine & Country team in 2016, bringing with him his wealth of experience in residential valuation, new build projects, development opportunities and skills in negotiation of all price ranges.

Nicola Clark

Nicola Clark

Property Consultant

Very familiar to the local area having lived in Windermere for over 14 years, Nicola has a wealth of varied experience having owned and run her own guest house and more recently worked as a duty manager at Booths. Nicola has excellent customer care skills and is always happy and to go the extra mile. She has proved herself as a successful sales negotiator, dealing with all price ranges.

Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker

Property Consultant

Sophie has been with the company since 2012 and has been an integral part of our client relations and property consulting in The Lake District during this time. Sophie now takes on an exciting new role due to her natural social and charismatic personality. Based from our Lancaster office she will be focusing on the marketing aspect of both the company and properties.

Bessie Hallam

Bessie Hallam

Property Consultant

Bessie joined Matthews Benjamin and Fine & Country in June 2015; a committed and organised individual, her responsibilities and specialisms lie in client relationship and as part of our dedicated production team Bessie visits all our new properties, dealing with the production of brochures through to the social media marketing.

Tegan Winder

Tegan Winder

Administrator

Since 2009 Tegan has seamlessly covered the administration and extensive marketing operation at Lancaster Office ensuring the smooth running of the business using her knowledge of the area and experience in estate agency. Tegan handles with all new properties from instruction through to brochure production, advertising schedules and sales.

Lauren Edmondson-Fletcher

Lauren Edmondson-Fletcher

Administrator

A seasoned professional in the property industry, Lauren joined the profession straight out of school. Lauren brings to the team a refined set of administrational skills and knowledge of the local area and housing market. Her positive and friendly attitude is a breath of fresh air and her attention to detail and years of experience within the industry makes her a valuable member of the team.

Jenna Irwin

Jenna Irwin

Administrator

Jenna joined the Matthews Benjamin team at Ambleside in 2017 and has since established herself as an integral part of the company. Her natural efficiency and great organisation of the office fits well within the administrative role. Dealing with client relations on a daily basis, Jenna’s friendly approach is always noted by clients.

Ruth Johnstone

Ruth Johnstone

Lettings Administrator

Ruth started in Estate Agency from High School at the age of 16 and worked within Estate Agency for 15 years. Moving on to work in School Finance for a further 10 years. She returned back  to Residential lettings 6 years ago working within a busy agency in Morecambe. Ruth comes to us with a wealth of experience in all aspects of Estate Agency in particular the Lettings side. She enjoys the outdoor life and loves to walk the Lakeland Fells with her trusty dog Millie.

Julie Singleton

Julie Singleton

Administrator

Julie is local to Garstang ‘born n bred’ and is an active member of the local community. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, keeping healthy,  is a member of the local cycling club and also enjoys fell walking in the Lake District. Julie has excellent customer service skills a friendly nature and is willing to go the extra mile to help our clients.

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