Team Leydon

“Who we are is defined not by what we say, yet by what we do, and how well we do it.

Everything Leydon Lettings does today is the distillate of everything Leydon Lettings has ever done.

The results are for you to enjoy!”

– Bob Leydon (Owner and Director)


Owner and Managing Director
Bob Leydon (MARLA)

Responsibilities:  Lettings Guidance • Marketing • Overseer

Interests:  Harmonica • Accordion • Cycling

Bob Leydon let his first student house in 1987 and as a portfolio landlord is also owner of Leydon Lettings Agency.

His vision was to provide students with quality housing, banishing the notion that student accommodation could be inferior because each house was “just for students”.

Using his experience in construction and lettings, Bob sought to raise standards by providing students with double kitchens, double beds, en-suites, extra bedroom sockets, additional safety features and more.

Ultimately students become professionals who want somewhere to live, so he established a separate arm – Leydon Lettings accommodation for professionals.

With a desire to exchange knowledge and lobby authorities, Bob set up the Canterbury Landlord’s Forum. He continues to aspire to excellence.

He holds NFOPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Property Lettings and Management and is a member of ARLA, SLA, GLM, RLA, TPO, Safe Agent (S4887) UKALA & NLA.

Financial Controller and Photographer
Nina Carrington (MARLA)

Responsibilities:  Accounts • Implementation of New Systems • Lettings Advice

Interests:  Reading • Writing • Photography

Nina was welcomed to Team Leydon in 2004 and has been one of the key people in the development of the business.

Bringing out the homeliness of individual bedrooms when photographing is what Nina loves to do. She does this so that students can see that the empty room that they move into can become a little haven and a place that they can call home!

When asked what she liked about working with Leydon Lettings, Nina’s response was: “Bob Leydon is one of the most honest people I’ve ever met and it’s great to be able to work in an environment where this is prized.  The business is run with attention to the needs of our customers and continually strives to find ways of doing this even better.

We are careful to ensure that safety is rigorously implemented which means we can rest easy in the knowledge that our tenants are safe.

Such care is something I can feel proud to be a part of.”

Nina holds NFOPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Property Lettings and Management, is an ARLA member and was a finalist for the NLA Green Property Woman of the Year Award 2012.

Assistant Manager
Louise Dowle

Responsibilities:  Property Reservations • Tenancy and Guarantor Agreements • Referencing • Rent Management

Interests:  Swimming • Socialising

Louise was welcomed to Team Leydon in 2013 and has now worked in the lettings industry for over a decade; gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge in the process!

Finding her role very satisfying and enjoyable, Louise likes helping students throughout the reservation process; from viewings, to the end of the tenancy. No two days are ever the same for Louise – which she likes – as she gets to meet a variety of people.

When asked what she liked about working with Leydon Lettings, Louise’s response was that she liked that “they offer a very honest and trust worthy service to students and landlord’s alike and we are keen to grow”.

Head of Property Management and Customer Care
Jane Murrell (MA, MARLA, MCIPR)

Responsibilities:  Customer Care • Complex property letting management • Overseeing property management

Interests:  Creative writer • Life coach


Jane was welcomed to Team Leydon in 2017 and is embracing the role of working with key colleagues to take the business forward into the next decade.

Previously, she co-owned and ran an established Kent-based creative agency and has worked extensively in Public Relations for clients in London and overseas. Immediately prior to joining Leydon Lettings, Jane worked for another highly regarded student lettings agency.

When asked what she liked about working with Leydon Lettings, Jane’s response was: “Being able to make a difference to the safety and living standards of student accommodation and liaising with students.’

Senior Lettings Coordinator
Laura Smith

Responsibilities:  Viewing Enquiries • Landlord Negotiation • Lettings Administration

Interests:  Theatre • Time with Friends and Family


Laura was welcomed to Team Leydon in 2014 and has had several years of experience working in the student sector.

Thoroughly enjoying the balance of work in the office and being out on viewings allows Laura to immerse herself in different environments and work closely with students. Laura feels that her role has many rewards as she works hard to ensure all Leydon tenants are happy from their first viewing until they vacate at the end of their tenancy.

When asked what she liked about working with Leydon Lettings, Laura’s response was that she: “believe[‘s] that as an independent company, Leydon Lettings have the ability to focus solely on tenants needs and ensure they have an enjoyable experience with us”.

Marketing Manager
Jacob Nicholson

Responsibilities:  Marketing and Sales Strategy • Coordinating Marketing Campaigns • Overseeing Development of Marketing Materials

Interests:  History • Golf, Cricket and Rugby • New Cuisines


Property Manager
Manisha Magar

Responsibilities:  Property Maintenance • Inspections • Property Renewals

Interests: Spending time with family • Cooking • Swimming

Manisha helps new students to move in with minimum fuss, as well as quickly and efficiently organising maintenance, minimising any potential student disruption.

Every day is a new day for Manisha as she liaises closely with landlords to ensure their houses are managed in the owners’ best interests.

When asked what she liked about working with Leydon Lettings, Manisha’s response was: “I love the fact that we have the best team, everyone is so helpful, friendly and dedicated.  They look after their employees – in my case I needed flexible working hours after I came back from my maternity leave. Nina and Bob happily agreed to it.”

Junior UX and UI Designer
Danny Wood

Responsibilities:  Design (incl. web, branding, advertising and marketing material) • Social Networking • Concept Advisor

Interests:  Music Production • Travelling • Exercise

Danny joined Team Leydon in 2013 whilst on a year in industry from Bournemouth University.

Being a recent graduate, Danny enjoys the student environment and proposing new concepts and designs to make the company more approachable and relatable to students. Whether it’s puns, designs, adverts, or general user experience, Danny always puts his target audience first.

When asked what he liked about working with Leydon Lettings, Danny’s response was that he liked: “the sheer dedication and enthusiasm of everyone on the team. The passion that Bob has for renting exceptional student property in Canterbury and the continuous effort he puts in to learning is inspiring. Constantly striving for the safest houses and knowledge in the rental sector, Bob’s and indeed, Leydon Lettings knowledge is second to none and this enthusiasm and passion is definitely reflected through Team Leydon.”

CSS Property Services
Maintenance, Renovations, Viewings and Cleaning

Cris Usurelu conducts and manages most renovation projects, as well as most maintenance.

Simona Usurelu conducts viewings, inspections, check-outs and oversees a team of professional cleaning staff.

Plus an army of student property maintenance and support staff.