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Edward Hartshorne BA (Hons)
Managing Director


Edward, Managing Director of Blenkin & Co, is the lynchpin and driver of the company’s current and future success. A politics graduate of Newcastle University he is from a farming family with close connections in Moors and Coast, and has enduring knowledge of the people and geography of North Yorkshire. Currently renovating an old rectory north of York, Edward works tirelessly imparting straight-talking advice and using his boundless energy to seek out new business and deliver successful outcomes to deals.

Tim Blenkin MA MRICS


A Director and founder of the business, Tim was brought up in Beverley, attended Cambridge University, and initially practised in London as a Chartered Surveyor. He has at least 30 years' experience in York and North Yorkshire and his wide experience and sharp wit are legendary. Tim’s encyclopaedic knowledge and invaluable participation in all proceedings help to put Blenkin & Co on the radar of every homeowner in the county.

Kate Fordy BSc (Hons)
Office Manager


A city resident through and through, Kate lives in a town house just off Bootham. Formerly a pupil of St Peter’s school, where her children were also schooled, she is a dedicated rugby mother, a fluent French speaker and York connoisseur. Being the Office Manager, she is a full time fixture in the office, handles all enquiries, is the bearer of good news, a solver of problems, an all-round administrator, supervisor, deal maker and probably your first port of call.

Claire Blenkin BSc (Hons)
Director/Chartered Surveyor


A chartered surveyor and Director of Blenkin & Co, Claire has run the company with Tim since its formation in 1992. As well as putting to use her knowledge of properties and their values, she looks after high net worth clients who prefer to take a back-seat in the sales process. Claire is skilled in interior design and has the experience to advise on how to extract maximum value from a property.

Hilary Pegrum BA (Hons)


Since her arrival more than ten years ago after a decade in London as Marketing Director for a national estate agency firm, Hilary has been responsible for the marketing, advertising and PR at Blenkin & Co. She has forged strong links with key property writers from the national media and journalists across Yorkshire. A firm advocate of the Yorkshire Wolds, Hilary now lives in Malton with her GP husband, three children and two terriers.

Lucy Lowther


Lucy brings to the team impeccable family credentials with a notable grandfather who was the stonemason responsible for restoring the South Transept of York Minster. A country girl at heart, Lucy now lives in the Howardian Hills with her husband and children where she keeps a variety of rare breeds. She cut her teeth working as an Export Manager in International Sales. Now she sources the buyers, introduces them to properties and does the deals.

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