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NAEA Propertymark pays tribute to Ian Westerling

Friday 11 September 2020

The property industry lost a leading figure with the sad news of the passing of popular and longstanding NAEA Propertymark Fellow, Ian Westerling.

In a career that spanned more than three decades, Ian was a well-loved and highly regarded figure in the world of property. He was passionate about the sector and gave up a tennis scholarship in the US to take up his first agency role with GA Property Services in Buckinghamshire, in the late 1980s.

His early career saw him rise through the agency ranks with Rafferty Buckland and Brown & Merry before building land and new homes experience with the Sequence group. His senior management career advanced thereafter with a move to Hamptons International and continued at Chesterton Humberts before he was appointed Managing Director of Humberts in 2014.

2018 saw him step into the world of PropTech, heading UK operations for an Australian-based firm, alongside joining the board of London-based Daniel Cobb as a Non-Executive Director the following year. In early 2020 Ian became co-owner of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxon based Estate Agents Pike, Smith & Kemp.

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Ian’s knowledge and love for the industry were unwavering and infectious. To his colleagues, he was generous and giving of time – a true mentor – and huge fun to be around. But above all, he was a family man through and through. He was much loved and admired by all who knew him, and our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to his family and his many friends.

Peter McArdle, Partner, and Co-Owner, Pike, Smith & Kemp

Remembering Ian

Industry colleagues are invited to share photographs and stories with Ian’s family at 

In support of the many charitable causes Ian was involved in, a fundraising page is open for anyone who would like to donate in his memory. Charitable giving was important to Ian and he supported a large number of very worthy causes, both publicly and privately.

Just Giving in memory of Ian Westerling

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Ian was the ultimate professional with a real passion for the business, he brought insight, vast knowledge, and experience to the association tempered with a sense of fun and humour.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive