Meet The Plymouth Team


Darren Lawson

Managing Director
Darren is a local family man with two much-loved sons and a miniature sausage dog, called Toby, that he cares for. He lives locally in Plymouth, but spent his childhood years in Mid-Cornwall, moving to Plymouth when he was just 17. He started his career in property in 1988, and now boasts over 36 years in the business. He is proud to have started as the “office tea boy” (he sometimes Questions whether he still is one?!) at GA Property Services in St Austell and is now our managing director. He thinks that it’s invaluable to be able to empathise with those “starting out”. Darren became a valuer in the 1992 and a branch manager in 1996. He’s intensely passionate about selling property (as anyone who’s suffered sharing a pint with him would tell you!). Darren is a larger-than-life character who loves most sports, being a particular fan of football, rugby and cricket and is an enthusiastic, albeit hopeless golfer and an eager skier. He’s a fighter who has battled back from a horrific skiing accident that left him brain damaged and in a coma in 2014. Darren loves spending quality time with his beloved fiancé and countryside walks with his boys and Toby.

Ben Dreher MNAEA

Ben has been successfully selling property in West Devon and Plymouth over the past 28 years, many more than once. Ben’s tenacity and determination to achieve the best results for his clients hasn’t gone unnoticed with multiple 5 star reviews, knowing that I am making a difference really motivates me and gets me up in the morning! When not in the office Ben enjoys spending his time with his family often on the side of a football pitch watching his youngest son playing for Horrabridge FC or walking in the countryside with his wife, dog and two boys.

Kevin Buckingham MNAEA

Affectionally known as ‘Mr North Plymouth’ by his contemporaries, Kevin has been living and working in the North of the City for over 22 years. He has a great plethora of knowledge of all thing’s property and a great base of buyers and sellers which trust his expert judgement. Married with two boys’ family is important to him along with his passion for sport and all things football.

Joanne Churchman

Sales Progressor
A Sales Progressor working in the After Sales Department alongside Ann Hall. Helping vendors and buyers with regular updates on the progress of their sale/purchase. An additional service offered by Lawson, it helps to have a person on the other end of a phone. Working in Lawson for 15 years Jo has great knowledge and experience in various aspects of Estate Agency, starting as sales negotiator and later moving into after sales. Jo spends time with her family and two girls.

Ann Carpenter

Sales Negotiator

Ann works on a part time basis on a Saturday as a sales negotiator spending most of her time out on viewings. Ann has been working at Lawson on and off for 8 years and has excellent property and local area knowledge. Ann lives locally with her two boys and loves relaxing with her dog, bearded dragon and two very mischievous cats. Enjoying long dog walks and the occasional glass of wine.


Katrina Hodge

Sales Negotiator
Katrina has recently switched paths by joining the Sales staff in Lawson, coming from an experienced administration manager role. Katrina has worked in estate agency for many years with great local area and property knowledge. You are likely to catch her on the phone or meet her out on a viewing. Living on Dartmoor she enjoys exploring with her dogs Cooper and Stellar. Always going above and beyond for customers, Katrina recently adopted some canaries for a client in need.

Ann Hall

Sales Progressor
Ann relocated to Plymouth in 1999, and continued working in the legal sector until she joined our team in 2010 as a Sales Progressor, where her skills gained in the conveyancing sphere were used to assist our sellers and buyers through the conveyancing process, offering support and insight as transactions progress towards a completion. Overall, her experience spans some 35 years in supportive roles in the legal profession, leaving it to take up a more fulfilling career engaging with our sellers and buyers. Ann has two bearded collie dogs which keep her out and about enjoying the beaches, countryside, moors, and towns our area has to offer, loves a good book, getting together with friends and family but firmly believes she’s hard-wired not to enjoy exercise…other than swimming or walking, so is consequently no-one’s gym buddy!

Sarah Buckingham

Administrator / PA To The Directors
Sarah combines her role within the admin team with several other duties acting as the PA to the Directors with HR, Wages and staffing also on her workload. Sarah has also had the benefit of working and living within the North of the City and has also worked within the sales team previously. Sarah is the wife of Kevin Buckingham, and they have two boys. She likes to spend time in the gym and with her family.

Danielle Gibbons

Danielle joined Lawson in 2023 as an Administrator on a part-time basis working alongside the valuers preparing your property details ready to go on the market. Danielle has worked in the property industry since 2015 and having grown up in Woolwell, she has a great knowledge of the local area and surrounding areas of Plymouth. In her spare time, she enjoys making lots of memories with her little girl, Ella.

Olivia Tinney

Trainee Sales Negotiator
Olivia has recently joined the team in Lawson as a trainee sales negotiator. Olivia is a confident member of staff with excellent customer service skills and a has a passion for property. Living in Plymouth she has great local knowledge, and we are sure she will flourish in her new role.

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