We launched Whitaker Cadre with a radically different approach to lettings management: we actually care.

And it comes through in everything we do. We’re proudly independent and truly local.

To start, we sit down with you and just listen. To who you are and what you want. Whether you’re looking for someone to look after your portfolio, or for a smarter place to rent. Everyone’s different and people’s lives don’t fit neatly into boxes. That’s why we take the time to get to know you and your circumstances, so we can suggest the right solution.

Our name’s a bit different too. ‘Whitaker’ comes from Brian Whitaker, our founder, who has over 20 years of local experience. And ‘Cadre’ (pronounced ‘Ka-druh’ if you’re wondering) means a small group trained for a particular profession, which is exactly what we are.

Here are some other ways we’re refreshingly different:

We’re truly local
We know Wharfedale – we’ve worked here for years. We want to do right by our clients because they’re our neighbours.

We’re proudly independent
We’re not part of some big corporate network. As landlords ourselves, we’ve experienced the faceless ‘factory’ approach first-hand. Our business was born from our frustration with impersonal service and a desire to put customers first again.

We’re not looking to make a quick buck, but a lasting reputation
We care about more than commission. We want to build a long-term relationship with you, being here to help for years to come. It’s better for you and better for us.

We do things the right way, not the cheap way
If you’re looking to cut corners, look elsewhere. But if you believe in doing things properly and avoiding false economies, then we’ll get on famously.

We offer personal, tailored 1-to-1 service
There’s nothing old fashioned about ‘good old fashioned’ service. And we combine it with the latest property search, display and management technology.

Hassle-free service for landlords
We can take care of as much or as little as you like, from finding tenants through to fully managing your portfolio. It makes owning a property less of a pain and more of a pleasure.

Effortless service for tenants
We’ll find a rental property you can settle into, not just settle for. Moving is stressful enough, so we make it easier for you to find and view properties in your preferred area.

Money back guarantee
We practice what we preach. And we’re so confident that our service is superior that we offer a ‘service guarantee’. It’s simple: If you’re not 100% happy, we’ll refund you 100% of your management fees. (Naturally there are a few terms and conditions.)

Reviews

We practice what we preach, just ask our clients.

No chasing. No excuses. One call and it’s sorted.

Mr & Mrs Clark, Ilkley Landlords

I like my reports by post, not text or email. So they fit around me.

Mrs S Marshall, Ilkley Landlord

Brian and Alison are great. They listen and give truly personal service.

Mrs H Mitchell, Ilkley Landlord

They never forget it's your property. So refreshing!

Mr F, Ilkley Landlord

You've got to be good to offer a money back guarantee.

Mrs B, Otley Landlord

Great service or your money back. You can't argue with that!

Mr & Mrs C, Ilkley Landlords

Who else offers great service or your money back?

Miss J, Guiseley Landlord

Great service or your money back? You can’t argue with that!

Gareth Flatters, Ilkley Landlord

Trustworthy and no hidden fees – an increasingly rare commodity these days.

Gareth Flatters, Ilkley Landlord

Meet the Team

Meet the friendly faces behind Whitaker Cadre.

Jane Knowles-Bristow MARLA

Property Manager

Jane has over 30 years experience in the Lettings Industry, particularly in the local Aire Valley market.  She successfully managed the Silsden office for a local agency, winning a number of awards, and has a reputation for professionalism and getting things done.  Having worked with both Brian and Alison previously, they were delighted when she joined the team in March 2020.

Jane also has a busy family life and enjoys spending time with husband David, her three children and their much loved dogs.  At weekends if she is not busy in the garden cultivating her vegetable patch, Jane will often be away enjoying a relaxing weekend with her family in their caravan.

Brian Whitaker MARLA

Director

With over 20 years experience, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge in the lettings industry. After successful stints in Hong Kong and London, Brian returned to his roots in West Yorkshire to help others find their ideal property in his home county, recently running a portfolio of over 400 properties across Ilkley and surrounding towns and villages.

Out of the office, Brian likes to swim and cycle, having competed in three sprint triathlons. He shares a roof with his wife Sharon of 20 years, their two sons, Archie and Barney, and the menagerie of unwanted animals Sharon brings home – Nell the spaniel, Sylvi the cat, Jake the snake, 6 chickens, and a very friendly goldfish.

Alison Lilly

Lettings Manager

Alison has spent over 15 years working locally as a well-respected property agent in the heart of Ilkley.  She and Brian have worked as a team for almost a decade, winning three ESTAs together along the way – the letting industry’s official stamp of approval.

In her free time, Alison can be found catching up with friends at her local pub quiz, travelling, dining out and exploring the glorious Yorkshire countryside with her husband, Marcus, and their cheeky Airedale Terrier, Daisy.