Tragic death of popular and highly regarded property industry figure

We are saddened to bring you the news that Ian Westerling, a well-known and highly-regarded industry figure, died of a heart attack in the evening of last Bank Holiday Monday.


Ian began his career at Raffety Buckland in 1987 and progressed through Brown & Merry and Sequence, to become Regional Director and then Operations Director at Hamptons International in 2010.

He was then a partner at Strutt & Parker before moving to become an area director at Chestertons Humberts.

In 2014 he took on the high profile role of Managing Director at Humberts where he stayed until September 2018. During this period he became a vice-president of NAEA Propertymark.

Ian left Humberts shortly after it changed hands and he took up positions with Active Pipe and Daniel Cobb.

In February of this year he became a co-owner and Managing Director of independent agency Pike Smith & Kemp in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire.


I had the pleasure of meeting Ian on many occasions at industry events and always enjoyed his company. He was a gentle and kind man with an easy smile and a great sense of humour.

We often discussed the goings-on in the estate agency world and I never, ever, heard him say anything derogatory about anyone.

He has left us far too young and the tragedy of his passing is made all the worse by the fact that he has such a young family – three of his five children being under the age of 8.

To his wife, Catherine, who is head of lettings at Hamptons; his children, his family and friends, we extend our sincere condolences.


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  1. MichaelDay

    Very sad.

    Ian was one of the industry’s good guys.

    Devastating for Catherine and the family.

    I only hope that the memories Ian created and the high regard in which he was held by the industry will be of some comfort at this terrible time.

    RIP top man.

  2. AlwaysAnAgent

    Leaving a young family behind is tragic and heartfelt condolences to his family.

  3. James Trimble

    Such sad news. Ian was a genuinely great guy, and held in high regard across all parts of the Industry; having left a positive impact on so many people. Truly sad news. My deepest condolences to Catherine and the family.

  4. Anthony Hesse

    Absolutely devastated when I heard this news. Ian was one of the good guys of the industry, and someone I regarded as a friend. He was passionate about our sector, sport and, most of all, his family. My thoughts go out to all of his loved ones, but in particular to Cat and his 5 lovely children. RIP Ian



  5. RealAgent

    I’m truly upset reading this. I met Ian on a number of occasions and it was difficult not to admire his infectious enthusiasm. He will be missed by many I’m sure. My thoughts are with his family today.

  6. Kevin Ellis

    Like many I was shocked when I received the call last week with this news, especially as I’d been enjoying typical banter with Ian only a few days prior.

    Having known Ian for many years and getting to know him much more in recent years both as a client and friend, he was a dedicated family man always with a big smile when talking about Cat and the kids – for those who’ve followed him and his adventures on Facebook during lockdown, he made us all smile with his many family devoted activities including most noticeably the crew cut haircuts he gave his lads without Catherine’s knowledge apparently!

    RIP Ian and my thoughts are with Catherine and all of the family and friends.


  7. Peter Everett

    So, so sad, taken far too soon and the news came as a real shock. Ian was a good friend of mine and I had the pleasure of working with him at Hamptons and on other projects since. Ian also recently introduced me to a recruiter who landed me my new role and I was due to meet him last week for a few beers to say thank you but never got the opportunity.  My heart goes out to Cat, his five children and the rest of family.  He was truly one of the good guys and will be sorely missed by very many. RIP chap.

  8. Ed Mead

    Very sad to hear. Lovely man and gutted for Cat and his family.

  9. APE

    Huge condolences to Ian’s family and friends.

  10. robertbartlett52

    Terribly sad to hear the news. We worked together for many years. He was a patient, thoughtful and determined leader of the Humberts business always looking to do the best for that brand and his co-workers and occasionally in some particularly difficult circumstances. My thoughts are with his family and those in the broader community in which we work. His good humour and dedication will be missed.

  11. Vanessa Warwick

    Very sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. I never had the privilege of meeting Ian, but he sounds like a wonderful and dedicated human being.

    Sending compassionate thoughts to his wife Catherine, and all Ian’s family and friends at this difficult time.

  12. Matt Hayter

    I worked with Ian at ActivePipe. Fantastic guy and a great mentor.

    Devastated to hear of his passing and my thoughts are with Catherine and his family.

    The old ActivePipe UK team are virtually meeting up this Friday, to share our our memories of him and to raise a glass in his name.

    Rest in peace Ian.

  13. ChrisHumphrey

    I am deeply saddened to have recently heard the news of Ian’s passing, he has been a steadfast mentor and confident of mine, from initially as a very good client in during my recruitment days right the way back into agency.  I will miss our chats over the phone, about the industry & life, advice and simply having a beer or two after work in London.  
    Ian always had time to help and do the best for everyone and I will miss our chats. He was one of the gentleman of the industry, alsways willing to help. My thoughts and wishes are with Cat & the family, he was too young and good to go so soon.

  14. anton.babkov

    Truly devastating news to read from Australia. I met Ian through Property Academy / EA Masters and his role at ActivePipe. In every interaction I had with Ian, he always had amazing energy, a great sense of humour, was full of life and was truly supportive. Sending heartfelt condolences to Catherine and his family from myself and the whole Rexlabs team. Rest in Peace, Ian.


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