Barry Torrens, Partner
Barry graduated in 1996 having gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Law. He had previously been an Assistant Air Traffic Controller in the Royal Air Force, a Pilot and a Welder on the North Sea oil rigs, prior to studying at university in Edinburgh. After further studies in York and Lincoln's Inn, London, he went on to work as a Barrister for nearly 10 years, appearing in both the House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights.
Barry ran with the Olympic Torch in 2012 and he has raised, and continues to raise, charitable donations for many local and national charities. He is currently training to climb two of Europe’s Highest mountains, Gran Paradiso (Italy) and Mont Blanc (France) for Cancer Research UK at his own expense so that every penny raised goes direct to his nominated charity, check out how his training is coming along at www.justgiving.com/Barry-Torrens. Barry, who is married with 3 beautiful children, grew up in Portrush, but moved away for 15 years when studying and working. He returned in 2003 to a place where he says, ‘my heart always remained.’ Barry opened Fletcher Torrens with Paul Fletcher in 2008 to be an ‘on-hand Dad’ and has grown the business in the midst of a recession to be one of the leading agencies throughout the North Coast. He is passionate and positive about North Coast and, if you have a mere 10 hours to spend, he will take you through a list of all the ‘outstanding reasons’ to live in, and around, our beautiful coastline.
Paul Fletcher, Partner
Paul was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution (CAI), initially as a boarder, from 1979-1986, he then attended Loughrey Agricultural College in 1986-87 before graduating in 1995 from the University of Ulster (Government & Law) and then in 1996 from Glasgow University (Masters Degree in European Law). Between Loughrey College and university Paul travelled extensively throughout Australasia before the pull of home overwhelmed him.....or as he says it was, ‘to re-charge my bank balance!’ Paul is a keen athlete and has participated in numerous triathlons and ‘Iron Man’ races, swimming, cycling and running on occasion over distances in excess of 140 miles (226kms) and burning up to 12,000 calories in one race. He is currently training for a ‘Half Iron Man’ race taking place in June 2013; to date Paul has raised over £10,000 for charity as a result of his Iron Man participation. Paul is married and has 2 young children which take up most of his spare time when not training. After finishing university he worked in a number of sectors before opening 55 Degrees North restaurant in Portrush, with his brothers in 2005. Having managed the restaurant for 6 years, Paul severed his links with 55 North to focus all his attention on opening and running FT with Barry. Paul runs the busy rental department within FT at a time when he says, ‘the demand for rentals has never been busier and the quality of rental accommodation has never been better’. Paul is originally from Sion Mills and grew up on his parents’ family farm. He currently lives in Portstewart and loves nothing better than taking his family for an ice cream on the Promenade after a lengthy stroll on the beach.
Wilson Torrens, Partner
Wilson graduated from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, in 1994 with an Honours Degree in Electronics. After graduating, he worked for Canadian Telecoms company, Nortel Networks, at their manufacturing plant in Newtownabbey. During his time at Nortel, he enjoyed 6 years as an electronics/software engineer and 10 years as an engineering manager, until the downturn in the global telecoms market forced them into administration. He joined FT in 2011 and has now taken over the running of the successful, busy sales department to allow Barry to focus on business development initiatives. In February 2012, he also took a huge step into the catering industry by opening a chip shop in Ballymoney. Affectionately known as Wilsy from a young age, he chose this name for the chip shop and ‘Wilsy’s’ has now established itself as one of the leading takeaways in Ballymoney. Wilson is married and has 2 teenagers, so he spends most of his time between FT, Wilsy’s Takeaway or acting as taxi service for the kids. He enjoys many types of sport but his number one love is cricket. He was born & bred into a cricketing family and has played for Coleraine Cricket Club since 2000. In his younger days he played for Brigade, in the North West, and became an all-Ireland winner in 1996. “My last remaining cricketing ambition”, jokes Wilson, “is to play a season in the same team as my son. Then I’ll hang up my boots and enjoy watching the young-guns from the sidelines.” He moved to the Port in 1987, when his parents bought a B&B, and has been here ever since. He loves nothing better than strolling around the Port enjoying the beautiful views that our wonderful north coast has to offer.
Doreen Martin, Wendy James and Suzanne McKay, Administration Team, Fletcher Torrens.
Doreen, Wendy and Suzanne have between them 70 years admin. experience, having worked in various industries before being recruited by FT. Being at the cutting edge of the business, they are experts working within a busy office environment dealing with landlords, tenants, vendors and prospective purchasers; but most challenging of all - demanding FT partners. They are the engine of the business and without their skill, knowledge, care and attention, FT would grind to a halt. Their reticent (near hostile :-)) attitude to Newsletter publicity, explains the brevity of this piece!