Darwin property management team Our Team

The people who work at Darwin Rental Specialists are its biggest asset.

Our team is stable, content and long-standing. Many staff have been with us for more than 10 years—a rarity in the property management sector.

Meet our directors

Ann Russell

Ann Russell

Ann Russell’s career in Darwin real estate spans 25 years—16 with her business partner Phil Pethick.

The team of professional staff at Darwin Rental Specialists is a proud achievement for Ann, who mentors and trains young industry professionals to become property managers with premium customer service skills and second-to-none industry knowledge.

Ann came to Australia from the UK in 1974 with a background in retail and the meat industry. She is well known for her strong leadership, commitment to her clients and no-nonsense approach to getting the job done. She has her own property portfolio in the NT and interstate.

In her free time, Ann loves trekking in Australia, India, Africa and other parts of the world.

Phil Pethick

Phil Pethick

Phil Pethick has lived in the Territory since 1988, where he worked in finance for five years.

Phil switched to real estate in 1996 when he purchased a share of the property management arm of the then Darwin Real Estate. In 2001, Ann Russell joined the agency and the two partners launched Darwin Rental Specialists.

As well as guiding a busy team of property management professionals, Phil has served as treasurer and council member of the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory for seven years.

Outside of work, Phil and his wife Colette love travelling and spending time with their family in Darwin, including seven beautiful grandchildren.

Samantha Weichbold-Kalmar
Director of Property Management

Samantha Weichbold-Kalmar

Originally from country South Australia, Samantha Weichbold-Kalmar has called Darwin home for 25 years.

Sam’s real estate career began in 2003 when she became a property manager’s assistant with Darwin Rental Specialists. Within six months, she knew she’d found her niche and started study in property management.

Almost 15 years on, Sam’s passion for property management has only strengthened as she progressed to the agency’s director of property management.

Sam takes great pride in client satisfaction and problem solving—two things she gets to do every day as manager of our busy property management team. She also loves guiding and mentoring the property management staff to keep up with changes in the market.

When she’s not working, Sam loves to travel—here and abroad.

Meet our team

What our clients say

Landlord and tenant feedback

I have been a client of Darwin Rental Specialists for over 10 years. No matter who managed my property the team at Darwin Rental Specialists have always provided a very friendly and professional service.Tania Mu
Darwin Rental Specialists was recommended to me by a good friend after having a horrible experience. Darwin Rental Specialists have been very professional and efficient in the way they have looked after my house and really listened to what is important to me in the upkeep of my property.Marie Chin
I have been utilising Darwin Rental Specialists to manage my property over the past 10 years, the service I have received to date is unmatched by others!Orsolya
I would like to commend Darwin Rental Specialists on the processes the company has in place for the complete rental process, from a tenant point of view it is far more professional than that which was offered by our previous property management company.Sally, tenant in Woolner