RICS at 150
Pride in the Profession
Showcasing the positive impact surveyors have made to society.
Last week, at the 7th Annual ITPI and RICS Valuation and Construction Conference, I had the pleasure of presenting Steve Williams FRICS with a President’s Medal for his services to surveying and RICS.
I have known Steve for many years and am pleased to have had the opportunity to honour him in this way in our landmark 150th anniversary year.
Steve Williams is widely acknowledged as a unifying influence between UK and non-UK segments of the profession. His professional training at this institution, his early grounding in UK estates management practice and his subsequent extensive international experience has provided him with the unique opportunity and authority to make a lasting contribution to the world-wide harmonisation of standards in the profession.
Steve grew up on Merseyside where he attended Wallasey Grammar School before enrolling at the Liverpool College of Building to study Estate Management. He graduated in 1967 and won the College's Leigh Gregson Prize for valuation surveying. After qualifying, he first worked for Liverpool City Estates Department and then for Liverpool University's Estate Office. By the early seventies, he was working for the London firm Donaldson’s before being posted to Johannesburg.
Next, he worked for the Crown Agents in the Caribbean and for 10 years was closely involved in financing hotel development, capitalising on the fact that he was the only chartered surveyor in the whole of the Caribbean at the time. He set up his own company before moving to the USA in the early eighties.
In 2001, in its founding year, Steve served on Governing Council as Vice-President designate and then later as Vice-President for three years from 2002 – 2005. He is a RICS Past President, taking up the role in 2005 and current Chair of the Knowledge Board. Steve has also been a member of the Management Board since January 2015, and has led Chairs Day for many years, convening our global leaders from Professional Groups and World Regional Boards.
During his period as Chair of Knowledge Board, Steve has steered members through a period of change within Professional Groups, and charted the way through many challenging periods, the most notable being:
Steve is a true model of leadership for our profession. I look forward to working with him for many more years as our profession continues to strive for excellence in the real estate, land and construction sectors.
Over the years I have particularly enjoyed working together with him to build up RICS presence in the Americas.
He is now a global advisor to data providers Real Capital Analytics and a founding partner of the New York valuation practice, Williams-Murdoch. Recently, his manuscripts, “Facing the Global Challenge” and “What’s It Worth”, have been recognized by the UN for their insightful commentaries on market transparency.
Chartered Surveying also runs in his family. His uncle, Elwyn Williams, was a Chartered Surveyor for the Ministry of Works in Edinburgh and his nephew, Paul Weston, is a Chartered Surveyor working in Birmingham.
John Hughes FRICS
John Hughes FRICS took office as RICS President on 7 November 2017. In his role as President, John’s major themes are cities, including planning and management; infrastructure, including sustainable investment; and technology, particularly its relationship to cities. John is also proud to hold the position of President during RICS’ 150th anniversary year.