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14 MAY 2018

From rural Queensland to 30 years in Hong Kong

We speak to Executive Director at Knight Frank Paul Hart FRICS about how backpacking and a shortage of surveying talent in Hong Kong led to nearly 30 years working and living in the Pearl of the Orient.

As we continue to celebrate our 150th anniversary year, we are sharing the stories of our professionals who are shaping the built environment globally.

Executive Director, Greater China & Head of Commercial for Knight Frank Paul Hart was nominated by New South Wales RICS Matrics member Abby Lau MRICS, Roads and Maritime Services, as one of her inspirations. We spoke to him to learn more about his career, the value of the RICS qualification, and his thoughts on future skills.

An electric start

At age 18, Paul began his career as a cadet valuer in Queensland, working for the electricity industry.

After joining Richard Ellis in the late 1980s, he gained a broad range of experience in rural locations, including valuing unusual assets, such as cattle stations, hotels, resorts, airports and service stations. However, when the recession hit Australia in the early 1990s, many organisations closed their regional offices. This prompted Paul to go backpacking around Asia and Europe while he worked out his next step.

Being strong academically is no longer enough, you must bring a broad range of skills to the table to be successful.