2 NOV 2018
William (Bill) Jones FRICS qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1986 and has 32 years of experience in valuation. Currently, he is the principal advisor in Rio Tinto, one or the world’s largest metal and mining corporations. Prior to this role, he was the managing director of RICS in Southeast Asia and helped develop the presence of RICS in the region.
Bill achieved his chartered status in 1986 and since then, he has been involved in various real estate deals spanning 60 countries. One of his proudest career moments was working on Shell’s global divestment of its JV with BASF, known as Basell Polyolefins, which was sold to Access Industries for $5.7 Billion in August 2005.
Bill’s interest in surveying began whilst at school when he worked part-time for his uncle who was also a Chartered Surveyor. During his 30-year career, Bill has sold, valued, managed and acquired an impressive portfolio of buildings, including rugby and football grounds, nature reserves, chemical plants, refineries, oil pipelines, a 2,000-year old Roman Wall, hotels, rifle ranges, aircraft hangars, windmills, breweries, and even a Castle.
In his role as RICS Managing Director for Southeast Asia, Bill was a passionate advocate for increasing diversity in the profession. Through his RICS role, Bill encouraged and supported female candidates across the region to achieve their RICS status. In recent years, the region has seen a 9% increase in female candidates achieving their RICS professional qualification and that gives Bill a great sense of satisfaction.
In his current role at Rio Tinto, Bill has given real estate advice on projects, transactions and FM operations covering markets as diverse as Mongolia, South Africa, Canada and Chile.
As a person who inspires professionals to obtain their RICS membership, Bill draws his own inspiration from Regent Bidwell. Bidwell was an English-born Singapore architect who designed and built many iconic buildings across Southeast Asia, including the world-famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore.