8 SEP 2017
Five of Northern Ireland’s most talented young property professionals are in the running for national industry accolades across four categories of the 2017 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards.
The local shortlistees, who are excelling in varied careers in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, will also compete with other finalists from across England, Scotland and Wales for the esteemed overall Young Surveyor of the Year title.
Surveyors are essential in key areas such as housing, commercial property and our road and rail systems, and the YSOYA was launched four years ago to raise awareness of the diverse range of young talented surveyors, trainees and apprentices working in such areas – aged 35 and under – who are helping to shape and improve the communities we live in.
Ninety young surveyors from all over the UK made this year’s shortlist, and each entrant will be considered for the overall UK Young Surveyor of the Year accolade, awarded to the professional who has not only achieved great success in their respective role and sector, but also demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving the industry and the wider profession.
Chartered Surveyor Ursula Mayers who has been shortlisted in the Asset and Facilities Management category, said: "To be named as a UK Young Surveyor of the Year finalist and to be recognised as one the best in our industry is testament to my commitment to continued professional development, I’m honoured to be recognised by RICS in the year in which I stepped onto the self- employed ladder and formed Mayers Real Estate."
For the first time in the history of the awards, the winner of this prestigious title will gain a new Volvo V40 D2 car on a 23-month lease to further aid their career, courtesy of principal sponsors of the YSOYA awards, Santander Consumer Finance.
Commenting on the announced shortlist, David Keddie MRICS, Chair of the RICS UK Matrics Board – a networking and support group for young surveyors – and head of this year’s judging panel said: "Northern Ireland’s property industry has some of the brightest and most ambitious talent, and these exceptional shortlisted individuals are testament to this high calibre of professionals, who are enjoying hugely rewarding and varied careers in the industry. Some of the built projects and initiatives these nominees have helped to develop and deliver have made a remarkable contribution to their local property markets and wider communities. I wish them the very best of luck in raising awareness of their achievements which have helped ensure Northern Ireland remains a fantastic place to live, work and visit. I’m sure the bonus of winning a car will certainly be a boost to the overall Young Surveyor of the Year winner and their career too."
The winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony on 17 November in London and will be hosted by TV presenter and motivational speaker Saira Khan.