29 NOV 2019
Winners of the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards 2019 announced
The founder of a newly established growing construction firm in London was crowned the ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ at the annual RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards, which recognise the most inspiring and influential surveyors – aged 35 or under – in the UK.
Blane Perrotton, Founder and Managing Director of chartered surveying practice Pride Consultancy Independent Monitoring Services (IMS), won the QS & Construction category award before beating tough competition from 80 shortlisted surveyors to gain the esteemed RICS Matrics UK Young Surveyor of the Year title. RICS Judges said Blane was highly deserving of the top accolade for not only achieving a high level of success in the industry, but also actively helping to advance the construction market and routes in to the surveying profession.
Prior to establishing his own practice this year – specialising in advising banks and funding organisations on real estate projects – Blane worked his way up the career ladder at leading firms and organisations such as JLL, Deloitte and UBS Investment Bank. As a chartered Quantity Surveyor and Civil Engineering Surveyor, Blane has also helped to produce a robust Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) programme to RICS membership which RICS judges recognised as not only benefitting surveying candidates but also their supervisors and counsellors.
Head of the judging panel and Chair of the young surveyors networking and support group RICS UK Matrics Board, Natasha Tyler of Powell Williams, said: “Blane is a stand-out Young Surveyor of the Year winner as he’s not afraid to challenge existing systems to ensure success, not only for his own business but for others in their careers.
“His outstanding drive and infectious enthusiasm for the surveying profession and wider industry has led to him growing a market-leading company and team in an incredibly short space of time, whilst his commitment to help develop new pathways and competencies into the surveying profession will ensure the RICS framework continues to reflect industry practices and inspire future generations.”
Scottish TV presenter and Invictus Games medallist, JJ (John-James) Chalmers hosted the celebratory black-tie event held on Thursday 28 November at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, where the following young surveyors were recognised for their outstanding career achievements in their respective sectors and disciplines:
• Apprentice of the Year - Tom Hodgkins of Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) in the North West
• Asset and Facilities Management – Tom O’Brien of Arcadis LLP in London
• Building Surveying – Kelly Allen of Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP in London
• Commercial property - Lewis James Smith of Ashley Smith Chartered Surveyors in the North East
• Land (Rural and Urban) - Eleni Randle of Eldnar Ltd in the West Mids
• Mentor of the Year – Steve Waltho of Turner & Townsend in the North West
• Project Management – Charles Uezzell of AECOM in the South West
• Quantity Surveying & Construction – Blane Perrotton of Pride Consultancy IMS Ltd in London
• Residential property – Martin Doyle of Rumball Sedgwick in the South East
• Valuation – Joseph Ellison of Pinnacle Surveyors in the East Mids
Head of the judging panel, Natasha Tyler of Powell Williams, said: “All of our category winners – and their employers – should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved as future leaders of the surveying profession. They have demonstrated that they are not only having a profoundly positive impact on their respective markets and workplaces but are also going above and beyond to help ensure our industry continues to have a positive impact on society and attracts and retains the brightest talent.”