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18 NOV 2017

Young director drives career forward with Young Surveyor of the Year title

A young director at one of the largest real estate advisory firms has won the highly-esteemed ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ title and the prize of a new car for his outstanding achievements in the property industry at the 2017 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards (YSOYA).

Jonathan Manns MRICS, Director and Head of London Planning at Colliers International in London beat close to 150 professionals to gain the national title, as well as the Rural/Land category accolade. 

As a prize, he was presented with a brand-new Volvo V40 D2 on a 23-month lease, courtesy of principal sponsors of the awards, Santander Consumer Finance.

See all the winners from the Young Surveyor of the Year Awards 2017

About the RICS Matrics YSOYA

The annual awards recognise and celebrate the most inspirational young surveying professionals  aged 35 and under in the UK  helping to shape and improve our local communities.

Jonathan’s extensive work and commitment to improving London’s built environment, and the city’s housing crisis was what really stood him out to the judges as the UK’s Young Surveyor of the Year.

Meet your winner...

An advisor to Channel 4’s Grand Designs TV series, Jonathan became one of Colliers' youngest Director’s in 2014, at age of 30. The following year, recognising the need for impartial cross-party approaches to housing issues in the UK, he established the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London’s Planning and Built Environment, which has heard evidence on matters from green belt to the implications of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The author of a ‘Top 100’ Kindle book on Amazon; Kaleidoscope City – which celebrates planning in the UK Jonathan has developed and launched successful campaigns to raise awareness of the need for more solutions to deliver more homes in London. He has also launched an in-house virtual regeneration team of 15 to provide advice on complex sites requiring multi-disciplinary solutions, and this has proved highly successful and profitable.

Furthermore, having authored many reports for the government, Jonathan has positively influenced policy on housing zones, green belt, the NPPF and new development sites such as at Northolt Airport. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL and is the youngest person to have been made a visiting member of staff in the history of The Bartlett School of Built Environment.

The other winners

The following nine category winners were crowned the most talented in their respective sector or specialism:

  • Asset/Facilities Management Nicola Dixon-Brown MRICS of Workman LLP in London
  • Apprentice of the Year – Kimberley Hepburn AssocRICS at Transport for London in London
  • Building Surveying – Chris Payne of Faithful+Gould in Wales
  • Land/Rural  Jonathan Manns MRICS of Colliers International in London
  • Mentor of the Year  Tom Wallbank MRICS of Faithful+Gould in the East Midlands
  • Project Management – Eve Mallon MRICS of Faithful+Gould in Scotland
  • Property Agency (Residential & Commercial) – Ian Scott MRICS of Lambert Smith Hampton in the North West
  • Quantity Surveying – Zoe King MRICS of Turner & Townsend in the North East
  • Valuation – Helena Tibbets MRICS of Fisher German in the East Midlands

The winners were announced in front of over 350 guests at a black-tie ceremony on 17 November at the Hilton London Bankside Hotel, and were hosted by TV personality, Saira Khan.

Pride in the Profession

Are you inspired by the above? 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of RICS and to celebrate this milestone, we're launching our Pride in the Profession initiative to showcase the significant and positive impact surveyors have made to society.

We've already dug into the archives to find some exceptional examples. By promoting these incredible people and projects we want to demonstrate how varied and rewarding a surveying career can be.

To make it happen, we need you to nominate the people and projects you admire most.

Nominate now