Our people

At UCEM our staff work hard to support your success. You can find out more about tutors and senior staff, including their qualifications and experience, in the following sections.

Ashley Wheaton

UCEM Principal
BA (Hons)

Ashley joined in 2013 as Principal and Chief Executive Officer. Ashley is responsible for all aspects of the university college’s academic and business operations.

As Principal he works directly with the Chairman, the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the university college delivers against the key objectives of its strategic plan – ensuring both the highest quality of education and the best student experience.

Ashley has previously held senior roles as Director of Global Learning Services for Microsoft, and Chief Executive Officer of InfoBasis Ltd, a global Talent Management software company. He is currently also a Non-Executive Director of the BRE Group Board.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from The University of London.

Stephen Bartle

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Head of Commercial and Business Development
BA (Hons) MBA

Stephen leads the UCEM growth agenda with responsibility for marketing, enterprise business development, international development and corporate training, having recently played a leading role in establishing UCEM as the outstanding provider of the new apprenticeship standards in the built environment industry.

Stephen joined UCEM in 2011 from Reading College. For five years previously he was Director of Business Development at the Learning and Skills Network, a not-for-profit organisation providing research, training and consultancy services to the education sector. He studied Modern Languages at Oxford University and has first-hand experience of distance learning, having  completed an MBA with the Open University.

Paul Basham

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Finance & Resources

BSc (Hons) FCA

Paul joined UCEM in November 2015 and is responsible for all aspects of UCEM’s finance, human resources, property and facilities needs.

This includes the setting and monitoring of financial plans, the strategic development of our human capital and the provision of a top quality work environment, all in accordance with our strategic plan.

Part of his role is to manage the various financial assistance packages that UCEM makes available to students.

Paul reports to Ashley Wheaton, College Principal and to the board Finance Committee.

Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; he qualified with Arthur Andersen in 1999 where he specialised in VAT and has since worked in the technology and not-for-profit sectors.

Lynne Downey

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Dean, Online Education
BSc (Hons) MBPsS

Lynne joined us in January 2014 to develop our academic programmes into a fully online offer. She is now Dean, Online Education and leads the strategic approach to online learning and delivery of our learning technology and environments. Her team of instructional designers, graphic designer, editors, content developers and digital resources staff work closely with the academic staff to provide engaging learning material for our students.

Lynne has over 12 years’ experience in online education. She has worked in Higher Education and commercial training. Lynne has also taught at the OU as an associate lecturer in Psychology. She has an Information Technology degree and a Psychology degree.

Jane Fawkes

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Deputy CEO, Vice Principal Strategy and Business Management
BA (Hons) PgDip AHEA

Jane is responsible for a number of key areas within UCEM: regulatory compliance and data reporting, graduation ceremonies, student surveys, corporate and social responsibility, student retention strategies and the ongoing relationship with external stakeholders. She is also the College Secretary to the Board of Trustees and its sub-committees, which involves providing guidance to Trustees on best practice in Corporate and Charity Governance, updating of UCEM’s Charter, Bye-Laws and Regulations and management of UCEM’s policies on risks and public benefit.

In addition, Jane’s role covers enhancing UCEM internal business planning and review processes, as well as continuing to update and progress the strategic plan.

Jane has been with UCEM in excess of 15 years, and during this time she has provided leadership in Student Services including Matrix accreditation, the implementation of Student Central and a focus on the student experience. Jane deputises for the Principal when necessary.

Wendy Finlay

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Student Experience

BSc (Hons) PhD

Wendy took up her role as Vice Principal – Student Experience in June 2016.  She is responsible for developing and delivering student services which ensure an excellent student experience and meet the overall UCEM strategic plan.  This includes responsibility for admissions and student registration, student advice, programme administration, assessment and the disability and wellbeing service.

Wendy brings over ten years’ experience in higher education management to UCEM, and has worked at a range of HE providers, including a specialist HE provider, a university and a further education college delivering HE in FE.  Wendy’s career has had a particular focus on the leadership and management of the professional services that support the student lifecycle from admission to graduation, as well as quality assurance and enhancement services and the provision of external data returns.

Nick Moore

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Dean, Learning and Teaching

Nick joined us in September 2014 as Head of Real Estate Faculty before changing to the role of Head of Academic Operations in summer 2015.  In this later role he successful led the institution in the preparations prior and through the QAA Higher Education Review. Nick has previous experience in both HE and FE institutions. He had previously been the Subject Head for Technology at the University of West London, where he was responsible for the development of degrees in both Built Environment and Engineering and their accreditation by professional bodies. He also spent a period of time seconded to the university quality office responsible for quality at one of the university’s sites. Nick’s previous work experience was in commercial project management, general management and overseas development.

Nick has an MSc Management and Implementation of Developing Projects (UMIST/IDPM) and a B.Eng. Civil and Structural Engineering (UMIST).

Aled Williams

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Dean, Research, Innovation and Partnerships

Aled’s role focuses on developing UCEM research capacity, output and excellence, as well as the commitment to working through partnerships are led effectively, aligning and coordinating activity across the University College to maximum effect.  He is developing deeper and more substantial partnerships and catalyzing applied research in collaboration with others in the Built Environment and Higher Education. Additionally, the role will work to increase the focus on sustainability across teaching, research and enterprise activities as well as seeking to have a wider impact on the HE sector, industry and society.

Prior to coming to UCEM Aled has been fulfilling a dual role as Discipline Lead (Built Environment) at the Higher Education Academy and as Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford. His substantial experience in designing and teaching professionally accredited Built Environment courses in Higher Education (HE) has been pivotal in driving forward new developments within the discipline and industry.  He has built a career on a strong track record and commitment to vocational progression, partnerships, quality and scholarship.

Education Heads


Tim Bennett

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Head of Construction Faculty

Tim joined UCEM from Kingston University where he was previously Principal Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, and most recently Associate Professor and Acting Head of School. He is currently external examiner at both Sheffield Hallam University and Dublin Institute of Technology. Tim has extensive experience in surveying practice as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and was for 7 years a member of the RICS Quantity Surveying and IT Committee. He has been a HEFCE/QAA Specialist Assessor (Property & Construction).

Tim holds a Masters’ degree in Professional Education and Training and a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying.

Nikki Bulteel

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Head of Academic Apprenticeship Team

Nikki Bulteel graduated from CEM (now UCEM) in 1996 having completed the external degree course. She qualified in 1998 following 5 years in general practice specialising in valuation work, urban estate management and rating. She became deputy head of the property department of a national retailer, responsible for acquisition and disposal work for the company, before joining us in October 1999.

Sylvia Osborn

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Head of Real Estate Faculty

Sylvia has worked as a chartered surveyor in two London practices, specialising in valuation and property management. She has experience of rent reviews, lease renewals and valuation of a variety of commercial buildings, including airfields, sports grounds and development sites as well as offices, industrial and retail premises. She has worked in the Higher Education Sector for many years, teaching on RICS Accredited degree programmes and on leisure property degrees.



Helen Edwards

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Head of Quality and Enhancement
BA (Hons) MA PGCert AAUA

Helen joined UCEM in 2003 and worked in student support until 2011 when she took up the role of liaison with professional statutory and regulatory bodies and student representatives. Helen then moved into academic quality in March 2012 with responsibility for overseeing the UCEM Code of Practice and other UCEM academic infrastructure documentation, validation and accreditation events and UCEM’s quality enhancement programme.

Helen is the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.

Helen has a BA (Hons) Geography and MA Space, Place and Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Phil Leverton

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Academic Quality Projects Officer

Phil Leverton obtained a degree in Urban Land Economics at Sheffield Polytechnic, followed by part-time postgraduate study in Town Planning at City of Birmingham Polytechnic and research at the University of East Anglia. He spent nine years employed in a range of planning, development and conservation work with local authorities in London, the Midlands and Norfolk whilst qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner. He subsequently held academic posts at Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University) and the University of Glamorgan. Following further postgraduate work to obtain an M.A. in Heritage Management at the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham, and a short period at the Rhondda Heritage Park in South Wales, he was employed as Project Officer by The Waterways Trust before joining CEM (now UCEM) in 2004.

Phil’s main research interests are influences on the evolution and regeneration of suburban and smaller urban areas, and the use of built and cultural heritage assets as a vehicle for regeneration. He has extensive experience of development, validation and review of academic programmes and has been an external lecturer and external examiner to a number of universities and colleges, and also a teaching quality assessor on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Programme Leaders


Karl Bunting

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Head of Apprenticeship Enhancement

Karl Bunting has recently joined UCEM from the University of Greenwich where he was Senior Lecturer in Project and Construction Management. Karl’s career has progressed from being an apprentice electrician to a consultant and lecturer. He has worked in facilities management for Marks and Spencer, and building surveying for WS Atkins. Karl continues to work in the construction industry today as a consultant on various projects.

His research interests include: building maintenance, sustainable methods of construction and energy use within buildings. Karl is a member of the CIOB.

Afolabi Dania

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Programme Leader MSc Construction Management

Afolabi Dania joined the UCEM as a tutor for Construction Project Management from the University of Reading where he was a doctoral student.

Afolabi graduated with a BSc in Building in 2002 and specialised in Construction Management at the Masters Level. He lectured at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria for 5 years before proceeding to undertake a Doctoral research at the University of Reading. His research focussed on Corporate Sustainability from the perspectives of Construction firms operating in Developing Countries. His broader research interests include sustainability, environmental management and strategic management in the construction sector. Afolabi also has practical, on-site experience stemming from Freelance Construction Management and Consultancy roles.

Peter Escreet

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Programme Leader MBA Construction and Real Estate
BSc (Hons) MBA MSc Surv MCIOB

Peter joined CEM (now UCEM) originally in March 2008 as an Associate Tutor in the Management & Vocational Faculty but has since worked across different disciplines in Foundation, BSc and MSc degree modules.

Prior to joining us, Peter has worked as a wine merchant and in the telecommunications’ industry initially as a Network Project Planner, Marketing & Communications consultant, Regulatory Affairs Manager and finally as a Corporate Governance Executive. He also worked for a number of local authorities in a consultancy role.

The range of skills and experience gained has given him a wide understanding of a number of different industries.

He initially graduated from Loughborough University in Economics & Sociology, then completed an MBA with the Open University and later an MSc in Surveying with UCEM.

He is also a Chartered Surveyor with surveying and building construction experience and practical knowledge within the surveying industry.

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Programme Leader for MSc in Facilities Management

Andrew is Tutor in Facilities Management and Programme Leader for the MSc Facilities Management programme at UCEM.

Andrew graduated with a BSc (Hons) Business Studies, specialising in marketing and accountancy. On leaving the Royal Air Force, he has ensured his continuous professional development through postgraduate studies completing the College’s 2-year PgDip Facilities Management in 1998, a 1-year Master of Business Administration in 1999, and a Doctor of Business Administration in 2007, both the latter are in strategic FM.

Andrew joined the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) in 1994 and sat on the Research Committee in its various guises for some 10 years. In 2001, whilst living and working in Singapore, Andrew qualified as a Certified Facility Manager with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). With a Singaporean colleague he also established the Singapore Chapter of IFMA and became their inaugural President.

Dr Green brings a facilitated learning approach to his work: a niche approach called Guided Self-reflection (GSR). His Doctoral thesis researched, developed and trialled the GSR approach which is a form of facilitated Action Learning. It seeks to engage participants in exploring new routes to resolve their personal and business issues through guiding their reflection of their issues from different perspectives. This approach has been deployed within the private and public sectors, and is particularly effective in the Facilities Management arena where a resource alignment perspective is used.

Andrew successfully combines a practical application of his academic knowledge with his extensive military and civilian experience within various business environments: He is a retired Wing Commander having completed 20 years in command and specialist roles in the Royal Air Force; over the following 13 years he held positions of company Director, Director and Partner in major consultancy companies in the UK and in SE Asia. He is currently a Director of his own management consultancy company, Clayton-Green Ltd.

Graham Hough

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Programme Leader BSc Construction Management

Graham joined in January 2001 as Tutor in Construction. He is a former student studying for his CIOB part II professional examinations in 1991. From 1985 to starting at CEM (now UCEM), Graham was with Reading College, where he was programme leader for the Built Environment section. Coming from a contracting background in site management before moving into education, he has in the past few years had two periods of industrial secondment with national building contractors. He feels that this hands-on approach allows him to keep up to date with the industry. Graham is currently Chair of the CIOB Thames Valley Centre and a committee member of the CIOB Berks/Oxon Branch. He is a member of the CIOB Accreditation Panel and is a former Professional Interview Panel member and recently completed a three-year tenure as a member of the CIOB Member Service and Support Board. His current research interest includes the contribution of webcams to the UK construction industry.

David Hourihan

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Programme Leader for MSc Real Estate
MSc Prop Invest FRICS

David Hourihan qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1994 while working in Ireland. There he specialised in the sales, lettings and acquisitions of commercial property in Dublin.

In 2002 David moved to England and worked for a number of nationwide and international property companies on the asset management of a variety of properties including shopping centres, retail and leisure parks, industrial estates and offices across the United Kingdom.

He is a former student of CEM (now UCEM) having achieved his Post-Graduate Diploma in Property Investment in 2002 and then the MSc Property Investment in 2008.

In 2009 David joined as an associate tutor, became a full time tutor in 2011 and is now the Programme Leader for MSc Real Estate.

He also chairs APC interviews for the RICS.

Jonathan Hubert

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Programme Leader BSc Building Surveying
BA (Hons) PG Cert (Research) ACIAT

Jon is the archetypal career-changer, having worked in the private sector for over 25 years prior to reading for a degree. Presently learning and teaching in the Construction faculty as Programme Leader for the BSc Building Surveying course, Jon is a graduate in Architectural Technology from the University of West London (UWL), and continues to study there for his PhD in ‘Sustainable Built Environments’. The focus of that research is the adaptation of existing buildings for a warmer climate in the 21st century, using Dynamic Simulation Modelling to create and test environmental scenarios in a virtual environment.

In a career that spans eight employers over 34 years and two continents, from provision of IT services and training to lecturing in the Built Environment at UWL and now UCEM, Jon understands that very often it seems the only constant is change. Leading one of the programmes at UCEM means being aware of students’ hopes and fears when studying and working at the same time, with the synergies and conflicts that often arise. Jon has first-hand experience of this, and will do his best to help and encourage at every turn!

Alan Jones

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Programme Leader for the BSc Building Services Quantity Surveying

Alan joined CEM (now UCEM) in April 2012 and is Programme Leader for the BSc Building Services Quantity Surveying course. He also leads the RICS Professional Membership APC Adaptation Route 1 programme and the RICS Associate 600/900 hours study programme.

Prior to joining, Alan worked in the construction industry in both the public and private sectors dealing with all aspects of quantity surveying. Latterly, he has worked as an associate in a large private practice, and has held the posts of Strategic Property Adviser to the States of Guernsey Government and Head of Asset Management and Property Services at the Borough of Poole.

Alan also has experience of teaching in higher education, having been a senior lecturer at Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University), delivering measurement, contract law and construction economics modules for higher diploma and Honours degree courses.

Malcolm Kirkpatrick

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Programme Leader MSc Quantity Surveying

Malcolm joined us in June 2013 and is a tutor on the BSc course. He is also the Professional Cost Management Module Leader, which is part of the new UCEM MSc offer.

Prior to joining CEM (now UCEM), Malcolm gained almost 40 years of experience as a professional quantity surveyor working in the UK, Libya and Kuwait for various organisations, including consulting engineers, the UK Electricity Transmission Group (now National Grid) and a UK local authority.

Following his overseas projects, Malcolm has worked in private QS practices, both large and small, as an M&E specialist and has worked with MDA Consulting Ltd, a large, London quantity surveying practice, as an associate for the past 19 years, on landmark projects such as the National Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick, near Southampton, the BT national fibre-optic programme (Infinity) and the complete services refurbishment for the BT headquarters building in London.

Malcolm has also been involved with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) training and in-house training for young surveyors.

John Mansfield

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Programme Leader BSc Real Estate Management
BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS

John joined UCEM in September 2015 and specialises in property valuation and development appraisal. Following his graduation from Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1988, he gained extensive experience in valuation and appraisal in private practice and a housing association. He gained full Membership to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1992 and was awarded a MSc from University of Greenwich in 1995.

He lectured at a Further Education college for 9 years before joining Nottingham Trent University where he spent 14 years. John’s research has been published widely and has been on the Editorial Review panels for leading UK built environment journals and for the RICS Research Foundation. He served as an RICS APC Assessor for 8 years and has been an Examiner on the RICS Diploma in Valuation.

Amanda Milambo

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Programme Leader BSc Quantity Surveying

Amanda joined CEM (now UCEM) in April 2012 as Tutor in Quantity Surveying and Programme Leader for the BSc Quantity Surveying. In 2000, she graduated from the Copperbelt University in Zambia with a BSc in Quantity Surveying. Amanda also holds an MSc in Construction Project Management from Birmingham City University.

Prior to joining the College, Amanda gained extensive experience working as a quantity surveyor, mainly in the private sector. She has worked on housing, education and health care projects. She also has international experience, working on projects in both Zambia and Botswana.

Steven Priddis

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Programme Leader Foundation Degree in Surveying Practice and Construction Practice

Steve, having been an Associate Tutor for two years, joined CEM (now UCEM) in August 2015 and is responsible for programme design and development of the new Retail Asset Management programme.  Steve is also a module tutor on the People & Organisation Management module.

A former student of CEM, Steve has over 30 years of experience in global shopping centre and retail asset management having lived and worked in the Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe, Turkey and Mainland China.

Steve holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration and Diplomas in Shopping Centre Management and Management Consulting and a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.

Steve is an associate director of the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust and a Justice of the Peace.

James Ritson

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Programme Leader MSc Building Surveying
BA (Hons). Grad. Dip. ARCH. MA. FRGS

An architecturally trained building conservator specialising in sustainability and recording of the historic built environment. He is currently the programme leader for MSc Building Surveying at University College of Estate Management. James was previously a senior lecturer in sustainability of the existing built environment at Kingston University, teaching on the Building Surveying and historic building conservation courses.

James previously worked at MBP Architects and Carden and Godfrey Architects, on a variety of projects, including the Palace of Westminster, Beverly Minster and many smaller commercial and residential schemes.

James is a member two ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Scientific committees the UK National Scientific Committee on Digital Heritage and the International Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability.

James was made a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in 2010 for his work on sustainability of the built environment. He has published widely on sustainability, health and conservation issues and his main research interests are sustainability of the existing built environment and the recording of existing buildings.

Henry Russell OBE

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Programme Leader, MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment
OBE MA (Cantab) DipBldgCons FRICS FSA IHBC

Henry Russell studied for the RICS Diploma in Building Conservation at CEM (now UCEM) in the mid-1990s and joined us as a Programme Leader in 2001, supervising MSc dissertations and BSc projects on conservation topics. He also contributes to CEM research projects and presentations at other institutions. In 2012, he presented papers on conservation education at conferences at York University and Roger Williams University, Rhode Island.

Henry chairs the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and is a member of the Church Buildings Council (CBC). In 2012 he served on the CBC’s Faculty Progress Group, which made recommendations on ways of simplifying church building procedures to the Archbishops’ Council. He is a member of the Education and Training Committee for ICOMOS-UK (the UK National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites) and a trustee of the Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation.

In 2011 Henry provided parliamentary liaison support for the Heritage Alliance on the heritage aspects of the Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework, which involved working closely with other heritage bodies, MPs, peers and government departments. He now chairs the Heritage Alliance’s Spatial Planning Advocacy Group, which regularly liaises with English Heritage and government departments over changes to planning and heritage legislation, implementing the UK government’s ‘Green Deal’, and planning the route of the UK’s new high-speed rail network HS2.

Henry is a member of the RICS Building Conservation Group board, which he chaired from 2005-2008. He is also an assessor for the RICS South-East Awards. He is a membership assessor for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and also sits on the IHBC’s Membership and Ethics Committee.

Henry is a member of the drafting panel for the revision of BS7913, the ‘Guide to the principles of the conservation of historic buildings’. The panel is chaired by UCEM conservation course alumnus John Edwards (now working at Cadw), and also includes UCEM’s Associate Course Leader in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Stephen Bond.

John Story

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Programme Leader for Property Investment

John Story has worked in the Property Industry all his professional life. He trained with a Liverpool-based Firm of Chartered Surveyors, Sutcliffe & Co, and once qualified (through CEM) he travelled overland to India and then on to Western Australia. In WA he worked for Justin Seward & Co which, at that time, was part of the Richard Ellis Group (now CBRE). During his four and a half years with Justin Seward he carried out many and various valuations in Perth and elsewhere in WA, as well as having experience in agency and auctions.

He returned to the UK and joined Debenham Tewson & Chinnocks (now DTZ) in the City Office where he worked for five years on a variety of general practice projects. In 1981 he moved to Unilever and took on responsibility for the management of Unilever’s Pension Fund property portfolio. This was outsourced in 2002, and he moved on to become Head of Property for Unilever UK. He left the Company at the end of 2007.

In early 2008, John joined CEM (now UCEM) on a part-time basis, as Programme Director for the MSc Property Investment (having been the External Course Director for the previous 15 years – John was one of the first cohort of students to complete the Diploma in Property Investment in 1989).

John served on the Board of Management of the Investment Property Forum, established the IPF’s education programme, published a report on the standards and skills required by investment property professionals, and currently chairs the IPF’s Academic Committee. He is a Life Member of the IPF.

He chaired the Property Industry Alliance (RICS, IPF, BPF, BCO, BCSC, Corenet) steering group which produced the annual Occupier Satisfaction Index (OSI) for six years. He has, over last few years, been a member of the Advisory Board of a fund investing in climate change-proofed commercial property and a consultant to IPD.



Gordon Browne

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Gordon worked as a construction manager and contracts manager with a number of SMEs and large building contractors prior to entering a career in education. When the Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief (now known as RedR) was formed, he became a member and has since conducted several assignments, seconded to various aid agencies. He has provided both project management and technical support for the setting up and construction of the infrastructure for refugee camps, and has worked on building development projects in some interesting places in the world.

Gordon has conducted research into transitional shelter for refugees and displaced people. His use of, and subsequent research into, stabilised compressed earth blocks, led to him becoming chairman of the Good Earth Trust (now operating as in-country, social enterprises). He continues to provide training courses for less experienced people who are about to embark on overseas assignments.

He joined CEM (now UCEM) in 2013, following many years as an associate tutor, focusing on construction technology and management for undergraduate and postgraduate degree progammes.

Rosemary Chetwood

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BA (Hons)

Rosemary completed her law degree in 1977, after which she went on to study at the College of Law in Guildford and London. Following two years articled to a small firm in London’s Inner Temple, she was admitted as a solicitor specialising in Real Estate in 1980.

Rosemary is now a senior associate with Stevens & Bolton LLP, in Guildford. She is also a continuing professional development and Professional Skills Course assessor for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, as well as a tutor for UCEM.

Damian Comerford

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Damian Comerford is a chartered valuation surveyor and chartered arbitrator. He has been a visiting lecturer on the UCEM Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration course since 2008 and is now Module Leader for the postgraduate programme modules in Property Transactions and Planning and Development.

He is managing director of his own company, Comerford Real Estate, which provides consultancy advice to corporate companies.

He has specialised in the acquisition and disposal of commercial property all over the UK for various clients. Following graduation from University of Reading, in 1979, he worked at Mason Owen & Partners, in Liverpool. He moved back to Berkshire in 1982 to work at Dunster & Morton, where, until prior to setting up his own company, he was Managing Partner.

He is a panel member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), as arbitrator and independent expert, and receives appointments for the resolution of valuation and rent review disputes from the President of RICS, a role he has held since 1992.

Linda Davies

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Linda Davies is a Chartered Town Planner who is employed part-time as a Tutor in Planning and Development here at the College. Linda was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

She has over 25 years experience in urban and rural planning, including some ten years at Glasgow City Council, Scotland, in both development control and development planning. During this time she worked particularly on local plan regeneration strategies, housing improvement action and public transportation strategies.

She also acted as an Area Management Co-ordinator, reporting direct to the Chief Executive, co-ordinating a multi-disciplinary integrated approach to area management for one eighth of the city of Glasgow and involving participants ranging from local MPs to residents’ groups and trade unions.

She has lectured on subjects as diverse as ‘Aspects of UK Retail Planning Policy’, ‘Public and Private Partnerships in Physical Planning’, ‘Planning for Sustainable Development’, ‘Town Centre Management’, ‘Land assembly and compulsory purchase order problems and solutions’ and ‘Development plan processes’. Her current research area is on Gender Mainstreaming in Local Plans and Urban Regeneration initiatives. She lectured on these topics in Tokyo and Beijing in 2001.

She teaches annually on ‘UK Retail Planning Policy and the UK Planning System’ in Hanover, Germany, and Nymegan, The Netherlands, as part of an Erasmus/Socrates staff exchange network with the participating universities, and prepares and accompanies students on their European exchange programmes.

David Fagan

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David joined UCEM in February 2017 to work as a Module Leader on the MBA programme.

He has worked in further and higher education for over twenty years. Most recently, teaching leadership, finance and entrepreneurship at several overseas universities. He has worked for the Open University Business School since 2001. David created and tutored leadership and management programmes at undergraduate, and master’s level, for middle managers in the UK financial services sector.

David worked, in senior management roles, in the City of London for two international trading companies where he travelled extensively in the Far East and Europe.

The majority of my own learning has been done whilst working full time, so I can empathise with many of the UCEM students in exactly the same boat”.

David has a LLB Law Degree from University of London, a MSc in International Business Management from Birkbeck College (Univ of London), an MBA from the Open University and a PGCE from University of Greenwich.

Paul Fitchett

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Paul is a graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds. After 12 years’ work in construction, on sites and in the design office, in the north east of England, he returned to the University of Leeds to complete an MSc in Construction Engineering.

Paul then worked for a period of 19 years with Thames Water, carrying out procurement and commercial work on the company’s large, capital projects. This period was interspersed with a three-year secondment to work on a large, private finance initiative (PFI) water supply scheme in Turkey.

In 2007, Paul became the programme leader for the Built Environment at Thames Valley University (now the University of West London), where he developed new degree and foundation degree courses. Following a period as an associate tutor for CEM (now UCEM), Paul became a tutor in April 2013; his responsibilities include the development of the building technology modules, on the undergraduate courses, and the Sustainable Procurement and Tendering module on the postgraduate course.

Brian Kemp

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Brian graduated in Production Engineering and Management from Nottingham University. He then worked for the Ministry of Defence and went on to work in insurance. While working in insurance, he studied by distance learning and qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Brian was then headhunted by the Woolwich Building Society and became a manager of a small branch office. While working for the Woolwich, he again studied by distance learning to pass the exams for Associate Membership of the Chartered Building Societies Institute. After qualifying, he began teaching part-time at a local college, which led to a full-time post as a lecturer. He then lectured on management subjects at HND, undergraduate, professional and postgraduate degree levels for over 10 years.

While working as a lecturer, Brian designed and ran training courses in a variety of management and interpersonal skills topics for a wide range of private and public sector organisations. He also tutored many revision courses in both Management and Housing for the Chartered Building Societies Institute.

In 1994, he researched the distance learning market for postgraduate management courses for bankers in the UK. Later, together with a partner, Brian established and expanded the Financial Services College, offering distance learning courses leading to the Associateship of the Chartered Building Societies Institute. For several years he was the managing director of the College.

In 2004, Brian joined CEM (now UCEM) as a part-time tutor in management. In 2006, he was promoted to Course Director for the MBA degree. He subsequently played a leading role in developing and running the new MBA in Real Estate and Construction, in conjunction with the UK Open University.

In 2011, Brian retired but was rehired in 2013 as a part-time tutor, responsible for developing and teaching management topics at postgraduate level. Having gained his own professional qualifications by distance learning, Brian is committed to higher education online and is currently researching and developing PowerPoint provision to support distance learners.

He also has many years’ experience in purchasing, refurbishing, maintaining, letting and selling property in a private property organisation that he still manages.

Marios Konstantinidis

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Marios is a graduate in Economics from Towson State University of Maryland and he also holds a Masters of Finance from the University of Baltimore and an MBA from the Imperial College in London.

He has worked for a period of 20 years in various finance related positions specializing in emerging market economies. He started out as an Equities Trader with Capital Securities and ABN Amro Bank SA, and then as a Fund Manager with New Millenium SA. In 2005, he moved into commercial banking and joined Marfin Bank SA as a Senior Relationship Officer specializing in Balance Sheet, Project, and Real Estate financing.

Since 2015, Marios has joined a number of Universities around Europe, teaching Corporate Finance and Strategy, including the Riga Graduate School of Law, Queen’s University (Canada), and the University of Pittsburgh satellite campus in London. In addition, he also serves as a strategic and financial management consultant undertaking project work with firms operating in emerging economy environments.

Sandie Lee

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Academic and Industry Engagement Tutor

Sandie Lee is the Academic and Industry Engagement Tutor at UCEM.

Sandie is responsible for the academic development of CPD and short courses and is programme leader for the RICS Adaptation route, RICS 900 hours and the CIOB CMP course. She is also responsible for ensuring the programmes of the Construction Faculty meet the current and future needs of employers and professional bodies. She originally joined the college in 1997 as the Tutor in Quantity Surveying but had a sabbatical working in Industry in the UAE for 3 years from 2009.

Prior to joining UCEM Sandie gained her first degree in Quantity Surveying and a Masters’ Degree in Construction Management. She has worked mainly in Private Practice in the traditional quantity surveyors’ role on a wide range of projects, gaining experience in dealing with clients and contractors from inception through to the completion of projects.

Priti Lodhia

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Priti graduated from Staffordshire University in 2002, having achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying. She qualified as a member of RICS in 2005. Priti has a PQS background, having worked with a number of the larger PQS firms in both London and Reading, prior to joining us as a Tutor in Quantity Surveying in 2008. Priti is involved in the delivery of various QS subject areas at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Pauline Makepeace

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After obtaining her law degree, Pauline Makepeace spent 5 years in the construction industry dealing with contract administration. She then trained as a teacher in further and higher education and worked for 3 years at Reading College of Technology. Initially working part-time for CEM (now UCEM) in 1986 teaching and marking the Diploma in Surveying courses, she became a full-time tutor in January 1989.

Richard Sykes

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Richard gained his degree in Economics and Economic History from Loughborough University and worked for three years with Thornton Baker Chartered Accountants (now Grant Thornton) in the City office before going into teaching (full-time). He worked in Further Education colleges in Bedfordshire and Sussex, becoming Head of the Northbrook Business School in 2000. During this time he studied for an MSc in International Finance at Surrey University and worked part-time for Brighton University Business School. Subsequent consultancy work followed for the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit at Sussex University. A long-time member of the Open University, Richard also taught on economics and finance courses for this organisation.

During the last 20 years Richard has developed a career as an independent education consultant and has worked with a number of firms and institutions, including Abbey plc, BPP plc, Colefax and Fowler plc and HM Revenue and Customs. His teaching interests are in management, economics and finance. He joined the College of Estate Management in February 2008.

Roger Waterhouse

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Roger spent much of his career with a major UK civil engineering and building contractor, where he practised project management in the UK and Africa, and has also been a senior lecturer in Singapore. He directs in-house training courses, including government programmes for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Property Advisers to the Civil Estate (PACE – OGC), Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA – QINETIQ), National Health Service, Lambeth Council and Lloyds TSB. He has initiated professional education programmes leading to RICS and CIOB qualifications in the People’s Republic of China.

He is Chairman, APC Committee, RICS Project Management Faculty Board; co-author of the Code of Practice for Project Management (Longman); NVQ Level 5 Project Management Assessor; Management Committee Member of the Construction Project Management Group; a member of the CIOB Curriculum Development Group; and a member of the CIOB Professional Conduct Committee. He is an RICS APC Assessor for Project Management, and a former member of the RICS Education & Membership Committee (2000-02).

John Gellatly

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John joined us as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees in January 2015. He was very drawn to the role for a variety of reasons, not least the excitement of helping promote and build on UCEM’s strong reputation across the property and construction industries at a time when the provision of additional, cost effective, higher education is facing fundamental and structurally driven greater demand for the type of courses and learnings that we provide. As such, he is committed to our vision of becoming the leading online university for the provision of under and post graduate real estate and construction courses, with a global scale.

For the last decade, John’s day job has been as an institutional fund manager investing into unlisted real estate on a global basis. He is currently Head of UK and Europe, Global Real Estate Multi Manager Group at Aviva Investors – leading a team that invests into private equity real estate funds and REITs on a global basis. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, he was a Managing Director at BlackRock running their global real estate fund of funds platform.
However, he has not always been a fund manager. His career also spans a period as a real estate investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and also as a real estate sell side securities analyst with ABN AMRO and CSFB.

In the earlier part of his career he worked at Savills Fund Management and DTZ Debenham Thorpe and actually started as Head of research at Knight Frank & Rutley. In addition to his role with UCEM, John has held a number of industry related appointments, including being past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum (IPF), and currently also Co-Chairs the Property Industry Alliance Debt Group.

Bridget Bartlett

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Bridget Batlett was born and educated in Ireland but has lived and worked in the UK since 1978. She is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors. She developed her career in Education over 25 years, progressing from teaching Mathematics to becoming Principal and Chief Executive of Bexley College in Kent, where she led 450 staff serving 7000 students. The college specialised in construction studies.

Bridget joined the CIOB as Chief Operating Officer in November 2008 and is now Deputy Chief Executive responsible for the Institute’s Operations team, a portfolio which includes education, examinations, membership services, international development, and IT. During her time at the Institute, Bridget has overseen a number of critical developments, including the introduction of a competence based qualification for Chartered Membership and international recognition for CIOB qualifications.

Bridget is former chair of the Construction Industry Council Diversity Panel and is a founder member of 14-19 Advisory Board for Construction and the Built Environment Education.

Jat Brainch

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Jat was appointed as BRE Group Chief Finance Officer in June 2016. She has previously held a number of high-profile positions at leading telecoms and technology brands including Finance Director at Logica Group PLC (now part of CGI), Group Financial Controller at Telefonica Europe PLC and head of Commercial Finance at T-Mobile (UK) Ltd.

Jat was first awarded a Directorship at age 34 and her proven commercial acumen has won her several key leadership roles in enterprise transformation initiatives. Over the course of her career to date, Jat’s responsibilities have included leading international investment committees, retooling Group-wide financial processes and planning and controlling growth to deliver maximum shareholder value.

Jat was appointed as an Independent Trustee in March 2017 and sits on the UCEM Finance Committee.

Helen Edwards

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Helen joined UCEM in 2004 and worked in student support until 2011 when she took up the role of liaison with professional statutory and regulatory bodies and student representatives. Helen then moved into academic quality in March 2012 with responsibility for overseeing the UCEM Code of Practice and other UCEM academic infrastructure documentation, validation, and accreditation events and UCEM’s quality enhancement programme.

Helen became the staff representative on the Board of Trustees in December 2016.

Helen has a BA (Hons) Geography and MA Space, Place and Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Andrew Hynard

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Andrew Hynard is Chief executive of The Howard de Walden Estate, which he joined in October 2016.

Prior to that he spent the majority of his career at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was UK Deputy Chairman. He specialised in all aspects of property investment, advising many of the major investors. Andrew led on client relationships with Brockton Capital, LaSalle Investment Management and M&G Real Estate.

He is a former Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, and currently chairs the RICS Commercial Property Forum. He is on the advisory board of Clipstone and the Tim Henman Foundation and a trustee of The Story of Christmas and Tenterden & District Day Centre.

Dr Stephen Jackson

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Dr Stephen Jackson became a UCEM Trustee in 2016. He retired from the Quality Assurance Agency on 31st August 2016 where he had been Associate Director (International) and previously the Director of Quality Assurance, with overall responsibility for the management and delivery of review activity. This included universities and other higher education providers, the review of higher education in further education colleges and the review of private higher education colleges. He joined QAA in October 2002 from Liverpool John Moores University, where he was Director for Partnerships and Widening Participation. Previously, Stephen held the post of Assistant Provost with responsibility for learning and teaching. He taught Human Geography for many years at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education and at Liverpool Polytechnic. Before joining QAA, Stephen worked for both the Higher Education Quality Council and QAA as an auditor and review coordinator.

David Larkin

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David’s association with UCEM goes back to 1966 when he started full time studies at St Alban’s Grove in London, then the home of the College. He began his career as a Trainee Surveyor at Debenham Tweson and Chinnocks, before moving on to ARICS and then Jones Lang Wootton in 1975, where his career lasted nearly 30 years. His work spanned many facets including leasing and development, valuations and property management. David became a Trustee of UCEM in 2007 and Honorary Treasurer in March 2016. He is Chair of the Finance Committee and the Bursaries Working Group, and serves on the Nominations & Governance Committee. He was also involved in assisting UCEM with its move out of University of Reading property into its own freehold building, which completed in summer 2016.

Adam Marks

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Adam became a Trustee of UCEM in 2006 and is currently Senior Partner at Taylor Wessing LLP. Adam was Head of the Real Estate department at Taylor Wessing from 2004-7 and sat on the Executive Board of the firm during that period. Adam was also on the International Management Board of Taylor Wessing in 2006 and 2007. He has considerable experience in a wide range of commercial property issues. He advises a number of corporate clients on all their property requirements, as well as handling a large variety of commercial and residential developments, together with many investments, acquisitions and disposals.  He became Taylor Wessing UK Senior Partner in 2011.

David Mason

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David currently works as a Project Manager within the Estate and Facilities Department at the University of Winchester. He is also a volunteer Special Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary. David is a current UCEM student on the Part Time MSc Building Surveying course. He is UCEM’s first ever Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees and was appointed to the role in March 2016 for an initial one year term.

Professor Kenneth Miller

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Kenny became a Trustee in 2015. He was formerly Vice Principal of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and is an Emeritus Professor of Law of the University. Kenny has worked in higher education for nearly 40 years having started his career as a Law Lecturer at Strathclyde in 1975 and then a Professor of Employment Law in 1992. During his time he undertook a range of management roles including Head of Department, Vice Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor and has seen the University grow in size and status. He is currently a Special Adviser to the Strathclyde University Vice Chancellor.

Kenny has also held a number of external roles and for six year was a member of the QAA’s Advisory Committee for Degree Awarding Powers. He has also undertaken reviews of Universities and in June 2015 reviewed the Faculty of Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland. He chaired the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee between 2006-2010 and, given his employment law background, is currently Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee. Finally Kenny is also a Member of the Court (Board of Governors) of the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he is the representative of the three sponsoring Universities – Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde. Kenny is Chair of the Academic Audit sub-committee.

Nigel Pyke

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Nigel became a Trustee of UCEM in 2012. Nigel currently leads Cushman & Wakefield’s marketing, communications and business development activity for EMEA. His role is focused on connecting clients and markets with the Cushman & Wakefield brand, to raise awareness of the services and solutions that Cushman & Wakefield can deliver. One of Nigel’s main roles has been to set up and deliver the firm’s key client relationship programme in the UK and EMEA.

James Wates

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James joined Wates Construction in 1983 and the Wates Construction Board as Marketing Director in 1994. He was appointed to the Wates Group Board in 1997 and became Chairman in 2013. He is Chairman of the Wates Group Nominations Committee and until April 2013 was a member of the Remuneration Committee. Outside the Group James is involved with several industry bodies; he is Chairman of CITB, Chairman of the BRE Trust, Past President of CIOB, Co-Chairman of BuildUK, a member of CBI, Trustee of University College of Estate Management (appointed 2012) and a Non-Executive Board Director of Argent Services LLP. James is also Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Built Environment Leadership Group, Vice Chairman of the of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, a Governor of the Emanuel School, a Governor of the University of Westminster and a patron of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust. In January 2012 James was awarded the CBE for services to Construction and the charitable sector.

All our Honorary Fellows are approved by UCEM’s Trustees for their eminence in their chosen field and typically have made a significant contribution to the world of property, real estate and construction.

An Honorary Fellow is someone who acts as an ambassador for UCEM, raising our profile by spreading the word about what we do and sharing networks where appropriate. Attending various UCEM events – such as our Honorary Fellows luncheon and Property Awards – an Honorary Fellow may also have specialist expertise and knowledge, which they use as part of their role.

From time to time, UCEM Principal Ashley Wheaton, will invite Honorary Fellows to special events – such as small scale networking dinners – to provide industry insight and support on their specialist subjects.

Our Honorary Fellows may also get involved in UCEM activities and promotions such as:

  • Speaking at lifelong learning sessions
  • Participating as part of an employer forum, on matters such as sector trends
  • Endowing a scholarship, bursary or prize
  • Promoting academic programmes to contacts
  • Sponsoring UCEM applied research
  • Extending the UCEM Alumni Network

We are delighted to have an association with each and every one of our Honorary Fellows, and to work alongside them in their role as ambassadors for UCEM.

  • 2007 Mr Peter Angel LLB
  • 2011 Sir Michael Bear BSc (Eng) MBA Alderman
  • 2009 Mr Chris Blythe BA (Hons) FCMA
  • 2009 Mr Roger Bright CB MA (Cantab)
  • 2006 Mr Robin Broadhurst CBE FRICS
  • 2002 Mr Nick Brooke JP BSc BBS FRICS FHKIS RPS
  • 2000 Mr Stephen Burman Hon MPhil FRICS FAAV MCIArb
  • 2002 Professor David Cadman BSc MA (Cantab) FRICS
  • 2013 Mr Jim Carter FRICS IRRV
  • 1986 Dr John Clayton MSc FRICS FAAV
  • 2002 Mr Alan Collett BSc FRICS
  • 2000 Mr Richard Courtenay Lord FNAEA (Hon) (Retd)
  • 2007 Rt. Hon Lord Roger Cunliffe MA AADipl RIBA MCMI
  • 1998 Mr Clifford Dann MBE BSc DSc(Hon) FRICS
  • 1985 Dr Barry Denyer-Green LLM FRICS FRSA
  • 2004 Mr David Doubble OBE MA FRICS
  • 2000 Mr John Earl FSA MRICS FRSA IHBC
  • 2005 Mr John Edgcumbe BSc FRICS
  • 2008 Mr Gordon Gabbani LLB
  • 1985 Professor Alan Gillett OBE DSc MA FRICS
  • 1992 Mr Alfred Goldstein CBE BSc(Eng) FCGI DIC FEng
  • 2007 Mr Peter Goodacre RD DL MSc FRICS FCIOB
  • 1978 Mr David Green FRICS FCIArb FEWI
  • 2011 Mr Michael Green
  • 1981 Mr George Grover BSc FRICS
  • 2016 Dr Ann Heywood FRICS FCIOB FRGS MCMI
  • 2009 Mr Bill Hughes MA MSc ASIP
  • 1992 Mr Peter Huntsman BSc FRICS FAAV
  • 2007 Mr Paul Hutton OBE FRICS FAAV
  • 1996 Mr Keith Knowles MBE FRICS
  • 2013 Sr Stephen Lai
  • 2000 Mr Hanslip Long BA FRICS
  • 1988 Mr Roger Lucas FRICS MRTPI
  • 2011 Mr Roger Madelin CBE
  • 1988 Mr Julian Markham CBE FRICS FRSA
  • 2013 Mr Michael Moir FRICS, MICE
  • 2010 Mr Paul Morrell OBE FRICS HonFRIBA
  • 2013 Ms Alison Nimmo CBE
  • 2002 Mr James Offen MA FRICS
  • 2011 Sr See Lian Ong BSc (Hons) PPISM FISM FRICS ICECA CIDB Accredited Mediator
  • 1983 Mr Paul Orchard-Lisle CBE TD DL MA LLD FRICS
  • 2004 Mr Lawrence Parnell DipProjMan FRICS
  • 2015 Ms Delva Patman FRICS ACIArb FRSA
  • 2008 Mrs Liz Peace CBE
  • 1987 Sir Idris Pearce CBE TD DL FRICS
  • 2012 Mr Gerald Ronson CBE Hon. DCL
  • 2008 Mr Clive Ross BSc FRICS
  • 2009 Mr Francis Salway MA FRICS
  • 2009 Mr Mike Slade FRICS
  • 2005 Mr Tim Stapleton BSc MPhil FRICS
  • 1987 Mr Nick Strathon MA FRICS
  • 2013 Dr Thomas Tang
  • 1991 Mr Dennis Tucker MA
  • 2006 Mr Chris Vickers CBE FRICS ACIArb
  • 1996 Mr Dennis Vine FRICS
  • 1982 Mr Roger Warren Evans BA FCIOB Barrister
  • 1990 Mr Philip Watkins FRICS
  • 1977 Mr Philip White MSc FRICS
  • 2012 Mr Barry Woodman FRICS