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RICS matrics Annual Review 2007-08


RICS matrics Annual Review 2007-08

Get actively involved in RICS matrics...... Membership of RICS matrics is free, but the benefits can be huge. Those wishing to know more or to become involved simply need to: Call: 0870 333 1600 Visit: www.rics.org/matrics Email: matrics@rics.org Being part of a global organisation can seriously improve your career prospects.


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RICS matrics Annual Review 2007-08

Contents Chairman’s Welcome


Regional Round Up


Chairman’s Challenge


National Assembly 2007


National Five A Side Football Competition


RICS matrics UK Council


1913 Wilderness Club Awards


Vice Chairmen’s Briefing


Acknowledgement and Thanks


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2007/8 Chairman’s Message Welcome to RICS matrics Annual Review of the 2007/8 Session. RICS matrics is the part of RICS for members under 35, together with student members and trainees of any age, and as such acts as the voice for the younger members. RICS matrics has 4 key aims and hopes to help achieve these by using its unique structure and working Locally, Regionally and Nationally within RICS as a whole: ■

Careers Promotion,

Student Member Recruitment & Conversion,

APC Support and Development &

Career Progression

At the heart of RICS matrics in the UK, is a local structure based on over 30 local groups, who Inter-Professional networking events as well as volunteering to attend careers events at schools and universities. Without the local groups none of this would happen. The benefits of RICS matrics not only include the networking element which is always useful on a day- to-day basis in the property industry but also for students to get a closer insight into their chosen profession and for APC/ATC candidates to meet other candidates or recently qualified surveyors which may not always be available at work. RICS matrics is keen to encourage more members to volunteer to become APC Assessors. We are also keen to support LionHeart, the benevolent fund for RICS members and their dependents, through the “Under 35’s Raising £35,000 Appeal”. Our local groups feed into RICS Regional


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Boards, onto RICS matrics UK Council and ultimately Governing Council. Through this structure the concerns and ideas of RICS matrics are able to be voiced to RICS as a whole and help shape the future of our profession. During the past 12 months I have had the opportunity of travelling across the UK representing RICS matrics, meeting lots of RICS matrics members and I have felt immensely proud to see how many dedicated people are out there working together to achieve these common aims. Through my ongoing involvement in RICS matrics I have made excellent business contacts, strong friendships and found skills which are truly beneficial in my day to day work and continued progression as a Chartered Surveyor, and as such I highly recommend RICS matrics to you. To find out more about what’s happening in your local roup in the UK go to the events page or contact your local Chairman go to the UK Chairmen page, who you can also contact if you would like to volunteer to get involved locally with RICS matrics and help us achieve our 4 aims. RICS matrics – Together we can make it happen. Charles Fifield RICS matrics UK Chairman: 2007/8

RICS matrics Annual Review 2007-08

Regional round up RICS matrics has had another successful year with a good mix of activities ranging from the technical knowledge sharing events mentoring schemes and fun social activities (over 310 in total – approximately 93 APC/ATC, 73 social, 70 career, 32 sports, 21 charity and 20 inter-professional). The 35 groups across the UK have been working hard and playing hard. We are pleased to outline a taste of the activities which have taken place over the past 12 months.

Beds and Herts Matt Roberts The year started with a tour of Stewartby brickworks in Bedfordshire. This was an opportunity for attendees to be given a guided tour of the site and an informative talk on the equipment and processes used in the manufacture of bricks that are distributed across the UK. On the evening of the 9 October, Beds and Herts committee organised a CPD tour of Beaufort Court in Kings Langley. Beaufort Court is the head office of Renewable Energy Systems (RES). It is a model of sustainable building design and energy generation. Attendees were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the “energy trail” and were provided with expert advice and information. Also in October RICS matrics Beds and Herts headed to the West Midlands to attend the UKs premier building show, Interbuild 07, at the Birmingham NEC.

Christmas saw the annual Beds and Herts Christmas Quiz Challenge. Quizmaster, Jon Lever, was on hand to adjudicate over the proceedings and impart useful advice and guidance in the APC process and resources available. A good time was had by all, despite some liberal usage of the jokers’ card! January saw the very popular Duxford APC Forum built on the great success enjoyed last year. The event was extremely well attended and was a great opportunity for some advice from the APC Doctors and also was a great chance to network and to meet other young surveyors from a variety of different backgrounds and groups. On Monday 18 February Beds and Herts organised a presentation on the RICS Rules of Conduct. The presentation covered the new rules of conduct; the changes and how they fit into the structure and governance of the RICS. One of the greatest achievements for RICS matrics Birmingham was the pilot of the

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University Student Mentoring Scheme which has worked well. The students have made invaluable contacts in the world of work and some have even gone on to receive job offers, so a real success. It is hoped that with such a successful start that this initiative can be rolled out nationally across the UK. Another huge success was the RICS Birmingham Ball in November. It was the perfect kick start to the Christmas Party season. Over 250 surveyors and guests entered into the spirit of the Hollywood theme with people choosing to go ultra red carpet glam!! Jack Nicholson and Marilyn Monroe look-a-likes added extra excitement to the evening. Other events held throughout the year included a very successful Pub Golf event with other 120 participants, a Comedy Night and a Quiz Night. Alongside the social programme a number of career activities and school visits were undertaken. Chairman, Paul Arnell, sums the year up as “overall a vintage year and I look forward to seeing what the new leadership team comes up with the make the events bigger and better going forward”.

What may at first sound like an unwelcome crash back down to earth after the Christmas holidays proved to be a huge success during late January with another APC evening held at University of West of England. With three groups split by their stage within the process all listening to experienced surveyors, RICS members of staff and assessors. Also, helping to make the evening a great success was the social time afterwards giving RICS matrics members and students networking and 121 opportunities. This year’s APC event was attended by the RICS President, David Tuffin, who addressed the 120 attendees. Another now cemented event in the RICS matrics Bristol and West Country diary is the Re Tox, which is aimed at all members and acts as “standard issue” networking event following the Christmas break. Finally was the RICS matrics Charity Ball, which is without doubt the largest and most eagerly anticipated event in the calendar. The emphasis was on a quality event with no fancy dress or theme.

Bristol and West Country


Claire Stuckey

In building closer ties with Cambridge Young Solicitors and Professional Groups RICS matrics Cambridge have held two excellent inter-professional events. Firstly the annual ball which looks to be gaining momentum for the future. Secondly a super evening of wine tasting organised between solicitors, accountants and surveyors which sold out easily with 65 attendees.

The 2007/08 year for the RICS matrics Bristol and West Country heralded yet another year of growth and stability on the events held and members attending. Following the AGM, the year kicked off with the RICS matrics barbeque and luck was in with the rain holding off and everyone being graced with sunshine. During October the fun filled and action packed Pub Golf and Treasure Hunt event took place. This was once again over-subscribed with teams.


Next was the Pre Tox New Members Evening which has now cemented itself as a successful social event and attracts new members and promotes the RICS matrics.

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Robert Gould

As a new group RICS matrics Cambridge held their first “trading” event – a regional heat for the RICS matrics Five A Side Competition. It was a great success with 94 attendees.

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Devon and Cornwall

Jon McCosh

Emma Faraday

The size and geography of Cumbria can sometimes be a challenge for arranging events however that said a very successful North West 1938 Club Challenge took place in Cumbria with a Clay Pigeon shoot that also attracted non-RICS matrics members. Manchester and Lancashire put up brave opposition but the hosts Cumbria won. The shoot raised £226 for LionHeart.

Another good year for RICS matrics Devon and Cornwall for a region which is geographically challenged for event attendance. It seems that the variety and location of the events program is now proving to be a success with RICS matrics being recognised as an excellent network for meeting new people, socialising, learning and having fun.

Also a group of RICS matrics members from Cumbria successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge on 20 and 21 of June 2008, travelling from the foot of Ben Nevis they scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon returning to Pen-y-pass at the foot of Snowdon after 23 hours 31 minutes. Their efforts raised £1,532 which has been shared equally between LionHeart and the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. The walkers were Andrew Holmes, Jody Lauder and Jon McCosh supported by drivers John Fausset and Eilidh Shearer.

Derby Sally Lewis RICS matrics Derbyshire has continued to grow and develop over the past year; the committee is strong with 12 members all taking active roles and responsibilities to ensure that the quality and quantity of events are maintained, the profile of RICS matrics Derbyshire is raised and new members continually attracted. This is demonstrated through well attended networking and CPD events, a very successful Charity May Ball. The main event! The May Ball attracted 158 young professionals and RICS matrics members to enjoy an evening of networking, socialising and entertainment. The evening was an amazing success and raised in excess of £2,000 for the chosen charities. The New Members Reception, held at the Rendezvous Bar in Matlock, was attended by more than 30 members, who enjoyed a free bar and good food throughout the evening. Existing RICS matrics members were joined by Derbyshire Local Association committee members and the RTA to welcome the new members aboard. The event was RICS matrics Derbyshire’s first social event in Matlock and was hailed a success by all involved.

In October the New Members Receptions proved very popular at the Plymouth Gin Distillery. An excellent mix between a learning opportunity and fun. This built on the success of previous years in boosting membership numbers and attendance at events throughout the year. Steven Rea and the committee’s Student Liaison Officer have continued to work with the University to promote RICS matrics and to build linkages. There has been good attendance from student at local events in Plymouth. An APC afternoon and evening event was held early in the year which built on last year’s success and attendance with over 40 candidates and 20 supervisors and counsellors. The event was well structured combining breakout groups and general question and answer sessions. Excellent feedback was received. The main inter-professional activity was the Kitley House New Year Dinner and Dance. This was well attended by RICS matrics members and other professionals from the property industry. It is hoped that this will become a yearly event. This event raised £250 for LionHeart.

Essex Nicky Calasse This year the RICS matrics Essex in partnership with Birkett Long Solicitors organised an interprofessional networking summer barbeque on 31 July. Those attended, over 60 in total, were a mixture of bankers, solicitors, surveyors, accountants, energy assessors, developers and

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general managers. This event has generated a fantastic amount of interest and off the back of this a number of other firms have come forward to propose further jointly hosted interprofessional networking events. In June 2008 RICS matrics Essex took to the waters again with another enjoyable riverboat cruise. Attendance was good and members were given a brief summary of activities over the past year and the new committee was introduced. £80 was raised for LionHeart during the evening. There was positive interest from local members regarding the committee, getting involved and attending future events. On Wednesday 23 July the RICS matrics Essex embarked upon a rematch of last year’s cricket fixture with Birkett Long Solicitors. The RICS matrics Essex team was made up by a variety of young surveyors both pre-qualification and post qualification. In total the RICS matrics Essex posted a very impressive 153 for 5 within their allocated twenty overs. Birkett Long posted a total of 126 for 7 falling 27 runs short of the target. The fixture was rounded off with the provision of a fantastic match tea by Birkett Long and a great opportunity to network within the professional environment.

Greater Manchester Rebecca Best Another extremely successful year for RICS matrics Greater Manchester with a repeat of many well attended events. The year started with the Pub Golf event sponsored by Judd Farris. Surveyors, solicitors and accountants all attended the inter-professional Casino night where there was a great deal of networking and exchanging of business contacts. This was followed by another inter-professional event in the summer with a barbeque – over 500 in attendance. In total over 1200 students were visited over the year – 400 at the University of Salford, 300 at St Mary’s Catholic High School, 200 at Cheadle Hulme School and 300 graduates at


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Liverpool John Moores University. The autumn Life Long Learning programme boasted fantastic numbers and included topics such as Introduction to Party Wall Surveying, APC: The New Rules of Conduct, Partnership Working and Framework Contracts and Improve Your Presentation Skills. Once again, one of the most successful and high profile events was the Moulin Rouge Charity Ball held in October. 400 diners were entertained by Can Can Dancers, Show Girls and a charity auction which raised over £12,000. The events didn’t stop there! Other events throughout the year included a Carol Service, a pre-Paddy’s Day Social sponsored by MacDonald and Co, Five A Side Football competition and Champagne Tasting.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Mark Evans Hampshire and Isle of Wight Group have been very active in 2007/08, particularly with career activity. October 2007 saw the first Meet and Greet event at Portsmouth University for 1st year students. An introduction was given to RICS matrics activity in the area and the support network available. Eighty new student members were signed up. March 2008, second Meet and Greet Event held at Portsmouth this time for 2nd and 3rd year students. The presentation this time included different careers within the profession and APC guidance. This was followed by a further opportunity to network with academic staff and RICS matrics members. Thirsty Thursday continued this year which provide an opportunity to meet other surveyors after work, sponsored by Hayes Recruitment. Hayes also sponsored the very successful Go Karting event in Winchester – this will be continued next year and will be even more competitive as teams of 5 will be registered rather than individual drivers.

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Kent Clare West RICS matrics Kent has grown from strength to strength throughout the year and has proved to be a real success. The number of attendees at events has increased dramatically; this has enabled the group to provide many chances for networking and opportunity for members to get advice on the APC and the RICS in general. RICS matrics Kent have developed good relationships with other young professionals in Kent as well as more experienced surveyors involved in the local association. A number of excellent events have been held in the year from smaller events such as bowling to big events such as the Spring Function. This was a casino-themed reception which incorporated a charity auction/raffle and presentation on the Chatham Maritime development, with £416 raised for LionHeart. A very successful APC Workshop was held in July 2008 aimed at candidates taking their final assessment in autumn – over 50 attendees in total. Three focus groups were held to discuss critical analyses and answer questions. RICS matrics Kent held an inter-professional clay pigeon shoot competition in Detling Showground. A large number of surveyors competed as well as other professionals including a group from TSP Solicitors, who donated the prizes. RICS matrics Kent hope to have just as much success in 2008/09 and will focus on increasing awareness in universities to increase student numbers and providing a full range of CPD and APC lectures in conjunction with the regional team. RICS matrics Kent have received some excellent feedback from those who have attended events: “A good way to network with surveyors of various disciplines and keeping abreast on current matters. Kent matrics provides invaluable support to those sitting the APC as well as help towards building up hours to put down for CPD”. “Kent matrics has been a great experience. I have met so many new people and made lots of new friends. The numerous networking and social events have introduced new opportunities, both in and out of work and I have really enjoyed getting involved”.

Lancashire Paul Simpson 2007/08 was a busy year for RICS matrics Lancashire. Members attended an interprofessional networking event organised and sponsored by C Turner Solicitors, in April 2008. This was a great chance for local members to meet up and network with members from equivalent local groups in the legal profession.

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One of the most memorable events in the calendar was the Morecambe Walk that was sponsored by Mitie and organised in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire. Money was raised for the Harris Bursary Fund, the North West Air Ambulance Service and LionHeart. This was an excellent day attracting over 500 people. Another good afternoon event was the Darwen Rugby League match. Inviting guests from the accounting and environmental professions RICS matrics members enjoyed some fine hospitality from the Lions both during and after the game.

Lincolnshire Charlotte Smithson On the whole RICS matrics Lincolnshire had a fantastic year hosting its first ever Charity event, raising £750 for LionHeart, and becoming an ever increasing group in terms of its members. There was a very active programme throughout 2007-08 which included APC workshops held at Brown & Co Offices in Grantham quarterly on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Topics included:■ ■ ■ ■

Environmental Issues Rules of Conduct Planning Issues and new Local Development Framework and Strategic Planning The APC Interview Process and how to be prepared

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Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Matt Wallace A very successful year for RICS matrics Leicester, Northants and Rutland with their social events ranging from Wind Farm Site Visit, RICS matrics on Ice and a golf day in aid of LionHeart and Rainbows Children’s Hospice. The group has also succeeded with running CPD events that have been well attended encouraging the programme to grow. One of the events which received excellent feedback was a visit to the Space Centre in Leicester. The group has received good promotional opportunities with a regular Chairman’s Column in the East Midlands newsletter, articles in E news and on the website. The group can boast a fantastic relationship with the regional staff team and this has helped towards the successes achieved in 2007/08. Some testimonials received include: “RICS matrics is a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals. It offers a wide variety of events; all of which are excellently presented and well attended by members of various professions within the business community.” “I have been involved in RICS matrics since I graduated from university in 2001. I have personally found the RICS matrics very helpful in my careers progression with networking and building friendships with like-minded individuals. I have also gained support and advice from the people that I have been involved with on the committee. My advice is to get involved”.

London Richard Russell RICS matrics London continued to build upon the established number of sub committees in order to address the main functions of RICS matrics. This year RICS matrics London organised 22 lectures Life Long Learning lectures between October and May. Positive feedback was once again received from the delegates at the high quality of the lectures. Many speakers have subsequently requested to lecture for RICS matrics again. The Members’ Reception in November 2007 was held again at the Loop Bar in the West End. The event was well supported with between 250300 members attending. This event continues to bring new members from various disciplines of the profession together and in particular student members and APC candidates. The Annual Dinner was held at the London Marriot in Grosvenor Square in April 2008. The “Around the World” theme was warmly received and the black tie event was extremely successful and raised £1,850 for LionHeart. Autumn 2007 saw the long awaited return of the RICS matrics London Go Kart Endurance Race at Kings Cross. The event brought members from various surveying companies together and provided a perfect environment for team building and healthy competition. RICS matrics London organised the national Rugby 7s team and hospitality tent at the event in May 2008. Tickets for admission to the RICS matrics marquee were sold in advance and on the door with the proceeds going to LionHeart. Participation in the event continues to promote the RICS to the members and other professionals in the industry. RICS matrics London has had a very successful year and has made positive steps in strengthening their position within the social network of the construction industry.


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Marches Stephen Armstrong A very successful year with excellent events and a keen committee which goes from strength to strength after a couple of quieter years. RICS matrics Marches raised ÂŁ687 in 2007/08 for LionHeart. The New Members Reception for the RICS accredited REALM course at Harper Adams is always a social highlight for the RICS matrics Marches group, In 2007/08 there were over 100 students in attendance many of whom completed their RICS student membership applications and had the opportunity to discuss the RICS and RICS matrics. Ongoing work with Harper Adams University College, Shropshire continues to highlight the role of RICS matrics to pre APC students. A number of student representatives have been invited to sit on the RICS matrics Marches committee to promote and further strengthen the links. The local association has developed a support group to offer support and advice to APC candidates. Recent (successful) APC candidates have also provided mentoring/ buddy systems for future APC candidates. RICS matrics Marches has been able to host 3 CPD/LLL events during the past year drawing on a wide range of professional speakers and offering CPD/LLL opportunities for RICS matrics members and non-members alike. The social side of RICS matrics Marches continues to improve and the group has managed to develop a well enjoyed and well attended rounders tournament; an inter-professional event which also raised money for LionHeart. Members have also enjoyed various social events including visiting some of Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas fine public houses.

Merseyside and Isle of Man

November in Liverpool City Centre was a great success with over 120 people in attendance. The second reception held in April was also well attended with 80 new members. RICS matrics Merseyside and Isle of Man have been liaising with the local association in an attempt to visit as many secondary schools/colleges as possible to give valuable advice to school leavers and college students about a career in surveying. In October members of the group attended Liverpool John Moores University to present an RICS matrics Benefits talk to the first year students. In April Merseyside and Isle of Man held their first annual Spring Ball in Liverpool. Various professionals from around the North West were in attendance for what was a great night of entertainment. A live band played and a DJ kept the dance floor full all night. ÂŁ465 was raised for LionHeart and Heart UK. Each year the group holds an annual interprofessional Five A Side tournament. Teams of solicitors, accountants and architects take part with the winning team being put forward for the RICS matrics National Finals. This year 25 teams took part.

Norfolk Jon Nelson Since RICS matrics Norfolk was re-established four years ago there has been steady growth. Norfolk is geographically diverse and also surveying discipline diverse, which the group actively responds to. RICS matrics Norfolk committee takes an active involvement with the Regional Board through the Chairman. This has certainly been useful in establishing the presence of RICS matrics both internally and externally. The New Members Reception was a positive and well received event again and proved useful for both old and new members, sharingtales of the surveying profession, building working relationships and finding support forthose undertaking the APC/ATC routes. Behind the Scene Tours have been arranged

Fred Slater In general it has been another busy year for RICS matrics Merseyside and Isle of Man Committee. Numerous events have been held throughout the year which have helped to develop student membership, provide valuable APC advice and perhaps most importantly encouraged people to network and relax after work in the company of RICS matrics. Visits to schools and universities continue to be a large part of the programme. The New Members Reception held in visit the web site www.rics.org/matrics


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around local historic and modern buildings /places of interest. These are bespoke tours for RICS matrics members, which so far have received a great response and are frequently over-subscribed.

2007 and raised money for LionHeart and the Children’s Cancer Ward at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

Northern Ireland

Arwyn Jones

Andrea Forsyth Our Chairman for a second year was Andrea Forsyth, ably assisted by Vice-Morgan Gareth Morgan with Andy McKeown representing Northern Ireland on the UK Council and Leadership Team. The highlight of the year was the Belfast Treasure Hunt, where six local teams were joined by five visiting teams for the RICS matrics UK Council and guests including the UK Chairman Charles Fifield and YCS Chairman Colin Cleary. The aim of the challenge was to navigate across Belfast city centre via watering holes, pick up a number of objects (including boxer shorts, sparkly item and something with a shamrock on it) and answer some general knowledge questions. The winners were “Gin’ll Gix It”, a local team from Whelan Property Consultants. £270 was raised for LionHeart from Local entrants with a further £170 from the National Teams.

North Staffs Catriona Banks During the year RICS matrics North Staffs have actively provided support and advice to APC candidates and also offered work experience opportunities for students. In September 2007 the RTA attended the New Members Reception and provided valuable advice to APC candidates. Attendees were a mix of new and existing members. Events throughout the year included Ten Pin Bowling, Fast Lane Karting, and attendance at the Local Association annual dinner. A sponsored bike ride around the canals and greenways of Stoke on Trent took place in May


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North Wales RICS matrics North Wales established an APC Self Help Group which has been supported by the RTA within the region. Although numbers have been low to date it is hoped that this will develop in future years. On 12 September a successful Life Skills Coaching event was held with over 40 attendees; this focused on two areas – Time Management and Self Confidence. A cross-regional networking event was held with Merseyside and Isle of Man in February 2008 in Chester. This was well attended and benefitted both local groups.

Nottingham Jenny Walkerdine Early November saw RICS matrics Nottingham hosting another very successful Annual Dinner with over 350 attendees and £640 raised for LionHeart and £1,000 When you Wish Upon a Star. Early May saw East Midlands RICS matrics groups swapping green fields for green screens in the regional heat of the National RICS matrics Golf Tournament. In a twist from tradition, and in an attempt to beat the weather, the event was staged at the Nottingham Cybergolf venue, where competitors experienced 1 ½ hours “virtual” course time followed by a cold buffet. A capacity attendance of 16 male and female players competed in a doubles event with the top two pairs facing a sudden death putt-off to find the overall champion. One of the highlights for RICS matrics Nottingham was being able to help visually impaired teenager Tamzin Orr. The 15 year old suffers from a brain tumour which affects her vision and makes watching a small telly impossible. She can now watch television again after RICS matrics Nottingham raised £1,000 to grant Tamzin’s wish. The Wish presentation was organised by the children’s charity When You Wish Upon A Star. Delighted Tamzin said “This is fantastic; I am so pleased that I can watch my favourite programmes again – I couldn’t watch the telly before because our old set was too small and it hurt my eyes and gave me a headache. I really want to thank RICS matrics Nottingham”.

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Scotland Michael Jones Another extremely successful year for all five regional groups in RICS matrics Scotland. There have been some excellent communication and promotion opportunities including several successful e-news bulletins, improved event reporting and population of the RICS matrics Scotland dedicated web pages. All events have been well attended and have included West Region Ceilidh and Burns Supper, East Region ball (which raised £2,185 for LionHeart and a local children’s charity) and active involvement in the Aberdeen and Highlands & Islands dinners. RICS matrics Scotland have also been instrumental in supporting the raising the ratio initiative in partnership with RICS Scotland Chair Janey Milligan.

South Wales Scott Mayled

Sussex Marlise Robinson A steady year for RICS matrics Sussex with a good variety of social and technical events held; these included RICS matrics London Come to the Seaside, Curry Night and Wine Tasting at Hotel Du Vin. The group can boast of having excellent contacts with the University of Brighton as it has one of the Senior Lecturers on the Committee.

During 2007/08 RICS matrics South Wales has grown from strength to strength. There has been an influx of new members joining the committee, all of whom have shown a great amount of commitment to increase the profile of RICS matrics in South Wales.

Yorkshire and Humberside

The events calendar for the year has seen a good number of attendees at the various events. The year started with the first of two football tournaments, where eight teams from the surveying industry and the wider business community took part. This event was then followed by the annual New Members Reception where recently qualified graduates and trainees just starting out on their APC came together to network and learn about the RICS through a fun and interactive quiz.

Around 300 young surveyors and property professionals attended the Leeds United Stadium for the 2008 Annual RICS matrics Yorkshire and Humber Ball, in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. A great night was had by all at the Venetian Masquerade event, preceded by a champagne reception in boxes overlooking the pitch, fire breathers, stilt walkers and human statues. Dinner was served to the showing of a black and white 1920s film of Phantom of the Opera, followed by a live band, casino tables and some serious dancing!!

The high profile event, annual Dinner Dance, took place in November, which saw over 200 people in attendance enjoying the fine food, wine and good company. An amazing £8k was raised for charity - £4k going to LionHeart. In the summer months there was a flurry of sporting events across South Wales starting with the inaugural Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot. The shoot saw over 30 surveyors of all ages taking part and the day was enjoyed by all. For 2008/09 the group is looking to grow on the success even further, with increased event activity to include CPD, APC events and to promote RICS matrics South Wales to more students and the wider business community.

Chris Harrap

Other well attended social and networking events included Pub Golf, wine tasting, a curry night and sporting events. RICS matrics Yorkshire and Humber are pleased to report that 2007/08 CPD programme has been another great success thanks to the breadth of topics covered, the excellent quality of speakers and the support of RICS matrics members for attending. The one hour programmes ranged in subject from Preparing for the APC to The Trouble with Neighbours. These seminars provide an important source of learning for APC candidates and qualified surveyors alike fulfilling their ongoing professional development.

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Welcome to new groups As well as all the existing RICS matrics groups, 2007/08 saw the introduction of three new groups in Suffolk, South Wessex and Somerset. Berks, Oxon and Bucks also gained new energy after the previous group disbanded. Although these groups are still very new and have very little funding some really good ideas are being made and enthusiasm shown. A huge thanks and good luck wishes goes to those members who have supported these groups and particularly those who have volunteered to be chairmen. Thanks are also due to the staff

who have put a lot of time and effort in getting these groups off the ground and sourcing the interest – particularly Charlotte Barratt in RICS West and Kate Sumpster in RICS East. It is great that RICS matrics is able to provide similar opportunities to younger members across the UK and that coverage is growing. Volunteer committees giving up their time and energy to support fellow members are truly fantastic and proves that RICS matrics is the lifeblood of the organisation.

Chairman’s Challenge & Charity Round up During 2006/8 RICS matrics ran an appeal in aid of LionHeart: “Under 35’s Raising £35,000” and this target was achieved on Friday 4 July, ahead of the 31 July 2008 end date. The Appeal total currently stands at £38,596 although we expect the final amount to reach £41,000. This has been achieved by the members and local groups of RICS matrics working together at specific charity events, sporting challenges, social and educational events. RICS matrics dinners and balls, which often

raise money for more than 1 charity, raised almost £25,000 for LionHeart alone as part of that Appeal and a further £43,000 for other local and national charities, giving a combined total of £68,000 raised at charity balls and dinners. The combined total for the Lionheart Appeal and balls/dinners is £84,000 as shown below:

RICS matrics dinners and balls usually attract a good mixture of surveyors and other professionals and are a good place to network. They are a lot of fun and usually raise money for charity. Depending on the local group the attendance can range from 100 – 500 guests although the average is around 200. Each event is the highlight of that local groups’ annual calendar. For further details contact your local Chairman via www.rics.org/matrics.


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RICS matrics Annual Review 2007-08

RICS matrics Assembly: Cardiff 2007 50 delegates from all over the UK and Ireland met in Cardiff on 30 November and 1 December 2007 to attend the second RICS matrics Assembly. The delegates comprising RICS matrics UK Council, Local Chairmen and guests were assembled to discuss and debate topical issues affecting the younger members of the organisation and their inclusion and purpose driving the profession forward. The Assembly fulfilled a need to share experiences and disseminate information to delegates who would normally be isolated in regional/local frameworks and was a vital element within the recent restructuring of RICS matrics nationally. Major items for discussion included raising the profile of RICS matrics, improving the RICS website, proposed changes in RICS Regulations & Bye-Laws. Specific workshops were held on how RICS matrics can help ensure students progress to full membership, better preparing APC/ATC candidates for the final assessment

and broadcasting the benefits of RICS matrics. Not only were the delegates were also able to take advantage of a tour of Cardiff Castle but also managed to raise a further £315 for LionHeart during the dinner in the evening to go towards the Chairman’s Challenge “Under 35’s raising 35k”. Support was gratefully received from Peter Miller (RICS Director), Jim Allan (RICS Honorary Secretary), Cathy Mclean (RICS Wales Director) and Emma Georgiades (RICS Wales). RICS matrics UK Chairman, Charles Fifield said “I am delighted that RICS matrics continues to attract so many dedicated and enthusiastic members to take part across the UK in a common cause, of working together for the good of the membership.”

National Five A Side Football Competition 2007/08 Saturday 30 August saw the return of the RICS matrics National 5-aside Competition. The venue for this year's tournament was Brunel University in Uxbridge, this was also the venue for the 2006 competition. Teams from all over the UK as far as Belfast, Bristol and Edinburgh competed for the title and the rare August sun beat down throughout the day as the teams battled it out. The two leagues played for well over five hours with the matches being refereed by RICS matrics Sports & Social Secretary, Fred Slater and RICS matrics UK Chairman 2008-09, Ashley Cooper. Despite a handful of contentious decisions, they seemed to show all the integrity and resolve required of a Premier League referee. As the group stages reached an end, the top two teams from each league progressed through to the semi-finals. The teams to make it this far were London’s Copping Joyce, Edinburgh’s Graham & Sibbald, Essex’s Stace

and Alder King of Bristol. As the day drew to a close, Graham & Sibbald beat Stace in the hard fought final to be crowned champions of 2008 at the posttournament celebrations. A big thank you to all teams who took part in the competition, your involvement helped the event to continue to be an enjoyable one for all concerned. Andrew Muckle RICS matrics & UK Co-ordinator

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RICS matrics Annual Review 2007-08

RICS matrics UK Council RICS matrics only achieves what it does through the dedicated volunteer members and RICS staff working together thanks should be conveyed to all the local groups, volunteer members and staff, together with our many generous employers who allow members the time to contribute and to the various sponsors across the UK. Here are some examples of what RICS matrics UK have achieved over the past 12 months by working together: ■

RICS matrics Marketing Plan discussed in June and finalised in September

Annual Report for 2006/7 completed & distributed

Hard copy Student Membership Forms reintroduced alongside website applications

Coverage in Regional Newsletters

Issue of Age Limit discussed, legal advice acknowledged and accepted to move RICS matrics from Under 35 Years to 10 years PQE after EGM 2008.

Coverage in Property Week sponsored publication - “Elevate Surveying”

RICS matrics E-News: Oct’07, Jan’08 and May 08

Encouraging greater use of www.rics.org/matrics

Local Networking Events

Schools Careers Evenings & University Visits

National Chairman: Letters to those enrolling on the APC and to congratulate those passing the APC

RICS matrics Business Cards.

Call for more volunteers to become APC Assessors

Issue of Corporate Responsibility raised at Governing Council Assembly in November, RICS matrics work in relation to raising money for Charity highlighted


RICS matrics Assembly Workshops discussed helping students’ progress to membership, better preparing APC/ATC candidates and Broadcasting the Benefits of RICS matrics.

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Charles Fifield (Leadership Team)


Ashley Cooper (Leadership Team)

Junior Vice-Chairman

Sam Cowley

Past Chairman (Ex-officio)

Michelle Bernhardt

Regional Reps RICS matrics UK Council, in a national/world regional contact, develops strategy, debates new initiatives, influences RICS as a whole and acts as a driving force for young members. In the 2007/08 session the Council focussed on compiling and implementing a marketing plan. This formed the basis for all areas of the organisation to work to a compiled activity programme, from local and regional to national. This evolving document will continue to keep RICS matrics across the UK working towards the same aims and sharing good practices.

East of England

Nicky Calasse

East Midlands

Gavin Smith


Richard Russell/Fiona Small

North East

Daniel Hasler

Northern Ireland

Andrew McKeown (Leadership Team)

North West

Helen Loney/Rebecca Best


Michael Jones (Leadership Team)/ Ewan Galloway

South East

Mark Evans/Adam Dodd

South West

Mark Humphries (Leadership Team)

In March 2008 the RICS matrics UK Council visited Belfast for its meeting. A full day of business and discussions was followed by an evening Treasure Hunt hosted by RICS matrics Northern Ireland. A good evening was had by all and there was still plenty of energy left after working the grey matter hard during the day!


Simon Lloyd (Leadership Team)

West Midlands

Lucy Preston

Yorkshire and Humber

Adam Varley


Emma Daikin

Co-opted Seats Council of England

Genevieve Mariner / Rebecca Rowsell

Local Liaison Officer

Richard Parry

Sports and Social Secretary

Fred Slater

RICS matrics Representation Across the Organisation International Governing Council International Governing Council has 2 places for members of RICS matrics, which in 2007/8 were Chairman, Charles Fifield and Vice Chairman, Ashley Cooper. Like other parts of RICS, a large proportion of Governing Council originally got involved through RICS matrics (and its predecessor the Junior Organisation). The 2007 AGM also saw 3 of our recent past Chairman Michelle Bernhardt (2006/7), Fiona Grant (2003/4) and John Williams (2000/1) step down from Governing Council and past Chairman Justin Armstrong (2005/6) re-joined Governing Council representing the South West.

Councils of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland RICS matrics is also very fortunate to have two allocated seats on the Councils of all the UK National Associations, ensuring the voice of the younger professional is considered. In 2007-08 the RICS matrics representatives on the England Council were Mark Humphries from the South West and Rebecca Rowsell from the North East. Michael Jones and Ewan Galloway were invited to the Scottish Council, Simon Lloyd to the Welsh Council and Andrew McKeown to the Council of Northern Ireland. RICS matrics representatives are also invited to the following RICS Boards/Councils: UK Education Standards Board – Michelle Bernhardt Constitution Sub Group – Nick Ridley Strategy and Resources Board – Phil Cooke/Charles Fifield Lionheart Board Trustee – Ashley Cooper

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RICS matrics Annual Review 2007-08

1913 Wilderness Club Awards Special Award: (voted by RICS matrics UK Council): The Special Award was presented to Simon Lloyd of South Wales. He was nominated in recognition of all the hard work he put into helping to organise the 2007 National Assembly in Cardiff, together with his work in encouraging South Wales to raise over £8,500 for the Chairman’s Challenge Appeal, his work on RICS matrics Leadership Team and his long service on National Council.

Branch Award: (awarded by 1913 Wilderness Club Chairman): RICS matrics Derbyshire (Chairman: Sally Lewis) had made great strides since becoming independent from Nottinghamshire 4 years ago, organising a varied programme of events and their crowning achievement being the inaugural Derby Inter-professional Dinner in May this year. This event attracted over 150 attendees and raised £2,000 for charity, split between LionHeart and a local charity.

Individual Award: (awarded by RICS matrics UK Chairman) Frank Malcolm of RICS matrics Scotland: Glasgow & West Region was awarded the individual prize. The National Chairman attended the Glasgow Burns Supper in January this year, a traditional event which Frank had reinstated back on the calendar following a year’s absence. This event calls for the Local Chairman to act as MC for the entire evening, a very arduous task for any member and one that despite his own reservations Frank excelled in. Under Frank’s Chairmanship Glasgow have since doubled the size of their Committee, and whilst he now works in Edinburgh he remains a member of Glasgow and has since become the Scottish National Sports Secretary.

RICS matrics Vice Chairmen’s Briefing On Friday 9 April, the incoming local Chairmen for the forthcoming 2008/09 session all met up in Leicester for a series of presentations and networking to prepare them for their term of office. The Friday afternoon commenced with all the Chairmen introducing themselves and their current and forthcoming roles, plus listing and interesting fact about themselves. This ‘broke’ the ice for the day and we all found out that Chartered Surveyors are in fact quite interesting people outside the professional arena. Some most interesting included free climbing, a national kayaker, a collector of old Land Rovers, plus someone who could put a strawberry bootlace up one nostril and down the other! A presentation skills seminar, which was helpful for various public speaking engagements the newly elected

Chairmen would have undertake over the next year, finished off the afternoon for the first day. Day turned to night and the Leicester, Northants and Rutland’s incoming Chairman, Will Newman, arranged a treasure hunt across the newly face- lifted centre of Leicester. The group started with a meal at an ‘eat as much as you like’ buffet Chinese restaurant and then proceeded in teams to wobble around the city centre in groups of four on the treasure hunt. Much fun was had by all and it was an opportunity for all to see the sites and local hospitality that Leicester had to offer – plus essential networking within one’s peer group. The winning group were richly rewarded the next morning with a presentation of Melton Mowbray pork pies and some cheap bubbly to accompany! A very productive interactive session followed until lunch with the groups being advised on how to run a local group and what sort of events they may wish to put on in their local area. After lunch an open session from the floor followed which gave the delegates an opportunity to quiz both Karen Rogers, RICS matrics and UK Operations Manager and Ashley Cooper, RICS matrics Chairman 2008-09, on RICS issues – plus a final opportunity for Ashley to remind the delegates of his objectives as National Chairman for the year ahead. A well received weekend and a great fresh and energetic start to the 2008/09 session.


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Acknowledgements and thanks I do hope you have enjoyed reading the Annual Review and discovering examples of what RICS matrics has been able to achieve over the 2007/8 Session. This is only a brief snapshot of what RICS matrics does across the UK and to find out more contact your local group at www.rics.org/matrics It has been a great honour for me to serve as Chairman of RICS matrics and have the opportunity to see how RICS matrics is adapting itself to the ever-changing working environment across the UK as my diary shows: The role of Chairman is a difficult one at times and cannot be done without the support of others, in addition to the local chairmen, local groups and National Council of RICS matrics I would specifically like to thank the following: Jim Allan, Justin Armstrong, Louisa Brown, Mike Carter (LionHeart), Phil Cooke, Emma Georgiades, Andrew Guest, Catherine Hible, Ken Morgan, Richard Moxon, Andrew Muckle, Tim Richards, Philip Tarris, David Tuffin, Peter Wain, Chris Wall (LionHeart) and John Williams. Like all RICS matrics members I could not give the time and effort without the support of my employers and for that I thank my fellow Directors at Fifield Glyn, Richard Smith, Rod Welfare, Edward Fifield and my father John Fifield who first encouraged me to join the “JO” as it was 10 years ago. My biggest thanks go to my wife Vickie and my sons William and James for their understanding and patience when I have been away so often over the past 12 months. I have time for 2 last specific RICS thank you's. Firstly to Karen Rogers, RICS matrics & UK Operations Manager, whose support and encouragement has exemplified the “staffmember partnership” – and finally my successor, Ashley Cooper. I can wholeheartedly say that I could not have hoped for a better Vice-Chairman and successor than Ash, who has been constant in his support and advice. I am sure RICS matrics under Ash’s leadership will continue to flourish as we work together for the good of the membership It is with great pride that I see the 2007/08 Session come to an end and I wish Ashley Cooper and the 2008/9 RICS matrics team every continued success for our 120th Session. Thank You Charles Fifield RICS matrics UK Chairman 2007/8

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Chairman’s Commitments 2007-08 Date 8 June 2007 13 June 14 June 29 June 29 June 30 June 14 July 16/17 July 18 July 25 July 16 August 18 August 21 August 6 September 7 September 13 September 25 September 27 September 6 October 9 October 10 October 19 October 26 October 9 November 12 November 14 November 18-20 Nov’ber 23 November 23 November 30 Nov’ 1 Dec 7 December 10 December 14 January 24 January 26 January 31 January 6 February 29 February 7 March 3 April 6-8 April 15 April 19 April 19 April 24 April 1 May 9/10 May 23 May 30 May 31 May 3 June 6 June 12 June 13 June 2008

Event RmUKC: AGM IGC Regulation Q&A LionHeart AGM Diploma Ceremony Greater Manchester LA Dinner RmUKC Leadership Team 5-a-side Football Finals Governing Council AGM Yorkshire Charity Ball Conference Call RmUKC Leadership Team Conf Call Cumbria Charity Boat Cruise Legal Update Age Regulations 1913 Wilderness Club Meeting & Dinner RmUKC Meeting RmUKC Golf Conference Call LionHeart Property Quiz Diploma Ceremony RmUKC Leadership Team RICS UK Meeting RTA Meeting Greater Manchester Charity Ball Diploma Ceremony Nottinghamshire Charity Ball RICS Remembrance Service Student Member Recruitment IGC Assembly Education Department Birmingham Charity Ball RmUKC Assembly Diploma Ceremony UK Business Conference Call UK Operations Manager Glasgow Burns Supper RmUKC Leadership Team Diploma Ceremony IGC Regulations and Bye-Laws Planning Diploma Ceremony RmUKC Meeting London Charity Ball IGC Meeting 1913 Wilderness Club Anniversary Dinner RmUKC Leadership Team Merseyside IOM Charity Ball 1938 Club Dinner Bristol Charity Ball Vice-Chairmans Briefing Diploma Ceremony Derbyshire Charity Ball 1938 Club Challenge 1913 Wilderness Club AGM Diploma Ceremony LionHeart AGM RmUKC AGM

Venue London London London London Manchester Manchester Manchester London Leeds On holiday Cheshire

Attendance RmUKC Governing Council Chairman Past Chairman Chairman RmUKLT Chairman Governing Council Chairman Chairman RmUKLT

Windermere London London

Chairman (Apologies) Chairman Chairman

London Cheshire London London Bristol London London Manchester London Nottingham London RAC Cirencester Bath Coventry Birmingham Cardiff London Cheshire London Glasgow Birmingham London London

RmUKC Chairman Chairman Chairman RmUKLT Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Governing Council Chairman Chairman RmUKC + Local Chairs Junior Vice Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman RmUKLT Chairman Chairman

London Belfast London Poland London

Chairman RmUKC Chairman Governing Council Chairman (Apologies)

Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool Bristol Nottingham London Derby Cumbria London London London London

RmUKLT Chairman Chairman Chairman Vice Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Chair (VC also attends) Chair (VC also attends) RmUK

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