Supporting, networking and developing young professionals.
Theo Till qualified as a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor in 2015. After spending several years working in roles at Savills and Fisher German supporting work across the UK, he moved to Wheeldon Brothers Ltd. in 2017, where he focuses on land acquisition, land valuation and the promotion of strategic land interests through the planning system across most of the Midlands.
RICS Matrics has played an important role in his journey as a Chartered Surveyor thus far and Theo is grateful to have the honour and privilege of currently serving as RICS UK Matrics Chair, leading the RICS Matrics operations in the UK, ably supported by the talented RICS UK Matrics Board and RICS Staff Team. Together the Board advise on the future strategy for RICS Matrics and inspire, promote and support close to 30 local groups, with a strong membership base of 70,000 individuals, in areas including governance, finance, planning and best practice advice.
Kirsty White joined the RICS in October 2021 as Matrics Executive, after previously spending 8 years in the charity sector, working for organisations such as the NSPCC and Mind.
Kirsty White is the RICS staff lead of Matrics, along with Theo Till, Matrics UK Chair and is responsible for managing the local Matrics committees across the UK who provide support and guidance for students, apprentices, trainees and those who are newly qualified (up to 10 years). This can be in the form of APC support groups, networking or social events.
Kirsty is keen to be involved in Matrics events meeting our members, so look out for her at your next event!
Chris is a Commercial Real Estate Surveyor based in Belfast. He has experience in managing a variety of mixed-use business parks and specialises in systems and compliance. He has worked on growing Ortus’ portfolio over the last 10 years and is eager to continue the trend of bringing new and successful business parks to the market.
Chris first became involved in Matrics when he attended a local event with a colleague. Within a few years he became Vice-chair of the Northern Ireland committee before taking on the role of Chair. Looking for a new challenge he then joined the RICS Matrics UK board with a view to having a stronger influence on what Matrics could offer to its members. Being part of Matrics in his various roles has been invaluable to Chris and he wants to increase awareness of how beneficial getting involved can be to surveyors, particularly those in the early stages of their careers.
Laura has over 7 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, starting her career in residential and commercial acquisitions, lettings and valuation, but soon found her passion in Project Management. Laura is currently working towards her chartered status as a Chartered Project Manager. Laura was asked to become an Alumni Fellow for Nottingham Trent University where she is part of the RISE programme and Mentoring Scheme for Built Environment Students along with having a seat on the UK RICS Matrics Board.
RICS Matrics has made a huge difference to Laura’s career journey, and with that, has a strong passion to ensure the RICS Matrics have enthusiastic and influential local groups and pass on best practice. Laura is eager to find new ways to inspire, promote and support young talent and to shape the future of surveying, to grow the size and respect of the profession across industries globally.
Ryan Appleton qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 2014 and was elected a Fellow 2020. Having worked with Potter Raper Ltd since 2007, his role predominantly consists of carrying out Quantity Surveying and Fund Monitoring services across a range of sectors including residential, education and commercial.
RICS Matrics has been instrumental in providing networking opportunities and support throughout Ryan’s involvement at local and national levels. Due to his role as APC assessor and Mentor, he has a keen interest in how RICS Matrics can deliver benefits to those at this stage in their career alongside other strategic objectives in promotion, inspiration and support.
Kenny is a chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Director of QS firm Torridon, which he founded in 2017. He has experience in delivering a range of projects across the country and covering all sectors. He specialises in residential refurbishment and has worked on exciting and challenging projects from £45k to £130m.
Kenny became involved in Matrics straight after University and shortly after took over the chair person role for the Edinburgh committee. He then progressed to the chairman of the RICS Scotland committee and joined the RICS Matrics UK board in 2017. He is enthusiastic about the role that Matrics can play in enhancing the careers of surveyors in the first 10 years after they become chartered. He is passionate about ensuring the SME voice is represented within RICS.
Kimberly Hepburn is a chartered quantity surveyor at Turner & Townsend with a wealth of client-facing professional experience on major infrastructure and property investment projects. She currently delivers solution-focused cost and commercial management on a multi-million pound contract for High Speed 2, with expertise in contract administration, change management and cost forecasting.
Passionate about making a difference and adding value in the industry, Kimberly became a member of the RICS Matrics UK Board in 2018, enthusiastic to be a voice for apprentices, inspire the next generation of surveyors and be a strong ambassador for her profession.
Dr Samantha Organ is a chartered surveyor and academic with a particular passion for sustainability. She is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Building Surveying at the University of the West of England, Bristol and a member of the Central Buildings Team at the National Trust’s. She has previously held roles of Building Surveyor and Senior Building Surveyor at the National Trust before becoming Head of Skills and Crafts. Sam has a range of project experience both in the UK and USA, including refurbishments and conservation improvements. She has also been principal investigator on a range or research projects.
Sam joined her Matrics Bristol whilst completing her undergraduate, later returning to join the Matrics Gloucestershire committee where she eventually became chair. She joined the UK Matrics Board in 2017 and continues to be an enthusiastic member of the team. She is particularly passionate about inspiring and supporting the next generation and early career surveyors, and the pivotal role Matrics has in this having had first-hand experience of the benefits Matrics has had.
In 2019, Sam was a finalist for the Women of the Future, and went on to win the RICS Matrics Young Building Surveyor of the Year 2020. She is currently a mentor with the Mentoring Circle, supporting women in the early stages of their careers in the built environment.
Adelle Rhule-Martin joined Avison Young in at the age of 18, in 2015 as an Apprentice Surveyor. She is currently Associate RICS qualified and studying a BSc in Real Estate at BCU while, working towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor.
Adelle has had experience working with the following departments: Development Consultancy, Office Agency, Property Management, Retail Agency, Lease Consultancy, Lease Management, Environmental and Valuation teams.
Adelle is also a member of the RICS UK Matrics National board, working on incitive that support students and apprentices. As well as being of the RICS Birmingham Matrics board and the RICS Public Affairs Forums for England.
As a result of engaging with RICS Matrics, Adelle is more confident in her career and has been given many opportunities to connect with professionals she would not otherwise have met.
Trainee surveyors benefit from support mechanisms from online forums, support groups and peer mentoring as well as career advice and mentoring provided in a social environment. RICS Matrics assists trainees in finding out more about the APC or Associate route to qualification, providing mock interviews and advice before taking your assessment.
There is no one better to advise you on RICS assessment than someone who has just been through the process.
Newly qualified professionals joining RICS Matrics will can gain valuable business contacts and opportunities to develop themselves professionally and personally.
Through building your network you can develop your personal and management skills in an informal, social environment.
Newly qualified professionals have lots to offer their peers and can really make a difference by “giving something back” to encourage the high standard of those entering the profession. Volunteer as an Inspire Ambassador to hear about schools, universities and careers fairs.
Established RICS Matrics members are the leaders of tomorrow after gaining experience within the organisation for several years.
With your great experience you are the essential to the running of this ever-growing network and are able to share the wealth of their knowledge, influence employers and help steer younger professionals through the stages of career development.
To become more involved the development and direction of RICS Matrics join a local committee and gain experience in business planning, people management, communication skills as well as leadership. There are over 40 local RICS Matrics groups open to new members and fresh ideas.
Free for members to join, this is the main hub for all built environment professionals where you will find links to standards and guidance, consultations and insight papers, as well as discussion forums to connect with other professionals working in your field.
We are always looking for volunteers to go to schools, universities and careers fairs to represent the profession.