Two graduates from Savills Lincoln and Peterborough offices have qualified for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) which recognises them as practising chartered surveyors.
Having completed the challenging training and practical experience assessment, Lincoln-based Michael Gilbert and Peterborough-based Mark Thomas, who both form part of the Midlands architecture and building surveying team at the firm, are now members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Michael Gilbert is an architectural technologist in the Lincoln rural team. After passing his Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) qualification in October 2016, he decided to continue with his professional development through the APC process. There are various routes to entry and Michael took the ‘experience’ route having worked in architecture and construction for the past 18 years. He specialises in rural and historic building inspection, design and project management.
He comments: “I chose the APC route to gain the recognition and status of being a member of the RICS. I put my success down to continuous support from my colleagues in Savills, including an excellent training programme which has been second to none. I am thoroughly proud of my achievement, which is the culmination of balancing studying, a full time job and family life with two young children.”
Mark Thomas is a building surveyor within the Peterborough architecture and building surveying (ABS) team. Having completed a degree in Building Surveying at The University of Reading, Mark joined Savills in November 2016. In this role, he has specialised in refurbishment projects, helping to improve client property portfolios and return primarily residential buildings to a habitable condition, fit for the rental market.
Mark explains: “We are in a privileged position at Savills in that there is a wealth of knowledge within the firm that we can all learn from. The support we have received from colleagues during the process has been second to none.
“Being part of a large graduate intake means you are able to tackle the APC together and share ideas and issues. It also means that there are always people who have been through the process just ahead of you and who are happy to offer guidance where they can.”
Richard Vincent, head of architecture and building surveying at Savills in the East Midlands says, “I’d like to congratulate Michael and Mark for their success. The APC is a challenging professional qualification combining employment with study and training, and the fantastic results we have enjoyed locally and nationally demonstrate both the calibre of our people and the strength and depth of our graduate training programme.”
The Midlands based architecture and building surveying team forms part of the wider rural consultancy services department at Savills, which is made up of 15 people based across Lincoln, Peterborough and Lichfield.