What was your route into property as a career?
A career in property always appealed, so after graduating from Nottingham university and returning from five years in Italy playing rugby, I enrolled on a distance-learning real estate masters, while beginning work at Cooke & Arkwright.
Tell us about your work at Cooke & Arkwright.
I am part of the Business Space team and have spent equal time specialising in industrial, and latterly, the office market.
Give us an overview of what an average day for you could entail.
Our main focus as a department is on the transactional side, which normally initiates with inspecting properties and preparing the marketing material, through to the ultimate disposal. We are also heavily involved in property acquisitions and perform this role for a range of clients, as well as providing strategic advice to inform investment decisions.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
The variation it can provide on a day to day basis and the emphasis on relationship building. Those who you meet within the surveying and property world tend to be good people…so far anyway!
What advice would you give someone starting out in property now?
Be open and receptive to the different disciplines within the profession.
Tell us a bit about your experience of working from home.
It’s been pretty seamless; the technology works well to allow us to remain in contact as a team and with clients. However, the interaction with colleagues and meeting fellow professionals in and around work is something I miss, which hopefully will return before too much longer.
I’ll also be glad when local rugby resumes again; in the meantime, a lockdown road bike purchase has been a welcome distraction, while the struggle with golf continues!