Jen Lemen BSc (Hons) FRICS
Jen Lemen is a co-founder of Property Elite, Chartered Surveyor and RICS APC assessor.
She is also an experienced property consultant (co-Director of Projekt) with FRICS status, a RICS Registered Valuer and a RICS Accredited Mediator, with nearly 15 years' experience working in the commercial property sector.
Jen has extensive experience in providing training services to students, RICS AssocRICS, APC and FRICS candidates and corporate clients, together with academic experience as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and Associate Tutor at the University College of Estate Management. Her RICS assessment experience includes sitting on final APC interview panels, APC appeal panels and being a lead APC preliminary review assessor.
She has also written published articles in Property Week, ACES Terrier, RICS Modus and the RICS Property Journal. She also writes a regular APC column in Estates Gazette, contributes to the Estates Gazette Bricks & Mortar podcast series with Sarah Jackman and is a contributing author to the Health & Safety section on RICS iSurv.
Jen holds a BSc (Hons) First Class (91% average) from the University of the West of England in Property Management & Investment. She was awarded the RICS South West Regional Prize upon graduation.
Rachel Saint DipSurv MRICS
Rachel Saint is a co-founder of Property Elite, Chartered Surveyor and RICS APC assessor. She has had extensive experience in providing training support to graduate trainees, RICS APC candidates and corporate clients throughout her career.
She is also an experienced property consultant (co-Director of Projekt) and expert witness. Rachel has circa 30 years' experience working in the commercial property sector.
As a former Equity Partner with a national firm of property consultants, Rachel was responsible for the Lease Consultancy department including a team based throughout the UK.
Rachel has extensive experience of supporting retail businesses work through their property needs through outsourced Property Director roles, taking her across the country.
Rachel also has extensive experience in planning and development matters ranging from advising on development appraisal for residential and mixed use developments to planning applications, discharging conditions, appeals and inquiries.
You will be supported by both our founders and our team of consultants, who are all highly experienced Chartered Surveyors and APC assessors/chairs. We cover all RICS APC pathways, routes and world regions. Find out more below about just some of our consultant team.
Alan Thunhurst FRICS
Alan Thunhurst commenced training as a land surveyor in 1965.
He became a director of a chartered land surveying company in 1981 and managing director in 1996. He retired from this position in 2011 but continue working as a geomatics consultant.
Having been elected a Fellow of the RICS in 1988, he has been a member of various RICS Practice Panels and currently acts as an assessor and chair for APC panels in the Geomatics pathway.
His experience covers a wide range of land surveying, mapping and measurement projects and includes the preparation of reports and court appearance as an expert witness in relation to various boundary and measurement disputes.
He is also a member of the RICS Dispute Resolution professional group.
Alexandra Dorling MRICS
Senior MEP Cost Consultant at CBRE
Alexandra Dorling is a Senior MEP Cost Consultant, Chartered Surveyor and RICS APC assessor.
She has 7 years experience within the construction industry, working with a wide range of high profile clients across several sectors including retail, hospitality, data centres, technology, and property development.
She has gained valuable experience on both sides of the fence within professional consultancies, and Main Contractors, within organisations such as Mace, Arcadis and currently CBRE.
Alexandra has extensive experience in providing training & support to trainees, graduates and APC candidates. Throughout her career, Alexandra has worked closely with her organisations to develop successful and effective APC programmes, supporting candidates through the APC process.
Abigail Blumzon is an adaptable and enthusiastic construction industry professional, with experience on a wide variety of public and private sector developments. She has significant experience leading and engaging with large multi-disciplinary teams and building relationships of trust and respect.
Abigail also holds a Masters degree in Construction Project Management (First Class, University of Westminster), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (2:1, University of Nottingham).
She currently works as a Client Project Delivery Advisor at Pick Everard, where she supports clients in successfully procuring and delivering their schemes.
Her career history is multi-disciplinary, including work as a Project Manager and an Architectural Assistant. During her career to date, Abigail has obtained significant experience in project planning and administration, brief-development and viability, design work, programme management, and bidding and commercial management.
Abigail also has significant experience in relationship management, leadership and mentoring. She proactively seeks to develop unified and high-performing teams on both a project and office-wide basis, and has led company-wide training programmes (CPD) for over five years.
David Lowin MRTPI
Associate at Ridge and Associate Lecturer at UWE Planning School
David was elected as a Chartered Planner in 1982. Following a period in local government as a development control officer up to 1984, he has since worked in the private sector.
In the private sector he initially worked for a house builder, followed by developing the planning function at a leading South West firm of chartered surveyors and then for a further volume house builder.
In 1988, David joined a small planning consultancy in the South West where by 1996 he was a part owner. During this period, David served on the RTPI Southwest executive committee.
In 2000, David having materially assisted in building up his firm to become a nationally significant planning consultancy, played a leading part in its sale to a quoted engineering and environmental consultancy.
Following the incorporation of the new planning business into the PLC, David was a major actor in expanding the planning function to become a top five national planning consultancy. David led a regional office team and in 2013 led the firms national planning function. He was elected RTPI regional chair in 2017, and has sat on National RTPI committees, including one responsible for the APC process.
David became an RTPI APC Assessor in 2008 and has remained so until the present. He is able to assess all routes, apart from legal, to Chartership and Associate status. He brings specialist planning knowledge to test out Planning & Development RICS APC candidates.
Don Lemen FRICS
Property Management and Service Charge Specialist
Whilst working full time as a trainee surveyor, Don passed the College of Estate Management Diploma in 1984, and became a Fellow of the RICS in 1997.
Don has spent the majority of his career working in commercial property and facilities management at senior level, working for major real estate companies such as Land Securities, DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield.
He has been involved in all aspects of managing property, especially shopping centres and offices. He has considerable expertise providing due diligence advice or resolving service charge disputes. He has assisted clients when they have taken their management in-house or ensured their property portfolio was in a ready for sale condition.
Don has helped clients achieve ISO 9001 accreditation, by writing many procedural documents to improve general standards and promote best practice. This required a robust understanding of relevant RICS guidance and Global Professional and Ethical Standards.
He has also provided input into the RICS Professional Statement Service Charges in Commercial Property.
Having had a long and interesting career working to a very high standard, Don now enjoys giving something back to the profession and helping APC candidates in a professional friendly manner.
Betsy is an independent consultant with over 20 years' experience, becoming a Fellow member of RICS in 2016. She specialises in Commercial Property and Asset Management and Corporate Real Estate and has a strong record of managing high value investment management and occupier portfolios. She is also experienced in service charge management and disputes. Before becoming an independent consultant, Betsy worked at senior director levels in number of top 10 national real estate consultancy firms.
Betsy has been an APC assessor and supervisor/counsellor for over 10 years. As an RICS Inspire Ambassador, she is passionate to bringing surveying to our next generation.
Betsy is also a non-executive board member of the RICS East Regional Board and a non-executive director of Harborough District Commercial Services Ltd.
Ed Rothery MRICS
Senior Surveyor at Colliers International
Ed Rothery has been a surveyor for over 3 years at Colliers International in London within the valuation department. He is also a Registered Valuer.
He completed the Colliers graduate rotation programme, undertaking rotations in valuation, office agency, investment and a secondment to HSBC. He joined Colliers in 2015 after receiving a BSc (Hons) First Class from Sheffield Hallam University in Real Estate.
Ed is involved within the Colliers graduate programme, mentoring APC candidates through the whole APC process including acting as a Counsellor and Supervisor for candidates undertaking their valuation rotations. He also undertakes reviews of candidates submissions along with Q&As and mock interviews for Colliers candidates.
In his day-to-day role, Ed undertakes valuation work for various purposes including loan security, accounts, IPO, expert witness and advisory purposes for a range of national and international clients.
Francesca Laugharne BSc (Hons) MSc MRTPI
Freelance Planning Consultant
Francesca Laugharne is a Chartered Town Planner with over 15 years private sector experience. Francesca has worked at a number of high profile consultancies including RPS, Alder King, Rapleys and LDA Design before setting up as a freelance consultant.
She has extensive experience in planning and project management, leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering residential, commercial and energy developments for national clients. She is currently based in Devon and works for a range of consultancy and private clients in the South West and nationwide.
Francesca has a BSc in City and Regional Planning and an MSc in Regeneration Studies (with Distinction) from Cardiff University.
Having worked closely with Chartered Surveyors in her roles at Rapleys and Alder King, Francesca offers a highly valuable perspective to our Planning and Development pathway candidates. She has an established track record and has been supporting our APC candidates since Spring 2019.
Gary Yeardley MRICS ACIArb
Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield
Gary is an Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield in their specialist markets valuation and advisory team.
He is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer with specific experience in trade related valuation, investment and development.
Gary is an active UK APC Assessor, assessing in the Commercial, Residential and Valuation pathways. He is also an experienced AssocRICS Assessor and Chair for the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Jane Forsyth BA (Hons) MRICS FIRPM
Jane is a Chartered Surveyor, a former property solicitor, a Fellow of the Institute of Residential Property Management and an NRLA Accredited Landlord. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and an Associate Tutor at UCEM.
In her role in higher education, Jane has experience over a range of modules, including land law, landlord and tenant law, valuation, property development and property transactions.
Prior to her current roles, Jane was director of her block management business, from incorporation in 2002, until its sale to a national competitor in 2014.
During this time she won the British Property Federation Award for her MIRPM exam paper. She was also a director of the Association of Residential Managing Agents, before leaving this role to take on a paid position with the Association from 2013 to 2017.
In 2018, she was invited to contribute towards the Law Commission's preparation for its consultation on the Right to Manage and was named as a stakeholder in the Commission’s 2019 consultation paper.
As a Property Elite Consultant, Jane covers a wide range of competencies, including valuation, management, leases and lettings, and purchase and sale.
Having had an interesting and varied career in the property sector, Jane now enjoys helping students and RICS candidates to develop and progress.
Mark McKay MRICS
Senior Development Surveyor at Network Rail
Mark is a Chartered Surveyor and APC Assessor with over 12 years experience in both the commercial and residential sectors.
Originally trained in the private sector, Mark has since worked in the public sector for Network Rail and previously at a Greater Manchester Local Authority.
Mark has written and published articles in the RICS Land and Property Journals and also delivered presentations at numerous RICS events.
Recently, Mark has been the lead author publishing a new Guidance Note on behalf of the RICS regarding Commercial Property Management for the industrial and energy sectors.
For APC Candidates, Mark truly believes that the best chance of APC success is simply down to “preparation, preparation, preparation!” - all starting with the quality of content in the submission pack.
BSc (Hons) MRICS
Chartered Surveyor at Network Rail
Michelle Parkes is a Chartered Surveyor with over 19 years of experience in Property. Michelle completed her degree in Property Management and Valuation and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2012, while working as a Surveyor full time and raising her two children with her husband.
Michelle has extensive experience across multiple competencies including leasing and letting, landlord and tenant, purchase and sale, property management and access and rights over land, having worked in a variety of roles within Network Rail. Michelle currently undertakes land acquisitions across the whole of Scotland and provides advice to her clients on access and burdens.
Michelle previously sat on the RICS Matrics Glasgow and the West Committee. During this time she delivered presentations to its members on the APC process, including preparation for interview, and on professional rules and ethics.
Michelle has been assessing in England and Scotland for four years, assessing on several panels each session, and is looking to complete her Chairperson training. Michelle is passionate about helping candidates pass their APC. When mentoring and counselling candidates, the first thing she tells them is that “the submission is the panel’s first impression of you, so really make it count”.
Paul Matton MRICS
Property Director and Consultant
Paul is a highly experienced commercial Property Director and Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with a career in corporate real estate spanning 40 years, including Board positions at Bestway, Gold Group and Somerfield Stores.
He is also Non-Executive Vice Chairman at Anchorwood Ltd, a residential developer. He has managed and developed large scale real estate comprising commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments.
A proven leader and excellent communicator at all levels he is focussed on creating and delivering value, reducing cost and minimising risk in organisations.
Paul brings commercial acumen, integrity, and diligence, encouraging wider oversight together with a range of both technical and personal qualities that can assist and develop candidates.
Paul Stewart MIWFM MIRPM AssocRICS
Managing Director - Independent Firm
Paul joined an independent firm of surveyors, estate agents and valuers in 1991 as a Junior in Commercial Property Management. The business he works in is a multi-disciplined practice formed in 1958 and based in the South of England.
Having developed the Property Management department throughout the 90’s into the single largest entity in the Group, Paul was promoted to a Director in April 2008.
Since then, he has assumed management of offices throughout Hampshire & Dorset and has developed an understanding of all disciplines from Agency through to Valuation. Paul has been Managing Director since 2017 and possesses a strong work ethic and prides himself on his determination to deliver.
An AssocRICS member since April 2012, Paul also assumes responsibility for supervising all of his firm’s AssocRICS candidates and has assisted staff in successfully passing on the Real Estate Agency (Residential), Commercial Property Management and Building Surveying pathways.