Five Minutes with Richard Kirby Managing Director

Richard Kirby is a Managing Director at Trinity Rose.

Rich is an integral member of the team and we asked him for five minutes of his time to tell us more about his role…

Can you tell us more about your role and what you do?

My role is a real ‘mixed bag’ due to the diverse nature of the work that we do at Trinity Rose.  I am principally involved with business development and client care, sourcing opportunities and looking for ways to grow and improve our offering.  I work closely with the directors of the survey, architectural and agency teams within Trinity Rose on a day-to-day basis, with the group Chairman on a strategic basis, and the Head Office marketing and Finance departments that support the group.

What do you specialise in?

As a Chartered Surveyor, my career has allowed me to work in both public and private sector organisations of all sizes, during which I have worked as a residential surveyor and valuer, commercial surveyor and architectural technician.  Therefore, whilst I consider myself to be a reasonable ‘Jack of all Trades’, if I had to pick on anything in particular, I would say my strength lies in commercial property advice.

What is the most valuable piece of surveyor advice anyone ever gave you?

There are two.

  1. Trust your first instinct – if something doesn’t look quite right, there’s normally a good reason.
  2. Never leave the property until you have taken one final walk around.

What is your favourite part of your role?

Working with a very talented group of professionals across the group.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a property surveyor?

If you are looking for a career that offers the opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills, achieve professional status and obtain qualifications that are recognised globally, surveying is well worth a look!

What do you think the future of the surveying industry looks like?

Whilst it is inevitable that the industry has and will continue to be more and more focused on technology, I believe that the industry will always be dominated by people.  However, advances in technology have been so profound during the course of my career, its influence cannot be overlooked.

I think that the global challenges of sustainability will heavily influence the property industry as a whole, resonating through design, construction, management and valuation of the property. When you consider the number of manufacturers, products, trades and professions that are property related, it is set to be something that will dominate the next generation of property.