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Corporate Real Estate Surveying with Bill Jones

Season #7 Episode #109

Bill Jones is an Award-Winning Chartered Surveyor with 20 years’ experience in senior Corporate Real Estate roles. Bill is originally from The Wirral, but he has been residing in Singapore for the last 16 years. He worked on the projects spanning across the Asia-Pacific region and globally, including long-term roles with Rio Tinto and Shell. Aside from the day job, Bill has been an active mentor and counselor for many years helping people towards achieving their RICS goals. 

In this episode, we talk about Bill’s journey into surveying, his experience of moving and working in Singapore, the imperative of life-long learning, and the need for greater visibility and promotion of the surveyors’ profession.  

What is Covered: 

  • 04:30 - How Bill started his surveying career when he was only 14 
  • 17:00 - Bill’s transition from roles at Police Authority and National Crime Squad to working with Shell
  • 21:00 - Health and safety culture shock at Shell compared to the local authority
  • 25:00 - How moving to Southeast Asia affected Bill’s family
  • 33:30 - What qualifications for surveyors are required abroad and the relevance of RICS outside of the UK 
  • 38:00 - How to make the surveyors’ profession more exciting for young people
  • 42:00 - What Corporate Real Estate is and what Bill does in that area
  • 45:00 - The broad skill sets surveyors need to acquire as the regulations change


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