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FM Director triumphs at ‘Young Surveyor of the Year Awards’

A young Facilities Management (FM) surveyor and director from Manchester has won a national accolade for his outstanding achievements in the property industry after beating tough competition from over 75 surveyors from all over the UK at the annual RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards.
James Ryan, Director at AA Projects in Manchester won the Asset & Facilities Management category accolade at the awards, which recognise and celebrate the most inspirational young surveying professionals – aged 35 and under in the UK – helping to shape and improve our local communities. The awards also recognise the influential future leaders of the surveying profession who have made a significant contribution to the built environment.
RICS judges recognised James’s tremendous career progress, having qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2008. With consistent positive feedback from clients for helping them to both increase the value of their operational assets and manage the risks associated with the operation of buildings over 30+ year periods, James has enabled AA Projects to become a respected and trusted advisor to some of the largest infrastructure funds and Facilities Management providers in Europe. In recognition of the contribution he has made to the business, James became the youngest director within the firm, by more than 10 years.
James’ commitment to inspiring the next generation and his peers was also commended by RICS judges; he is a frequent speaker at the University of Manchester and the University of Salford, where he highlights the range of surveying careers available to students, and the benefits of becoming a chartered surveyor.
The eight category awards* up for grabs on the night covered a variety of surveying sectors and disciplines including Project Management, Quantity Surveying & Construction and Valuation. James was one of only two winners from the North West. Rachel Kirk, Senior Associate at Fisher German LLP in Chester won the Land (Rural & Urban) category. The overall esteemed ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ title went to Laura Collins, Associate at Rider Levett Bucknall in London.
Chair of the RICS UK Matrics Board and Head of the judging panel, Anna Keys of Calfordseaden LLP commented: “This year’s winners fill me with confidence that the future of the surveying profession is going to be in good hands, as we see these future leaders recognised for their outstanding achievements, innovation, and going above and beyond to help ensure our industry attracts and retains bright talent. Congratulations to James, and all our winners, and well done to their employers for supporting them in their journey. It’s often this valuable support and nurture that makes all the difference in an individual’s career progression.”


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