Lorna Pass, a surveyor in CBRE’s Manchester Specialist Markets team, has been appointed as chairperson for the RICS Matrics Greater Manchester committee.

Pass has been a member of the committee since 2014 and was appointed chairperson at the AGM on the 5th July 2016 from her former position of vice-chair.

As chair, Pass will now steer the committee and look to increase the number of members in the group, leading the CPD team which holds a minimum of 15 CPD seminars throughout the year and continuing to manage social events to provide opportunities for new and existing members to develop and expand their networks and promote careers in surveying and the RICS.

Pass said: "The RICS Matrics plays such an integral role in the surveying profession and offers an invaluable service to newly qualified surveyors, trainees and students whilst our events are hugely popular within Manchester’s property industry.

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of chairperson and to be working with such a fantastic Board to promote the work of the RICS. We already have some great social and CPD events lined up for Autumn 2016 with high-profile national expert speakers, with lots more planned for the forthcoming year.”

Taking on the position of vice-chair is Katy Dean, a Graduate Surveyor at Cheetham & Mortimer Surveyor’s in Manchester from her previous role within the events team of the committee. Dean will support Pass whilst leading the organisation of a number of annual social events. Together they will deliver regular networking opportunities to enable local property professionals to expand their networks.

RICS Matrics was created to look after the interests of new members entering the profession of surveying. It provides members with a network, support and voice and enables its members to grow and feel like an integral part of the wider RICS. Its continued success relies on members getting involved and sharing their views.

Victoria Hampson, RICS Regional Director, North & Midlands said: “The property industry is continually changing and is currently facing a skills epidemic. This is why the work of the RICS Matrics Greater Manchester group is so important. They exist to help those in the industry keep up-to-date with the latest initiatives and trends, and inspire the next generation by engaging with young people. I wish Lorna and Katy the very best of luck in their new roles.”

July 2016