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Fancy building the 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar?

Sean Tompkins, Chief Executive, RICS

Or advising the Bank of England on subsidies for first time buyers? Perhaps being part of the Disaster Emergency Committee tasked with rebuilding Haiti following the earthquake? Or working with the United Nations to ensure global food security?

The scale of these world challenges mean we need the brightest and the best to work in the UK and overseas and to do that means tapping into talent from diverse backgrounds and skillsets across the full breadth of the UK workforce. 

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As the CEO of the world’s largest professional body, which sets and enforces standards across land, property, infrastructure and construction, Sean is passionate about diversity in all its forms. He is launching ‘Surveying the Future’, a new campaign to attract more talent to this rapidly changing industry.

“Organisations within the industry recognise that greater diversity of thought is likely to be their biggest business advantage in the future.  One of the problems is that influencers, such as teachers, parents and careers advisors are not aware of the broad range of surveying careers.”

President of RICS, Louise Brooke-Smith, firmly believes that one of the greatest challenges is the leadership deficit, particularly in a number of areas where skills and collaborative leadership styles excel:

 “Encouraging people to do better and achieve more can be helped significantly by making success visible, and that’s relevant across all career paths. Our campaign will really drive through change in this area and highlight a broad diversity of talented professionals who are shaping the world we live in.”


Case Study:

Helen Walsh

Employer: Edmond Shipway

Role:  Quantity Surveyor


I started my training to become an RICS member on completion of Graduation in 2010 and registered for the structured training programme for the professional exams in 2014.

The professional development training is called the Assessment of Professional Competence and it is tough but very rewarding.  I chose the academic route into surveying because I knew I wanted to utilise my numeracy, negotiation and decision making skills, but I didn’t want to move into a job where I would sit behind a desk all day.

After researching opportunities and potential professional vocational careers, I discovered that the Ulster University provided an honours degree course in Quantity Surveying, which would provide pre-qualification along the route to becoming a chartered surveyor. As part of my course I completed a placement year with Edmond Shipway in Belfast.

This year provided me with invaluable practical experience and an understanding of the construction world.  It greatly enhanced my understanding of the academic and prepared me for a final year study leading to graduation with a First Class Honours Degree.  Edmond Shipway kept a place open for me following completion of my degree and I joined the company full time in 2010.

I have been lucky to work on many exciting projects in my time with Edmond Shipway. Some of the more high profile ones being; The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, The Redevelopment of the Ulster Museum, Ravenhill Stadium and HMS Caroline. 

The opportunity to work closely in a team with a common goal is something which I particularly enjoy.  In any given week approximately 40% of my time is spent on construction sites or at meetings with fellow consultants which provides considerable variety in my working day.

I know now that having an RICS qualification and a great work-ethic almost makes you recession-proof.  Not only do you have transferable skills, but a passport to travel as the RICS is recognised as a sign of excellence world-wide.


From Belfast Telegraph