John Mckillop Smith FRICS FBEng FBIFM has been appointed as Managing Director of Chesterton Property Management and Chartered Building Surveyors, a new venture of Chesterton.
John, a highly qualified chartered building surveyor, has over 25 years experience managing hundreds of commercial and residential properties and estates in the UK, having been the UK Commercial Operations Director for FPD Savills and Head of Building Surveying at Great Portland Estates PLC. In addition, John has project managed many refurbishments and rebuilds across the UK, most notably a £25m reconstruction project in the City following one of the IRA bombs.
John was born, educated and married in Gibraltar before travelling to the UK to train as a surveyor. “Gibraltar is a building surveyor’s paradise” John told B2B. “It is a very exciting time to establish the Chesterton Property Management and Chartered Building Surveying Practice. The mix of old property stock together with the array of new developments built in the last 10 years means there is much work to be done in properly and professionally maintaining, or in some cases restoring, these assets. I returned to Gibraltar to spend more time with our family and friends. But maintaining and enhancing property, properly, is a particular passion of mine and I had no hesitation in taking up the Chesterton offer to expand its services to include building surveying and estate management.”
Mike Nicholls, MD of Chesterton, has known John for a number of years and was clearly pleased with the appointment. “John is probably the most internationally experienced chartered building surveyor in Gibraltar and we are very pleased that he has joined us. We see all around us the effects of bad management or no management on properties in Gibraltar.
I firmly believe that commercial landlords and resident committees managing their own buildings will benefit from John’s experience and advice.”