Dedicated work and good communication skills have enabled Andrew + Ashwell junior surveyor, Joe Dodd, to celebrate the next step in his career with the achievement of Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS).
At 26, Joe is one of the leading Leicestershire-based commercial property specialist’s Andrew + Ashwell’s younger team members, previously gaining experience in agency and development work in his former role at Phillips Sutton and as a sales negotiator with residential agency William H Brown.
Leicester born Joe, a former student of St Paul’s Catholic Secondary School, Evington, completed a Building Surveying Diploma at The University College of Estate Management in 2018. He then took a break from the industry to run his own menswear fashion business and travel round Asia. He returned to surveying in late 2020, joining A+A at the start of the second Covid lockdown, where he has maintained a firm focus on gaining his Associate RICS qualification, on the path to achieving full chartered surveyor status.
“Having taken time out I wanted to lock back into commercial property. I saw surveying as a fruitful career path for the future and have always maintained my interest in the property industry as a whole,” explained Joe.
“Senior colleagues have all been very supportive in providing training and guidance towards achieving my qualification, giving up their own time as I finalised matters in the lead-up to the submission deadline. Kelvin Wilson was particularly helpful, given he is the most recent member of the team to achieve an RICS Professional qualification and Malcolm Grayson, as my appointed counsellor, oversaw the entire submission, providing effective direction throughout. I am truly grateful for their assistance.”
With the latest hurdle over, Joe plans to use his proven appetite for work to continue specialising in his current commercial agency role, also dealing with professional work involving lease renewals and rent reviews.
Malcolm Grayson, Director at A+A, said: “This qualification is a great milestone for Joe as he continues to progress in his professional qualifications, both demonstrating his capabilities and understanding of the profession, its standards and ethics. It will enable him to broaden the complexities of work as he continues to build his knowledge and experience.
“While Joe’s primary role remains agency work, I have seen how his abilities have grown since joining A+A. Having spent over 30 years in this role myself, I can say it involves a continuous learning process, so he still has plenty to look forward to as he focuses on that part of the business.
“A+A undertakes professional services and manages more than 600 commercial tenancies. We encourage staff to experience these additional parts of the business, since it provides a rounded understanding of other aspects of the property industry.”