Speaker: Paul Spaven

Company: Tuffin Ferraby Taylor LLP

Position: Partner

Paul is based in the Bristol office of Tuffin Ferraby Taylor and serves on the property and construction consultant’s executive as Strategic Growth Partner. He started his career in 1970 at the age of 15 in the oldest continuous architects practice in England; Brierley, Leckenby & Keighley of York. He looks back fondly - and with very little remorse - to those days when he earned the magnificent sum of £250. That was £250 per year. His career progressed to looking after existing buildings with British Rail's Estates Department and then to their Architects Maintenance department before achieving promotion and crossing to the wrong side of the Pennines to work in the B.R. Property Board in Manchester. After completion of his RICS examinations Paul moved to Bristol as a casino surveyor for Ladbrokes and then to London as Chief Building Surveyor to Ladbroke Racing. His fondness for the West Country saw him return to Bristol as Surveyor and then Associate Partner in the Building Surveying Department of J.P. Sturge & Sons (now part of JLL). Paul's passion for success has pushed the growth of TFT from 45 staff to 105 over the last 20 years and expanded the firm’s work into Europe. He has advised a number of universities and colleges about the use and development of their existing buildings, and was the project manager for the award winning Bodleian Old Library Development (BOLD) project in Oxford. He represents many property investment funds with their purchase and ownership of property assets across the UK and Europe, and is involved with a number of student accommodation providers and investors. Along the way he has supported the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the British Institute of Facilities Management, Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (of which he is a Council of Management Member).

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