The Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) is a not-for-profit limited company that is directed by a council of members, all of whom are board members of the company. The council members each represent a discrete geographical part of the country and act as a point of contact for the RPSA membership in their region.
Meet our team:
Alan Milstein (Chairman) [Chichester]
Alan has been Chairman of the RPSA since 2012 and has overseen not only the growth of the Associations' membership, but also the development of a number of new survey products and qualifications. Since retraining as a residential surveyor in the mid-2000's, Alan has undertaken a Professional Development Diploma in Building Conservation and developed a thriving practice on the south coast specialising in surveying listed and historic homes. As well as interests in the governance and future direction of residential surveying in the UK, he has gone on to develop specialist survey writing software to help surveyors deliver consistent and professional, consumer friendly reports. In his spare time Alan is a keen runner, having completed a number of marathons, both in the UK and overseas.
Andrew McColl (Deputy Chairman) [Essex]
Andrew has been involved in the construction and house building industry since leaving school. He has held some senior positions, working with major construction companies and national house builders.
Andrew says: “My initial motive for wanting to join the RPSA council was to make sure that it was a just and honourable organisation. Please feel free to contact me, I would always make some time for a chat.”
Raphael Stipic [Haverhill]
Raphael has been a council member since 2014 and has an established and thriving surveying company in the Cambridge area. He specialises in and enjoys surveying period and listed properties and is currently working towards the Professional Development Diploma in Building Conservation. He enjoys cycling and outdoor pursuits.
Malcolm Hordern [Preston]
Malcolm became a residential surveyor after spending most of his working life in the commercial refurbishment sector. He believes every home buyer should be commissioning a Home Condition Survey (HCS) on any property they propose to purchase, even if they still have their NHBC guarantee, because according to NHBC this becomes void for the next purchaser if they have not had a survey commissioned on purchase.
Malcolm has joined the council in the hope he can successfully promote the HCS and the RPSA around the North West and to convince as many buyers as possible to use his and other RPSA members’ services.
Jerry Quinnell [Kent]
Jerry has been a council member for the last 4 years and during that time has given presentations to the NAEA, SAVA and the SLC. He has also delivered a number of CPD training events to many RPSA members. He was part of the original strategy group for to design the Home Condition Survey following the HCR demise and more recently co-designed and co-developed the Skyline MiBS building survey software product which many RPSA folk are now using for their Building Surveys. He also runs his own surveying practice near Sevenoaks in Kent. Outside of work Jerry has a family with two small girls growing up way too fast. Any other time is spent playing football or cycling around the lanes.
Tim Kenny [West Sussex]
Tim is based in Chichester on the south coast and has been a Council member since 2014. After qualifying he moved in to residential block and estate management, eventually running a large department with property spread over much of the South of England, before coming back to residential surveying in 2012. Alongside running his own firm Tim also writes for industry publications such as the RICS Building Surveying Journal and maintains the Residential Defects sections of the RICS isurv website. As part of the council his main interest is finding ways to help surveyors increase their knowledge base and continuing to improve the levels of customer service provided by our members. In the little bit of time he has left Tim likes to focus on the really important things, such as walking his dog along the local harbour.
Paul Gabel [Yorkshire]
Paul has been involved in property around 20 years now, having moved back to the UK working as part of the opening management team at the then Radisson SAS Hotel Manchester Airport. Wanting to settle down with family life, he left hotel management and focused on a love I have of 'wood' and moved into the manufacture and construction of hardwood conservatories, building a small business with several employees was a very rewarding and satisfying. During this time, Paul diversed into small scale general construction, alas the down turn in 2008 forced him to scale down the business. It was at this time, Paul re-trained and became a DEA, providing EPCs and HIPs to the general public and this started him on the path to become a surveyor. Having completed EPCs, NDEPCs, GDRs and HIPs, along with property extensions and hardwood conservatories, it became clear that Paul had a lust for buildings and looking at them objectively, it’s the fact finding and problem solving that appealed the most and here he is today, now on the RPSA council and looking forward to helping others along the journey.
Dominic Lowther [South West]
After many years working in the business and creative industries, Dominic looked for a change in career and discovered the Sava Diploma route to becoming a residential surveyor. He found the training course to be very demanding at times but a thoroughly enjoyable experience and qualified in 2019. His particular area of interest is the building pathology of residential properties and likes nothing more than trying to assess why and how a defect exists. Based in east Devon, Dominic is very much a family man with a wife, two boys and a dog who all keep him very busy. Because he and his wife share the child (and dog) care, working as an independent surveyor suits his life balance extremely well. When the opportunity came along to become the RPSA Council member for the south west, he volunteered and embraced the challenge. Assisting with the Students support area, Dominic attends Sava course days to meet students, explain how the RPSA can help them and encourage them to sign up to become an RSPA member.