About Us

  • Michael Holden

    BSc (Hons) Dip Proj Man MBA FCABE FRICS IRRV (Hons)

    Michael qualified in 1990 as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialises in residential and commercial valuations, building surveys and homebuyer reports. Michael is an APC assessor, mentor and chair and is involved with CPD education, conservation, project and FM. He is a RICS registered valuer.

      1. Michael was elected to the RICS Global Governing Council in November 2017
    2. Technical Author RICS Residential Building Survey practice note
    3. Product development group RICS Surveys of Residential property
    4. Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    5. Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers
    6. RICS Registered Valuer
    7. APC Chair & Assessor
    8. SAVA mentor

      Michael is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS registered valuer and has worked on client side project and facilities management on some very interesting and unique sites/ development projects and has specialised in rating appeals (eg Manchester City Council appeal 1990 full list winning a very sizable reduction in RV), residential and commercial development (eg Towns Moor Blackburn /LGR and other development work). The 200+ projects he has been involved with also range widely in nature, for example City Campus at Salford (100,000 sq ft campus building), the Assynt Visitors Centre, Lochinver, sea defence engineering schemes at Brora, Eric the Viking!, the Wick Project, Accrington Market, Blackburn Railway Station and other community and infrastructure projects. He has also taught building surveying and real estate in higher education at HE level in the UK and Europe for nearly 15 years and specialised in promoting enterprise and employability and Erasmus + Charter at Higher Education level.

    Michael Holden

    BSc (Hons) Dip Proj Man MBA FCABE FRICS IRRV (Hons)

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  • Barry Butler

    Dip. Est. Man. MRICS

    Barry in middle of picture with colleagues and one of his daughters at Linthwaite House, Windermere ( a CPD and networking event he organised) Barry is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS registered valuer who we are proud to have working to develop and sustain our Cumbria and North Lancashire presence.  Barry was elected a Chartered Surveyor in 1977 and is a highly respected and experienced surveyor with over 40 years PQE in general practice, he oversees compliance within our practice and is based at our Kendal office. Barry undertakes general practice work for both residential and commercial surveying activities.

    . Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    . RICS Registered Valuer
    . General Practice Surveyor with 30 years experience.
    . Rating specialist
    . Landlord and tenant specialist
    . Expert witness specialist
    . Graduate mentor


    Since 1987 Barry worked in Cumbria and North Lancashire carrying out surveys and valuations for sale, purchase, rent, rating and taxation purposes on both residential and commercial properties.  This has included the inspection, valuation and preparation of local reports for Homebuyer and mortgage purposes as well as specialist surveys of commercial properties nationwide.

    Barry Butler

    Dip. Est. Man. MRICS

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  • John Trenor

    BSc (Hons) Lond. MRICS

    John Trenor is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS registered valuer, specialising in Compulsory Purchase valuations and negotiation.  John has wide professional experience in public and private sectors, across a large range of technical surveying skills which range from Buildings Surveys to Commerical valuations and everything in between.

      . Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    . RICS Registered Valuer
    . CPO Specialist with over 30 years experience
    . Commercial valuation specialist
    . Expert witness specialist
    . Former stock market specialist
    . Graduate mentor


      John works within his geographical roots in Lancashire , Cumberland and Westmoreland but has recently opened up our small London Office specialising on CPO and HS2 work where he has considerable expertise. John works on national instructions.

    John Trenor

    BSc (Hons) Lond. MRICS

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  • Mark Ruth

    BSc (Hons) MSc AssocRICS

    Mark specialises in residential surveys and has worked within our practice since 2015 gaining his AssocRICS qualifications with us. Prior to this he had worked in a number of survey practices including with our friend and former valued colleague Terry Duerden MRICS who retired.  Mark has had many complements from clients in the detailed feedback he gives for pre purchase surveys.

    . Associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    . Keen interest in historic buildings
    . Building surveying first degree
    . Masters degree in historic building conservation


    Mark has a Masters degree in conservation and his recent clients have included Fleetwood Museum Trust where he authored a detailed building survey in January 2017, the practice was awarded a lifelong pass to the museum thanks to Marks efforts! Mark took his first degree in building surveying when Michael Holden was the degree programme leader (this is many years ago). We are proud to have Mark working within our practice, Mark focuses on Lancashire and South Lakes.

    Mark Ruth

    BSc (Hons) MSc AssocRICS

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  • Kevin Aspin

    MRICS

    Kevin is a Chartered Valuation Surveyor (MRICS) who specialises in Public Speaking on real estate matters. He is a Professional Advisor to the Local Government Ombudsman Service. Kevin has his own practice but works with ourselves on specialist instructions including:

    . Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
    . Complex valuation matters
    . National remit

    Kevin Aspin

    MRICS

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  • Leigh Benton

    Dip Surv MRICS

    Leigh is a rating and commercial valuation expert having spent many years with the VOA. His expertise spans 29 years working with rating appeals and includes a detailed knowledge of plant and machinery, car showroom, education, large industrial and also retail developments. Together with Kevin Aspin MRICS, Leigh will bring significant expertise to our Lancashire and Cumbria Offices from his base in Stalybridge.  
    Practice Manager: Lise Holden BA (Hons) QTS (Blackburn) – 01254 505031/01254 916455
    Practice Manager: Judith Edmondson (Kendal)   – 01539 735353
    Graduates: Dr Ewa Wolska, Edward Holden BSc, William Holden BA, Joseph Holden BSc, John Blackmore.

    Leigh Benton

    Dip Surv MRICS

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