Leading Surveyor Takes Chain of Office

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A BALLYMENA-based chartered surveyor has taken up the reins at the arm of an influential land, property and construction body for under 35s.

David McKinney of Ballymena firm James H McKinney and Sons has become Northern Ireland chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Matrics, which has over 1,000 local members.

RICS Matrics represents all RICS qualified members under the age of 35 and all other student and trainee members. It acts as a support and advice network, bringing together members at all stages of their career.

RICS Matrics is celebrating its 70th anniversary year in 2005.

Mr McKinney, who succeeds outgoing chairman Andrew McKeown, says that the organisation helps to develop the future leaders of the industry.

RICS Matrics plays an important role in providing training and support to trainee surveyors and in assisting young chartered surveyors enhance their skills and knowledge in order to aid their career development,$ he says.

This year I hope that I can help encourage increasing numbers of students to choose a career in surveying and further increase the levels of training and support that we offer to Matrics members in Northern Ireland,$ he says. …