Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor FRICS Assoc CIPD 

Kate is an experienced RICS APC Assessor, APC auditor, RICS UK APC Appeal Panel and Chairperson with a passion for professional development. She has been involved with helping RICS Education Standards Board to update the valuation, residential and commercial real estate pathways for 2018.

Kate is also the lead RICS Valuation Tutor for the distance learning courses in valuation and tutors candidates from all around the globe. Kate sits on the RICS UK Valuation Board and is on the editorial  board of isurv as Valuation Editor. She is also delighted to have recently been elected to the board of LionHeart as a trustee of the charity.

Kate worked as a valuer in the VOA for twenty five years valuing property of every type for a range of purposes, specialising in rating. During this time she became a technical trainer and gained an additional professional qualification in learning and development with CIPD.

Kate was the VOA Graduate Manager for five years looking after the professional development needs of 100 Graduate Surveyors on valuation pathway. Under her leadership the VOA Graduate Scheme became one of the best performing in the UK with a very diverse graduate population.

Kate is also the author of the Commercial and Residential Property Quick Start Revision Guides and the Estates Gazette ‘Pathway to Success’ APC series.

Kate speaking at the John O’Halloran Symposium, May 2017

What is your ideal day away from the day job?

Visiting a stately home with family or friends, especially if it includes lunch and a walk.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I have 2 types of typical day -if I am in the office I will be designing and developing training resources for RICS and tutoring the candidates on RICS distance learning courses, as well as other business management activities like invoicing and maintaining my records. I spend a bit of time reading and learning each day and usually share this on social media.

If I am on the road I will be in meetings or delivering training face to face. This usually involves an early start and building the energy for engaging delivery. I don’t multi task and give learners my full attention.

What did you want to be growing up?

A newsreader, that might be why I love a webcam!

Who was your biggest inspiration growing up?

My Mother, she worked very hard to develop herself via open university and instilled in me a love of learning and a positive attitude to everything life throws at me. She pulled the family out of poverty and set me and my sister on paths to success.

What is your proudest moment?

When my oldest daughter accepted her RICS membership diploma from the RICS President, Chris Brookes, a couple of weeks ago.

Is there a part of your career you wish you could have another chance at?

I would have liked to work abroad.

What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

Drink a pint of water.

What gadget can you not live without.

My phone! (oh dear….)I love all the useful apps like Spotify.

What’s your favourite book and why?

Wuthering Heights – the most intense love story ever written

What’s your motto/favourite quote in life?

‘You must be the change in the world’ Gandhi

What’s your mindset anthem – the song that is always guaranteed to pump you up?

Fanfare For The Common Man – Emerson, Lake and Palmer (I don’t need lyrics to get pumped up!)

What has driven your passion for diversity in your industry / sector?

All the amazing young surveyors I meet who represent the society we serve so brilliantly. I want to keep them in the profession and help them develop. I like to tell them they can do it…every chance I get.

What’s the biggest myth about your industry / sector?

That APC is a brutal exam designed to keep surveyors out. This is so wrong on every level but I see it every day and it adversely affects the way candidates prepare.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever been given?

Say yes, and learn how to do it afterwards.

Best career advice you received and why?

Be yourself. In training and development establishing trust and building relationships is crucial and you can’t do that if you aren’t authentic.

What is the best lesson you have learned in business?

That basic economic principles can be the basis for a business strategy.

How can networking and support organisations help the next generation of surveyors on their way up?

Making friends and building contacts makes the journey more fun. If work is fun and you have friends you are more likely to stay in the profession. Networking doesn’t need to give anything other than that although it can mean that you have people to ask when you need advice and support.

What tips do you have for managing your inbox?

Turn it off when you need to focus and deal with emails at the beginning, middle and end of the day.

Be brutal when you prioritise.

What keeps you awake at night?

Ideas whirring around.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Don’t worry what other people think.

How do you relax?

Meditate with Headspace app, cooking vegetarian whole foods and yoga.

What does the surveying profession mean to you?

A profession where I belong and a profession where I can make a difference.

Top advice to those starting out?

Research everything thoroughly and keep your sense of humour.

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