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Hidden River
The River Wey peeping out from amongst concrete structures in Guildford

This website sets out to combine my professional articles, theses, essays and campaigns and my personal interests and, yes, hobby-horses.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and have a Masters In Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from The University of Manchester.

I have previously been Chair of the Property Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and am a Member of the Standards Board of the Commercial Landlord Accreditation Scheme (CLAS) administered by the British Property Federation (BPF).

I have been a member of the Commercial Leases Working Group, responsible for the Commercial Lease Code and have sat on panels discussing subjects such as Empty Rates Relief for CoreNet Global UK and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) for the RICS.

I chaired a property tax working party for the RICS and am Chairman of the RICS Corporate Occupier Group, am on the RICS Commercial Property Professional Group Board, and past Chair of the Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (ACRE).

Until August 2015, my day job was as Manager, European Real Estate for Vauxhall Opel, managing a substantial property portfolio including land and buildings in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Nordics and Poland.

I am now Director of Worldwide Occupier Services at Savills.

Locally, I am a Trustee of the South East Music Trust, Chair of the Guildford Society and a member of the Steering Committee of Guildford Vision Group (my views on Guildford’s Local Plan can be found at Guildford Plan) and I was founding Chair of the CASE Community Trust.

ALL OF THE COMMENTS ON THE WEBSITE ARE MY OWN AND DO NOT NECESSARILY ACCORD WITH THE VIEWS OF THE GROUPS AND COMPANIES REFERRED TO ABOVE.

JULIAN D S LYON MBA (dist.) FRICS

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