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The Team

Building Surveying

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Matthew Symmonds

Director - BSc (Hons) MRICS
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As the founder of Southdown Surveyors back in 2006, Matthew’s commitment to providing honest, straight-talking professional advice and his dedication to producing high-quality technical work has earned the practice a good, solid reputation that in return, sees the benefit of much repeat business and word-of-mouth recommendation.

As Director of the practice, Matthew remains consistently aware of the high expectations of his clients, and consequently strives to meet and exceed those expectations.

Prior to Southdown, employment in London and Brighton based practices, working in varying professional areas, has resulted in him gaining the necessary experience and expertise to provide a particularly wide breadth of service offering.

He finds the ‘challenges’ that contentious Party Wall and Dilapidation matters so often bring, particularly interesting – and is therefore committed to continually increasing his knowledge in these areas. He is a member of The Pyramus and Thisbe Club – which promotes excellence in party wall practice.

Matthew’s initial post-education training as an Architectural Technician has further equipped him with the additional expertise of computer aided design (CAD) skills and an architectural design interest.

Outside of the practice, Matthew enjoys spending time with his young twin girls, renovating his home and ‘wild-camping’ in the woods!

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Michael Buroni

Building Surveyor BSc (Hons) AssocRICS

Michael primarily works on pre-acquisition surveys but also works in our Party Wall, Contract Administration and Block Management departments. Michael’s property career has covered many aspects of property including Lettings, Block Management and management of student accommodation.  

He has a friendly and approachable personality with a ‘can do’ positive attitude. Michael understands the need to follow the Southdown ethos – excellent communication coupled with clear and understandable reports. 

Michael is the practice’s go-to analyst - there is not much he can’t find-out from his online resource, given a particular quest!  Michael is proud to hold the additional accreditation of being a RICS Registered Valuer, and is optimistic about embarking on his journey towards become Chartered.

When not in the office Michael spends time with his young family and enjoying his hobby of amateur photography. 

Property Management

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Lynne Maguire-Wheatley

Property Manager - MIRPM  AssocRics

Lynne is a highly experienced Property Manager and joined Southdown Surveyors to develop and manage the Block and Estate Management department. She has provided assistance to blocks and estates across the south of England during her career; giving her a great depth of knowledge and experience. 

Lynne uses her breadth of both her legal and leasehold knowledge to assist our ever-growing portfolio of clients – which now sees our managed units in excess of 1000.  As she remains conscious of maintaining the high level of customer service she initially set out to provide, Lynne finds herself constantly in demand – but would not have it any other way!  She appreciates that her clients require and deserve a high level of communication, and in order to maintain this, she is regularly revisiting the ways in which she can achieve this.

During her time in this sector she has completed training in various aspects including becoming a Member of The Institute of Residential Property Managers (MIRPM) and most recently became an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS.)

In her spare time Lynne enjoys exploring different countries and spending time with her friends and family.

Lynne looks forward to progressing her career to secure RICS Chartered status in her field to further expand on her professional knowledge – watch this space!

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Laura Moniz

Property Manager

Laura is an ambitious, focused and a hard-working Property Manager who always perseveres to achieve the best results. Bringing a diverse range of problem solving, management skills and first-class customer service to the table.

Laura is passionate about property and fanatical about great results. Experienced in all things property with a background in Residential Property Management, Lettings Property Management and Conveyancing. Laura is looking forward to progressing her career in achieving both RICS and IRPM qualifications.

In her free time, Laura loves going to the local coffee shop with her family and Alfie, the family dog, followed by a long walk across The Downs; Even better if there’s a nice, glass of red wine to finish off the day!

Administrative Support

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Lisa Symmonds

Director

Having  assisted Matthew in running the practice since 2008, Lisa strongly shares Matthew’s commitment to providing a down-to-earth, honest and reliable offering to clients.

‘Personal service’ is high on the list of priorities when it comes to the ethos embraced by Southdown, so Lisa is always keen to ensure that as a team, the best possible attention is given to all clients. Together Lisa and Matthew have strived to develop the company to what it is today.

After a short break from the practice following the arrive of twin baby girls, Lisa has reprised her role as an active Director in the practice; offering support and guidance to all her team members ensuring happy-ship is always sailing! She oversees the day-to-day practice management, regulatory compliance and financial administration.

As is the case for all working mums, Lisa juggles her commitment to the practice with her commitment to young twins – who can from time to time be found happily occupying a desk in the office!  

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Caroline Lewis

Office Administrator

Throughout her career, Caroline has worked in fast paced customer service and administrative roles; she has accumulated 5 years in Block Management / Estate Agency and brings excellent communication and interpersonal skills to the Southdown team. Caroline is a solid team player and could certainly be referred to as an important cog in the (office) machine!

She strives to provide a first-rate front of house experience for both Southdown Surveyors and Southdown Estates, helping to meet the individual needs of our clients on a day to day basis.

Her attention to detail, ability to multitask and her overall enthusiasm are what help our clients achieve their goals.

In her spare time Caroline loves taking Buster, the family dog for long walks, especially if there’s a good pub at the end of it and spending time with friends and family.

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Sonia Underwood

Estates Assistant

Sonia is a highly efficient, organised and enthusiastic administrator who has worked in many busy, fast-paced office environments during her career. Having held roles within the industry previously, she is well aware of the common issues our clients may face and is therefore able to offer valuable insight, empathy and knowledge in most situations. Using her strong communication skills, Sonia provides an efficient yet warm front of house service to our clients. On a day-to-day basis she spends most of her time administratively supporting Lynne. Out of work Sonia is a proud mum to two sons and is not afraid of a bit of hard work and getting her hands dirty when it comes to DIY and gardening!

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Adam Margetts

Accounts Assistant

In his career to-date Adam has had the benefit of experiencing a variety of roles across various industries. The majority have been in the financial sector however; him having enjoyed both customer facing and back-office support roles. His interest in finance led him to obtain both his Level 2 and Level 3 AAT Accounts Technician qualifications. Since then he has held accounting roles within Eastbourne and Brighton based property management practices.

Adam works closely with Lynne and Laura to manage our client accounts; their day-to-day operation and service charge management.  Away from work Adam enjoys time with his children encouraging them with their hobbies, some of which he shares, and has been involved in himself from a young age. These include wargaming, science fiction and fantasy, in many mediums, and a steadily growing interest in military history.

Kind Words...

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We employed Southdown Surveyors to guide us through works when the flat roof and cladding to the Penthouse walls of our block of flats needed major repairs. Our contact was Greg Priscott. Throughout the project his communication, professionalism and attention to detail in explaining every detail of the project was impressive; nothing was too much trouble and at all times we felt totally confident in his management of the project – which was completed successfully on time and on budget. As Directors of this block of flats we have already recommended Southdown Surveyors and would have no hesitation in doing so again.

Local Block Tenant’s Association

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