The Team

Building Surveying

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Matthew Symmonds

Director - BSc (Hons) MRICS

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 earnt 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.

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 family, time on the golf course, and an active member of Uckfield BNI.

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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. 

Before coming to Southdown Surveyors he worked for another local Surveying firm since he completed his degree from the University of Brighton. 

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

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Tom Perkins

Undergraduate Building Surveyor

Tom has joined us as a placement student as part of his University course - BSc(Hons) Degree in Building Surveying. The placement year will allow him to build on his property knowledge and being able to put into practice what he has learnt in the classroom. He has a keen interest in Surveying and works actively alongside all departments of the company, bringing an ambitious and positive attitude.

Having worked in multiple customer facing and managerial roles he brings a friendly and welcoming approach to clients and prides himself on delivering great customer service. With this in mind he always ensures we are providing the right service and meeting the client’s needs as best as possible.

Aside from work Tom enjoys exercising, socialising and has an interest in cars and motorsport.

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 for over seven years; giving her a great depth of knowledge and experience. 

Lynne uses her extensive knowledge in this sector to assist our current and ever-expanding network of new clients in the efficient and thoughtful management of their buildings and estates. She is keen to continue to provide the service that our clients expect to receive and understands the need for the highest level of communication. 

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.

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Frazer Jessop

Apprentice Building Surveyor  |  Assistant Property Manager

Frazer joined the team in early 2017 after expressing a keen interest in pursuing a career in surveying. He came to Southdown Surveyors originally on a week’s work experience and impressed Matthew with his enthusiasm and work ethic; hence he has now progressed to become a full-time member of the team. He has now begun his studies at University of College Estate Management, where he is working towards becoming a qualified Surveying Technician. There-after, in-time, progressing to become an Associate member of the RICS. He assists the team in all aspects; either on surveys or site visits or in the office with the rest of the team.

Frazer is very active in his spare time and often enjoys participating in many sports as well socialising with friends.

Office Management

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Charlotte Osborn

Office Manager

Charlotte is generally the first point of contact in the office; being the friendly, knowledgeable voice that greets our incoming callers. Consequently, her communication skills are second to none.

Having come from a background in Estate Agency, Charlotte is appreciative of the stressful situations our Clients often find themselves in and is well-placed to be able to facilitate their direction through the practice, ensuring their needs are most adequately met.

Having held management-level positions before, Charlotte’s overriding aim is to ensure that the office runs smoothly, with the professional team well supported, so that in-turn our clients receive the best possible experience and a high standard of customer service.

When not in the office, Charlotte enjoys the outdoor life, spending time with her husband and investing in her garden.

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Lisa Symmonds


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 break from the business following the arrival of twin baby girls, Lisa has recently re-joined the practice to revive her role as office  manager; overseeing the day-to-day management, regulatory compliance and  financial administration of the practice. As is the case for all working mums, Lisa balances her office duties with caring for their young family.

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