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The Team

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.

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. Lisa worked alongside Matthew for many years to develop the company to what it is today.

In recent years Lisa has handed over the responsibility of the day-to-day management and regulatory compliance requirements to Luke. She has the main responsibility for HR and all that it entails. Lisa always shares her time with caring for their young family.

Luke Shevels

Business & Operations Manager & Head of Agency

Luke has been dealing with property, in various capacities, for many years including, acquisition, comprehensive refurbishment, maintenance and has been Manager of a local Estate Agency & Chartered Surveyors. He has therefore acquired a wealth of property and business knowledge which he brings with him to Southdown Surveyors; which we know will be able to positively assist our clients.

His Business & Operations Manager role is broad and includes business development, financial management, overseeing the office, staff and workload management and advertising. It is imperative to Luke that our clients continue to receive the highest level of service possible. He also uses his over 10 years in Estate Agency to Head up this department at Southdown. He works closely with the dedicated agency team to ensure the department offers the best possible service to its clients. He will often carry out valuations, viewings and meetings with developers.

Having lived and worked in Eastbourne his whole life he has built up a network of local contacts, as well as expert local knowledge. Luke is always looking for ways we can improve our service and offerings and has fantastic initiative and communication skills.

Luke dedicates some of his time to volunteering at a local Primary School, where he is a Governor. In his spare time Luke enjoys travelling, cooking and looking after his classic Mini Cooper.

Greg Priscott

Building Surveyor - BSc (Hons) AssocRICS

Having been primarily based in Eastbourne for much of his career to-date, Greg prides himself on his extensive local knowledge.

Having worked within Property Management led practices in the past; Greg has a strong understanding and extensive experience in providing Contract Administration/Project Management services, and in writing the Specifications that so relate.

Coupled with his initial post-education employment being in constructional site management – Greg is equipped with first-hand working knowledge on the importance of a project being run efficiently and effectively, with ‘communication’ being integral.

Greg joined Southdown having related to the honest, professional-yet-personal offering they provide, while too seeing the opportunity of expanding his professional knowledge in the other professional areas they practice.

Outside of the practice, Greg is a devoted father to his family and an active footballer.

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. 

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.

Paige Modestou

Senior Property Consultant

For several years Paige has worked in local Estate Agents building her knowledge and expertise in this sector. Paige has honed her customer service skills to an exceptional standard and always receives fantastic feedback from clients Her positive, approachable and motivated attitude is perfect for this sector ensuring everyone involved in a property transaction receives up-to-date information and communications. 

Paige joined the team at Southdown to work within and develop our Estate Agency department with Luke, offering Sales and Lettings services. Her day can be varied from booking and accompanying viewings, valuing properties, assisting tenants or working with developers on new residential schemes. 

When she is not busy at work you may find Paige visiting a National Trust Park or at Eastbourne Seafront as she enjoys long walks and exploring new places in her spare time.

Tom Perkins

Surveying Assistant

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.

Kelly Wyeth

Office Administrator

Kelly is a highly experienced member of our team in her area of practice. Kelly’s previous work experience has been focused in the accountancy profession which has included being PA to one of the Directors at a large firm in the city of London. Kelly prides herself on her enthusiastic approach to projects and is endeavouring to broaden her knowledge in property and the building industry.

Kelly has a strong focus on exceptional customer service and that is why she has become a great asset to the Southdown Team. She always has a positive approach with a friendly and pro-active nature.

During her time at Southdown Surveyors she has developed detailed knowledge of the Party Wall Act and works with Matthew on these projects, helping our clients progress their projects.

Outside of the practice, Kelly is a devoted mother to her son and enjoys baking.

Frazer Jessop

Surveying Assistant

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.

Carole Barber

Admin Assistant

Carole works part time alongside Kelly in our vital administration department. She assists her colleagues with their workload; this includes diary management, dealing with enquiries and typing reports and letters. 

Carole’s previous jobs have afforded her the necessary qualities that our clients would expect. These include attention to detail, outstanding communication and high-quality service. 

In her spare time Carole enjoys baking and spending time with her family which includes her young daughter.

Kind Words...

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We have recently completed a Major Works project on our block of flats with Southdown Surveyors. I am happy to advise that the whole process has been painless and successful.

The project commenced and continued with appropriate advice and guidance; from beginning to end. Progress meetings were frequent and helpful. The contractors work was appropriately inspected/supervised throughout and the scaffolding was down within days of contract completion. 

My previous experiences with major works projects were not happy ones with poor quality work, inadequate supervision and poor surveyor/contractor relationships and massive delays with scaffolding removals. 

On this occasion my fellow Directors and I felt we were fully consulted and advised on options and outcomes and delighted that we came in within a few pounds over budget.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending Southdown Surveyors for Major Works projects.     

Director of local building

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