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What is your current job and how long have you been doing it?

I am an RICS Chartered Surveyor and director of BTP Limited (Blondel Touzeau Partnership). BTP Limited is a Building Surveying, project management and architectural practice. I have only recently set up the company with Daniel Blondel. We are in our first month of business, so an exciting time for us both!

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

The good thing about surveying is that there isn’t really a typical day which is one of the reasons I like the work, however, it would involve visiting one of the sites or projects which we are managing to review progress and advise on any issues, and contract matters which may have occurred. I would then potentially carry out a valuation or survey on a house before returning to the office to carry out various tasks, ranging from drawing, issuing certificates for payment, specification writing, through to day to day admin tasks such as sending out the post.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I love cycling and riding my bike so a professional cyclist would be good, however, being nearly 30 I would be approaching retirement so if I could find someone to pay the bills while I ride my bike that would be the dream.

What was your first job?

After finishing my University degree I worked as a site engineer at JW Rihoy for six months before finding a job at a local surveying practice. My first part time job was at Warry’s Bakery in Safeway when I was 13 so I consider myself a bit of a cake connoisseur.

What is your role/involvement with YBG?

I have been a member of YBG for approximately 18 months. I decided that it would be a good opportunity to meet other young professionals and contacts in the island. Various firms and companies often use Chartered Surveyors for various aspects of their business whether it be a survey on a new premises, space planning for an office move, dilapidations work during or at the end of the lease. We also deal direct with individuals if they are purchasing a house or planning an extension. To date it has proved very useful to make contacts and develop business relationships.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

As I mentioned earlier I love riding my bike, however, any outdoor activities; running, going to the beach or just chilling out in the garden with my wife and daughter. The great thing about Guernsey is there are so many great activities on your doorstep which are so accessible.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

  1. My favourite cyclist is Geraint Thomas, however, Bradley Wiggins loves a good drink so he would be a good choice.
  2. Peter Kay as he would have a lot of stories to tell so he would get an invite; and
  3. Jack Nicholson for the same reason.