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  Roger Southam

R SouthamFor more than 30 years, Roger Southam has been a practicing surveyor in the UK and Europe operating in retail and residential property management. He is Chairman and Chief Executive of Chainbow, a company he founded in 1989, which now specialises in residential asset and estate management.

After a short stint at estate agency Douglas January's in his late teens, Roger embarked on a sandwich degree at Trent Polytechnic between 1980 and 1984, where he secured his Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Urban Estate Surveying. During this time Roger also worked for Jones Lang Wootton's management department, based in the City of London. Following graduation, Roger joined Specialty Shops Plc as an Asset Manager, responsible for management of investment and development portfolios. In 1987 he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and joined London Shop as Senior Development Surveyor, responsible for finding new development opportunities. Two years later, he founded Chainbow with then business partner, Clive Coward.

Roger joined the Livery in 1992 which was the same time he was active as Chairman of the RICS JO, travelling extensively throughout the UK as ambassador for Chartered Surveyors under 33 years of age while working full time. In 1994, Roger became a Fellow of the RICS. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Roger was not only actively involved in the RICS but joined committees for the Bank of England's London Chamber of Commerce's SME Panel, commenting and advising on economic and financial affects to small and medium enterprises and HM Revenue & Customs' Administrative Burdens Advisory Group, providing advice and comment on how administration in taxation can be reduced to help businesses.

Subsequently, Roger was part of the RICS Transparency Working Group (TWG), which examined property professionals' transparency in charging fees and commissions as well as the Department of Communities and Local Government's Regulation of Managing Agents Task Force, commenting on why managing agents should be regulated. Roger is also the former Chairman of Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, the Surveyors' Livery Company Apprenticeship Scheme, which provides opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds to form a career in the property industry.

Roger lives with his partner Roberta and has two daughters from his first marriage, Emma (23) and Becky (21), who graduated from University and College respectively and are currently in the workforce. When Roger is not working or relaxing with his girlfriend, Roberta, he is found on the fairway at the London Golf Club. His other hobbies include movies, books, and travelling.

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