HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 9 October 2018 - The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is entering a new era as Dave Hallam MRICS assumes duties as chair of its Hong Kong Board. Mr Hallam begins a three-year term at the helm amid a momentous moment for the historic organisation, with 2018 marking the 150th anniversary of RICS globally.
A veteran surveyor and a valued member of RICS for two decades, Mr Hallam brings a wealth of experience to the key position in Hong Kong, where he has sat on the board since 2016.
"I'm honoured to be given this opportunity to represent RICS in what is a very exciting period in the development of Hong Kong," said Mr Hallam. "I firmly believe that our profession has a big role to play in shaping Hong Kong's future and I look forward to being part of this."
Mr Hallam assumed the key role of chair of the Hong Kong Board on 1 September. As chair, Mr Hallam will lead the chartered surveying community in Hong Kong, and promote RICS' ongoing goals of driving innovation, attracting tomorrow's talents, collaborating with public bodies and promoting standards and diversity in the profession.
Holding more than 20 years' experience in the surveying profession, Mr Hallam is currently an Executive Director and Head of Business Advisory for Arcadis Hong Kong and Macau, where he oversees the development and delivery of the Asset, Strategy & Performance and Business Assurance propositions across multiple clients and sectors.
Mr Hallam graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc in Building Surveying, achieving first class honours. Originally from the UK, after 14 years with international built asset consultancy firm EC Harris, he relocated to Hong Kong in 2010 to take up the role Operations Director for the outsourced real estate wing of a major financial institution.
RICS also announces the appointment of five members to the Hong Kong Board: Ms Christine Chan MRICS, Director (Investment) of Link Asset Management Limited, Ms Shana Lam MRICS, Senior Director of Valuation & Advisory Services at CBRE Limited, Mr Fong Chung Lee MRICS, Senior Project Manager of Architectural Services Department at the Hong Kong SAR Government, Mr Kam Chuen Li MRICS, General Manager/Administration of The University of Hong Kong - Shenzhen Hospital, and Mr Nigel Smith FRICS, Managing Director of Colliers International (Hong Kong) Limited.
Confidence through Professional Standards
RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards -- bringing confidence to the markets we serve.
We accredit 125,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers property, asset valuation, real estate management; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and woodland. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved the same professional standards and ethics apply.
We believe that standards underpin effective markets. With up to seventy per cent of the world's wealth bound up in land and real estate, our sector is vital to economic development, helping to support stable, sustainable investment and growth around the globe.
With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all.
We are proud of our reputation and work hard to protect it, so clients who work with an RICS professional can have confidence in the quality and ethics of the services they receive.