Daughter follows in the footsteps of her father

Louisa and Graham Fairhall
Louisa and Graham Fairhall
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Louise Fairhall has been unveiled as the new chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association – the third woman to have held the position since the organisation was founded in 1920.

But she is the first woman to have followed in the footsteps of her father by being given the chain of office.

Louisa, 49, operates family-run Fairhalls in Gosport, the town’s oldest independent estate agency.

A respected surveyor, Louisa’s father Graham, 76, was chairman in 1982.

He recalled, as a Gosport boy in the Second World War, being able to read books during black-outs from the light of the intense fires caused during Germany’s bombing raids on Portsmouth.

Louisa was handed the reins by Barry King, a chartered legal executive at regional law firm Glanvilles.

He himself made PPA history by being the first non-surveyor or estate agent to become chairman.

Louisa said: ‘I’m acutely aware of the sense of responsibility that comes with the title of PPA chairman.

‘My key objective is ensure that the association continues to go from strength-to-strength and helps inform planning policy and legislation locally and nationally.

‘As you may have read about, the PPA has been increasingly vociferous about issues that matter, including backing calls for the compulsory licensing of estate agents and taking the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to task over red tape.

‘We are also deeply committed to backing British business excellence – of which there are so many inspirational examples here on our doorstep – as we collectively emerge from the longest economic downturn since the 1930s.’

The PPA promotes and maintains the highest professional ethics and integrity among its 143 members in the property services industry.

The association has also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity over the decades.

Louisa’s nominated charity for the year is the Ocean Youth Trust South in Portsmouth.