A NEW chairman has been appointed for Portsmouth Property Association.
The idea behind the association is to ensure that member firms conform to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Chartered surveyor Ian Lee, a director at McAndrew Martin in Portsmouth, has been named chairman for the second time, having first been at the helm in 2005.
He said: ‘I’m very much looking forward to it because now we raise money for charity.
‘It’s the chairman’s choice, so I have chosen two charities for this year, Dorothy’s Dream and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.’
Dorothy’s Dream is an appeal launched by The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook, which will enable it to care for terminally-ill people in their own homes.
Mr Lee, 45, said he planned to use his tenure as chairman to help members work together better.
He said: ‘I want to encourage members to refer their customers to other members if they can. That way it benefits everyone.
‘I also would like to see companies, if they tender for a job and do not win the contract, advise the tender company to ensure the firm they eventually go with is a member firm, because that way they’ll know they’ll be getting an exemplary service.’
Mr Lee has worked for McAndrew Martin for 15 years, and has been a member of the PPA for the past 12.
And while he is using his position to raise money for charity, his colleagues are doing their bit. They include James Bengree, who this summer will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise £20,000 for Cancer Research.