Steve surveys the future with McAndrew Martin

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An expanding firm of chartered surveyors in Portsmouth has recruited a property expert with more than 25 years’ experience.

McAndrew Martin has welcomed Steve Funnell, pictured, as its 25th member of staff as it steps up its recruitment drive to meet rising demand for its services.

Steve, who has run his own estate agency and holds energy assessment qualifications, has joined the Fairway Business Centre-based firm to bolster its chartered surveying department.

Ian Lee, a director at McAndrew Martin, said: ‘Steve is a highly-experienced and well-known property professional who we are sure will be a great asset to the firm.

‘He joins us as we continue to expand and seek to appoint more staff to meet increased demand for our surveys and property-related services.’

Steve, 53, of Waterlooville, has 27 years of experience in the property world. He was a regional manager at the Countrywide group, started his own estate agency Funnell & Co in 2003, and holds Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) and Commercial Energy Assessor (NDEA) qualifications.

He has recently started the SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, and will take the next step in his career to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Steve said: ‘I don’t believe in stopping and with my experience, a move into chartered surveying was the obvious next step. McAndrew Martin is a well-known and rapidly growing firm with a great reputation. I’m looking forward to advancing my career.’