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Meet the Team

Ian Ford 2015
Ian Ford DipBS FRICS
Managing Director, London
T: 0161 831 6180

Ian is Managing Director of Watts Group Limited and chairs both the Group Board and UK Management Team meetings. 

Ian, a Chartered Building Surveyor, joined Watts in 1989. He became a director in 1993 and during the same year was responsible for opening the firm’s Manchester office which he led and grew for nearly 15-years.  From 2003 his management responsibilities gradually extended across our UK network. He was appointed Group Managing Director in December 2010.

Prior to joining Watts he trained and qualified working in the commercial building surveying sector and on joining Watts, originally in our  former Blackheath office,  he shifted his focus to public sector work for both local and central government, a highlight of which involved managing a ten-man team covering a three-year pioneering commission testing new asset management arrangements for the Ministry of Defence on several large MOD establishments, coinciding with the abolition of the Governments’s Property Services Agency.

His professional experience lies predominently in commercial building surveying with a background in acquisition surveys, maintenance management, neighbourly matters, dilapidations, and development monitoring. Over the years he has also acquired general management experience including the setting up and successfully establishing  several of the offices now in our network.

Throughout his career he has been actively involved with the RICS on skills panels and within the Northwest Building Surveying Branch, acting as a committee member for many years. He is a member of the Pyramus and Thisbe (Club) and is a former member of the RICS Dilapidations Forum Steering Group which established this successful RICS Forum. He regularly speaks on dilapidations, neighbourly matters and other building surveying topics.


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