Watts appoints new Associate and Directors


Watts Group PLC is delighted to announce a number of promotions which have taken place within the business this month.

Matthew Ellams BSc (Hons) MBA MRICS and Richard Love BSc (Hons) MRICS, of Watts’ London office, have accepted invitations to become Directors. Tom Kibblewhite BSc (Hons) MRICS and Ian Laurie BSc MRICS Dip.NDEA, of Watts’ Manchester office, have also accepted invitations to become Directors. In addition, Alex O’Dell BA (Hons) DipBS MRICS, of Watts’ Bristol office, has accepted an invitation to become an Associate.


Matthew Ellams joined Watts in 2012 following several years building “mega projects” in the Middle East.  In his time at Watts, Matthew has been focused on the delivery of projects for Kings College Hospital at Denmark Hill, including a £60million critical care unit which is to be built above a live operating theatre block. Matthew will assume responsibility of a dedicated team responding to Watts’ project management and building surveying healthcare opportunities.

Richard Love joined Watts in 2010 and was promoted to Associate in 2011.  Notable projects have included one of the first fit-out projects in the Heron Tower, external restoration and repair of Ealing Town Hall, which has been shortlisted in the Building Conservation category of the RICS London Awards 2013, and management of a number of significant programmes of work for local authorities including the London Borough of Brent and London Borough of Camden. Richard will lead the Building Surveying team in Watts’ London-based Projects Consultancy Group.

Tom Kibblewhite joined Watts in 2003 as a graduate building surveyor and was promoted to Associate in 2006, focusing on neighbourly matters services encompassing rights to light, party wall matters and over-sailing agreements. Tom is a regular guest speaker for the RICS and is chairman of the North West branch of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.  As Director, Tom will be leading Watts Manchester’s Housing and Neighbourly Matters teams.

Ian Laurie joined Watts in 1997 as a chartered building surveyor, having worked previously in private practice and local authority. He was promoted to Associate in 2004 and now manages all aspects of Watts Manchester’s Dilapidations group.  He is a regular speaker with the RICS and a former member of both RICS Dilapidations Forum Steering Group and the RICS North West Dilapidations panel.

Alex Odell joined Watts in 2007 and is a chartered building surveyor based in the company’s Bristol office. Over the past six years, he has been involved various teams and has played a significant role in quality management initiatives. Alex will continue to oversee Watts’ quality management inputs and reviews within the office, reporting directly to the Bristol management team.

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