Countrywide Surveying Services appoints Director of Risk and Compliance

Countrywide Surveying Services (CSS), one of the leading suppliers of valuation panel management services, residential valuations and surveys in the UK, has appointed John Baguley as Director of Risk and Compliance.

John joins Countrywide Surveying Services from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) where he held the position of Tangible Assets Valuation Director and assumed the responsibility for residential and commercial valuation standards in the UK and Europe.

He previously held the title of Surveyors Ombudsman at Ombudsman Services: Property (OS:P) for eight years. Prior to the ombudsman role, he was Professional Services Manager at Colleys, a post which followed 13 years’ operating in the field as a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

CSS panel manages and undertakes valuations for the majority of UK mortgage lenders and employs over 700 personnel, including over 450 in-house RICS qualified Registered Valuers covering most UK postcodes including Northern Ireland.

Matthew Cumber, Managing Director of Countrywide Surveying Services, commented: “This represents an integral appointment for Countrywide Surveying Services as we look to build on what was an incredibly tough but highly successful year. The areas of risk and compliance form the foundations of any successful surveying firm and John will add a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business having “walked the corridors of power” within the Government and at RICS.”

“I am thrilled that he views Countrywide Surveying Services as the next step in his illustrious career and he will prove a vital asset as we look to further enhance our reputation as the leading residential surveying business in the UK.”