Barry King

LOCAL LAWYER VOTED CHAIRMAN

Barry King, Chartered Legal Executive at Glanvilles has become the first non Surveyor or Estate Agent to become the Chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association.

Formerly known as the Portsmouth & District Estate Agents Association it was formed in the 1930’s by the then principals for the major estate agents and surveyors throughout the city as a way of networking and promoting local knowledge and assistance amongst like minded people. In 2005 the committee decide to allow other professionals in to the association, including lawyers, mortgage advisors, bankers, and insurance brokers

Barry says of his achievement “In all the years that I attended PPA events as a guest of various estate agents and surveyors did I ever think that one day I would become Chairman.  However, and after some persuasion from friends and colleagues, I decided to offer myself for the post of Vice-Chairman in 2011 and automatically became Chairman this year as the Committee were kind enough to endorse me.

I feel it is a great privilege to be leading the area’s local and premier Property Association which has such a history and tradition. I see this year as building on those foundations but also trying to increase, not only our membership, but also our profile amongst the general public so that they can be assured that using a PPA member of each profession is the best way forward to enable them to move house as efficiently as possible.

For further information please visit their website, www.portsmouthproperty.co.uk

Barry can be contacted at Glanvilles Fareham office at Cams Hall, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 8AB by telephone ON 01329 282841 or by email b.king@glanvilles.co.uk. Visit Glanvilles online at www.glanvilles.co.uk

Glanvilles are Lexcel and Conveyancing Quality accredited by the Law Society.

PPA heads for heights with Olympic diver Peter

BADGES OF HONOUR: From left, Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) chairman Barry King, Southampton Property Association chairman David McGougan, PPA chairwoman-elect Louisa Fairhall and guest speaker Peter Waterfield, British diver and Olympic silver medallist. They are pictured at The Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth for the PPA’s 93rd annual charity dinner.

More than £1,000 has been raised for Hounds for Heroes in the 93rd annual charity dinner by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA). The event, attended by 100 business professionals at The Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth, saw donations come in thick and fast for the charity, which provides specially-trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled people from the Armed Forces.

Barry King, PPA Chairman and chartered legal executive at regional solicitors Glanvilles LLP, said: “PPA members were once again generous to a fault. It is fitting, given this awe-inspiring military venue, that people who served Queen and Contry will benefit from the great work Hounds for Heroes is doing.” Meanwhile, in the event programme, Barry paid tribute to the “resilience” of the local property industry for its agility in responding to fice years of economic challenges, with the worst behind.

Peter Waterfield, the British Olympic diver who won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the synchronised 10-metre platform, was guest speaker. Raising gales of laughter, he wore his Union Jack swimming trunks over his tuxedo to feel more at home while talking everyone through his career!

Peter, who lives in Southampton, recounted how grit and determination, and being able to endure hitting the water at 35mph, with face-bending twists of up to 4Gs, helped him get to the pinnacle of his sport.

The diver was among a number of top-table guests, including Mark Waldren, the editor of The News, which was event partner, and Alan Cufley, the regeneration chief at Portsmouth City Council, who spoke of how the city is being transformed.David McGougan, an associate director at regional commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard, attended in his role as the new chairman of Southampton Property Association.

Louisa Fairhall, who runs lettings and property management specialist Fairhalls – www.fairhalls.co.uk – in Gosport, officially takes over from Barry at the association’s AGM on April 8.The PPA is also hosting its annual property conference at Langstone Technology Park, Havant, on March 20.

Neil Hawkins, PPA secretary and a chartered surveyor with Chandler Hawkins in Portsmouth, officially thanked guests with a time-honoured toast.With 140 members and dating back to 1920, the PPA is the main voice for property-related professionals in and around Portsmouth.Members include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, solicitors and bankers.PPA members must comply to a strict code of conduct, with emphasis on quality of service, local knowledge and expertise.

Property on the agenda

Nearly 100 people booked places at a keynote property convention held by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).The annual event, in association with Portsmouth City Council, took place on Wednesday, March 20, at Langstone Technology Park, Havant, from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

PPA chairman Barry King, a legal executive with regional law firm Glanvilles LLP, said: “This is always a welcome opportunity to hear from a range of highly knowledgeable speakers on a range of property issues – the fact that the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers his Budget on the day will add timely resonance to what is being discussed.”He added: “The construction industry could well do with a shot-in-the-arm following the latest official government figures. These show that output in the UK fell by 10.2% between last November and this January because of a lack of new-build projects.

“Fasset, which operates Langstone Technology Park, is sponsoring the event, which counts towards 3.5 hours of continuing professional development – CPD as it is known – and includes a question-and-answer session.Topics include the £1 billion investment vision for the city of Portsmouth, along with latest planning and building controls, legal matters, lending issues and regulations.”

Gary Jeffries, the managing director of regional commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard, will also update PPA members on the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.With 140 members and dating back to 1920, the PPA is the main voice for property-related professionals in and around Portsmouth.

Members include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, solicitors and bankers.

PPA members must comply to a strict code of conduct, with emphasis on quality of service, local knowledge and expertise.