Anne Lacey, Trainee QS, Cyril Sweett

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Anne Lacey is a trainee QS at top consultant Cyril Sweet. She has three year’s experience and an NVQ??. She is currently completing a HNC ?? on day release and is registered on the Associate qualification.

What does your job involve?

I am currently working with our commercial team on the Thameslink Blackfriars project. Working on post contract change control and estimating. I have previously worked in both the retail and transport sectors, where I have been involved in cost planning; tender reviews; and estimating.

What has been a career highlight/most interesting project so far?

It is exciting working for such a big consultancy as Cyril Sweett has enabled me to work on some big projects such as the £90m Grand Arcade in Cambridge and the £25m thecentre:mk. I am now involved in the biggest UK civil engineering programme, the Kings Cross, Blackfriars, Farringdon investment enhancement programme.

Tell us about your experience of AssocRICS?

I found both the online registration and the managed learning environment (MLE) simple and easy to use. As soon as I completed the online registration I downloaded the candidate guide from the website and started to upload my evidence. The evidence I uploaded was taken from my day to day job, where I didn’t have the experience my employer let me shadow colleagues and learn new skills.

What do you hope to gain from the AssocRICS qualification?

The Associate qualification will give me recognition of my work experience and vocational qualifications. It will set me apart from other trainees and set me on my way to become a chartered surveyor.

What are your career aspirations?

After my HNC I will complete an RICS-accredited degree and will hopefully qualify as a chartered surveyor in 2014. Once I’m qualified I aim to move into a more senior position within Cyril Sweett either in the UK or possible abroad.


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