Angela Lemon initially joined the Practice at the age of 18, working part-time while studying. She has since gained over 40 years of experience in the industry, returning to the Practice in 1994 as a Senior Surveyor and was promoted to Associate in 2001, Salaried Partner in 2004 and Semi Capital Member in 2009.
Read our interview to find out more about her experience and career journey.
How did your career journey start?
I joined Alfred E Seaden straight from school after my A Levels at the age of 18, before we merged to become calfordseaden LLP. The Practice supported me through 6 years of part-time studies, while I worked four days a week and attended the Chelmer Institute one day and one evening per week.
When I started, I was a member of what was then called the ‘working up’ department and progressed to the ‘taking off’ team where we would prepare Bills of Quantities.
I passed my Professional RICS exams in 1985 and left in 1986 to work at the consultancy Leonard Stace Partnership, returning to calfordseaden as a Senior Surveyor in 1994 where I have progressed my career.
What have been your greatest career highlights?
In 2001, I was the first member of staff at calfordseaden to pass the NHER (National Home Energy Rating) training and in 2002 the EcoHomes training. My interest in sustainability, and achievement in sustainability training, enabled me to initiate the launch our Sustainability group, which is managed by Terry Keech (Partner and Head of M&E) and is one of calfordseaden’s most respected disciplines.
I am very proud of the reputation that I and my colleagues have built up with our peers and clients. For myself, and as part of a successfully expanding EA Team, the majority of our work comes from repeat business and we have built up a good rapport with our clients who trust us to deliver a professional and high-quality service every time.
I consider myself proactive in the championing of gender equality in the industry and supporting women in their careers. I have been involved in several industry initiatives and networking groups, including WISH (Women in Social Housing), an association that calfordseaden now proudly sponsor. Within my own Team, I have employed and trained a number of women throughout various stages of their careers, several of whom have gone on to become Associates and Partners of the firm.
How has calfordseaden progressed since you joined?
When I first joined, we were working out of a small, single office in North Street in Hornchurch with about 20 staff in total, all of who were Quantity Surveyors. By the time I returned in 1994, calfordseaden had merged with a Building Surveying Practice and set up an Architecture Department.
Since then, calfordseaden has grown exponentially with new offices in Winchester, Birmingham, London, Essex and Cambridge. We have a number of wide-ranging but collaborative disciplines and growing numbers of staff.
I think the fact that we have grown so much whilst maintaining a strong core of long serving staff, is a real testament to our company values and ethos, and has stood us in good stead in this current uncertain climate, and will continue to do so, going forwards.
We have built, and maintain, a strong reputation in the industry and will continue to grow in strength as long as we continue to keep up with the ever changing requirements and needs of our clients, without losing both the personal touch and the professionalism that we have become known for.