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James Grierson

James Grierson is a Chartered Surveyor who has spent most of his career advising public sector, corporate and financial organisations on the strategic use, development and regeneration of property.

James was a Partner and Board Member of Donaldsons, a 1,000 strong firm of real estate advisors.

Following the firm’s sale to DTZ Plc in 2007 James spent 7 years there as Head of Corporate Real Estate Consultancy & Public Sector. Now, with a portfolio of consultancy and investment roles, James is a non-executive Advisor to Savills Plc, an Advisor to the Government Property Unit, Council Member at Durham University,  Chair of the RICS Public Sector Executive and a Trustee of Lionheart (RICS Benevolent Fund).

As well as a personal and professional interest in Architecture James is also interested in heritage conservation.  He is Secretary of the York Foundation for Conservation & Craftsmanship and a Trustee of York Museums Trust.

James has served as a Non-Executive Director on various boards including PMP, the North Yorkshire Health Authority and Goldsmiths College (London University).

James’s career has been split between the North and London. He has lived in and around York for over 30 years and has four grown-up daughters.


Membership of Formal Groups
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Business, Professional or Social Relationships
As a Chartered Surveyor I have worked alongside many architects over decades.  There is none with whom I have any relationship that might constitute a conflict of interest.

My eldest daughter is currently training to be an architect and is completing her Part II this summer.

Companies or Associations which you or members of your family are officers or employees or in which you or they have beneficial interests
My wife and I have shareholdings in a large number of companies, both direct and indirect.  All our investments are managed on a discretionary basis by an investment manager.  No conflict envisaged.

Involvement in Partnerships, Joint Ventures or Consortia

Professional Relationships with individuals, organisations or businesses that might have relationships with ARB
RICS – I chair the Public Sector Executive
Durham University – Member of Council

No conflict envisaged



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