Focus on Simon Geary

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Focus on Simon Geary

July 2017

Simon Geary

Introduce yourself… 

I’m Simon Geary, a Chartered Surveyor and Associate Partner, based in the Fisher German Knutsford office. Before this, I was employed by a Hong Kong-based financial services company, but took a mid-life career change into surveying.

How long have you been with Fisher German?   

I joined Fisher German as a graduate surveyor in 2005, on my return from nine years in Borneo.  I trained for my APC while in Borneo, via distance learning with the College of Estate Management, attached to the University of Reading and qualified in 2007.  I became an Associate Partner in 2015.

What do you do, day to day? 

I’m very much a general practice Chartered Surveyor, as so many people are in the regions, so I’m into the sale, letting and acquisition of offices, retail and industrial properties I do a lot of commercial property and service charge management, including asset management advice and management of various residential leasehold properties.

I advise on Landlord and Tenant matters, such as lease renewals and rent reviews and am an RICS Registered Valuer, dealing primarily with the valuation of commercial properties, mixed use buildings, development sites / conversions and portfolios for banks, institutions and private individuals.

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

It sounds clichéd, but I’m a ‘people person’, so I love all the social aspects of meeting new people, advising clients and developing long-term trusted adviser relationships. Inevitably with my varied background, I do like the variety of my work and not knowing exactly what I’ll be doing from day to day.

What are you most excited about working on in the next 12 months?

I am really looking forward to building on the growth of our Commercial sector across the country and expanding our client base in the North West.

What is on your iPod? 

I have a very eclectic taste! If you shuffle through the music downloads on my iPod, you could end up with anything from classical music to Snoop Dogg!

What about your life outside work?

I’ve been married to Rachel for 21 years. Originally from West Yorkshire, we now live in Sandbach in Cheshire with our four children, Fionn, Alia, Tom and Ronan and our lovable labrador, Mitzy. I play badminton every week, golf whenever I get an invitation (hint, hint!) and enjoy swimming coaching too.  

And tell us something unexpected about you?

All four of our children were born on the giant, rugged Southeast Asian island of Borneo.  I had taken a business degree and joined Majestic Wine, but Rachel got offered a role teaching English in Brunei Darussalam, so off we went.

After all, there aren’t many places you can live, where you can drive to see orangutans one day . . . then dive to see turtles and tropical fish the next! We were lucky enough to travel extensively in the region; the most memorable trip being Vietnam in 2000 with two under twos!

We had strong links with the British Embassy there, so we socialised with High Commissioners, ambassadors and royalty from all over the world.  It was a wonderful nine years – but people say if you’re still there after 10 years, then you’re there for life!

Our dream is to take the children back to where they were born, when we can get the money together!

You can contact SImon at the Knutsford office on 01565 757970 or email him here

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