Graduate surveyor, Thomas Horton, joins from Oxford Brookes University

August 16, 2016

The latest new recruit to our commercial property valuations team, Thomas Horton, joins us as a graduate surveyor from Oxford Brookes University where he studied planning and real estate management.

He’s a self-professed expert in making teas and coffees, but we’ll be putting him to work on much more interesting projects as part of his graduate training with our Reading team.

Earlier this month, Thomas spoke to us to tell us a bit more about himself on his journey from former U13s Hockey coach to becoming a budding surveyor.

Thomas, what attracted you to your new post at Vail Williams?
It was the people who work for Vail Williams which first attracted me to the role.

What are your ambitions in the role?
As a graduate not long out of university, my main aim in the role is to learn as much as possible, and to progress and grow into the role as a result.

What’s the best thing about working in property, and why?
It has to be the people you meet along the way.

What was your first ever job?
I Hockey Coach for Somerset Hockey Association where I coached the U13s.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Do not be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.

If you had to recommend a good book, what would it be, and why?
Prince, King and Emperor of Thorns. The unique and unbelievably dark humour of the author really brings the book to life.

Tell us a surprising fact about yourself.
I cannot fly!

Have you ever had a hair-raising moment, if so, what was it?
Do car crashes count?!

What’s your favourite band?
Imagine Dragons – an American rock band from Nevada.

If you could work in any other profession, what would it be and why?
This one, because it’s awesome (!).