Bringing International Expertise to Our Americas Region

Nathan Monks
I originally joined Faithful+Gould in the UK & Europe but managed to combine my love of travel with a great career opportunity and joined the strategic facility consulting team in Phoenix, Arizona.

Since I joined Faithful+Gould in the UK & Europe region, nine years ago, I have gained valuable project management, architectural and design experience. Working for a major banking client, I served as agent, building surveyor and project manager. I developed a 10-year maintenance strategy, a key goal for this client, after working with a team of structural engineers and surveyors to identify potential structural defects in a reinforced concrete car park built in the 1970s. 

I had an opportunity to transfer to our Americas region because of a need for chartered building surveyors in the Phoenix and Washington, D.C. offices. After speaking with technical director, Dean Leonard, I decided on Phoenix because of its diversity and the year-round outdoor activities.

At the time my regional director, Phil Thwaite, supported my professional goals and ambition and knew this was an important step in my career path with the company. Phil is part of the UK National Building Surveying Management team, which is working closely with colleagues in the Americas to support our growth strategy, increase our capability and help fulfill the career goals and aspirations of the wider UK national team. As the team manager, Phil admited it was difficult to let me go, but he recognized the opportunity for me, not just from a career development point of view but also as a life experience.

I am driving the use of iPads when gathering site data in the field.

Currently, I am undertaking facilities condition assessments that involve performing building surveys and developing strategic maintenance plans. I am driving the use of iPads when gathering site data in the field. I did this successfully in the UK working with software producers to develop tools to save time and enable our teams to be more efficient working in the field.

My current technical director, Dean Leonard, enjoyed the valuable exchange of ideas and collaboration I was able to bring from the UK, helping us to provide added value to our clients. He was also happy that I was (and still am) able to mentor graduate surveyors who are preparing for professional Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) exams and seeking qualifications in their field. 

In recent months, I have helped several colleagues who live in the U.S. and as far away as Dubai to achieve MRICS accreditation.

I am a full member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), which requires structured training and a professional examination. The MRICS membership is held as the world’s leading professional qualification and the standard in land, property and construction surveying. Faithful+Gould supported me in achieving this membership and I enjoy mentoring and supervising other graduate surveyors preparing for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). In recent months, I have helped several colleagues who live in the U.S. and as far away as Dubai to achieve MRICS accreditation. This gives me the self satisfaction that I am assisting surveyors of the future, as well as keeping me up to date with latest trends and standards of the RICS. Mentoring also serves as professional development as I work toward Fellowship accreditation of the RICS (FRICS).

My wife, Laura, and I have found working and living in the U.S. to be a rewarding experience. When we moved, Laura was frustrated by having to wait three months before working. In the UK, she was accustomed to being active with her own personal training business and managing a gym. Now she is very busy working at a local gym and a resort hotel and is much happier.

My wife, Laura, and I have found working and living in the U.S. to be a rewarding experience.

Laura and I love to travel – it’s always been a big part of our lives. Here in Arizona, we enjoy visiting Flagstaff and Sedona and hiking in the Grand Canyon. We also have taken trips to New York, Oregon and California.

Despite the distance, we are sharing this experience with friends and family. We have had visitors from Los Angeles, and my old university friends have traveled here from Kansas and San Francisco. Spending time with them has helped us settle in. Both of our parents are planning a visit later this year to escape the UK’s cold winter and enjoy the Arizona sunshine. Of course I am active on social media - LinkedIn, Twitter and other venues - to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues!