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Professional Body Memberships
Member of the CIArb, 2009 >    Fellow of the RSA, 2008 > Member of the APM, 2006 >
Fellow of the Institute of CPD, 2005 > Fellow of QSI, 2005 >    Member of the CIoB, 2003 >
Member of the Soc. of Expert Witnesses, 2001 >    Member of the RICS, 1993 >

Professional Appointments
CIoB Grievance & Appeal Board Member, 2010 >     CIoB Leeds & West Yorkshire Centre Committee Member, 2005 > CIoB Branch Committee Member, 2006 >
CIoB Assessor, 2007 >     RICS APC Assessor, 1999 >     RICS APC Doctor, 1995 >

MSc Construction Law & Arbitration, 1997     BSc [HONS] Quantity Surveying, 1990
A Levels, 3, 1986     O Levels, 8, 1984

Work History
Thomas Danby College, 1996     Batty France Consultancy, 1994 >
mtl Partnership,1990 > 1994     Rider Hunt & Partners, 1990 > 1991

Work Experience
1986 > Ashley started his career path in construction by studying for a Quantity Surveying Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University [nee Polytechnic], which encompassed a 15 month industry appointment with Rider Hunt & Partners in Leeds.  This initial appointment provided a sound basic knowledge of quantity surveying and construction techniques and in addition he undertook extensive research into early spreadsheet use and provided a spreadsheet programme for the partners to calculate fee submission prices for all the RICS scales of charges.

1990 > Ashley was awarded an 2:1 honours degree and was nationally nominated for the top exam mark, in under-graduate Quantity Surveying degrees;  he re-joined Rider Hunt & Partners for a short while after graduating and then moved to mtl in Leeds later in 1990.

1990 > 1992 Appointed as project “Clients” QS on 2 large Civil Engineering waste-water treatment works in Leeds with a combined value of £25 million.  Duties performed were post-contract related, interface between clients on-site representatives and contractor; site and desk-top re-measurement; final account negotiations; cost-plus exercises; estimating and re-rating;

1992 > 1994 Seconded from mtl to Yorkshire Cable, initially in sole control of a £40 million civils expenditure, and later in charge of the “Clients” QS team.  Duties performed ranged between civils cost estimates; contract document preparation; pre & post-contract negotiation with contractors; final accounts; claims for loss & / or expense;

1996 Ashley was invited to provide a short programme of lecturing on a part-time basis.  Delivering a module in Property Management to Degree students studying Hospitality Management.

Y B A Consultancy 1998 > Ashley was made a partner of Y B A Consultancy t/a Batty France Consultancy and is responsible for obtaining work and maintaining and developing client relationships which necessarily involved agreeing fees and overseeing invoicing and income collection for clients.  His work involves project management; qualitative and quantitative assessments; ascertainment and valuation of works as between Contractor/Employer, Sub-contractor/contractor; Domestic/industrial, Boundary and Commercial Disputes, litigation, arbitration & adjudication referrals including legally aided work and forensic surveying.  Extension of time and loss and expense claims as between contractor/employer, subcontractor/contractor.  He has particular expertise in computer applications, spreadsheets / word processing / project management software.

2001 > Ashley is increasingly appointed as Party Experts and Single Joint Experts on construction related disputes to provide opinion reports and provide expert evidence in the Courts.  His studies for the MSc in Construction Law & Arbitration have provided him with an in depth knowledge into the law and arbitration in relation to construction.

1995 > I became an APC Doctor for the RICS
1999 > I became an APC Assessor for the RICS.  Initially assisting candidates referred during Professional Interview and later sitting as an Assessor for the actual interviews.  I have attended a number of RICS sessions as Doctor and Assessor over the last few years, to maintain knowledge of current ideas and concepts.

C I o B
2005 > 2007 I represented the local CIoB Leeds & West Yorkshire Centre as Chair
2005 > I sit on the Centre and Branch Committee’s
2007 > I became an Professional Review Assessor for the CIoB
2010 > I became a member of the Grievance and Appeal Board for the CIoB
2010 > I became Senior Vice Chair of the Yorkshire Branch for the CIoB [Chair Elect for 2011]
2011 > I became Chair of the Yorkshire Branch for the CIoB

Project Based Experience
I am a partner in a firm of Chartered Buiulding Consultancy and Chartered Surveyors and have been so for over 11 years.  There are 2 other fee generating partners within the Practice although we work for the majority of the time autonomously.  I am personally charged with maintaining my existing clients and actively seeking new opportunities for the Practice.  We do not have an active marketing policy within the firm, the majority of our clients come to us via recommendation or repeat business.

With the exception of managerial responsibilities, 50% of my existing workload tends to be traditional Quantity Surveying with the rest of my workload being contentious work.

Outside Interests
My wife and I are members of our local Methodist Church at which I am Worship Leader,  a Worship Band member and I am Property Manager with responsibility for the building; I am also a Member of the Bradford Organists Association. I enjoy undertaking amateur Thespian activities, of which recent productions include pantomime.  I have interests in computer technology, photography and looking at building sites whenever I can.  I am a Scout Leader at one of our local Scout Troops and have led outward bound activities in this respect; I have achieved the Wood Badge, Night’s Away Permit and Adventurous Activity Permit (Raft Building)