Meet Carys.

A day in the life of Carys.

I joined the Sava team in January 2021. Prior to this I was an estate agent for almost 20 years where I ran two branches for an independent firm in Bedford and Milton Keynes. This was originally meant to be a one-year stop gap prior to training to be a surveyor but ran into nearly two decades!

Whilst still there I decided to finally follow my dreams of becoming a residential surveyor and joined one of the first intakes at Sava on their Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation programme. This turned out to be the best thing I have ever done!

Upon completion of the diploma, I was welcomed with open arms into a small surveying firm which after a year subcontracted me out to a national company to undertake mortgage valuations. Although I loved being a surveyor, I felt ready for a change. When I saw that Sava were advertising for a role in their training team, I decided to give it a go. I loved undertaking my training with them and thought they would be a great company to work for – it turns out I was right!

I joined Sava as their Residential Surveying Technical Lead. I help learners on the Sava diploma programmes achieve their dreams of becoming residential surveyors.

I now look forward to going to work and I never thought that was possible. Sava welcomes the progression of the staff and team and I look forward to what the future holds.

Carys Atkinson, Sava's Residential Surveying Lead, measuring up a house in Milton Keynes

Sava are not just a business. Although it sounds corny, it feels like a family, we support each other as well as the learners”

Carys Atkinson
Residential Surveying Technical Lead

A typical week

I honestly love my position at Sava, there is not really a typical week which is part of what I love but predominantly my week will involve talking to learners who are undertaking the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation (DRSV) or Certificate in Residential Valuation (CRV) qualifications where I share my experiences of the diploma and the world of surveying and valuation to assist learners achieve their goals. This is a wonderful opportunity to share my passion for valuation and the built environment. Being able to fully appreciate what trainees are undertaking and offer support and advice in these areas has been exceptionally rewarding.  

Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time

This is a tricky question as my career is developing constantly as Sava listens to what learners need and work to achieve these changes, constantly looking and listening to ideas and suggestions to improve the overall experience for learners. It would be great to look at other qualifications to undertake (I miss the learning) both in surveying, valuation and training and assessing to be able to offer more to learners and Sava.

What do you do in your spare time

In my spare time I enjoy relaxing when I can, gardening, spending time with family and friends as well as traveling, and going out on our sailing boat.

In 2013 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, this was a very scary time but with the care from Luton Hospital, I have pretty much remained stable, but this did not deter me from following my dreams and now that it is a little bit harder to continue the physical career myself, this is an awesome way to stay connected to the profession that I love whilst helping others.

Residential Surveying Technical Lead, Sava

Environment & Social

Sustainability isn’t something we just talk to others about. Sava strives every day to reduce our environmental footprint, enhance employee well-being, and making positive social impact through our work and the way we run our firm.