The Sava Trainers

Sava trainers are drawn from the very best experts in residential surveying. All practice in their chosen fields, whether in building surveying, valuation or law.  Many have authored textbooks (some of which we use in our qualification programmes), or have written or contributed to industry guidance such as RICS professional statements.

They bring their wealth of experience into bespoke training material that Sava produces and convey their knowledge and enthusiasm into the classroom, practical surveying days, and online webinar sessions.

We are very fortunate to have them as part of the Sava team!

Larry Russen


Larry is a Chartered Building Engineer and Party Wall Surveyor with 40 years’ experience in building surveying, legal, structural movement, dampness, condensation, party walls, building regulations, energy, safety, management of building works and other related subjects. He also trains for RICS on residential survey and valuation matters.

Fiona Haggett

BSc (Hons) FRICS

Fiona has 35 years experience and is currently Head of Valuations at Barclays Corporate Banking. Her previous roles include residential valuer for Halifax BS, head office roles in Lloyds Banking Group (risk management, complaint investigation, health & safety, audit, lending policy and technical advice). She is also former UK Valuation Director at RICS.

Alan Appleby


Alan has 40 years' experience in the surveying sector and now leads a practice focusing on residential survey & valuation and listed & historic properties covering taxation, probate, matrimonial, HS2/compulsory purchase, Help to Buy and secured lending. He delivers training for surveying firms and RICS.

John Wheatley


John is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 30 years experience in local building control, insurance claims and residential surveying & valuation. He has previously worked at e.surv and GA Valuation & Survey. He is also a technical trainer with a visiting lecturer role for Nottingham Trent University.

Chris Hutchings


Chris has over 35 years experience covering building surveying, residential property, residential surveys and valuation.

Geoff Hunt

BSc (Hons) FRICS

Geoff is a Chartered Building Surveyor with particular expertise in older and historic property. Publications include ‘Defects and Materials’ timeline and ‘Residential Building Defects’.

Carrie de Silva

HAUC, LlB (Hons) MA

Carrie was previously principal lecturer for law & taxation at Harper Adams University and is now a Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University. She co-authored ‘Residential Property Appraisal Volume 1’.

Paul Driver

DipBldgCons, MRICS

Paul is a Chartered Building Surveyor with 35 years experience in all residential property types. He currently runs his own consultancy and has previously worked for Paragon Group, in building control in local authority and for Wimpey Construction Ltd.

Mike Ridgell

MSc (Building Conservation) MRICS

Mike is a Residential Surveyor, former heritage builder, qualified energy assessor and trainer.

Mike Toosey

BSc (Hons) MRICS

Mike has 30 years experience as a Chartered Building Surveyor, experienced in construction/refurbishment of commercial buildings, residential surveying & valuation and internal training with e.surv’s APC programme. He is also a RICS APC assessor.

Anne Hinds

BSc (Hons) FRICS

Anne has over 30 years’ experience in surveying, management, negligence investigation & conciliation, health & safety, risk management and consultancy. She has previously worked at e.surv, Valunation and KFH and is now the lead assessor and IQA for Sava.

Tim Jones


Tim has 25 years senior level experience covering building surveying, residential valuations, Party Wall matters, historic buildings, construction project management, property development, business coaching and climate change. He has direct construction experience in leisure facilities, housing, museums, theatres, district heating, parks, farms and area-based regeneration. He is the RICS APC Chairman and an assessor for both building surveying and project management.

Kate Charrington


Kate is a climate-conscious chartered surveyor. She specialises in supporting residential surveyors to future proof their home surveys and valuation reports through sustainability and standards.

Kate is a trained Climate Reality Leader and qualified Retrofit Co-ordinator. She is a member of Women in Residential Property and provides a strong voice for millennial surveyors. Kate looks to drive forward the future of surveying by helping surveyors to understand their role to play in delivering sustainable communities.

Tim Kenny


Tim is a residential surveyor and has been a DEA, Home Inspector and Property Manager in the past. Along with authoring two sections of iSurv for RICS he has also a contributor to the RICS Building Surveying and Residential Journals. Both in teaching and in his own business Tim is focused on how surveyors can deliver the highest possible quality of customer service and benefit to clients.

Outside of his day job Tim is also a Yoga teacher and runs regular webinars for LionHeart, a charity that supports RICS members.