Colliers International’s head of business rates has been elected chair of the rating diploma holders’ section of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

John Webber

John Webber said it was “a great honour” to be elected for the one year term. This section of the RICS was established in 1922, following the advice of the Rating Surveyors Association to establish a special diploma in rating in the hope that “an increasing number of members will present themselves for Forestry, Sanitary Science, Rating and Land Surveying Examinations”. Today the RICS rating diploma is widely regarded as a ’gold standard’ in terms of measuring the capability of rating surveyors.

Tony Horrell, chief executive for Colliers in UK and Ireland said, “This appointment is a reflection of John’s high standing in the industry. Colliers’ business rates team goes from strength to strength and now employs over 90 people in offices across the UK, advising high profile clients in all major sectors of the market on their ratings needs, including retailers and corporates. We are delighted John’s campaign for a fairer business rates system has been recognised, as has his commitment to both his clients and the industry.”

Webber and his team recently advised the Co-op on its successful Court of Appeal action alongside Sainsburys, Tesco and Cardtronics against the Government over the business rates assessment of ATM machines in supermarkets.