After a 12-month term as vice president, Trevor Palethorpe, joint head of John Pye Business & Property, has been elected as president by NAVA, a division of Propertymark.
Taking up the role last month Trevor aims to guide the organisation in re-engaging with its members and hopes to encourage the next generation of auctioneers.
Currently, Trevor jointly heads up the Business Assets and Property divisions of John Pye and has been in the auctions industry since his teens. Originally aspiring to be a history teacher when leaving school, a chance meeting with Adam Pye saw Trevor starting work in the salesrooms at Nottingham’s Cattle Market on Friday nights and it changed the course of his career.
Speaking of his appointment, Trevor says: “I genuinely love the profession which I’ve been part of now for over 25 years, so to be elected president of NAVA Propertymark is really a great honour. I grew up in auctions and have amassed experience that spans business assets through to property and fine art, plus everything in between. I’m looking forward to sharing this knowledge and experience with other colleagues and industry professionals.”
NAVA was established in the 1980s to provide accreditation and best practice sharing within the industry. In 2000, operations were taken over by Propertymark who set the benchmark for property professionals. Its members are expected to adhere to strict best practices and code of conduct, so both public and businesses can be assured they are dealing with a suitably qualified professional.
John Pye as a business have been active members ever since inception, with both John and Adam Pye previously serving as chair, the precursor to the role which Trevor is taking on now. The firm also actively encourages and supports its staff who wish to develop their careers within auctioneering and valuations to take Propertymark qualifications.
Talking about what he hopes to achieve during his term as president, Trevor adds: “I want to help raise the profile of our profession and be part of the wider Propertymark team to ensure the continuance of high standards to protect the integrity of the auctioneering and valuing professions.
“I’m also keen to inspire other colleagues within the profession and anyone thinking of an auctioneering career. It is not something that is often considered for school leavers. I’d encourage people to consider it as a rewarding career and take advantage of the variety of benefits that NAVA Propertymark members can access. This includes perks and industry benefits including legal advice, professional support and professional development courses, for absolute beginners to experienced auctioneers.”
Nathan Emerson, CEO of Propertymark, says: “All of the Propertymark Board, alongside the staff at Propertymark HQ are really looking forward to working with Trevor in order to drive Propertymark further forward and deliver more to our members. We congratulate Trevor on his appointment within the team.”