Ian Prestwood

Position Held





Professional Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

BSc Quantity Surveying (with Commendation) from The Polytechnic of Wales

Started Career



Roles Undertaken


Quantity Surveyor • Employer’s Agent • Contract Administrator • Project Manager

Worked Sectors


Social Housing • Private Housing • Education • Leisure • Industrial • Luxury Hotels • Healthcare

Other Qualifications


Full UK clean driving licence

Outside Interests


Playing veterans rugby and keeping fit by regularly running, using rowing machine and general fitness training. Current member of Yeovil 41 Club (previous Chairman and Honorary Secretary) and assisting Yeovil Round Table (previous Chairman and President) including current Secretary to Yeovil Beer Festival 2015. Attending music festivals including Glastonbury, Hop Farm, End Of The Road and 80’s Rewind, with the associated joys of camping! Life Member of CAMRA and enjoy attending beer festivals and visiting national heritage public houses and sampling their wares.

Q&A with Ian

What ignited your interest in the construction industry?

I have an uncle who ran his own construction company in N Ireland and I enjoyed going out to site with him to review progress and measure up the completed works. We discussed possible careers within construction and with my penchant for numbers and measurement, it was agreed I would try being a quantity surveyor.

What’s kept you working in the construction industry?

The camaradarie of working alongside my colleagues, fellow consultants and the clients I have met over the last three decades. Seeing a completed project being used for its designed purpose is always a thrill.

What’s a good day at work?

Whilst I enjoy carrying out my office based duties including producing Bills of Quantites, Specifications, Empoyer’s Requirements, etc., a good day would be visiting site to review progress or to complete a monthly valuation. Seeing a building come together and discussing progress and any design issues with the main contractor’s site staff, operatives and sub-contractors is always rewarding.

What would be your alternative career?

Being the landlord of a successful public house serving a variety of quality real ales in a friendly and cosy environment.