Meet the Team
BSc (Hons), MRICS, FAAV
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Charles founded Forge Property Consultants in 2010. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1997 and as a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2001 and is also an RICS Registered Valuer. With a background in land agency, managing some of the most diverse rural businesses in the UK, he has been described as ‘professional, versatile and calm in a crisis’.
Charles’ current work includes advising clients at a strategic level, property management and a variety of professional work, as well as promoting and growing the Forge business.
BSc (Hons) MRICS
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Tom Mason joined Forge Property Consultants in 2013 after graduating from Harper Adams University, where he studied Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Tom has been described as ‘innovative, ambitious and an excellent communicator’.
Tom passed his Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in 2014 to become a Chartered Surveyor and is also an RICS Registered Valuer. He is involved across the Forge business and has a specialist knowledge of the Water Industry Act, having been heavily involved in one of the region's largest water projects. Tom is helping to develop the business from the Staffordshire office, which opened in 2017.
Senior Chartered Surveyor
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With a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management from Harper Adams University, Sophie Wall joined Forge Property Consultants in 2020. She is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer, who specialises in valuation and RICS Home Buyer reports across residential, commercial and rural sectors.
Having previously worked at some of the region’s leading firms, Sophie has wide experience and is highly skilled in rural surveying, valuation and estate management and works out of both of Forge’s offices in Shropshire and Staffordshire. Described as very bright, enthusiastic and engaging, Sophie enjoys keeping fit, in particular lifting weights, as well as being a keen walker.
Senior Building Surveyor
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Dave Bates joined the team at Forge in January 2021. As Senior Building Surveyor, Dave provides professional advice on home buyer surveys, planning applications, property law and building regulations. With over 30 years working within the built environment, Dave has a vast range of experience and knowledge across key building surveying roles. He brings his expertise in maximising the potential of rural property assets for conservation, restoration, renovation, or development.
A keen motoring enthusiast, Dave enjoys driving his growing collection of cars.
Andy Lowe joined Forge Property Consultants in 2018 after graduating from Harper Adams University, where he studied Rural Property Management. Andy completed a successful placement year with Forge in 2016/2017, and he is currently working towards his APC exams to become a RICS Registered Valuer.
He is involved in all aspects of the business, focusing on valuation and residential sales and lettings. He is currently involved in one of the region’s largest water projects. With his ‘enthusiastic approach and commitment to personal development’, he is the ideal addition to the Forge team.
Matt started working as a consultant for Forge Property Consultants in 2014. He assists with planning application work, costings, CAD drawing and design and building regulation issues. He previously worked for a regional house builder where he was responsible for the procurement of sites involving, costing, planning and negotiating purchase.
His construction knowledge is an invaluable addition. In his spare time Matt enjoys country pursuits and travel.
Office Administrator and Accounts
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Jo Wood started working for Forge Property Consultants in 2013, bringing with her a wealth of experience in accounts and administration. Jo has previously worked in various sectors, including agricultural accounts for a number of years. She has been described as ‘friendly but professional’. Jo is responsible for managing the financial aspects of the business and supporting the Forge team.
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Carmel Varga started working for Forge Property Consultants in April 2019, to assist in the office administration in the Eccleshall office. She has previously worked in various sectors, including running her own hospitality business for a number of years.
Carmel has been described as ‘friendly but professional’. She is responsible for the day to day office administration of the Eccleshall office and the letting department of the business as well as supporting the Forge team.
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Annie Wall started working for Forge Property Consultants in October 2020 to assist with office administration in the Shropshire office. She has worked for a number of years in office administration, including accounts and payroll, across various sectors.
Annie holds an RSA Diploma in General Reception, which also includes the skills needed for office administration. While working in recent years, Annie has also studied part time and gained her AAT Level 2 and AAT Level 3 accounting qualifications.
"Forge Property Consultants has a range of skills to offer that are required across the building and construction industry and therefore are an outstanding property consultancy firm to appoint or refer people to. I would not hesitate to refer Charles and his team to anyone that is looking for the services Forge offers."