Graham SlyperConsultant Retired Director
Graham studied surveying at The College of Estate Management (in Kensington before becoming part of Reading University) and joined Strettons in 1975 after 3 years in the professional team at Knight Frank & Rutley in Hanover Square, followed by 9 years as a partner in a well-established north London practice of chartered surveyors.
He then joined Strettons as a senior general practice surveyor dealing with valuations, Landlord & Tenant Act, commercial rent reviews, rating and the occasional structural survey, before drifting almost by accident into property auctions, whilst at the same time moving up the Strettons ranks to Associate and then Director.
Initially the auction 'team' was just Graham and his then PA/secretary, and they held 2 or 3 auction sales each year. By the time he retired in 2009 Strettons were one of the largest UK auctioneers holding 7 sales per year with a staff of 12. Auction sales were held in London, Manchester and Exeter, and realised in excess of £150M in his pre-retirement year.
Graham pioneered the conduct of multi-lot auction sales in Cyprus, and he negotiated the acquisition of the two well-known auction practices of Stickly & Kent and Edwin Evans.
During the earlier years Graham was heavily involved with the RICS as Secretary and then Chair of the Middlesex and Urban Essex branch - negotiating their merger with the London branch - and later Chair of their General Practice Division. He also chaired an RICS examination panel, was their nominated representative on the board of The University of East London, was a member of the RICS panel of arbitrators and experts, and served on the Auctioneering Group of the ISVA.
Coupled with this was (and still is) his love of football, and specifically Barnet Football Club with whom he has been, and remains, involved as a director since 1998. This, coupled with some consultancy at Strettons, visiting his second home in Cyprus, and enjoying time with his wife, children and 6 grandchildren, keeps him fully occupied in retirement.
1973 Institute of Surveyors Valuers and Auctioneers (Fellow)
1973 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Fellow)
1971 Rating and Valuation Association (Fellow)
1966 Rating and Valuation Association (Associate)
1966 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Associate)
- Auction practice
- Law and procedures