Peter is a Chartered Building Surveyor. He became an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1978 and then a Fellow Member in 1990. He originally qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. Peter holds a Diploma in Building Conservation from The College of Estate Management, Reading University (1993).
He became a RICS Building Conservation Accredited Member in 1994.
Peter was appointed a Partner of Ward & Dale Smith in 1987. He is now a Director since the Practice incorporated in 2009.
Peter has been a Consultant to the National Trust (both Midlands and South West Regions) on a continuous basis for over 25 years. During this time, he has worked on an extremely diverse range of projects on a large number of Trust Estates and buildings.
He was also an Approved Inspecting Surveyor for Churches in the Diocese of Worcester for more than 20 years but has since retired from this work.
Until recently, Peter was an approved independent consultant of the Property Care Association/British Wood Preserving and Dampproofing Association (one of around 10 or so nationally), specialising in timber and damp related matters.
In association with the above specialism, Peter has acted as an independent consultant dealing with numerous historic buildings affected by flooding; in particular following those in July 2007 in the Midlands and South of England. His involvement included assessments of damage, advice on measures needed to ensure controlled drying out, monitoring, specification of remedial works and dealing with Contractors through to completion. He was subsequently involved in the drafting of the revised Historic England Flooding Guidance Note “Flooding and Historic Buildings” and contributed to the Property Care Association’s “Code of Practice for Recovery of Flood Damaged Buildings”.
Peter is a past member of the RICS Building Conservation Group Board, previously an external tutor for the College of Estate Management, Reading University, and an author of a study paper on “Dampness in Historic Buildings”. He is also a long-term member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
In his spare time, Peter is an active sportsman and still participates regularly in running, mountain biking, skiing and various racquet sports. He has completed the London Marathon three times and has run many half marathons.
He is married with two grown up children. Now living in Malvern, he is regularly out on the Hills when not travelling in the UK or abroad.