Commonwealth Games gold medal winner becomes Building Surveyor at Surrey property consultancy

Calum Maynard at Vail Williams’ Woking office

A Commonwealth Games fencing gold medallist has been appointed by property consultancy Vail Williams as a Building Surveyor.

Calum Maynard has joined the Surrey regional team in the Woking office after six years at construction consultants Summers-Inman.

By day he deals with building dilapidations and energy performance certificates – by night he dons a mask, breeches and protective equipment and steps on to the strip to lunge, parry and doublé in bouts with top fencers.

The international épée fencer was part of the England team which took gold in the 2018 Canberra, Australia, Commonwealth Games, narrowly beating the host nation in the final, and achieving an individual ninth place.

Calum, a member of two leading fencing clubs in London, Haverstock in Chalk Farm and Brixton, is now hopeful of selection by England for this August’s Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham.

The 29-year-old, who lives in Woking, fences three or four nights a week, depending on work commitments.

He said: “Being part of the gold medal-winning team was an unforgettable moment for me, but now I am committed to providing a gold standard service for Vail Williams.”

At Summers-Inman, Calum gained practical experience of building surveying from its London office, specialising in damp and mould surveys, EPC assessments, and stock condition surveys, including more than 2,000 Ministry of Defence-owned dwellings.

He completed planned preventative maintenance reports on more than 200 dwellings owned by an Oxford University college and has acted as an independent monitoring surveyor to lenders on multiple projects.

His key skills areas and responsibilities at Vail Williams include schedules of condition, schedules of dilapidations, condition surveys, contract administration, employers’ agent, development monitoring, planned preventative maintenance and energy performance certificates (EPC).

Calum, who has an honours degree in building surveying from UWE Bristol, is currently studying for his RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), said: “I was looking for a new challenge and I am both humbled and gratified to be appointed by a firm of Vail William’s stature.

Geoff Fallon, Vail Williams’ Surrey Regional Managing Partner, said: “In all my time in this industry I have never hired a Commonwealth Games gold medallist before, but it must be stressed we didn’t appoint Calum because of his sporting prowess.

“He is here because he is a fine building surveyor, a good all-rounder with lots of experience, and we have high expectations that he will perform brilliantly across a range of specialisms for Vail Williams.”