Our Team of Property Experts

Meet our Property Experts

Joe Arnold Joe Arnold - British specialist lending award finalist 2018

Joe Arnold

Managing Director

Joe is the founder and guiding force behind Arnold & Baldwin and has overall responsibility for all survey and valuation services. The original honest, approachable expert, he is passionate about delivering the highest quality services, embracing the most up to date technology on the market to help eliminate risk and protect your investment.

At the forefront of the future of the built environment, Joe is appointed to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Residential Survey and Valuation Professional Group and the RICS Home Survey Standards Committee , helping shape the profession by providing the technical guidance and market insights that underpin industry standards.

Having begun his career with a multi-disciplinary surveying practice in Croydon where he expanded a successful Acquisition Division and Residential Development Consultancy, Joe subsequently joined Cushman & Wakefield in the West End, providing consultancy advice on urban regeneration schemes and negotiating the acquisition of key strategic buildings. He went on to establish Arnold & Baldwin in 2007.

Joe has over 15 years’ experience undertaking residential and commercial valuations and surveys throughout London and the South East. He is also an Independent Expert, undertaking CPR compliant Expert Witness Reports on matrimonial cases, negligence claims, and probate/taxation issues.

A very proud father to 3 daughters, Joe lives in Banstead with his wife, enjoying the ever-changing challenges of family life. Living and breathing property, when not writing articles for industry publications Development Finance Magazine, Mortgage Solutions, and Mortgage Strategy, Joe’s hobbies include finding run-down buildings and creating wonderful environments for people to live in.

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Alistair White

Director

Alistair joined Arnold & Baldwin in 2012 having decided to further his career by joining a progressive surveying firm with an emphasis on providing an approachable expert service.

Alistair graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2007 with a degree in Real Estate Management and subsequently attained full MRICS and registered valuer status in May 2013.

Prior to joining Arnold & Baldwin, Alistair secured a substantial breadth of experience working within the valuation and LPA Receivership sectors in Central London and brings a peerless attention to detail to every piece of residential and commercial work that he undertakes.

Alistair heads up the audit and quality control functions at Arnold & Baldwin, ensuring our practices comply with the most up to date regulation and guidance and promoting the highest standards in our services.

Originally from Buckinghamshire, Alistair has called south London home for several years now and enjoys getting out to explore the city. In his spare time, Alistair is a keen sportsman and enjoys making the most of the parks and open spaces London has to offer.

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Rod Butcher

Surveyor

With a considerable and varied background in construction, Rod’s unique perspective provides him with an unsurpassed insight into all aspects of building pathology and defects.

Having decided on a change of direction a number of years ago, Rod completed the Diploma in Surveying Practise with the College of Estate Management allowing him to become a technical member of the RICS.

His specialities are the more involved Building and HomeBuyer Reports where exceptional expertise and an acute eye for detail really comes into its own and he is inevitably the first port-of-call for all second-opinions needed by surveyors for those less common defects discovered out and about.

Dedicated to producing the finest in-depth reports, Rod goes above and beyond with each case he is given in order to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Rod lives in South Croydon with his wife and has four adult children. He works far too hard to maintain any regular hobbies, but still manages to find the time to support his beloved Chelsea.

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Daniel Grove

Surveyor

Daniel is a key part of Arnold & Baldwin’s specialist residential lease extension and freehold enfranchisement team, bringing his passion for customer care and unparalleled organisational skills to bare in everything he does.

He also undertakes RICS Red Book valuations for both private clients and lenders.

Having studied Construction Management at Brighton University, Daniel went on to forge a significant career as a residential agent, rising to the position of sales director for a local estate agency in Caterham.

During this time, Daniel developed a fantastic working relationship with Arnold and Baldwin and subsequently took the opportunity to further his career as a surveyor, joining the team early in 2015.

In May 2016, Daniel attained AssocRICS and Registered Valuer status.

Having grown up in Sutton, Daniel now lives in Whyteleafe with his wife and baby boy who was welcomed into the world in December 2016. In his spare time, he loves to travel, enjoys watching films, and playing sport including football, tennis, badminton and squash.

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Nick Goldsmith

Surveyor

Nick joined the team in April 2018 and has promptly become the go-to guru for all things built.

With a first-rate building pathology knowledge, he specialises in residential Homebuyer and Building Surveys.

Having entered the property sector in 2007, Nick started out undertaking Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessments and cavity wall and loft surveys while in training with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

He then went on to work as Lettings Manager for an independent agent in Surrey, achieving membership of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) while developing and expanding a successful lettings department.

Not one to rest on his laurels, alongside Dad duties and full-time work, Nick went on to complete the qualification for Surveying and Valuation with the SAVA School of Surveying, achieving AssocRICS and Registered Valuer status.

At home in Tadworth, Nick’s spare time is devoted to his family and young daughter Penelope.

When he does have a moment, he enjoys playing snooker, squash and football.

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Tom Pearson

Client Co-ordinator

Having joined Arnold & Baldwin in July 2014, Tom has not only established himself as a valuable member of the team, but also as a sage for all things technological.

Born and raised in Croydon, he brings local knowledge alongside an exceptionally analytical mind to provide excellent customer service and is able to turn his hand to any computer-based task with ease and efficiency.

Having received a degree in Environmental Geography from the University of York, Tom has a proclivity for interpreting and producing maps and site plans, which provide invaluable insight to clients and colleagues alike.

Tom also undertakes quality and audit checks on reports prior to release and, always happy to help, delivers a friendly and understanding approach to every phone call he receives.

As a keen runner, Tom regularly covers impressive distances in his spare time, and is a dab hand at playing the guitar.

He also enjoys watching the odd game of cricket (as long as England aren’t losing too horribly!).

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Billy Liffen

Client Co-ordinator

Having joined Arnold & Baldwin in August 2017, Billy has swiftly become an integral part of the team and a first point of call for effectively resolving customer queries.

As affable as they come, he has a knack for explaining the ins and outs of the various surveys in a straightforward and accessible way.

With a background in all things people focussed, Billy previously worked as a co-ordinator and systems manager for a market research company, however, wanted a change of path which could provide progression and the opportunity to forge a solid career in the property industry.

Arnold & Baldwin stood out as offering a fantastic working environment with a friendly team.

In pursuit of his goals, Billy has recently enrolled with the SAVA School of Surveying and is working towards attaining AssocRICS status.

Billy lives in Merton and enjoys weekly football, going to the gym and is a bit of a movie and theatre buff.

He also enjoys sunbathing and running when the weather permits!

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Jon Porter

Trainee Surveyor

Jon is a bright young thing, who has already amassed an impressive CV. Joining the industry straight from school, Jon has worked for numerous years as a trainee surveyor and joins the Arnold and Baldwin team with a wealth of local knowledge and expertise.

Jon has always been focused on pursuing his ambition of becoming a qualified RICS valuer, and he’s already well on his way! He has fast established himself as an invaluable team member by assisting his colleagues with valuations, surveys and lease extensions.

Golf, football, tennis, you name it - if it involves a bit of competitive sporting fun, Jon’s your man. As a natural people person, Jon has a very active social life and enjoys travelling the world. We’re not sure how he does it, but on top of all of that, he’ll always finds time to get lost in a good book.

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Behrang Dizaji

Surveyor

Behrang completed a bachelor's degree in land surveying before strengthening his knowledge of the built environment with a masters degree in real estate management. These outstanding academic credentials, as well as nine year stint as a respected property consultant have enabled Behrang to offer Arnold and Baldwin only the highest standard of professionalism and expertise.

His commitment to learning and self improvement has not stopped there with full chartership very much within his grasp - and we have a feeling he won’t be stopping there. With a zest for his work only matched by his forensic like attention to detail, Behrang currently provides homebuyers reports, valuations and specialist lease extension services.

Averaging a staggering one gig every three days, Behrang is a true music aficionado. He enjoys nothing more than playing along to his beloved prog-rock music with his trusty old bass guitar. And if you’re not impressed already… he used to be a semi-professional footballer.

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Ben Browne

Surveyor

After earning his degree in sports science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Ben joined Foxtons estate agents in a crucial role across flagship offices as a move consultant. It was in this role he found a genuine passion for helping people through the property process, and soon decided that a career in surveying was the best way to continue this.

As a past alumni, Ben now regularly features in the promotional material for the SAVA school of Residential Surveying and valuation. The is testament to the fact that since qualifying as an Associate member of RICS he has become quite the success story.

Ben lives and breathes Arnold and Baldwin’s core values of honesty, approachability and expertise. Providing Building surveys, Homebuyers reports and valuations, Ben offers a professional guiding hand and a willingness to always go above and beyond for all his clients.

He is a proud member of his local football team and no slouch on the squash court. Ben is also passionate about sustainability and as a vegan, practices what he preaches.

Boasting a level three barista qualification, Ben is in charge of keeping our head office appropriately caffeinated. Little did he know that being a coffee connoisseur would come with such serious responsibility.

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Stuart Boughey

Trainee Surveyor

Stuart graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, with a degree in Real Estate, before gaining invaluable industry experience as a senior lettings negotiator, for various market leading estate agents across London.

Finding valuations the most interesting and rewarding aspect of his previous role, Stuart made the decision to pursue a career as a RICS accredited valuer.

Being very analytical in nature, Stuart’s methodical and detail conscious approach to valuation resonates in all aspects of his work. He’s also never lost his touch when it comes to communication and positive attitude, placing in the top 20 for a nationwide search for the best customer service in the industry.

Now close to achieving AssocRics valuer status, Stuart has career aspirations that reach far beyond with full chartership very much within his sights. Specialising in assisting with Commercial valuations, HMO valuations, Investment portfolios and expert witness cases, Stuart is uniquely placed to help his clients smoothly navigate the peaks and troughs of any market.

When he’s not broadening his horizons with travel to far flung places, Stuart enjoys theatre, hitting the pool and keeping his finger on the pulse of current affairs. He’s also been known to employ a playful pun and considers himself an eye rolling humour specialist.

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Sam Williams

Trainee Surveyor

Whilst in a previous role as a buyer for a market leading home electronics retailer, Sam signed up to the SAVA school of residential surveying and valuation, studying alongside his day job to make the transition to the property industry, engaging a lifelong passion for the built environment.

Sam brings a customer-oriented focus to the team, delivering exceptional service to any task he undertakes, whilst building long-lasting relationships with clients. He is now studying at the SAVA school of surveying and looks to soon achieve AssocRICS Residential Surveyor and Valuer status.

Living in Croydon, he has an intimate knowledge of the local area, and shortly due to graduate, he has a strong technical knowledge of what RICS product will best suit a client, helping them to protect their investment.

When he’s not at work, he can be found jamming on his guitar, or writing short stories. He's also a great addition to any pub quiz, especially when it comes to obscure film and music trivia.

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Tom Pallas

Trainee Surveyor

Having graduated in International Business from Loughborough University, Tom cut his teeth working in one of London’s largest and most renowned corporate estate agents - Foxtons, where he rose to the rank of Sales Manager, running his own flagship office.

Tom joined Arnold and Baldwin at the turn of 2019, wanting to further his career by gaining RICS chartership. With his big picture thinking and creative flair, he quickly established himself as a key member of the business development team. Possessing excellent knowledge of London’s property stock, Tom also assists surveyors in homebuyers surveys, as well as both residential and portfolio valuations.

He is currently attending the SAVA school of surveying, and is on course to shortly achieve AssocRICS and Registered Valuer status.

Originally from Brighton, Tom now lives in Wandsworth. Like his Dad, Tom is a loyal Arsenal fan - having had a season ticket at The Emirates for the past 13 years. On the weekends, there’s a good chance you’ll find him on the golf course. Playing off a handicap of 3, he’s our secret weapon for corporate golf days!

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Keith Barker

Surveyor

After graduating in Urban Estate Surveying in Nottingham, Keith embarked on rich and varied career in property, that spans 35 years across both the private and public sector. He is a fully qualified chartered surveyor, achieving MRICS status in 1984.

His experience ranges from 17 years at Surrey County Council, coordinating large scale regeneration projects in partnership with other public organisations, to managing his own private development company.

Keith joined Arnold and Baldwin looking for fresh challenges and a better life-work balance. He now effortlessly juggles providing expert RICS residential surveys and valuations with raising his teenage daughter. He reliably informs us there’s nothing effortless about teenagers.

From Crimson King to Suede, Keith has an eclectic taste in music and regularly attends any gig he can around his beloved South West London. When he’s not collecting Bob Dylan memorabilia, or contemporary art, he enjoys the simplicity of a spot of trout fishing in the Surrey hills. That’s the life!

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Nathanael Watchorn

Trainee Surveyor

Prior to joining Arnold & Baldwin, Nathanael enjoyed a distinguished career at one of London’s largest corporate estate agents. He was responsible for managing, training and developing a team of property consultants, with a focus on client management & business development. During his seven year tenure he worked in a number of areas including; Balham, Putney and Barnes.

Raised in Canada Water, not only can he guarantee an innate knowledge of South London, but also an empathetic and experienced hand to assure all clients he deals with.

He is currently attending the SAVA school of surveying, and is shortly due to achieve AssocRICS and Registered Valuer Status.

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Here's what our customers say

CLARE MCSHANE

Professional, efficient surveyors. Get the job done in a timely manner, had our survey back within 5 days of inspection. All team members I spoke with (Tiffany and Billy) were really lovely. Highly recommend. :)

RICARDO OLIVEIRA

I have only just started working with Stephen and he has already demonstrated the high levels of customer attention and dedication that this company has. The first impression he has caused is such that made me write this review. I have no doubt that the continuous service will be of same level. Looking forward to working further with Stephen. Well done!

Steve Kenny

Lease extension - I found Daniel Grove very professional and had an excellent understanding of all aspects relating to this transaction. Advice was invaluable, and it was nice to come across someone who did exactly what they said they were going to do. Would not hesitate in recommending the firm and Daniel to anyone who has a lease to extend.

Petros Kyrkilis

Amazing job and fully professional treatment. The surveyor went above and beyond to check for everything, when he could have easily claim lack of access. In addition he was more than happy to answer questions over the phone and be there to explain the steps.

Lynn Wilson

Within 48 hours I received my detailed report from Joe Arnold which enabled me to see the property as it was and not through rose-tinted glasses! The report highlighted areas where money might need to be spent and provided guidance on questions for my solicitor - just what I needed. Overall, the survey enabled me to re-assess my offer and in this respect was invaluable. Thank you for a friendly and professional service.

Mark Roberts

100% choose this company. As first time buyers we had a mortgage valuation which said the house was fine. The Arnold & Baldwin survey found over £30,000 of problems. Holes in the roof with daylight visible, damp, woodworm, broken sash windows and poor electrics. This company helped us renegotiate and save a fortune.

Joebun

Arnold & Baldwin came recommended and I’ve got to say they were brilliant - not just in identifying issues with the property I was looking at but in the way they kept me informed and up to date (ie picking up the phone instead of just posting / emailing communications with you). After dealing with estate agents for so long, it’s nice to have someone who is genuinely on your side.

Kamal Rahman

From my initial interaction with the firm I found them to be prompt, courteous and helpful. I received a detailed Homebuyers report within a week of instructing and was given the opportunity to talk it through with the attending surveyour. Overall excellent service all round, would certainly recommend this firm.

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