Born in Northampton and (just) a child of the sixties, Bernard has been employed exclusively in the property industry since leaving full time education.
Initially working “client side” managing an extensive portfolio across the south east for a major High Street bank, Bernard transferred to private practice after qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1998. Entrusted with some of the most prestigious properties in central London, he gained an extensive background in property development, investment and valuation. Bernard has also acted as an expert witness in a number of property disputes.
As a Director of his own practice in the West End, Bernard built on this experience, working with new start and developing businesses across the country before relocating to the Surrey/Sussex borders. Based in Uckfield since 2003 and dealing with commercial property of all shapes and sizes, Bernard brings to Oldfield Smith an ability to think imaginatively and communicate those ideas in a clear and practical way.
Bernard has an Honours degree in Estate management from the University of Reading and a post graduate Diploma in Arbitration from the College of Estate Management. He is a Fellow of the RICS, a Registered Valuer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a corporate member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation.
Bernard is a frequent visitor to construction sites and holds a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) certificate and a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Professionally Qualified Person card.
In March 2015, Bernard was appointed a Vice-President of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and in November 2015 became Chairman and President. In April 2016 Bernard was re-elected and at the AGM in 2017 he was again voted President and Chairman for a third time. He retired from office in March 2018 to concentrate on plans for expansion of the practice.
At the 2016 Uckfield Business Awards, Bernard was presented with the award for Business Person of the Year (Male).
In his spare time, Bernard enjoys motor sport, music and is determined that at some point he will produce a recognisable tune on his guitar. He has dual British & Maltese citizenship and is a frequent traveller both to the Maltese islands and beyond.
Bernard J Smith