Issue date: 15 November 2010
The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts to Max Crofts in recognition of his national and international leadership as President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the School of the Built and Natural Environment, on Wednesday 17 November at 14.00 at Bristol Cathedral.
Max Crofts was born in Northampton in 1950. After his early education in Northampton, and in Birmingham at King Edward VI Camp Hill School, he moved to the West Country and attended Keynsham Grammar School. He went on to study at the College of Estate Management, London, which became part of Reading University. He graduated in 1970 as Bachelor of Science in Estate Management.
Max Crofts joined J P Sturge & Sons, Bristol, in September 1970 as the firm's first graduate trainee - one of then 30 members of staff. Four years later he opened their Bath office and remained there until 1991 when he returned to Bristol to work on the firm's merger with King & Co. King Sturge now has a network of offices throughout the UK and in mainland Europe, with a staff of 1500 and an annual turnover of £150m.
In 1972, Max Crofts was appointed as branch representative to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Junior Organisation National Committee. He went on to be elected National Chairman in 1981.
Max Crofts, said, “Bristol is recognised as a leading centre for professional services firms in the property, legal and financial sectors. The University of the West of England makes a major contribution to that success. I have been proud to fly the flag for Bristol during my year as RICS President and am very honoured to receive this award.”
As RICS President for 2009/10, Max Crofts has supported the work of more than 100,000 chartered surveyors throughout the world and the public interest obligations inherent in the Institution's Royal Charter. His firm, King Sturge, also provided two earlier presidents - William Sturge in 1878 and Philip Franklin in 1975. Max Crofts' Presidency has coincided with King Sturge's own 250th Anniversary; the firm of JP Sturge having been established in Bristol since 1760.