24 May 2016 | James Richards
The City of London Corporation has appointed Paul Wilkinson to the role of City of London Surveyor. Wilkinson will replace Peter Bennett, who is retiring after holding the position since 2008.
According to a statement released today, Bennett expanded the scope of the role, which now combines the fund management of a major central London commercial property portfolio, comprising 17 million square feet of space, with the management of 600 properties.
The role was first created in 1478, at which time King Henry IV was embroiled in the War of the Roses.
Currently, Wilkinson is the director of property and facilities management at the University of London. Before this, he was head of property and facilities at Aviva, the global insurer.
He takes up his new position with the City of London Corporation on 3 October.
Some of the organisation's 600 properties include Guildhall, Mansion House, and the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), and serve a variety of purposes from retail and offices to wholesale markets.
Alastair Moss, chairman of the property investment board, added: "Paul brings a wealth of experience from both public and private industries I am confident that [he] will provide a steady hand in managing the corporation's properties."