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Meet The Team

Ian Fergusson

SBVS Chief Surveyor & RICS Chairman

Ian has 33 years’ experience as a surveyor and is actively involved in all aspects of role management, as well as panel liaison. He also plays an active role on the Board of SDL and J&E Shepherd.





Simon Jackson

Chief Operational Officer

A former COO of Aon’s retail division and operations leader at Egg, Simon joined SDL in 2007 to lead SDL Surveying, as well as overseeing operations across the Group.

John Grieve

Head of Operations - Internal

With over 15 years’ experience within the financial services industry, John joined SDL Surveying in 2012 and has overseen the exponential growth of the firm. John’s focus is to manage SDL Surveying’s internal operations and uphold its excellent SLA targets, driving the firm’s increase in market share.



Rachel Griffiths



Rachel Griffiths

Head of Operations - External

Rachel joined SDL Surveying in 2016 with the objective to develop and expand SDL’s network of independent surveying firms, which has grown from three to over 125. With a career in property and financial services spanning over 20 years, Rachel is passionate about building trusted business partnerships and her role encompasses identifying, building and maintaining SDL Surveying’s third-party relationships.

Claire Lydon

Corporate Account Manager

Having joined SDL Risk Management in 1996, Claire is a key contact for prospective lender partners.





Giles Smith

Head of Surveyor Audit

Giles qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 1989, starting out in private practice across the South of England, before stints at C&G and Lloyds. Giles joined SDL Surveying in 2007 and is now Chief Surveyor for England and Wales, with multi-disciplinary responsibility and a specialist in residential surveying.