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RICS recognition for Keltbray's Kerr

10 Jul 13 The autodidactic owner and chief executive of Keltbray who left school at 15 with no qualifications has been given professional recognition for his business achievements.

Brendan Kerr FRICS
Brendan Kerr FRICS

Despite having none of the usual formal qualifications that are required, Brendan Kerr has been invited for membership as a Fellow (FRICS) of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Brendan Kerr joined Keltbray in 1989 and took over sole ownership in 2003. In the last decade, he has grown the business from a £40m-a-year demolition contractor to a £126m annual turnover group of companies in piling, rail maintenance and environmental services as well as demolition.

RICS president Alan Collett said: “Membership of RICS is normally via approved academic achievement and assessment of professional competence. However, from time to time, we identify people like Brendan who because of their considerable knowledge and experience in the sphere of land, property or construction, are eminently suitable for membership.”

He said: “As someone who left school at 15 without qualifications, and then was lucky enough to secure an apprenticeship and work myself up, I am honoured to have received this prestigious invitation, which I am of course delighted to accept.”

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