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George Town, Grand Cayman, 24th February 2015 - The RICS Cayman Islands Property and Construction Conference will be held on the 5th March 2015 at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. The conference is Grand Cayman’s second Property & Construction Conference and is expected to attract over 200 attendees who will come together for a full day of market insight, professional development and networking.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world’s leading body for property professionals with over 100,000 members globally. It promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

The theme of the conference is “Building Sustainable Communities”. This theme has been adopted on the basis of the decision of the Cayman Islands Government to set infrastructure projects as its priority. Building Sustainable Communities also reflects the Chamber of Commerce’s “Future of Cayman” initiative as 2 of the drivers are enhancing the quality of life and building smarter infrastructure.

The plenary session will focus on best practices to ensure that all projects, especially the revitalization of George Town, are planned and implemented effectively to enhance community development and quality of life on the island.

The keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Louise Brooke-Smith, the current RICS President. Ms. Brooke-Smith is the Managing Director of Brooke Smith Planning, a long-established planning and development consultancy based in UK. The Practice offers professional advice on town planning, land use and development matters to public and private sector clients, across the country.

Other speakers for the plenary session include Ms. Carolyn Sponza, Senior Associate of Gensler a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm based in Washington DC and Mr. Simon Conway, Partner, PWC Cayman Islands.

The market outlook session which reviews the performance of the industry in the last 2 years and predicts the future trends will be moderated by Mr. Jeremy Hurst, President of IRG. Other panelist for this session include, Ms. Sheri Bodden, Partner, Bodden and Bodden, Mr. Michael Day, President of CIREBA, Mrs. Avolyn Howell, Senior Vice President, Cayman National Bank, Mr. Paul Parsons of Davenport and Mr. Simon Watson of Charterland Ltd.

Nigel Bates, Chairman of the RICS Cayman Chapter comments, “This RICS Conference is a good opportunity for all property professionals, owners, occupiers and developers to get together and discuss and debate very topical and important issues that affect us all, and it is good to see that the RICS is leading the way in bringing all of these parties together. It will be a very interesting day for all attendees, sponsors and speakers”

Neil Shah, Managing Director, RICS Americas, comments, “The RICS Property & Construction Conference in Cayman Islands will attract leading professionals in the market and the focus will be on sustainable development as well as standards in valuation, construction and property management. It is important to note that the Cayman Islands chapter has been a leader in furthering the cause for more transparency, higher standards and professionalism in the property sector” 

The afternoon will provide an opportunity for smaller groups to cover specific subjects including the proposal to adopt e-conveyancing in property transactions, a review of the foreclosure process including the valuation, the Cayman Construction Contract and the proposed Building Registration Law, strata management and owner delinquencies and handling insurance claims.

On behalf of the RICS and the conference events committee, thank you to all of our gold and silver sponsors who have committed to supporting this event. The confirmed gold sponsors are BCQS International, Cayman Financial Review, Cayman First, Cayman Islands Department of Planning, Charterland Ltd., CIREBA, Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., Davenport Development Ltd., Fidelity Insurance (Cayman) Limited, IRG - International Realty Group Ltd., NCB Group and RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited. The confirmed silver sponsors are Blue Point Consultants, Bodden & Bodden, Butterfield Bank, Campbells, Cayman National Bank, Chamber of Commerce, DDL Studio Ltd., Integra Realty Resources, Mourant Ozannes, Priestleys, REAL LIFE Caribbean, Rider Levett Bucknall (Caribbean) Ltd., Saxon, and Solomon Harris.

Registration is filling up, so register today for the RICS Cayman Islands Property & Construction Conference. For more information or to register, please visit:



RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, property and construction. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve.


We accredit 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers valuation and management across all asset classes; the costing and leadership of construction projects; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and land. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved, the same professional standards and ethics apply.


With offices covering the major political and financial centers of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, property and construction, for the benefit of all.


In the Americas we have staff in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Barbados.

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