Ambitious and talented, Quantity Surveyor Rebecca Freeman has forged a successful career in the housing industry, sparked from her early days working as a lettings negotiator.
In 2010, Rebecca joined Watford Community Housing Trust as a repairs administrator. It wasn’t long before her talent and dedication were noticed, and she was offered the role of junior surveyor. In 2014, Rebecca decided that it was time to go back into education to study Building Surveying at the University of Westminster. It was during her second year of studying that she came across the Women in Property Awards and with that her future employer, Linden Homes.
Rebecca’s university lecturer nominated her to take part in the Women in Property Student Awards, which not only did she win the South East division, but also landed her a new role with a top-10 housebuilder, Linden Homes. Rebecca explained: “It was during my presentation that I met the managing director for Linden Homes Chiltern. I was absolutely thrilled when he approached me afterwards and offered me a role as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor. I’d known about Linden Homes for some time due to their national reputation and some developments that were taking place near me”.
Since joining Linden Homes, Rebecca’s career has gone from strength to strength. She’s recently graduated from university with a first-class honours degree. Rebecca said: “It was fantastic to graduate with a first, especially whilst juggling a family and a full-time job, Linden Homes have been fantastic with supporting me through my degree”. Rebecca has since been promoted to the role of quantity surveyor, “I’m now running two sites on my own and I’m in the process of procuring a further two sites, which I’ll work on from the outset. I’ll now be working with the planning and construction teams, seeing the plans evolve and then eventually overseeing the build”.
Speaking about the next steps in her career, Rebecca commented: “I’m really excited to see my first projects through from the initial land buying, to watching our customers move in. But in terms of further training I’m looking to do my Assessment of Professional Competence and become a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, which I’m looking to get started by the end of 2019. It can be a lengthy process, but it took me five years to complete my degree, so patience is something I’m used to!”.