About Us

The Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector represents
• the professional heads of property and asset management services in local authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
• senior professional roles in other public sector organisations including the Valuation Office Agency, Fire and Police authorities and government offices
• senior surveyors working in the private sector who predominantly provide professional services to their public sector clients

Membership of ACES is open to senior professionals. There is no bar on the number of members any organisation may have. While city, district and rural authorities typically have one ACES member, larger organisations such as the metropolitan and London authorities often have 2 or 3 members.

ACES represents around 250 public sector bodies and has approximately 280 participating Full members. Retired members continue to play an active role in ACES and they number about 77 Honorary and Retired members. Management of ACES is undertaken at the national level, through ACES Council, which is made up of elected and nominated officers.

The principal objectives of ACES are to:
• promote good asset and estates management in the interests of the community and public services
• promote ACES as the first call for property advice and make representations to government, associations and institutions
• meet and represent members' interests and to disseminate information
• improve the public image of the profession

ACES acts effectively through its website www.aces.org.uk and through its branch structure. There is a Rural branch which operates nationally, and the designated branches are:
• Eastern
• Heart of England
• London
• North East
• North West
• Scottish (including Northern Ireland)
• South East
• South West
• Welsh

Branches typically meet three times a year at locations selected by their members. Each branch conducts its meetings to suit its members, but the day or half day often includes a local visit, a talk by an expert on a chosen subject, dissemination of ACES national business and conference information and general discussions on all those topics of professional interest – particularly new government initiatives and those knotty estates and asset management 'challenges'. Time spent at ACES meetings qualifies as CPD for RICS training requirements.

It is hard to list in a priority order the important activities of ACES:
• Consultation and lobbying – perhaps the most significant role of ACES is to assist government and professional organisations in formulating policy and advice to the public sector. Appointed members of ACES meet regularly and formally with Communities and Local Government to discuss matters of mutual interest. Additional special meetings are arranged if there are specific issues where our professional public sector experience can assist. This is a particular strength of ACES in having a membership which spans the whole spectrum of local government organisations throughout the UK.

ACES works with and offers help, advice and experience to the:
Audit Commission
Audit Scotland
Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Development Trust Association
Local Government Association
Office of Government Commerce
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Public Health EnglandScottish Government
Valuation Office Agency
Public Health England
ACES is keen to establish links with other public and private agencies, organisations and companies in order to improve the crucial role property plays in our public lives.

• ACES website - Membership of ACES gives inter-active access to the website, which has links to other important property sites and gives details of forthcoming events. There is a Forum where members can post questions and sit back, hoping some of the 400 members may be able to provide just the hands-on advice that they are looking for – or at least mutual support. 

• Dissemination of information – elected co-ordinators have responsibility for keeping abreast of current affairs and in disseminating this information to the membership. Roles cover:
• Agricultural asset management
• Commercial asset management
• Compensation
• Corporate asset management
• Consultation
• Housing
• Performance management
• Health
• Rating & Taxation
• Sustainability
• Valuation

Co-ordinators report regularly at ACES Council, conferences and meetings and produce articles for ACES' publications. Information is posted on the website.

• Conferences – ACES members organise a national conference each year and these are traditionally hosted in the elected President's home region. The successful format adopted is a day of presentations of professional interest, an evening meal with informal networking, followed by a full morning's presentations. Visits to nearby attractions are arranged for retired members. As existing members of ACES will tell you, the strength of the organisation is the strong networking links of "the ACES family". Attendance at conferences is open to non-members and there is strong representation from our private sector friends and colleagues.

• Publications – ACES produces publications of professional interest to the public sector surveyor.
• The Terrier is the association's regular journal and is produced quarterly. It relies on members submitting articles on topical property matters and branch activities. It also includes a broad range of material submitted by our friends from the private sector and retired members, including legal articles and hands-on experience
• Asset contains transcripts of the professional papers presented at the annual conference each year.

The publications are sent out to all members and sponsors and can also be viewed on the website, together with back copies.

ACES encourages advertisements in all its publications and there are mutual benefits for the private sector organisations and ACES members in making contact through both the publications and through sponsorship at conferences.

How to join – the easiest way to join is through your local branch.  You will become a member of that branch, and the local fee is typically around £30. You will also join the national organisation and the annual membership is currently £125. This is excellent value for giving you access to an established and active network of practitioners working in all sectors of public property.

Useful contacts – if you wish to discuss any aspect of ACES, the following can be contacted:

Secretary: Trevor Bishop secretary@aces.org.uk

Officer Name Officer email
President of ACES Graeme Haigh president@aces.org.uk
Senior Vice-President Peter Gregory seniorvicepresident@aces.org.uk
Junior Vice-President Simon Hughes juniorvicepresident@aces.org.uk
ACES Secretary Trevor Bishop secretary@aces.org.uk
ACES Treasurer Willie Martin treasurer@aces.org.uk
ACES Editor Betty Albon editor@aces.org.uk
ACES Business & Marketing Manager Neil Webster neil.webster@aces.org.uk