Why Building Surveyor Nathan chose the Trust
I joined The Trust over seven years ago, covering properties across South West Wales including Tredegar House and Dyffryn Gardens. Before joining The Trust as a Building Surveyor for South East Wales, I ran my own restoration company. I always hoped that one day it would be as good as The Trust - I believe that the National Trust is the best conservation charity in the world.
My role is really varied. In a busy week I can cover short term and long term cyclical tasks, dealing with small and large projects, from servicing boilers to redecorating the exterior of a mansion. What I love most about working at the National Trust is seeing conservation in action. I love watching buildings being returned to their aesthetic splendour, whether it be a small Ty Bach (Welsh toilet) or a castle, they are all as important as each other.
I am lucky to work in an excellent team of professionals and it’s great to have such a vast amount of knowledge under one roof. And since working here, I’ve gained an ABBE Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Environment Development and Control and am also now a member of the CIOB.
As a Building Surveyor you have to have to understand the environment you’re working in and have extensive knowledge of how old buildings live and breathe. Patience and a willingness to learn will take you far, but most of all you need a sense of humour!