Introducing Woodward Chartered Surveyors

We deliver value for money to our clients through quality inspections and clear helpful reporting.

We are the largest regional practice of Chartered Surveyors.  With five full time Chartered Surveyors, two highly regarded specialist consultants and a team of five in administration. 

Many surveyors work alone.  Our surveyors have instead chosen to be part of a team because we know the value of specialisation and a constant exchange of professional views.  We are believers in Life-Long Learning and meet twice a month to share information on values, changes in the law, new building techniques and materials.  This is a very real difference that we pass on in our survey reports to our clients.

We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.  If your survey includes a valuation, this will be done by a Registered Valuer.

Range of services

Our surveyors are predominantly BUILDING SURVEYORS and residential PROPERTY VALUERS.  Much of our daily work is Residential Property either diagnosing defects, advising buyers with House and Flat Purchase Surveys and Valuations or property undergoing major refurbishment or building work.

We also have a range of services for Commercial Property, including Schedules, specifications, special Condition Reports and of course full Building Surveys.


Our surveyors work from locations from Oxford to Oxford Street, from locations in Prestwood near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire,  Chesham on the Bucks - Herts borders, Rickmansworth and Watford in Hertfordshire, Northwood and Harrow in Middlesex. Our administration office is in Rickmansworth and The Mayfair Office in Thayer Street, London, W1.

For Corporate Clients and private banks, we cover the UK, whether its a Starbucks shop in Edinburgh or Fat Face in Exeter.


Indivials surveyors may be members of or acredited to:
RICS Registered Valuer Scheme
Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors
Pyramus & Thisbe Club
Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners

Meet the team

  • Stephen Cornish


    Chairman Director and Chartered Surveyor

    A well known and respected Chartered Surveyor, Steve is a Founding Director and after steering the firm to an all Employee Owner business, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He has an insatiable passion for architecture and its history.  He has a Doctorate in building history, a subject that finds him lecturing at Birkbeck Collegue University of London. Steve is a Fellow of the RICS, a Fellow and Director of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.  He lectures on Party Wall maters and is a widely consulted  "Third Surveyor"  settling Party Wall disputes between Party Wall surveyors.

  • James Bush


    Director and Chartered Surveyor

    A Building Surveyor and valuation specialist, James joined the Company from Countrywide and has Central London experience gained at Healey & Baker and Knight Frank, where Stephen first met him on a joint project.  James’ calm and relaxed nature belies a huge capacity and enthusiasm for his work.  In his vicinity no clay disc is safe, James is as accurate with a 12 bore as he is with his Protimeter.

  • Doug Snell


    Director and Chartered Surveyor

    Now based in Hertfordshire, Doug previously worked at the West End firm Godfrey Vaughan (now part of Colliers) and Knight Frank, bringing this knowledge to our Central London work.  As well as a love and deep understanding of how buildings are put together, Doug has also rebuilt a classic 1967 Porsche 911 and as a Navy Reservist spent time in a nuclear submarine "somewhere" in the Atlantic!

  • Kate Farrar


    Director and Chartered Surveyor

    Kate joined us following 13 years at a West London firm of Chartered Building Surveyors where she honed her skills as a Chartered Surveyor, experienced in residential and commercial building surveys, schedules of condition and contract administration.  Her knowledge of West London and home patch near the borders of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire makes her a specialist in those areas.  When not analysing buildings, Kate is a proud Mum of three (including twins) which keeps her busy enough!

  • David Vizard


    Party Wall Surveyor

    With over 35 years’ experience in property there is little David has not seen.  David joined us as a specialist in Party Wall matters and has a deep understanding of his subject.  When not standing in foundation trenches or reviewing architect’s plans, he is to be found cycling, swimming or running and sometimes, all three one after the other!

  • Adam Stimpson


    Associate Chartered Surveyor

    Adam cut his teeth at a substantial, national surveying company and joined us to complement the Building Surveying team.  He has substantial experience in property valuation and provides Probate and Matrimonial valuations as well as surveys for Home Buyers and building schedules.  Following our successful move to an all Employee owned business, Adam also serves as a Director of Woodward Surveyors Trustees Ltd.  Another keen cyclist, Adam completed the London to Brighton with our charity team in 2015 and on his own many times since.

  • Emma Wildman


    Office Manager

    Emma joined us from a managerial position for a very well-known London estate agency, so she knows all about property sales and the vital role of the Chartered Surveyor in a smooth transaction.  Following our successful move to an all Employee owned business, Emma also serves as a Director of Woodward Surveyors Trustees Ltd.   She is expert at baking “Cookie Pies” and enjoys baking other delicious treats in her spare time.

  • Selena Lester



    Selena has an extensive background in property and uses her knowledge to make sure our clients get the best advice on which survey will suit them.  Always helpful she guides clients all the way through the surveying experience.  When not doing this Selena is a fantastically busy Mum and self-confessed “travelholic”.

  • Sanna Walker



    Sanna has experience of managing complete refurbishment projects and, coming from a Finnish background, is particularly interested in “Passive House” construction.  As well as helping our customers find the right type of survey for them, she also finds the time to run a Hamper gift business!

  • Kerry Wicks


    Finance and HR Manager

    Kerry is at the very heart of our business and is both Finance and HR Manager.  Kerry has been with us from the very start in 2000.  Be nice to her, she pays the invoices!

  • Stephen Woodward


    Founding Director

    Stephen was a Founding Director and, after successfully steering the firm to an all Employee Owned business, is now the Chairman of Woodward Surveyors Trustees Ltd.   In his spare time he is a specialist at falling out of boats.

  • Tim Harris


    Chartered Surveyor

    Tim, who joined full time in 2003, now consults for both ourselves and a very local, Local Authority.  Tim specialises in Design, Building Regulations and Planning matters.  He wins our trophy for “Surveyor with the most initials after his name”.