RICS’ International Standards Director for Asia Pacific will help decide which are ASEAN’s best developers and developments of the year

William James "Bill" Jones

William James “Bill” Jones, a fellow at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and member since 1986, has joined the judging panel of the South East Asia Property Awards 2016, the biggest and most respected real estate industry event in ASEAN, held annually in Singapore.

He was part of the judging team in Singapore a few years ago. The prestigious, black-tie event in 2016 will be held at the Shangri-La Singapore on Thursday, 10 November.

“I was on the Asia Property Awards panel a few years ago and I was highly impressed with the quality of the judging then and the professional way it was managed by the Property Report team, so I’m honoured to be asked back this year,” he said.

Jones has had more than 30 years of experience in the property sector, starting his renowned career as chartered surveyor in 1986, whilst working as a valuer and property manager for Sutcliffe & Co. in the United Kingdom.

After holding several management positions, he then moved to Singapore where he handled various real estate projects in the region in a senior position in public and private entities, including Royal Dutch Shell.

Now a Singapore resident, Jones joined RICS, the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction, as an executive four years ago, first as a managing director for ASEAN World Region. He is currently the International Standards Director for the Asia Pacific region and is in-charge of promoting the highest technical standards and qualifications across the region, and seeking government and industry adoption.

As a Judge, Jones will be fully committed to integrity and excellence, as well as fairness and transparency, for which the Asia Property Awards programme is known. “I am also looking in particular for green, energy efficient solutions and design innovations,” he said of the forthcoming site visits of projects that will enter the Awards.

Commenting on the current state of some key Southeast Asian property markets, the RICS director said: “There is cautious optimism for Singapore and Indonesia markets, and Vietnam looks ahead to a brighter 2016. What is certain is that Malaysia will have a very quiet year in 2016.”

Organised by PropertyGuru International, the South East Asia Property Awards 2016 will be the sixth annual edition and is expected to be bigger than ever. Top winners from eight national editions – including Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore – will compete in various Developer, Development and Design categories for the grand finals.

Nomination period officially opens on 14 March and closes on 19 August. The official shortlist will be revealed in late September.

Visit the official website for more information.