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Peter McCrea, FRICS FCIArb


After 25 years in private practice, largely specialising in dispute resolution, Peter was appointed a surveyor member of the Lands Tribunal in 2013. 
Peter has strong links with the RICS at all levels.
He hopes to build on this close working relationship between the profession and LionHeart to help surveyors and their families during times of need.


James Grierson, BLE MBA DipM MCIM FRICS  


James Grierson started his career as a general practice surveyor at Knight Frank before joining Donaldsons, becoming an equity partner, board member and chairman of the consulting business. 

Moving to DTZ on the sale of the Donaldsons business, he was appointed a Senior Director and Head of Public Sector. Since leaving DTZ in 2014, he has concentrated on a portfolio of consultancy, investment and non-executive roles.  
James is delighted to be a LionHeart trustee and is keen to give something back to the profession and support surveyors facing real challenges.  
Dayle Bayliss, BSc (Hons) MSc FRICS MCIOB MCABE
Dayle Bayliss is an independent chartered building surveyor based in Suffolk. In 2011 Dayle undertook an MSc in building conservation to further fulfil her passion for historic buildings, completing this alongside growing her business.
In 2012, Dayle won Suffolk Young Business Person of the Year. 
She says: “As a small business owner the access to welfare support that is available to RICS members is an amazing resource that I'm proud to be associated with." 
Andrew Carrick, BSc (Hons) MRICS
Andrew joined the board after being an active member of RICS Matrics London for over 10 years, with roles including chairman and vice-chair. 
Andrew has significant experience as a valuation surveyor, specialising in leasehold reform valuations and negotiations. Andrew was a member of LionHeart’s welfare service committee for four years, directly witnessing the support LionHeart provided to RICS members. 
He joined as a Trustee to develop LionHeart’s mission and help increase the number of members using the charity's support network.      
Katie Leppard, MRICS

After qualifying as a rural practice surveyor in Cheshire, Katie moved to Oxford and after many enjoyable years working her way up to partnership level at Cluttons, she left the corporate world to set up her own company in 2009. Katie proudly delivers management, valuation and professional services to a broad range of clients across the residential, commercial, and rural sectors and loves the flexibility that a small independent company is able to offer.

Katie is delighted to be a trustee of LionHeart and is looking forward to being part of a team that really makes a difference to fellow professionals and their families in their time of need.


Caroline Legg, MRICS


After graduation from Sheffield Hallam University in 1999, Caroline started her career in social housing development which provided a varied experience base to enable her to complete the RICS APC process. 

After qualification Caroline moved into residential survey and valuation work with Countrywide Surveyors in London, before moving back to her native Yorkshire with the same company.

More recently she has been involved more in project management than field work.  

She initially became involved with LionHeart's work as one of our mental health ambassadors, and hopes to contribute further to work on wellbeing and mental health awareness as a trustee.


James Williamson, FCA


James is a Chartered Accountant, and is the first trustee of LionHeart not to be a member of the RICS.

He spent much of his career working for an American multinational in financial and general management roles at European Director level and, before retirement, worked as a non-executive Finance Director for several small business across a broad range of industry sectors.

He has considerable experience of being a charity trustee as board member of two large Housing Association groups and as chair of the Shropshire Hills AONB and a trustee and Hon Treasurer of the National Association for AONBs.

He says: “For most of my career I gave nothing back to society and now in retirement get a huge amount of satisfaction helping those in less fortunate positions than myself.”


Kate Taylor, FRICS


Kate is an experienced RICS APC Assessor, APC auditor, RICS UK APC Appeal Panel and Chairperson with a passion for professional development. She has been involved with helping RICS Education Standards Board to update the valuation, residential and commercial real estate pathways for 2018.

Kate worked as a valuer in the VOA for 25 years, becoming a technical trainer and gaining an additional professional qualification in learning and development with CIPD. 

Kate is also the author of the Commercial and Residential Property Quick Start Revision Guides and the Estates Gazette ‘Pathway to Success’ APC series.

She says: “As a LionHeart trustee I hope to support even more surveyors in a leadership role. I very much want to be part of the team since I admire the organisation and its work so much.”


Philip Nell, MRICS


Philip Nell is Head of UK Real Return Assets at LaSalle Investment Management with overall responsibility for ensuring effective investment of approximately £2.5 billion of funds.

He joined LaSalle in 2018 after 25 years in the real estate industry, including director positions at Hermes Investment Management and Aviva Investors. 

He is a former member of the Governance and the Regulations Committees of the Association of Real Estate Funds, the Build to Rent Sub-Committee of the British Property Federation, and the Academic Faculty of the Investment Property Forum. He is currently a member of the MSCI UK Client Group, the RICS Commercial Property Forum and Investment Property Forum.  
He says: “I look forward to using my experience to support my involvement with LionHeart’s investment committee, as well as contribute to the lives of those in the surveying profession, and their loved ones.” 

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Dr Diane A Dumashie FRICS, CEDR


Diane currently serves as Vice President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and has previously been on RICS Governing Council after many years on RICS regional and faculty boards and international expert group panels. 

Starting her career in commercial property management she moved into the retail and hospitality sector. She gained her doctorate in coastal land policy and business strategy before joining the development consultancy division at Grimly JR Eve. She then founded her own practice supporting UK public sector client organisations in property development and regeneration. Internationally she works across Africa, helping public sector and multilateral agencies to benefit local communities through land and economic development, and has also established ‘Leadership 4 Change’ programs to assist African professionals and community groups. 

She says: "The work LionHeart does is truly inspiring: the charity is an unsung hero of our profession. I look forward to contributing."


Amy Leader, FRICS MAPM


Amy began her career as a Building Surveyor, progressing on to Project and Programme Management, and is currently Partnership Director for NPS London.  Amy has been actively involved in the RICS since joining her local RICS Matrics group as a student; since then she has sat on several boards including the Transitional Governing Council.

She is currently an RICS East of England Judge and also an Assessor.

Amy is passionate about the concept of 'paying it forward' and says: "I am delighted to be appointed as a LionHeart trustee so that I can help support my fellow RICS professionals and their families."


Philippa Sampson-Bancroft MRICS


Philippa has worked in housing and regeneration throughout her public sector career, qualifying as a Planning and Development surveyor in 2016.  She currently works at the Greater London Authority as Senior Manager for the Public Land team supporting public landowners release land for housing and has a wide range of development experience.

Philippa became particularly aware of LionHeart and its services when she was preparing for her own APC.

She says: "As a trustee, I now hope to support LionHeart’s work both helping as many people as possible through challenging times but also in building resilience in professionals to help prevent crisis." 


Shashi Sharma FCA CTA


Shashi is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant, beginning her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has significant experience across all taxes and commercial expertise gained working in-house in large multinational groups for over 15 years. Most recently she held a vice-president position for West Europe with beverage giant Molson Coors before setting up as an independent consultant earlier in 2020. 

Shashi has always sought to balance her corporate work with voluntary work, most recently at Aquarius, a substance misuse and gambling support services charity.  She is also a mentor on the One Million Mentor programme.

Having been supported herself in the past by her own profession’s charity, CABA, she says: “There are many similarities between the professions, including a reluctance to ask for help and/or accept it I’ve been there and was fortunate to have CABA to help: I want every RICS member to know that they have LionHeart to support them throughout their professional and personal life.”