Written By Jon Robinson
One of the West Midlands’ most experienced chartered surveyors has retired from everyday practice after more than 50 years in commercial property.
Philip Jones retired from Worcestershire commercial property consultancy and chartered surveyors GJS Dillon on 1 October.
He helped to create the business by merging his practice Guise Jones Sawyer with JP Dillon in 2012.
GJS Dillon is now the largest dedicated commercial property agency headquartered in Worcestershire, with offices in Worcester, Bromsgrove and Droitwich.
Jones began his career articled to Bentley Hobbs and Mytton before moving to Chesshire Gibson in Birmingham.
He started his own practice in Birmingham, opening offices later in London and Manchester to build a UK-wide commercial property business.
Jones also worked in the US, playing a key role in the building of a major Midlands PLC into a significant property investment group.
Returning to Worcester, Jones joined Michael Guise and Philip Sawyer to form Guise Jones Sawyer, advising Worcester University on its expansion, Kings School, and various charities and industrial and commercial concerns throughout the Midlands.
Recently, Jones has served as high master of the Worshipful Company of Clothiers, a livery company established in Worcester in 1594.
He has now been appointed as director at Hemmingway, a Worcester-based property investment fund, and has joined David Sartori in partnership in his garden design and landscaping company based in Worcester and Cheltenham.
John Dillon, managing director of GJS Dillon, said: "Philip is one of the nicest and most professional chartered surveyors I know.
"It has been a pleasure to work closely with him over the past five years.
"We will miss him at GJS Dillon, but wish him well in what promises to be an active retirement."