About Us

We started our business in 2006 carrying out our own surveys and later branched out to provide direct training to the residential surveying industry. Surveying corporates, industry bodies, academic institutions, lenders and banks – between us, we’ve worked with and for them all.

We now create and deliver technical content for some of the best CPD and course providers in the country. We love presenting, sharing our experience and knowledge and having the debate because that helps us learn every day, too.

We are passionate about the future of surveying and valuation and, importantly, that every business, no matter how small, has the support to thrive and grow a sustainable business in this vibrant industry and so supporting small business and surveying entrepreneurs forms a core part of what we do. We don’t mind what flavour of surveyor or at what stage your career you might be.

In 2019 we took stock of what we have achieved and how we want to shape our business going forward – leaving a legacy is important to us and that why as well as continuing to do what we do, we now look to bridge the gap between learning and doing the job so you can thrive in your career and life.

Meet the Partners

Marion Ellis

Managing Director

Never underestimating what it takes to say what is important, Marion is passionate about ensuring surveyors are set up for success in their lives and work. She is the founder of The Surveyor Hub, the Women in Surveying initiative and is a qualified customer experience specialist. In 2019 she was appointed a member the RICS Global Governing Council. She always has a bunch of flowers on her desk.

Phil Parnham


A coveted speaker and technical author, Phil is a Chartered Building Surveyor with an expertise in the diagnosis of defects and dampness in residential properties. He has many years of experience in the social housing, higher education and residential sectors and is one of the founders of BlueBox Partners. He can often be found on holiday, delivering his podcast or spotting defects because he just can’t help it!

Larry Russen


A Chartered Building Surveyor and Spurs fan with more than 40 years’ experience in residential, commercial and industrial property, Larry completed a MA German Language, Culture and History in 2019 at UCL just for fun! With a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as well as training surveyors across the UK, he helps keep BlueBox trainers up to date. When he is not travelling the world to visit his family he can most likely be found playing 5-a-side football, running 5k or cycling to Caffe Nero to drink coffee.

Carrie de Silva


Our resident legal expert, Carrie has for many years been a lecturer and delivers training on a range of legal and taxation matters, particularly on health and safety and corporate manslaughter and professional negligence in property and rural context. A fan of the ukulele and prosecco (when champagne isn’t available), she is currently working on developing a list of women in street names to add to her growing collection of publications.

Fiona Haggett


With an influential career working in risk, audit, fraud, policy and governance for a major UK lender, surveying panel management firm and the RICS (phew!) Fiona’s 30 years in the valuation industry have been busy and productive. She is absolutely committed to raising standards in valuation and promoting improvements in the industry. And when she is not, she can be found cycling the country, marshalling a car rally or playing with her brass band.

Alan Appleby


With over 40 years’ experience in residential and commercial property in a variety of work settings, Alan now runs a family surveying practice in Staffordshire focusing on private client residential survey and valuation matters with a particular interest in listed and historic buildings. He is an accredited NVQ assessor and delivers presentations for our clients with high energy for his size! He is also a part-time director of a sign manufacturing company.

Chris Rispin


As one of our founders Chris has had a career committed to enhancing the quality and expertise of surveyors in the residential sector. A seasoned writer, he is responsible for sections of iSurv and sits on the Editorial Board for the RICS Property Journal. Although now semi-retired, Chris continues to support BlueBox Partners in various projects in between his community work, playing skittles, golf, walks, gardening and all the important grandchildren!

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