The property industry’s latest entrants gathered in Oxford on Thursday for a meeting of OxProp NextGen, a networking group for those in the early days of their property careers.  

The Jansons Property-sponsored event at the Oxford Retreat was the second for the group, founded by Savills graduate surveyor Liv Thomas and supported by UK Property Forums.

Scores of property professionals heard news of a NextGen Star category being created at this year’s OxProp Awards at Keeble College.

UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle said: “It would be great to see some of you going for that through your companies and we are incredibly supportive of that. It would be good to keep this enthusiasm going.”

He said it is essential to connect NextGen with the wider market, adding: “I can’t think of a better person to do that than Liv (Thomas).”

Liv gave details of the next event on Wednesday, March 1, themed on science and technology in property. It will be held at the remarkable Swailes SuperLab where speakers will include Jan Losch and Rupert Dando from Savills Science.

Liv told Thames Tap: “It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for our launch event with UK Property Forums. As a committee we value the attributes and skills the next generation of property professionals have to offer.

“By offering a range of events throughout the year we hope that we can all learn from one another and forge strong relationships that will last throughout our careers.

“If you are interested in joining the group please follow the LinkedIn page and join our WhatsApp group to keep informed of all future events and drinks.”

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Image (top): Liv Thomas addressing the meeting.

Gallery images: 1. The NextGen committee: At back: Will Crane – Harwell/Arc, Kathryn Andrew – MEPC, Ed Walter – Carter Jonas, Liv Thomas – Savills and Henry Revill – Jansons Property. At front: Kate Manners – Fisher German.

2. (l-r) Liv Thomas and Matthew Battle.

3. Guests at the event.

4. Liv Thomas speaking to the group.

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