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Towering industry figure Peter Bolton King retires from RICS into consultancy role

Former estate agent who led NAEA and residential arm of RICS both for ten years says he is looking forward to 'interesting times' ahead.

Nigel Lewis

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Long-standing senior member of the industry Peter Bolton King has announced his retirement from RICS over the weekend, revealing that he will continue working as a freelance trainer and consultant.

“Calls are already coming in so interesting times ahead,” he says. “Thank you to all RICS colleagues for your support over the years.”

Bolton King joined RICS in 2012 as its Global Residential Director much to the surprise of many – as he had previously worked for ten years at what is now Propertymark as the Chief Executive of NAEA.  Then as now it was a key rival of RICS.

His job entailed being RICS’ global property standards director and later its global director of professionalism and ethics.

During this time he was heavily involved in the International Ethics Standards Coalition which he helped to establish in 2016.


Bolton King started his career in 1973 at Warwickshire auctioneers Locke & England before joining Black Horse Agencies (later Bradford & Bingley Properties) in 1987 rising to be a regional director.

Bolton King was then picked to be Group Chief Executive of NAEA when it was part of NFOPP, the predecessor of Propertymark, in part due to his mega-watt personality.

This, as anyone who has seen him speak at The Negotiator Conference, is able to keep the rapt attention of any audience. Watch him talking back in  2015 to  Vannesa Warwick at Property Tribes.

But it was his diplomatic, back-room skills that helped him mould NAEA and NFOPP into what would one day be Propertymark by bringing a range of different organisations with different management teams and approaches under one roof.

September 21, 2020

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