The People Behind Preim: Meeting Giuseppe Bernardis

People make places; that’s at the heart of PREIM’s philosophy. Whether it’s the communities we work with or the team who work here at PREIM, it’s people who make everything ‘tick’.

giuseppeThat inspired us to find out a bit more about the people who make it all happen for developments and communities across the UK.

We caught up with our Customer Account Manager, Giuseppe Bernardis, about his role at PREIM, how he gets involved with the management of estates on a day-to-day basis and how it has a real impact on the communities he works with.

Hi Giuseppe! Let’s dive straight in – can you start off by telling us a little bit more about what you do at PREIM?

Of course! At the moment I work with approximately 30 different resident management companies. A resident management company is a company set-up to own and maintain communal infrastructure (such as green spaces, roads and utilities) on a housing estate. The property owners on that estate are the directors, shareholders or members of that resident management company. I help to manage the resident’s management company on their behalf.

My role is to manage each of the estates by:

  • dealing with the finances;
  • undertaking and setting up the estate service charges;
  • constant travel to chair on-site meetings,
  • and carrying out regular reviews and inspections.

The main objective is to provide a much more personal and professional private estate management service across the country. My comprehensive knowledge and experience in dealing with local authorities, government agencies and the Ministry of Defence are real benefits.

An easy way to explain what I do is ‘top to bottom management’: total accountability for many hundreds of properties in over 30 housing estates across the UK.

I work with steering committees and resident management companies, right through to ensuring communities are empowered and communal areas, such as green spaces, are maintained to the required standard.

I’ve had the pleasure to work with some estates and communities for over eight years. For example, the Locking Moor Residents Company Limited who continue to make a real difference to their community today.

We hear you’ve completed a couple of qualifications since being at PREIM, could you tell us about them?

I’ve been working at PREIM since 2004. In that time, I became a Member of the Institute of Residential Property Management (MIRPM) in 2012, three years later in 2015, an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS) and finally a CSCS Professional certification in 2015.

Really, I see the MIRPM qualification as an essential qualification for any reputable estate manager. It provides endorsement that you’re knowledgeable in the fields of estate and property management, whilst also providing you with a full understanding of regulations, guidelines and much, much more. Being part of a professional body like the Institute of Residential Property Management also reinforces best practice according to the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.

The AssocRICS is similar in many respects; it’s a huge benefit if you’re managing estates like I do on a day-to-day basis. As an AssocRICS you have an expanded knowledge of surveying, buildings and estates. As with the MIRPM qualification, AssocRICS effectively demonstrates that I know my stuff. Both qualifications required a lot of studying and exams, alongside real experience within property and estate management.

I also have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Professional attainment, which demonstrates that I know about construction design and management (CDM), health and safety (H&S) and contractors’ working practices throughout.

Is there a particular project you’re working on at the moment that you can tell us more about?

I’m currently heavily involved with a project for the health and safety works at a collection of estates in Cornwall. It may not sound like much, but health and safety can make a huge difference to communities – for example, a well placed zebra crossing not only impacts on safety but it can make it easier for residents to get from A to B. It’s little things that, if they’re done right, help ‘make places’.

What’s next for you?

One step I would really like to make in the future is to become Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Effectively that means that I will be a qualified chartered surveyor, allowing me to survey properties and estates.

And last, but by no means least, what do you do outside of work?

I enjoy most sports, both watching and taking part. I am a qualified FA youth football referee. I referee numerous games for the Mid Lincs & Peterborough league for children under 11, whilst also taking an active part in the coaching and mentoring.