Wednesday, 27th November 2019

Guest lecture with Phil Spencer

We were delighted to welcome TV personality Phil Spencer to speak at our Guest Lecture at the Alton Maltings, which was sponsored by Redrow Homes and Griffin Glasshouses.

He spoke to the enthralled audience about his property career, how he started working on TV – a mere 20 years ago – and what it is like working with Kirstie Allsopp.Having trained as a surveyor, he spotted a gap in the housing market to act on behalf of the purchaser, rather than focussing on the seller as estate agents tend to do, creating a model that has been copied ever since.  Whilst at work, he received a call from a production company asking to consult on a new-to-TV genre – property buying. They later approached him as they were struggling to find a suitable presenter and the rest is history.  

“It’s been a blast!”

Phil Spencer,  speaking of his career to date

Phil gave a very personal talk, presented in a friendly and engaging way. As Phil put it himself, the Guest Lecture gave him the rare opportunity to say what he liked without program editors – or the lovely Kirstie – changing things! He had the audience roaring with laughter at his anecdotes about the Royal Marines and split trousers and talked about the current housing market and uncertainty within it.

The evening raised a much-needed £8,500 towards our work.  We would like to thank Phil for a very entertaining and interesting evening, our sponsors  Redrow Homes and Griffin Glasshouses, and our amazing volunteers who kept the wine flowing and the canapes coming at the reception.

Thank you as well to everyone who attened and we hope to see you again

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