Alex Norman

"Persevere, don't be afraid to fail and demonstrate your value to your colleagues."
About my career

After studying for a BA (Hons) in History at Manchester Metropolitan University, I worked as Property Assistant to the Managing Director of one of the UK’s largest motor retailers. I  responded to a job advertisement in a local newspaper while I was actually studying for an MA in Property Valuation.

I joined Lewis & Tucker Chartered Surveyors in 2003, becoming a Director of the company in 2010. I am now the Head of Property Management, with overall responsibility for the day to day running of the department.

Working as part of a team of 14 at Lewis & Tucker, we manage a diverse property portfolio which includes office space, retail sites, industrial parks and residential developments. Clients include trusts, high net worth individuals and Residents’ Associations.

My role at Lewis & Tucker sees me involved with different areas of the business ranging from agency and investment work through to human resources and advertising. My specialism is the legislative process, as I enjoy combining in-depth advice with a high level of personal service. It’s a matter of pride to me that every one of my clients knows they will receive an efficient, effective service at all times.

My degree from Manchester Metropolitan University provided me with the transferable skills and experience that have helped me to progress in my career.

My top tip for students is…

If I could offer any advice which would be beneficial to students studying at Manchester Metropolitan today, I would say it’s important to persevere. Don't be afraid to fail and always try to demonstrate your value. If you have the opportunity to undertake a placement I’d highly recommend you do, as the first hand experience you’ll gain will be invaluable ahead of starting your career.

What skills gained at University have you used most in your career?

I think my ability to put forward well-structured arguments is a result of the submission of so many essays during my degree. Whilst I was at university I most enjoyed studying American politics; it now means I can keep up to date with the soap opera politics in the USA!

Why I love Manchester Met

Because of the friends that I made.