Obituaries

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Emeritus Professor Charles Miles (Professor of Land Management)

We regret to inform you that Emeritus Professor Charles Miles passed away on 1 February, aged 97.

Charles Miles Obituary

Tim Sansom (BSc Land Management, 1981)

Tim Sansom passed away peacefully at Wincanton Community Hospital on 6 April 2012, aged 53. He was involved with the property market for almost 30 years.Tim Sansom

Tim joined Prudential in 1981 after graduating in Land Management from the University of Reading. Whilst training for his RICS qualification, Tim worked in the Estate Department's West End team assisting in the management of numerous properties located in an around Regent Street, Savile Row, Soho and Piccadilly, including the Burlington Arcade. Tim went on to focus on property investment across the UK, particularly in the emerging area of retail warehouses and parks. After seven years at Prudential, Tim joined CCL, a specialist retail warehouse developer, predominantly to help it find finance for its growing development portfolio, but also to initiate and see through developments of his own.

In 2001, Tim joined Rioja Developments where, over the next eight years, he became responsible for various UK and European developments including the Premier Outlet Centre in Budapest.

Later Tim set up his own businesses, first Henrich and then Chameleon Retail Central Europe (CRC) with Neil Chapman, specialising in factory outlet development and asset management including leasing, marketing and retail operations across Europe.

Tim is survived by his three children, Richard, 19, Henry, 17 and Evie, 5, and by his wife Michele.

James PilcherJames Pilcher (BSc Land Management, 1981)

James Pilcher passed away on 15 November 2010 after losing his battle with liver cancer.

James resided in Wells Hall during his time at Reading and played in the University hockey team. After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1983, he spent time at The British Rail Property Board in London then moved to Kent, joining Cobbs, which later became GA Property Services. James was one of twelve ex-GA Directors who founded Caxtons in 1990. He was primarily involved in commercial property, with particular expertise in the investment and management fields.

James lived in Gravesend with his wife Christine (also a Reading graduate) and their three daughters. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

Ian Mashen (BSc Land Management, 1983)

Ian Mashen sadly lost his 2 year battle against bowel cancer on 10 May 2010.

Ian began his surveying career with Dron & Wright in the City of London. He joined Capital & Counties in 1988 where he spent most of his working life, initially looking after components of its Central London portfolio, before progressing to have responsibility for other parts of C&C's UK collection.

Ian's enthusiasm and dedication to work was matched by his devotion to his wife, Lynda, and his favourite hobby, cycling. He will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues for his tenacity, attention to detail and sense of humour.

John TranterJohn Tranter (MSc Real Estate, 2003)

John Tranter died suddenly on 15 April 2010 from a pulmonary embolism.

During John's time as a student at the University of Reading he lived in Sherfield Hall and participated at many levels in the University. Being an accomplished rower John made appearances for the University Boat Club along with participating in various other sports including Football and Rugby.

John was a keen sportsman and completed the King Sturge Triathlon in 2007 and 2009 and was also a member of Cushman & Wakefield's cricket team. He was a keen cyclist and completed the 2009 London to Bruges cycle ride in aid of Cushman & Wakefield's charity Schools Around the World. He also completed a self-funded 2,500 mile journey in a motorised rickshaw from Hucanyo in Peru to Asuncion in Paraguay raising £2,855 for Operation Smile.

The John Tranter Memorial Fund has been set up by John's parents to support the RREF Access Internship Scheme which was launched in 2011, as well as the Mentoring Awards. John was a mentor himself.

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