A Newcastle man has become the first person to win an award created in honour of the late, great commercial property stalwart, Brian Crumbley, who sadly passed away last year.

Puneet Vedhera, 27, senior surveyor and project manager at Knight Frank Newcastle, beat six other candidates to scoop the The Brian Crumbley Shield for ‘RICS NE Matrics Surveyor of The Year’ – awarded by the 1947 Club for ‘endeavour, total commitment and hard work’.  

The 1947 Club, established in 1955, brings together surveyors to support one another, provide social activities and mentor the younger members of the profession.

Brian Crumbley died aged 59, two years after being diagnosed with leukaemia. He was very well-known in the North East commercial property sector having been a very active member of the RICS North East Regional Board and an avid fundraiser for the RICS Benevolent Fund. He had worked for Storey Sons & Parker, the Grainger Trust and Smith Cole Wright, as well as his own practice.

Puneet was awarded The Brian Crumbley Shield by Chair of the 1947 Club, Andrew Brewis, at the Annual Network Supper on 22 February.

Adam Serfontein, managing director of Hanro Group, and committee member for the 1947 Club said: “Brian was adored by his family and loved and respected by so many people. He is a huge miss to the surveying community. We created the award to honour him and all the work he did to nurture young surveyors at the start of their careers.

“Puneet is a deserving winner. He has really thrown himself into our profession and has become a very valuable force for the profession, the region, and as an ambassador for the links between the younger and more senior members. It is particularly special that he is the first winner. Brian held Puneet in very high regard, as we all do”

Puneet Vedhera said: “I am incredibly humbled and honoured to be the first to receive this award. Brian was a fantastic character, great professional and somebody that I, amongst many others within the profession look up to and aspire to be like.”