One of the most eminent members of the Society’s Education Standing Committee has retired. Peter Kerruish first joined the Society’s Education Committee when it was under the Chairmanship of Aidan Williams in 1970. When he retired he had served for 43 years on the Board – 25 of those as Vice Chairman.
Peter’s area of specialisation on the Board was his Chairmanship of the Surveying Courses Accreditation Committee, which involved liaising with and approving all the courses run by the various institutes of technology throughout the country.
Peter was the Society’s expert in this very complex area over the last 25 years and the number of degree and other courses now approved and operating within the profession stand testimony to his achievements.
Peter was a quantity surveyor by qualification and during his period with the Society’s Education Committee he became the Chairman of the RICS Education and Membership Committee worldwide in 1997 (the only Irish member ever to hold the position). His election to this international position is a testament to his expertise and the esteem in which he is held by the wider membership of the RICS.
On behalf of the Society membership and the Executive, I, as Chairman of the Education Standing Committee, would like to pay tribute to the enormous contribution made to the development of surveying education in Ireland by Peter’s unstinting work.
I have no doubt that generations of surveyors have benefited from Peter’s wisdom and foresight in terms of the development of the profession. I wish him well in his deserved retirement.
Jim Gahan, Chairman, Education Standing Committee.