Ben Watson’s decade in property advisory and project management /
16 Jun 2020
Since joining NS Group 10 years ago, our multi-skilled Associate Director, Ben Watson, has been an important contributor to both the Advisory and Project Management divisions within the company. Congratulations on a decade with the team!
Ben’s early career years were spent in property valuation roles where he gained a deep understanding across a wide range of property classes, including commercial/retail, industrial, residential, tourism, development projects and englobo land.
Bringing this expertise to NS Group’s Perth office, which was then complemented with new project and development management skills, makes him a valuable asset to any project team.
Ben said, “Joining NS Group was somewhat of a career change for me and I’ve enjoyed the challenges and growth it has afforded – along with the strong support I’ve received from management members to assistant project managers and administration staff.
“I appreciate the variety of projects that I get to work on, ranging from business case and advisory through to project planning and delivery.”
Ben believes successful projects are largely founded on strong relationships, including mutual respect and trust between project managers, clients, consultants and contractors. This way, it ensures an enjoyable experience for the entire project team and any issues that arise can be resolved in a manner that is in the best interests of the project.
So far, Ben’s time at NS Group has also involved managing the company’s Community portfolio initiatives through to leading the Darwin office as NT State Manager from 2015 to 2019. This relocation opportunity in Australia’s tropical top end gave Ben great exposure to the operational side of the business, as well as the chance for his family to gain a fantastic life experience.
Ben said, “The best part about what I do is being able to play a role in creating great places!
“There’s great satisfaction from seeing the end result of a project and a happy client, particularly when the project involves places that I interact with in my day-to-day life – such as upgrade projects at Casuarina Square Shopping Centre in Darwin when I was living there.”
“The best part about what I do is being able to play a role in creating great places!”
Ben has 20 years’ experience in the property industry. With a background in valuation, he has expertise in valuation methodology, comparative/market analysis and feasibility studies. He also has well-developed skills in project and development management, due diligence and acquisition.
His experience includes capital works programs for retail/commercial assets, commercial/retail buildings, infrastructure, land development and housing construction – including regional projects in Western Australia’s Pilbara region and the Northern Territory.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Property, from Curtin University.
He is a Certified Practising Project Director [CPPD] and a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management [MAIPM].
- Zuccoli Stage 2, Territory Life, NT
- Recreation and Aquatic Facility, City of South Perth, WA
- Various Capital Works and Upgrade Projects, Casuarina Square Shopping Centre, The GPT Group, NT
- Area K Land Development and KMJV Property Trust Housing Projects, South Hedland, Kariyarra Mugarinya Developments, WA
- Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex Various Improvements Projects, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, NT
“There’s great satisfaction from seeing the end result of a project and a happy client, particularly when the project involves places that I interact with in my day-to-day life.”