meet the team

Kent Office: 01634 294 994 London Office: 0207 127 0629

meet the team

Our staff are very experienced and undertake regular continual professional development to ensure we are completely up to date and able to provide you with the best possible advice. Michael Parkes Surveyors is also a firm regulated by the RICS which means you can rest assured that all client monies are protected and held strictly in accordance with the code. Further, the RICS accreditation assures you of high professional standards of care. We have a great network of professional contacts including solicitors, in house valuers, contractors, engineers, professional bodies, in house Town Planner etc which means we can ensure we provide you with well rounded advice and experience. We already manage properties in Kent and across the South East and are experienced in working in Blackheath, East London and the Isle of Dogs. We also write various articles which you can find under “Latest News” on our website to keep you well informed.

Denise Ford

Managing Director

An experienced General Practice Surveyor, Registered Valuer and Law of Property Act Receiver, Denise is Managing Director and owner of Michael Parkes Surveyors Limited, a wide ranging firm of Chartered Surveyors, established over 25 years ago. Denise has solid experience managing all levels of multiple projects including budgeting and administration.


A core of the work that Denise is involved in has always been the evaluation of existing property and its ability to earn an income as an asset, and continual acquisition work for a variety of clients on all genre of property. Her career started in Law of Property Receivership, examining property in debt and establishing a financially successful exit for lenders, coupled with Agency and Acquisition work. She is experienced in Commercial, Residential and Leisure property.

Pieter de Villiers

Director, Head of Planning

Pieter is a is highly-motivated, results orientated and experienced planner originally from South Africa and now living in Kent. Pieter graduated from North West University, South Africa and moved to the UK in 2003. With over 16 years’ experience in the Planning Sector, Pieter undertakes several consultant roles within Development Management and Planning Enforcement departments at leading Local Authorities throughout South East England. Prior to joining Michael Parkes, Pieter worked at the Environment Agency in Kent and South London as an influential adviser on environmental issues including nature conservation, land contamination and flood risk management which included residential, commercial, retail and aviation developments.

Richard Wade


Richard was educated at London Guildhall University and London South Bank University and spent nineteen years working for HSBC in commercial and corporate banking in the West Country and London before moving into property valuation and qualifying as a chartered surveyor with Clarke Wilson in Hither Green in 2007. He specialises in valuations, both current and retrospective, for lending, investment, legal proceedings, probate, asset management and accounting purposes. He has been instructed by a variety of clients including private individuals, companies, banks and lawyers and has experience of expert witness work including the production of court-compliant reports. Richard also has professional interests in South Africa and is also accredited with the South African Council for the Property Valuers’ Profession.

Alex Kotex-Kotun

Assistant Property Manager

Alex joined the firm in 2021, to assist assistng with managing property.  He is the person who will sort out any issues with property management, from queries to repairs and will often be seen on site inspecting works are up to standard.  He has quickly become a core member of the team and is training to become IRPM qualified.

Ayesha Shahid

Property Management Accounts Assistant

Ayesha’s role is handling client money in respect of property management, but the property management department, assisting them with day to day management.

Caprice Carter


Caprice is our apprentice and is training at the University College of Estate Management to become a Chartered Surveyor with Michael Parkes. She works closely with Denise and Richard in the valuation department gaining valuable experience and knowledge in valuations and agency.


Molé was born on 1st November 2016 and was brought home by Denise 8 weeks later, joining us all in the office in January 2017. She is a Standard Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican Hairless) and yes, she gets asked what breed she is all the time! Her name is Molé which is Mexican for ‘sauce’ (as in guacamole). Molé isn’t just a pretty face though, she regularly attends dog shows with Denise and her niece Erin and has even qualified for Crufts. Her recent awards include Best of Breed (Import Register) and Best Puppy (Import Register) at Windsor Championship Dog Show.


Molé welcomes dog friendly people to the office and trusts no-one who doesn’t like dogs, very much like our own thoughts on people!   She’s always up for a quick game of fetching to pass away time and relieve any office stresses, and in return you’ll be rewarded with her incredibly special cuddles.  Never put your briefcase or handbag down in the office though if it contains your lunch as Molé has a special way of sneaking off with fresh sandwiches if you don’t keep your wits about you!