Meet the Team

  • Colin Cockram

    Having served 16 years in the army Colin re-educated during the early 1990s including two years at the Camborne School of Mines reading Mineral Surveying and Resource Management achieving a first class Diploma (Dip CSM). This allowed direct entry to the second year at the University of the West of England, Bristol reading Valuation and Estate Management. Training and experience was gained with Exeter City Council Estates Department and Shepherd Chartered Surveyors qualifying as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in June 2003. Colin set up the company in May 2009 and specialises in pre-purchase surveys.
  • Alan Alker

    Alan is a chartered building Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience within the construction industry.

    Having grown up, been educated and employed within Cornwall he has excellent local knowledge of building types and construction as well as a wealth of contacts. Alan qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2000 having worked with private practice and undertaking work based learning as well as a degree in building surveying through The College of Estate Management at Reading University.

    Alan has experience in residential and commercial properties undertaking surveys, party wall work, contract design and administration, dilapidations as well as a variety of other surveying related activities. Most recently Alan has worked in local government managing planned maintenance and capital schemes to offices, schools and public buildings.
  • Gavin Leney

    Gavin joined Cockrams Surveying in late 2015 as a Chartered Building Surveyor having qualified in 2009. Gavin studied for a Building Surveying degree at Kingston University and began his career in his home town of London. Gavin moved to Cornwall in the summer of 2010 to be with his wife who is Cornish born and bred.

    Gavin has a variety of experience including working for a commercial practice of Building Surveyors and Project Managers as well as a firm of insurance reinstatement surveyors whilst based in London. Since living in Cornwall Gavin has overseen adaptions to disabled peoples homes, worked for a private equity company overseeing capital works projects to hospitals and health centres and more recently working for a private practice of building surveyors undertaking residential surveys. Gavin has gained a variety of experience since qualification and is now focusing predominantly on the residential sector in both pre-purchase surveys, valuations and project management.
  • Kylie White

    Kylie became part of our team in June 2011 as a Personal Assistant. Having made the move to Cornwall from Cambridgeshire with her partner, Kylie was previously employed as a Local Government Customer Service Advisor. Kylie brings with her a wealth of customer service and administrative experience and has developed her role in the company and is a highly valued team member. Kylie enrolled on a modern apprenticeship scheme through Truro College and has now completed 2 years training in accounting.
  • Nicole

    Nicole joined the company as a Trainee Architectural Technologist early in 2015. Nicole has several years’ experience working in Construction co-ordination and has joined the company to expand our in house Architectural Services team. Nicole is currently studying for a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment and is also progressing with the use of AutoCAD.
  • Lucy Appleton

    Lucy joined the team in early 2016 as a Surveyors Coordinator and Admin Assistant. Lucy has made the move from London with her partner and she originally worked in an Architectural Design Company. During her time there Lucy undertook a Party Wall Surveyors Course and is now a member of The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. She will continue to develop her skills in this area and eventually further her experience and qualifications with us and through the RICS.