Compiled by Earl Gordon and Ken Parker
Iain passed away suddenly in Tokyo on 28 December 2012. He and wife Heather were returning home from a five-week holiday in Europe. He was aged 65.
Educated at Auckland Grammar, Iain commenced his valuation career as an urban field cadet in the Auckland office of the Valuation Department in January 1967. He went on to further his study at Auckland University. Following the completion of his studies for the Diploma in Urban Valuation in 1970 he was posted to New Plymouth. Subsequent postings saw him move through a number of the department offices including District Valuer in Invercargill in 1975.
Through the years 1975 to 1980 he served in the Wellington office as District Valuer. Iain then moved to Takapuna where promotion followed, with him being appointed Supervising Valuer for the Auckland region in 1983 and then Assistant Chief Valuer at Head Office in Wellington. In 1985, he was appointed Chief Valuer responsible for field operations and 343 staff valuers.
In 1986 Iain chose a new direction – he moved into private practice. Initially, he was a Principal at Robertson Young Telfer in Auckland and subsequently joined Mahoney Gardner Churton. He then established his own practice, now known as Gribble Churton Taylor Limited. Iain qualified for registration and associate status of the NZIV in 1971.
His contribution to the Property Institute and the valuation profession at large has been significant, as witnessed by the following attainments:
- Member of the Wellington branch committee in the periods 1974-1980 and 1983-1987, being branch chairman in 1979-1980.
- Examiner for the NZIV practical and oral examinations over the period 1976-1982, written examiner for the subject Valuation 2B from 1977-1984, and specialist tutor in valuation for the New Zealand Technical Correspondence School from 1974-1977.
- Part-time lecturer in valuation subjects at Wellington Polytechnic from 1976-1979 and at Auckland University in more recent years.
- Member of the Auckland Pan Pacific Conference organising committee.
- Graduate of the New Zealand Administration Staff College Senior Executive Course. Iain presented a technical paper at the Pan Pacific Congress of Valuers in Hawaii in August 1986, and was the Valuer General’s nominee on the NZIV Council in 1986-1987.
- Awarded Fellow status in 1988, elected NZIV Auckland Councillor in 1991, Vice-President in 1993 and NZIV President in 1995 for a two-year term.
- Completed a Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) from Massey University and became an Associate Member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). Iain was awarded the Sir Ronald Davidson Award for his arbitration studies in 1999. He was a highly respected arbitrator and expert witness with nationwide demand for his services.
- Awarded life membership of both the NZIV and the Property Institute of New Zealand, by unanimous vote of the Council and the Board of the Institutes in 2007, having given pre-eminent and outstanding service to the institutes and profession over 35 years.
- Member of the Auckland Land Valuation Tribunal at the request of the Ministry of Justice.
- Member of the Board of the Land Professional Mutual Society Incorporated, a professional indemnity insurer.
- Member of the national Professional Practices Committee of the NZIF and the Property Institute since 1997, served the Auckland branch committee for many years, and chaired the Fellowship sub-committee. He was also was a member of the Membership Advance Committee for a number of years.
- Member of the Publication Committee of the Property Quarterly magazine.
In later years, Iain’s valuation assignments became more demanding and he took pride in presenting a sound well-reasoned valuation judgment. His commitments, however, meant he worked long hours.
His other interests included his family and friends, mowing the lawns at his seaside holiday home, and overseas travel. With the latter he favoured cruising by sea, rivers and canals, and cross-country train travel, helped along the way by the occasional glass of chardonnay.
Iain is survived by his wife, Heather, four sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.
API National President pays respect:
Iain’s death came as a huge shock to me. He employed me originally in the Valuation Department when I finished university and had a massive influence on my valuation and management career. It was Iain that told me I was far better [than I gave my self credit], and had more to offer the industry, hence my move into leadership roles. He has, over the years, continued to be a mentor and a very good friend. I, like many others, will miss him hugely – his wisdom, his no bull… approach and of course his wit!”
Phil Western, API National President