Uckfield school leaver is top boss

An former Uckfield pupil has been appointed boss of the firm that gave him his first job.

John Witherden joined Aworth Land Surveys in the 1970s as a trainee and was promoted through the company. He is now managing director.

He said: “When I left school after taking my A levels, all I wanted was to be a land surveyor. When the company was established in 1963 modern motorway service stations and residential housing estates were new concepts so much of our survey work was centred on this kind of development. I was lucky to be starting my career a decade later because technological advances would soon allow us to increase our client base and services. I am immensely proud of the contribution our surveyors and technicians make to many of London’s flagship projects.”

John, 56, lives in Crowborough and is married with three adult daughters. He is a member of Crowborough Golf Club and has links with several local charities and business organisations.

Aworth Survey Consultants, as they are now known, are based in Uckfield and have a second office in south London. For the past 50 years Aworth has been a trusted name in the survey industry, providing architects, designers, engineers, town planners, local authorities and property developers with the data for projects that have defined the changing face of the UK’s built environment. This underpins iconic developments like Bluewater Retail Centre, Stratford Station in preparation for London 2012 and the Grade II listed Lambeth Water Tower featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme.