About Us

Our Team

Working from modern offices in the centre of Cirencester, we try to be
approachable, personable and professional.

James Slater

Managing Director

James is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an RICS Registered Valuer.

He started James Slater & Co almost 30 years ago and has established himself as one of the most respected authorities on the local vernacular architecture and the Cotswold property market.

He is developing a satellite office covering Shropshire and Herefordshire.

Freddie Whitefield


Freddie is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 12 years’ experience in the design, and maintenance of buildings.

He prides himself on combining creativity and practicality and immediately identifying the critical issues for success within each project.

With a background in sustainability, he now has a passion for combining
conservation with energy efficiency.

Kate Shillito

Office Manager

Originally from Hertfordshire, with a long stint in Greece, Kate has always worked within the property industry, most recently as a Relocation Agent.

She is now fully ensconced as Office Manager/PA/Secretary/Agony Aunt here at James Slater & Co.

Outside the office she enjoys Greek cookery and beating for her local shoot during the winter months.

James Marshall

Chartered Building Surveyor

Prior to joining us, James had a career in the RAF, then he joined the commercial surveying sector for Atkins in Bristol.

James has experience looking after large complex projects and is currently acting as Project Manager for a number of large country estates. He has a particular interest in Historic buildings and relishes the challenges that they often pose.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his young family and keeps fit teaching Martial Arts.

Mike Wright

Building Surveyor

Mike started as an Architectural Technician and was sponsored by James Slater & Co through his surveying degree.

Being multidisciplined allows Mike to deal with small domestic extensions all the way through to the full refurbishment of large manor houses along with undertaking Schedules of Condition, Full Building Surveys and Dilapidations Schedules.

In his spare time Mike enjoys participating in motorcar racing and exploring the countryside with his Labrador, Koppa.

Frank Atkins

Building Surveyor

Frank has worked in the construction industry for over 10 years, working for prolonged periods at a Structural Engineering practice and a Land Surveying Company, undertaking a large variety of different projects.

Frank is now working towards his RICS membership and carries out a combination of measured surveys, architectural technician and building pathology work.

Frank has a real passion for the history of buildings and live music.

Guillem Bardolet

Architectural Designer

Having trained and worked in Barcelona, Guillem has been designing buildings in the UK for the past 3 years.

He brings a fresh and innovative approach to traditional designs and is expanding the architectural offering of the practice.

Charlotte Freeston

Architectural Technician

Charlotte has worked with us since leaving school over 17 years ago. As the longest standing member of staff, Charlotte brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Charlotte balances life working part time, raising a family and spending time with her horses.

Our History

The practice was started in 1988 by James Slater FRICS. It quickly established itself as a well-respected traditional surveying and design practice, with a particular expertise in heritage construction, conservation and vernacular architecture.

Over the years we have worked with a wide range of clients, ranging from private families, schools and colleges, stately homes and estates and local businesses. The office is based in the heart of Cirencester, with a team of professionals keen on building on this legacy and adapting our services to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Why Choose Us

"One of the most capable practices in the South-West of England"


With 30 years of experience, we offer unparalleled local knowledge, bringing insight and context to all our projects.


We are renowned specialists in the conservation and repair of historic buildings, and bring a considered and pragmatic approach to dealing with Listed buildings.


We take great pride in delivering exceptional client service, resulting in many long standing relationships and a large amount of new work from recommendations.


Our diverse team provide the skills and experience needed to deal with all aspects of your project, allowing you to receive all the support you need from under one roof.


"A very thorough, clear and pragmatic surveyor who definitely goes the extra mile to make what can be a stressful process a lot easier. All issues with the property were picked up, and there were several areas given it was a 200 year old property, allowing us to resolve them before purchase and ultimately saving us a considerable amount of money. This in turn made the reasonable fees even better value for money.

Freddie took it upon himself to ensure that follow up work to the house was being completed to a suitably high standard. All of this with great communication and little effort required from us. I would wholeheartedly recommend Freddie and James Slater & Co."

Mark Churchill, Horsley

"In 2012 we set out to diversify our derelict farm buildings into a Holiday & Corporate let to sleep up to 24 people. They are listed buildings and therefore need to be looked at in a delicate and throughtful manner to comply with the Cotswold District Council planning directives.

The team at James Slater understood our wants and needs, and produced an outstanding piece of work. It was a complicated project, but because James Slater worked closely with us and the builders, we achieved more than we could ever have hoped for."

John Smith, Cirencester

"James Slater & Co have been of invaluable assistance to us. Initially assisting with a claim against the original surveyor, then by obtaining planning permission in respect of the extensive rebuilding and refurbishing work. This included the drawing up of plans, arranging the tender process to choose builders and then project managing the 9 months rebuilding and refurbishment programme.

Mike kept a close eye on the budget throughout and liaised closely with the various tradesmen involved. We have recommended James Slater & Co to others who have been equally impressed, and we would have no hesitation in recommending them again."

Michael Wood, Luckington
"James Slater & Co have worked for The Bathurst Estate now for just over a year. They provide Surveys, Design and Project Management on several of the Estate's properties at all levels, from small repairs to full renovations and refurbishment.

The work they provide, whether large or very small jobs, is always of an excellent standard. Their work ethic is very professional throughout, ensuring that we, as the client, have been informed of all of the options in order to make positive decisions in the course of our duties.I would recommend James Slater & Co to anyone."

Joanne Marshall, Bathurst Estate
Thanks to James and Charlotte from James Slater & Co, we have achieved our ambition of a sympathetic and practical development of a slightly tired listed cottage in a restricted position into a delightful and comfortable home, maximising the limited space available.

Inevitably, such a complex and sensitive project was going to require vision and imagination. It was also bound to have its setbacks but, importantly, these were always handled in a positive, 'can-do’ manner - helped, to no small extent, by the excellent building firm that James Slaters & Co identified and appointed. We are delighted with the end-product which achieved, and in many respects, exceeded our objectives.

John Jackman, Tetbury

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