Skip to main content Skip to footer

Colliers Head of Rating John Webber Elected to the Committee of the Rating Surveyors’ Association

13 05 20 john webber rsa

Push for Business Rates Reform High on the Agenda.

Colliers International’s Head of Business Rates, John Webber BSc FRICS Dip Rat has been elected to the 21-strong Committee of the Rating Surveyors’ Association (RSA).

The Rating Surveyors' Association is a professional organisation for experienced Chartered Surveyors who specialise in the field of Non-domestic rates and “can demonstrate that they comply with the highest of professional standards.”

The Association was founded in 1909 and now has over 550 members from private practice, corporate bodies, the Valuation Office Agency and local authorities. Its primary function is to work with the various bodies responsible for the rating system - MHCLG, the Valuation Office Agency, local authorities and the Valuation Tribunals - to improve the Non-domestic rates system.

John Webber, who has been Head of Business Rates at Colliers International since 2005 said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected onto the RSA Committee, where I am determined to voice the aspirations and concerns of so many of our clients and colleagues. In setting out my case for election through a secret ballot I made it clear that my election to the committee would not diminish me from speaking out on the need for reform or calling out the Government or Billing Authorities where I felt they could serve the ratepayers and businesses of this country better.

We are in an unprecedented time economically and it is essential the Rating industry does it part in helping UK businesses get back to work again properly again. The present crisis has more than ever illustrated the need for there to be proper business rates reform and a more equitable system, a re-look at the multiplier, a better resourced VOA and an improved appeals system. I will be working hard with other members of the committee to accomplish this.”

Colliers Business Rates Team is one of the UK’s leading market experts in the field of rating with over 100 specialists including four Rating Diploma holders, more than any other private practice firm. Since 2010, it has saved £1.2 billion for clients across the sectors. Through its rate account management, it manages over 50,000 properties and £500 million in client funds per annum.

View our Business Rates services here

Related Experts

John Webber

Head of Rating



I have over 35 years’ experience in the rating industry and lead a 135 plus rating team at Colliers.  When I took over responsibility for the team in 2005, it consisted of only a dozen people and has now grown into one of the leading rating advisory teams in the country.  I am a member of Colliers' UK Management Executive as well as sitting on the company’s Balance in Business Committee. 

I am regularly called upon by the national media to give my views on a range of business rates issues and I am involved in lobbying MPs/ministers and senior civil servants on business rates matters.

I started my career in the Valuation Office Agency in Kidderminster.  I joined Gerald Eve in 2000 where I spent 10 years before moving to Gooch Webster (now Colliers). I sit on the National Retail Panel of Rating Surveyors Association which provides guidance on how the RSA town committees work with the VOA and valuation matters.  I have also held the postion as Chair of the RICS Rating Diploma Committee having passed the prestigious qualification in 2014. I currently sit on the Rating Surveyors Association National Committee .

Along with Philip Harrison we founded 'Accurates' in 2007, the Collier's Compliance and Audit team, which although forms an integral part of the Rating team is now a leading brand in its own right.

View expert

Hannah Zitren

Associate Director

Marketing & Communications


I am responsible for media relations and generating coverage in top tier broadcast and print media. I work across a range of Colliers’ UK & Pan-EMEA business lines advising on their strategic and tactical PR needs.

My role includes:

·         Developing and executing PR plans for the various business lines to help promote their key messages across all aspects of the media - print, broadcast and social.

·          Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.

·         Reputation management and crisis management.

·         Media training.

·         Media engagement: setting up meetings with top tier media and various internal spokespeople to continuously expand and build a presence with property and vertical media network.

·         Consistently delivering service excellence, meeting with business heads of a regular basis and trying to influence the research as much as possible to ensure our content has a strong enough news hook.

·         Key campaigns that I work on include MIPIM; MAPIC; REVO; Midsummer Retail Report; IHIF; Cities of Influence in addition to a host of all alternative property sector research reports.

View expert