Get to Know Wing Lai

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What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am an Associate Director at Watts & Co, a firm of Chartered Surveyors specialising in commercial property (offices, warehousing, retail and hotels). Having gone straight into the profession after university, I worked in the UK and qualified as an RICS Chartered Surveyor and an RICS Registered Valuer six years ago and moved back to Guernsey at a similar time.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

It sounds rather clichéd but no day is the same. One of the benefits of being a Chartered Surveyor is the variety of work I am involved in. This ranges from sales and leasing to property management, lease advisory and valuations. Although I write reports and undertake desk based work, I also get to spend a good amount of time out of the office undertaking viewings or inspections and meeting clients. This part of the job, I particularly enjoy.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I imagine I would have gone down the teaching route. I worked with children when I was younger at the Guernsey Youth Commission’s Playscheme during the school holidays and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Who wouldn’t enjoy arts & crafts, trips to the parks and beaches and playing dodgeball whilst getting paid? It would have again provided the variety I was seeking for in a career and I’m sure would be very rewarding; not many other professions get to influence future generations the way teachers can.

What was your first job?

I may not look or dress like it now but, whilst at school, I worked part-time in fashion retail. This included stints at Land of Green Ginger and NEXT. I still remember the joys of having to get up early for a Boxing Day sale at NEXT and having to deal with the queue of people stretching down the High Street.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

Joining YBG was one of the first things I did when I arrived back in Guernsey so I’ve been a member for approximately six years now. I would recommend it to any young professionals in the island as it provides the ideal opportunity to expand your professional network and improve your networking skills, in what I have always found to be a fun and relaxed environment.

Throughout my time with YBG, I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Council and have undertaken the Membership Secretary, Secretary, Vice-President and President roles. Such experiences have been invaluable in terms of working on the key skills required in the business world.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

Anything to stay active and fit. I can often be found in the gym, rowing on the sea or playing touch rugby. I also love the beach and, when the weather is nice, will be playing beach volleyball or paddle boarding. Whilst growing up in Guernsey, I never appreciated what Guernsey offers, how accessible everything is and the high standard of facilities we have available to us; hence why I try to make the most of it now.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

  1. Derren Brown – to wow us with his mind tricks
  2. Mark Zuckerberg – one of the wealthiest and most influential entrepreneurs of my generation. Undoubtedly, he will have some stories to tell.
  3. Dean Strang (Steven Avery’s defence lawyer) – I’m part way through the TV documentary “Making a Murderer” and would love to discuss and get a better insight into the case from the man tasked with defending the accused murderer.

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