Promotions in Rating team at the Bristol office of Colliers International

Work of Rating team recognised with appointments to director and associate director

Two members of the Bristol office of real estate advisors Colliers International are among promotions that have been announced across the UK business.

Ben Batchelor-Wylam and Daniel Johnstone, both members of the Rating team covering the South West and South Wales, have been promoted to Director and Associate Director respectively.

Tim Davies, head of the Bristol office of Colliers International, said: “Rating is a key growth sector for the Bristol office of Colliers International, and I am delighted that the pivotal role Ben and Daniel have played in this has been recognised in these promotions.

“The complexities of the new business rates appeals system have resulted in unprecedented demands for professional guidance, and the expertise of our Rating team has been producing impressive results for businesses across a range of sectors.”

Ben Batchelor-Wylam studied BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management at Nottingham Trent University then started his career at a niche Mayfair-based investment firm in 2000, before moving to a partnership firm of Chartered Surveyors for three years during which he began working in Business Rates.  He joined the Colliers International rating team at their London office in 2005, and in 2008 relocated to set up the Rating team in Bristol which is now six-strong.

Daniel Johnstone joined the Bristol office of Colliers International in 2011 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University, where he had studied BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management , which included a one year placement at Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland in their Estates department. This is his third promotion since joining Colliers.

Tony Horrell, UK CEO, of Colliers International, said: “We place great importance on developing talent from within and I’d like to personally congratulate all who have been promoted, and look forward to seeing them develop further as they continue on in their careers at Colliers International.”

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Ben Batchelor-Wylam



With over 17 years commercial property experience 15 of which specialising in Business Rates, Ben's property knowledge is both diverse and detailed.  Large, small, common and uncommon property types ranging from; ATM's to distribution centres, boat moorings to hospitals each requiring their own bespoke consideration and the application of each valuation methodology.  

Ben is responsible for all Business Rate appeal work for Colliers in South West England and South Wales.  Having also worked at Colliers West End office Ben has a unique perspective regionally and nationally.  

Clients include property funds, developers and occupiers from multinational PLCs to sole traders. 

Advice, other than the correctness of a Rateable Value, includes compulsory purchase compensation, new premises budget forecasts, liability forecasts and rate mitigation.    

Uncommon within commercial property services, Colliers Rating department share the risk with Clients and also share the reward of the savings achieved.  Being results driven affords a strong collaborative relationship with Clients.   

Recent highlights include;

  • Regional HQ building - consent order to reduced an RV from £1,600,000 to £900,000 following an appeal to the High Court Lands Chamber.  
  • A client with multiple properties saved over £500,000 following work to get the assessments reducecd to RV £0 from a particularly advantageous date.
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Daniel Johnstone

Associate Director


Following my degree at the Nottingham Trent University and a years placement within the property team at Domino's Pizza Uk and Ireland, I joined Colliers Rating team in June 2011. 

I passed my Assessment of Professional Competence at the first attempt in October 2012 to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. I was promoted to the role of Associate Director in 2017.

I have over 10 years dedicated business rates experience across a wide range of asset classes. I also manage the portfolios of several large clients.

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Tony Horrell

Chief Executive Officer - UK and Ireland

London - West End

Tony is Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International for UK and Ireland, a role he has held since 2010. 

He is responsible for the direction and growth of the UK business, which now employs over 900 people across 16 offices. His focus is on accelerating clients’ success locally and internationally through an enhanced level of service, whilst also retaining and recruiting some of the best talent in the commercial property sector.

Tony is a member of Colliers International’s EMEA Board and Global Senior Executive team, which sets the vision and strategy for the company. 

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