About Us

Celebrating 30 years in business...

After graduating from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1977, Richard Boothroyd spent time working for a leading London based practice before being posted back to Leeds in 1978 to act as their site based representative on the Leeds Crown Court development. Richard was responsible for providing all quantity surveying and associated management functions for the delivery of what was a substantial and iconic project.

This experience developed Richard’s appetite for both challenging projects and the exciting commercial opportunities the provinces held for him. Rather than return to London in a senior position, Richard chose to stay in Leeds to develop his career and, in 1985, he achieved a long held ambition by setting up Richard Boothroyd & Associates.

Since its inception, Richard has grown the practice into the successful business it is today, with a well-established team of Directors, Associates, Chartered Surveyors and Technical Support staff who all contribute to developing the original and overriding concept of providing complete Client satisfaction.

Richard has now been Chairman of the practice for over ten years and continues to work closely with the RBA team, using his extensive experience to provide key strategic, commercial and technical support.

Richard is very proud of his achievement and how the business has developed. This, in turn, has created opportunities in training and development of the team.

Richard is also particularly proud of the time tested relationships which his team have forged with many Clients, resulting in repeat business and recommendations which he firmly believes underpin the continued success of the RBA.

  • 1985

    RBA established by Richard Boothroyd.

    The practice had humble beginnings - the office located above a shop in Oakwood

  • 1986

    Malcolm Denney joins Richard as a Director

    Malcolm Denney joins Richard as a Director
  • 1998

    RBA move to refurbished offices on North Street

    RBA move to refurbished offices on North Street
  • 1999

    Billy Paton and Richard Briggs join the practice.

    Both become Directors in January 2004

    Billy Paton and Richard Briggs join the practice.
  • 2001

    RBA move to new offices at Victoria Place

    RBA move to new offices at Victoria Place
  • 2002

    Gareth Howie joined RBA to complete the current management line up

    Gareth Howie joined RBA to complete the current management line up
  • 2003

    RICS Pro Yorkshire Award Winner - Commercial Category

  • 2003

    RBA become one of the first key sponsors of the Leeds Regional team at MIPIM, Cannes

  • 2005

    RBA move to bespoke riverside offices at Riverside West, developed by Richard Boothroyd

    RBA move to bespoke riverside offices at Riverside West, developed by Richard Boothroyd
  • 2012

    RBA win Yorkshire “Property Consultant of the Year”

    RBA win Yorkshire “Property Consultant of the Year”

Our Directors

Richard Boothroyd FRICS - Chairman

Qualifications - BSc Quantity Surveying, FRICS

Richard graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1977 and became an Associate of the RICS in 1980. Having set up RBA in 1985, he achieved Fellow status in 1992.

Richard is a well known and highly respected member of the regional business community, and in recent times has been recipient of the ‘Property Personality of the Year’ award.

In his role as Chairman, Richard still offers significant support to the team in making key strategic and management decisions and also provides an instantly recognisable figurehead within the local property market.

When away from the office (and his other property and business interests) Richard enjoys outdoor pursuits including clay pigeon shooting, where he can relax and enjoy the company of his closest friends.

Billy Paton MRICS - Managing Director

Qualifications - BSc Quantity Surveying, MRICS

Billy qualified in 1994 having graduated from Napier Polytechnic. He joined Richard Boothroyd & Associates in 1998, becoming an Associate in 2000 and a Director in 2004.

Together with his role as Managing Director, Billy is still very much involved in the day to day running of our projects, particularly in the private development and food industry sectors.

He was heavily involved as Project Manager for Europe’s largest fresh milk dairy and has a wealth of experience, acting as Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveyor on some of RBA’s larger projects.

He is currently leading an RBA team appointed as Quantity Surveyors for delivery of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre development.

Billy is married with three children and when work and family commitments allow, he can often be found casting a fly on a quiet river.

Richard Briggs MRICS - Director

Qualifications - BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, MRICS

Richard qualified in 1997, having graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1996. Richard joined the practice in 1999, becoming an Associate in 2000 and a Director in 2004.

Richard’s experience covers most industry sectors, with emphasis on commercial and industrial development for private developers. In recent times Richard has also completed healthcare schemes and is also responsible for current science park projects within the office.

Richard is at ease in Project Management, Employer’s Agent or traditional Quantity Surveyor functions, and takes pride in providing added value to the Client team in all roles.

Richard is married with two children, and much of his free time is taken up in enjoying family life. He does however have a keen interest in music and sport, both as a spectator and participant.

Malcolm Denney FRICS - Director

Qualifications - BSc Quantity Surveying, FRICS

With nearly 30 years at RBA, Malcolm has been key to the success of the business, especially when in its infancy.

A Director for many years, Malcolm has worked in almost all sectors of the industry in either Employer’s Agent or Quantity Surveyor, however in recent times has been predominantly involved in complicated residential and commercial schemes for private developers.

Malcolm offers a “safe pair of hands” to all projects he is involved with, and his commitment and work ethic is exemplary and renowned in the Leeds region.

Malcolm lives in Leeds with his long term partner but when away from his work/home commitments is a keen follower of rugby league.

Gareth Howie - Director

Qualifications - BSc Quantity Surveying

Gareth joined RBA in 2002 and during his time at RBA, he has been responsible for the successful delivery of numerous high profile and high value projects. These have included a new exemplar dairy facility for Arla Foods at Stourton in Leeds, a new dairy in Lockerbie, and a mix of prestigious residential developments including Hungate in York and One Brewery Wharf in Leeds.

In recent times Gareth has also safely delivered the new Monks Cross retail development, and acted for Leeds United in the extension of their East Stand at Elland Road.

Gareth is married with three children, but finds time between his busy work and family commitments to play football with long standing friends.