Our members are involved in a variety of roles across central government, including management of property, facilities management, property valuation, specialist surveying services and policy advice. What connects members of the Government Property Profession (GPP) is that they have property at the heart of their work.
Government property professionals are involved in a wide range of activities. The central government estate is the largest and most diverse in the country. It is currently worth over £350 billion and costs over £20 billion to run each year. On top of that, property professionals lead on or are involved in policies that have significant consequences for the delivery of government priorities: major infrastructure programmes such as HS2, smarter working across the Civil Service, implementation of government hubs, providing valuations for local and national taxation, to name a few.
From the workplace environment to commissioning new buildings and implementing significant infrastructure programmes, our members work in a variety of roles. They play an important role in shaping the physical environment at all levels.
The profession is led by Janet Young, the government’s Chief Property Officer, and the GPP board, which comprises senior property specialists from across government.
Janet and the board are supported by the GPP team, which is part of the Office of Government Property and works to:
- attract and retain talented individuals to the profession
- improve the skills and capability of property practitioners across government
- improve learning and development opportunities
- encourage the sharing of expertise
- create clear career pathways for property practitioners
Career opportunities and professional development
Given the importance of the estate to government business, it is vital that we have the very best people managing property and making strategic decisions. Work to strengthen all government professions is a high priority, as seen in the Civil Service Workforce Plan 2016-2020. We are working to meet this challenge by focusing on:
- standards and competencies
- curriculum and qualifications
- talent management
- apprenticeships and graduate schemes
We also work in partnership with professional bodies including Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, British Institute of Facilities Management, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, as well as Civil Service Learning, to give members access to a range of formal and informal development opportunities.
Visit the Government Property Profession portal on Civil Service Learning.
Members can also read more from senior leaders and colleagues across the profession on the GPP blog.
Email us at GPP@cabinetoffice.gov.uk