You don’t have to be called David, honest!

You don’t have to be called David to be a director of commercial property specialists Shortland Penn + Moore and be recognised by your industry body, but it certainly helps!

David Penn, managing director of the company – which has offices in Coventry and Birmingham – has just been made a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The organisation is the world’s leading professional body in property, construction and land, and being made a Fellow is recognition of career achievements.

Penn joins fellow SP+M directors David Shortland and David Allen to achieve the status.

He said: “I am delighted to have been recognised by the RICS in this way.

“As a company and as an individual, the very highest professional standards are something I hold in very high regard and this is recognition of that.

“In fact this fits in exactly with many of our core company values such as continuous improvement, shrewdness with integrity and quality in everything.”

He added: “We have a great team here at Shortland Penn + Moore and I am pleased that I can join the other two Davids in calling myself a Fellow!”

Penn, who is also a board member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, has overseen the expansion of SP+M over recent years, which saw the firm launch a Birmingham office in 2012.

He recently picked up the Property Professional of the Year at the Coventry and Warwickshire First ‘First Pro’ awards – the second time he has received the award following his triumph at the inaugural ceremony in 2007.