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Peter Riches

Peter Riches is a partner and founding member of Morley Riches and Ablewhite.

Peter is both qualified and experienced in the property sector. He qualified as a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 1983 having graduated and joined the property investment department of Royal London Insurance in 1981. During his time there, Peter was responsible for all property management functions, portfolio valuation, landlord and tenant administration and investment acquisitions. In 1984, Peter took over the direct management of their London portfolio.

Peter’s experience in the industry continued to grow as he left Royal London Insurance in 1986 and moved to a Director position for a private practice in Colchester, specialising in commercial property. Peter oversaw the day to day running of the business, undertaking property valuation, landlord and tenant case work and other ‘non-agency’ business. This is where he gained the skills, knowledge and expertise to start his own company.

Peter was elected a Fellow of the RICS in 1995 and formed Morley Riches and Ablewhite in 2001. The company was a great success, winning the contract to manage the Crown Estate’s coastal properties in the same year. This area of work is something Peter particularly enjoys. He is very proud of the team at Morley Riches and Ablewhite, and the achievements made by the practice over the last decade, despite continuous changes in the property industry.

Out of the office, Peter is a keen musician. He has been playing guitar since the age of 11 and is currently playing in a blues/rock band called The Nolan Brothers.

See more of Peter and the band

Tea or coffee? Coffee, white with 2 sweeteners (I’m diabetic!)

Early bird or night owl? Night Owl

10 mile countryside bike ride or cosy sofa and wood burner? Shamefully, it’d have to be the sofa

Red wine or white? Red wine – Henschke

Books or films? Both. I have a book on the go all the time but like the movies as well

Shopping or fishing? Neither!

Vanilla crème brulée or farmhouse cheese board? Port and chocolates (despite being diabetic – I like to break a few rules)

Choice of colour: Olive green or fuchsia pink? I don’t do favourite colours…

Cats or dogs? Dogs. We have 5!

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or the autobiography of Richard Branson? I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice, and I rarely read non-fiction unless I’m researching the family archives on the internet. I like Jack Reacher books.

Winter or summer? Summer

Downton Abbey or Human Universe? Downton

Football or Tennis? Tennis to play, football to watch, although I prefer Rugby as they’re not a bunch of overpaid prima donnas. Cricket to listen to – I’m a big fan of Test Match Special

Twitter or Facebook? Facebook although I have my doubts about that!

Our Services

Clients choose to work with our friendly, professional team time and time again because we consistently deliver a quality service that makes their lives easier. Our plain-speaking approach ensures everyone is kept on the same page and that a project can move forward in a timely and cost-effective way.


Commercial Estate Agency


Property Management


Property Valuation

Landlord and Tenant

Building Surveying

Development Consultancy

What people say about working with us

  • "We have employed the services of Morley Riches & Ablewhite for over 10 years and have always found them to be Professional to deal with. Both Peter and Jon have a wide knowledge of the local commercial market which has enabled them to advise us on various aspects within our diverse business."
    Ian Newman, East Anglian Group
  • "Being a local business in Colchester, we seek to establish relationships with local professionals in certain key areas of business. Morley Riches and Ablewhite are a professional friend of Handelsbanken and  understood from a very early stage what we were looking for from their reports. They  have been extremely prompt in their delivery  of valuations and more than happy to discuss all aspects of the property market within our catchment area, which we find very valuable.  Overall a pleasure to deal with."
    Russell Felstead, Handelsbanken
  • "Peter Riches of MRA has managed an industrial property we own for the last 10 years and we have been delighted with the way our business has been handled. We have always found Peter to be very professional in his attitude; he has a good understanding of what we are trying to achieve, listens to our ideas and offers suggestions of his own. The rest of the team at MRA are always polite, friendly and helpful and we highly recommend the company and the services they offer."
    A J Kernahan, Developments Limited
  • "Griffin Chapman has a long-standing relationship with Morley Riches & Ablewhite. Our experience is that they are highly professional, efficient and proactive. We have been pleased to recommend a number of our clients to Morley Riches & Ablewhite for assistance in property matters. The feedback that we have received has been highly positive. We have also been pleased to co-sponsor a number of successful corporate events with Morley Riches & Ablewhite over recent years."
    Griffin Chapman, Chartered Accountants
  • "We are very happy with the friendly, professional and pro-active commercial property management service which we receive from Jon Ablewhite and we accordingly have no hesitation in recommending him and his firm."
    Rodney Stock, Bishop’s Stortford
  • "I have worked with Morley Riches and Ablewhite for several years. I have always found them to be trustworthy, professional, responsive and accurate while offering a flexible approach to problem solving. They provide excellent value for money and also deliver additional value through their thorough knowledge and network. Reputation and branding are important to any business so it’s important to select organisations who have a compatible constitution and culture. MRA demonstrate empathy with corporate objectives, they manage customer relationships effectively and efficiently and work seamlessly as part of a team. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a professional property service."
    Steve Heywood, Hills Building Group
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