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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

  • "Jon Ablewhite of Morley, Riches and Ablewhite has provided professional services to my company for many years. This has included sales, purchasing and renting of office properties in and around Colchester. He has been very professional and thorough, combining this with an understanding of the needs of a business client such as ourselves. Together with Peter Riches, he forms a very strong and likeable team."
    Russell Sainty, Seaford Properties Limited
  • "Morley, Riches & Ablewhite – forgettable name, but seriously unforgettable service! We engaged MRA about 3 years’ ago on recommendation.  We have never regretted it. Good, practical advice on all property aspects, including new leases, professional discussions with existing Landlords and advice generally. At all times the service has been prompt, professional and cost-effective.  Communication skills are first rate and we have confidence in the calibre of MRA’s team and their ability to provide commercial insight and evolve innovative win / win solutions."
    John May, Director, Thompson & Morgan Group Holdings Limited
  • "Peter Riches and his team was recommended to me by a fellow business man.   He has proven himself to be up to a very high standard in his profession and I like the way that he is prompt to deal with any situation in a professional way.   He has a dynamic, enthusiastic team around him which gives me confidence in my decision making in which I value his experienced advice."
    Adrian Coolbergen, Coolbergen Properties
  • "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
  • "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 known Peter Riches and indeed some of his staff for many years now.  Our family and I in particular have built a close relationship with Peter, instructing him on numerous occasions for projects, lease renewals, rent reviews etc. and have always found him to be honest, reliable and extremely efficient. Peter will always find a solution to all your property needs and matters – his creative talent, input and valuable knowledge is where he really shines above the rest “bar none”! I would have no hesitation in recommending him or his staff for all your property needs."
    Aaron Taub, Advantage Property Group
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