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SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

JONNY PICKUP

JOnny PickupI received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2014 and 2015, whilst in my first and second years of study on the BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM) course at Harper Adams University, in Shropshire. As part of the four-year course, I spent my work placement year on the Duke of Buccleuch’s Estates, in Scotland. The placement year was a great experience and invaluable for putting the theory learnt in the classroom into practice.

In 2017 I graduated with a first class honours degree and now work as a Graduate Surveyor for GSC Grays, in North Yorkshire. My work involves a mixture of rural professional work involving valuations, landlord and tenant matters and estate management. I am currently working towards my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams, which I aim to complete in Autumn 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Trust for the valued support they gave me during my years of study. The awards I received allowed me to purchase several industry books for not only preparation for my exams, but also for my now day to day referencing in working practice. I fully recommend the trust to anyone who is from Scotland, Cumbria or Northumberland and are beginning their studies in rural management or auctioneering.

MATTHEW BELL MRICS FAAV

Matthew BellI received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2007 and 2009 whilst I was studying for my degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University College.

I graduated with a first class honours degree in 2010 and went to work for H&H Land and Property in Carlisle which is where I spent my sandwich placement year in 2008. I studied for my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams and gained my RICS and FAAV qualifications in Autumn 2011.

I am very grateful for the support of the Dick Harrison Trust, the money which they provided assisted in purchasing study books which aided me through my studies and some of which I still refer to today.

I left H&H Land and Property in July 2015 to take up a position with Edwin Thompson LLP working between there Carlisle and Keswick Offices. In January 2018 I was appointed as a partner of Edwin Thompson LLP. I am very grateful for the assistance of The Dick Harrison Trust.

 

SHAUN BARRON MRICS FAAV

I received two awards from the Trust in 2011 and 2013 while I was Studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. During my time at Harper Adams I undertook a placement year at Graham Watkins & Co in Leek, Staffordshire. While on placement I undertook a wide range of professional work while also being involved on market days at Leek Market. I carried out a wide range of roles at the market and at farm sales got my first opportunity to auctioneer on some of the tools and Miscellaneous items.

Once I completed my studies at Harper Adams I took a post at Howkins & Harrison in Rugby, Warwickshire. At this point I began studying towards my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and my Central Association or Agricultural Valuers exams. I achieved FAAV Statuss in Autumn 2014 and MRICS status in Spring 2015. While Working at Howkins & Harrison I expanded on the work I had carried out on my placement year and continued to carry out a wide range of rural professional work while also working at the firms Farm Dispersal and Winter Fodder Sales.

In January 2016 I started work at Bletsoes in Thrapston, Northamptonshire as a Livestock Auctioneer based at Thrapston Livestock Market. I now undertake the weekly sale of Prime Lambs and Cull Ewes as well as the weekly sales of Store and Breeding sheep and also sell Pigs, Calves and Store & Breeding Cattle when required. I also work at the firms Collective Machinery and Farm Dispersal Sales alongside working at Stratford Livestock Market on a weekly basis.

Being a Livestock Auctioneer is something that I have always wanted to do and the grants which I have received from the trust have greatly helped me to get to where I am today. I am very grateful to the trust for the support that I have received during my studies.

 

JENNIFER DIXON MRICS FAAV

Jennifer DixonI received an award from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2014 whilst I was studying for my masters Degree in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

I graduated in 2014 from the Royal Agricultural University and started to work as an assistant Rural Surveyor for Smiths Gore (now Savills) in Carlisle. I studied for my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams and gained my RICS and FAAV qualifications in the Autumn 2016.

I am very grateful for my award from the Dick Harrison Trust, it was very helpful to me whilst studying for my masters degree. It enabled me to pay for field excursions and several books which aided me through my degree and in my professional work.

I continue to work for Savills in Carlisle as a chartered rural surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer, carrying out a mixture of rural professional work including valuations, agency, landlord and tenant and estate management. I also live and enjoying working on our mixed livestock farm at home.

 

BLAIR WALLACE MRICS

It was through a graduate land agent from Harrison & Hetherington that I first got to hear about the Dick Harrison Trust. The APC student, a Harper graduate and Cumbrian had been awarded money from the Trust and encouraged me to make an application. After an interview process with the trustees I was lucky enough to be successful.

I received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust during my first and second year at Harper Adams University, 2010/11 and 2012/13. The money from the Trust has not only aided me in gaining my degree but will be helpful throughout my graduate career.

I used the money to subscribe to memberships such as the RICS and CAAV as well as buying books required for my course work. My second award helped me to purchase a new laptop which was an expense I could ill afford but a key piece of equipment needed to gain my degree.

The REALM course at Harper Adams includes a placement year. I completed my placement year at Northumberland Estates as the Assistant Estate Manager. My year was spent predominantly in the rural department of the Estate Office. I gained experience in most areas of the rural estate such as management of the in-hand farming businesses. I assisted with the commencement of stewardship schemes, cross compliance and farm assurance schemes. I also assisted with farm rent review budgets and negotiations along with other landlord and tenant matters. These are just some examples of experience I gained to complete the first year of my APC.

I have now graduated with an honours degree and have just started a graduate position with Grosvenor Estates, Abbeystead Estate, Lancashire. I assist the Estate Manager here with the day to day management on the sporting estate and hope to complete my APC qualification in 2015.

 

THOMAS ARMSTRONG MRICS FAAV

Thomas ArmstrongI received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2007 & 2009 whilst I was studying for my Degree in Rural Enterprise and Land management BSC Hons at Harper Adams University College Shropshire. During my time at Harper Adams University I undertook my placement year with H&H Land and Property, Carlisle. I thoroughly enjoyed my years’ placement where I gained a great deal of knowledge and experience.

I graduated in 2010 from Harper Adams University and returned to H&H Land and Property as an assistant Land Agent. I studied for my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams and gained my RICS and FAAV qualifications in the Autumn 2011. I was awarded the Alistair Turnbull Prize, for the student gaining the highest mark in the exams for the Northumbria and Cumbria Branch of the CAAV.

The Dick Harrison Trust award was invaluable to me throughout the period of my education at Harper Adams University and during my studying for my professional exams. With my awards I purchased several books which aided me through my education and exams and even now as a qualified land agent they are used on a regular basis for reference within the office.

I continue to work for H & H Land and Property as a qualified land agent and have recently been involved with Harper Adams University with regard to the placement student and graduate recruitment for the company. I am very grateful to the Trust for the assistance they gave me during my studies.

 

GREGOR BRODIE

Robert Addison Chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Association of England & Wales presented the Dick Harrison Trust award to Gregor Brodie of Caledonian Marts. The trophy is awarded to the top 1st year student on the Livestock Market Operation & Management course.

Gregor Brodie receives his award from Robert Addison
Gregor Brodie receives his award from Robert Addison

The Livestock market operations and management course is aimed at aspiring auctioneers and provides a new route to membership of the Livestock Auctioneers Association and the institute of Auctioneers and appraisers of Scotland (IAAS).

The course is run through a virtual learning environment by Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire.

 

GILES P. LANE MRICS

Giles LaneI received an award from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2004 whilst studying for a Masters in Land Economy at Aberdeen University. I purchased several books with some of the award and not only did they assist me through my studies they still assist me in my day to day work.

My route into rural surveying was slightly different to most in that I studied for an Agricultural Degree at Harper Adams University College, graduating in 2003. I then went on to Aberdeen University to study a one year RICS accredited Masters conversion course which enable me to begin my APC once I started professional work.

I graduated from Aberdeen in September 2004 by which time I had already started work with C & D Property Services. Here I was assisted through my APC which I completed successfully and gained MRICS status in October 2006.

I have been with C & D Property Services for almost 9 years now and in that time I have gained a wealth of experience in a wide variety of professional work. At the present time the majority of my work is based around the Single Farm Payment Scheme, Valuations, & Agricultural Property Sales.

 

CRAIG BROUGH MRICS FAAV

Craig BroughI received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2004 & 2005 whilst I was studying for my Degree in Rural Enterprise and Land management BSC Hons at Harper Adams University College Shropshire. With my awards I purchased several books which aided me greatly with my studies and now as a practising land agent they are close at hand for every day reference in the office. I am very grateful to the Trust for the assistance they gave me during my studies.

In 2006 I undertook my placement year with H&H Bowe, Carlisle where I gained a great deal of knowledge and experience before returning to University for my Final year.

In 2008 I graduated from Harper Adams and returned to H&H Bowe as an assistant Land Agent. I studied for my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams, again the materials purchased with the Dick Harrison Trust award were invaluable to me. I gained my MRICS and FAAV qualifications in Autumn 2009. I was awarded the Alistair Turnbull Prize, for the student gaining the highest mark in the 2009 exams for the Northumbria and Cumbria Branch of the CAAV.

I continue to work at H&H Bowe as a land agent covering a wide topics, with my main areas of work being Valuation, Landlord & Tenant and Utility Wayleaves.

 

ANDREW FOX MRICS

Andrew FoxAs a previous recipient of the award while studying for a BSc (Hons) degree at Harper Adams in Rural Estate Management the award helped me purchase much needed equipment for my course including text books etc.

Following graduation in 2006 I successfully applied for a job with the National Trust in the Northwest based in Grasmere as a Assistant Rural Surveyor where I undertook the APC and successfully became chartered in 2009. I worked for the National Trust for a further year as a Rural Surveyor mainly undertaking Estate Management for largely agricultural properties in and around the Lake District with particular emphasis on conservation and land management.

During the summer of 2010 the opportunity arose to join PF&K Land Agency based in Penrith, where I am currently employed, mainly assisting colleagues with the varied Estate Management portfolio for private clients and also undertaking professional work including Landlord and Tenant matters as well as grant scheme applications. Working with PF&K will allow me to expand my Estate Management and Sporting experience which is an area I am especially keen to develop.

 

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