I am a first year student studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams. I really appreciate the assistance given to me by the Dick Harrison Trust. It has really helped me with the purchase of study books and equipment needed to help with my education whilst studying at Harper Adams University. I also feel very privileged to be the second generation of Raines' receiving the award, after my father was also presented with one in 1989.
I would fully recommended the Dick Harrison Trust to anyone studying for a land management based degree and is from Cumbria, Northumberland or Scotland. A career in land management, in my opinion is a very niche subject, so I am grateful to the trust for giving the help and encouragement to pursue a career in this direction.
I received my award from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2018 whilst in my final year at Harper Adams University studying a BSc(Hons) degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. In 2016/2017 I completed my placement year at H&H Land and Property in Carlisle as part of by degree, where I gained invaluable knowledge and experience.
I was very lucky to have been offered a graduate position at H&H Land and Property and returned to the firm in September 2018 after I had graduated. I am now working towards my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers professional exams.
I would very much like to take the opportunity to thank The Dick Harrison Trust for their support, enabling me to purchase books that helped me in the run up to my exams and will continue to be useful in my future career. I would certainly encourage anyone from Northumberland, Cumbria or Scotland studying courses related to rural land management or auctioneering to take the opportunity offered by the trust.
I 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
I 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.
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.
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
I 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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,
GILES P. LANE MRICS
I 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
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
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
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
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.
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