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.
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
AUCTIONEER BILL IS TOP OF THE 2009 CLASS!
Part time auctioneer and part time farmer, Bill Nelson has come
out top of the class in the first year of a four year auctioneering
foundation degree course, receiving the Dick Harrison Trust Award.
|Left to right, Dick Harrison Trust chairman
Nick Utting, Bill Nelson with his award and Andrew Wright, secretary
of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland with
last year's first year students.
Bill, who at 52, is probably the oldest student to win the award
made by the Dick Harrison Trust which was set up to help budding
auctioneers in memory of the late auctioneer and managing director
of Harrison & Hetherington, Dick Harrison who founded Borderway
Bill farms 200 acres at Low Sorbies, Bewcastle, north
of Carlisle, running pedigree British Blues and sheep. He started
working part-time for Carlisle-based Harrison & Hetherington
in 2000 as a fieldsman as well as working in the pedigree office
in an administrative role.
An ambition he has held since childhood
to be an auctioneer was fulfilled five years ago when he began conducting
tree and shrub sales at Borderway. Since then he has also auctioned
implements and taken over as the main vehicle auctioneer at Borderway
“Ever since I was small I wanted to be an auctioneer but it
never occurred to me that I would get the chance,” said Bill. “I
enjoy all aspects of my work and my ultimate ambition is to regularly
conduct livestock auctions.”
Bill received his award from from
Dick Harrison Trust chairman Nick Utting at the start of a week’s
tuition at the University of Cumbria’s Newton Rigg Campus.
The remainder of study for the
four year degree course run with the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association
and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland is carried
out remotely throughout the year. Bill’s
first-year course involved 20 students from across England, Wales
and Scotland. Numbers have been increasing year on year.
As well as making the annual top student award, the
Dick Harrison Trust provides modest grants to aspiring auctioneers
from Cumbria, Northumberland and Scotland towards their costs, including
books, computers and travel.
LYNNE IS TOP OF THE CLASS!
Lynne Grieve, a member of Harrison & Hetherington's field staff,
has been presented with the Dick Harrison award for the top student
in the first year of a four year livestock auctioneering foundation
|Lynne Grieve with her gavel,
her award for top student in her year, with Dick Harrison Trust
secretary and auctioneer Robert Addison.
The course is run by the Livestock Auctioneers Association and the
Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland.
Lynne, who started working at Borderway in 2002, was presented with
the award at the course's residential week at Newton Rigg, Penrith,
by Dick Harrison Trust chairman Nick Utting.
"All I have known is farming and this job was a fantastic opportunity
for me. I love what I'm doing - the variation of the work from booking
cattle for Monday and Wednesday sales to canvassing," said Lynne,
whose parents Gordon and Anne and brother David run 1,500 breeding
ewes, including Hexham Blackfaces and Mules alongside 100 suckler
cows on 1200 acres at Whiteside Farm, Birtley, Hexham.
Carlisle NFU group secretary Nick Utting from Watermillock dropped
in at the university of Cumbria’s Newton Rigg Campus, near
Penrith, to present a prize to the best first year student on a course
being run for trainee auctioneers.
|Doreen Fell receives her Top
Student Award 2007 from Nick Utting
This recipients of this year’s prize was Doreen Fell who is
employed at Ulverston Mart in South Cumbria, where she is involved
with all aspects of the livestock business.
The course at Newton Rigg is run by Livestock Auctioneers Association,
which, in association with the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers
of Scotland, has developed a foundation degree (FdSc) through the
University of Cumbria for livestock auctioneers and valuers based
throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
Chris Dodds, executive secretary of Livestock Auctioneers Association,
said: “The course is now in its third year, with 28 students
attending from throughout Britain – from the very south of
England and Wales to the islands off Scotland.
“ Students who successfully complete and pass the four – year
distance learning course will be eligible to apply to the two associations
for a fellowship, as well as being awarded a foundation degree in
livestock auctioneering and valuations (rural) by the University
The course covers all aspects of livestock market operations and
associated duties, with modulesincluded on auction mart operations,
animal health and welfare, study skills with IT, taxation and law,
commodities marketing, land economy and business skills, agricultural
policies finance, health and safety and human resource procedures.
Mr Dodds added: “The LAA is pleased by the recognition that
the degree course has already achieved from representitives from
throughout the UK livestock industry, and is delighted that Dick
Harrison Trust wishes to be associated with it by making an annual
Eden farmer's son Matthew Wilson is studying for a degree
in rural enterprise and land agency, thanks to help from the
Trust in 2003.
Matthew, aged 20, of Low Farm, Gamblesby, near
Penrith, has completed the second year of his three year degree
course at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire. From the
end of July this year Matthew began a year's work placement with
the Buccleuch Estates, at Langholm, where he is working in the
land agency department.
"During my sixth form studies at Queen Elizabeth
Grammar School, Penrith I took work placement with a local land
agency firm and I enjoyed it. After my A levels I was able to
get the place at Harper Adams to study for my degree," said
Matthew. "Buccleuch Estates have residential property and
farms so I will get experience of matters such as rent reviews
and repairs. The estate also has shooting and fishing as well," he
"I read about the Dick Harrison Trust in
the local press and I approached Robert Addison. I then had an
interview with the trustees," said Matthew. "It has
been very worthwhile for me to have the help from the trust and
I would recommend other students to try to get help from it."