Katie Lands Top Prize

20th October 2011

Every two years, one student in the UK studying BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management is awarded the coveted CLA Charitable Trust (CLACT) Scholarship. Students must write an application of 600 words demonstrating their experience in the field, their enthusiasm and talent for the work and why they deserve to win. The award, made by the CLA Charitable Trust, to students at Harper Adams University College, equates to a grant of £3,000 per year and so understandably, competition is fierce amongst the UK’s top aspiring rural managers.

This year the scholarship has been won by young Katie Poulter 18, from Bedale in North Yorkshire who based her application on the experience she gained on a summer placement at George F White Rural Surveyors in Bedale.

Katie was involved in a wide variety of rural projects in George F White’s North Yorkshire office. She demonstrated in her application that while her studies had equipped her with the knowledge and a solid grounding for her future career, there was lots more to rural surveying and management that could only be learnt on the land and in the job itself.

Enthused by her work experience placement and now the lucky recipient of the CLA Scholarship, Katie is well placed to launch her rural surveying career.

Katie said: “I’m thrilled at being awarded this prestigious scholarship. My time spent working at George F White Chartered Surveyors gave me a unique insight into how advisers must be innovative in the solutions and advice that they offer their clients. To add real value, land agents always need to be at the cutting edge of the profession and I’m lucky that I was working with some of the very best. To have won this award from the CLA is a great honour and the fact that they chose me confirmed that I have definitely chosen the right career path!”

Katie has future ambitions to become a top rural chartered surveyor. Outside of her studies, she enjoys horse-riding and has joined the polo club at Harper Adams. She is also a member of Catterick Young Farmers in North Yorkshire.

In her forthcoming placement year, Katie hopes to use her knowledge to help developing countries become more productive in the face of climate change and growing population before returning to the UK to finish her degree.

Nigel Foster, who is Senior Partner, George F White, at the Bedale office and who supported Katie in her application says: “Katie is excellent at what she does and demonstrates that she’s got what it takes to be a shining light in her generation of rural surveyors. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and always keen to learn more. We’re all absolutely delighted that she has won this award. Very well deserved!”

CLA Yorkshire Regional Director, Dorothy Fairburn, said: “One of the greatest threats to the future of farming is its ageing profile, which is why the CLA is committed to encouraging and supporting new entrants to the industry. The fact the award has gone to a young person from Yorkshire is an added bonus!”.

The CLA Charitable Trust Scholarship follows on from the Bruce Wilson-North endowment formerly awarded.

George F. White currently has thirteen graduates working towards qualifications as rural surveyors and this summer they offered work experience to seven students across their five offices in Alnwick, Wolsingham, Barnard Castle, Bedale and Shiptonthorpe.

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