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Graduate Surveyor: Local Yorkshire Farmer James Thompson

Local farmer, James Thompson, has been welcomed back to George F. White as a Graduate Surveyor after a successful university placement year.

James re-joins our team to bolster the growing rural professional and farm consultancy services in our Shiptonthorpe and Bedale branches. James recently graduated from Newcastle University where he achieved a BSc in Agribusiness; the degree requires students to undertake a placement year, in which James carried out successfully with us back in 2016/17 and proceeded to impress the management team. Not only does James have an exceptional understanding of the business, he grew up locally to the area and boasts an outstanding level of geographical knowledge.

Graduate - James Thompson

Simon Britton, Partner and Head of Yorkshire at George F. White, said: “We are delighted to welcome James Thompson back to George F. White; he is a strong addition to our growing team here in Yorkshire. A graduate position at George F. White is a great place for James to start his career; we have a strong team of eleven, in which over 65% were recruited at graduate level and are currently working towards or sitting in management positions.  James brings a lot of energy and willingness to learn, a fantastic quality to see in a graduate and certainly the qualities that we expect to see in our employees. I am confident that James will continue to excel throughout his APC studies and over the course of his professional career, we promise to nurture his talent as we have his colleagues.”

James achieved a first class grade on his dissertation which focused on government policy in agriculture and farm diversification in the North and East of Yorkshire; in light of the current political climate, James’ research will prove extremely useful to local farmers and his agricultural background will allow him to relate to the day-to-day operation of a farming business.

On his decision to continue his studies at George F. White, James said: “Having lived locally to the Shiptonthorpe office, I knew of the strong reputation that George F. White has in the community. Whilst on my placement year I not only discovered that the employees at the firm are one big family but also have a great depth of knowledge in such a wide range of enterprises in the rural economy; I was over the moon to be offered a graduate position as I believe George F. White is the perfect place to learn and practise my knowledge to help me with my professional exams in the near future. “

Nurturing Talent in The Rural Sector

At land, property and business consultancy George F. White, investing in our people is our main priority. By providing our team with the right learning environment, mentoring, training and tools, we are able to give the best support to clients.

We provide a myriad of services to clients in the rural sector, ranging from farming and agricultural services to planning and development and deal with issues including grants and subsidies, succession planning and legislation assistance.


Investing in the team, and embedding key qualities such as innovation, inspiration, honesty and commitment into the very core of the business is vital. Nurturing young, fresh talent in the rural sector is crucial to this, which is why George F. White provides graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, with a structured career development plan, so that we can help cultivate the future rural workforce, to support clients as best we can.

Rural surveyor Adeline Jones is a prime example of George F. White’s focus on developing young talent. Adeline has spent most of her life in agriculture as her family holds a long tradition in farming. From this, she’s developed an appreciation of the challenges of managing a farm enterprise and issues faced by a rural community. Following school, she worked on a farm during a gap year before deciding to take an undergraduate course in BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University. Adeline’s course involved a placement year which she undertook at George F. White, as an undergraduate rural surveyor, which later helped her secure a graduate position within the firm.

Not only did the placement and graduate position provide vital experience of working with real clients, facing real issues and providing solutions to help clients overcome specific rural business challenges, Adeline was also able to secure the professional knowledge, and qualifications, she needed by joining us. To sit the necessary exams, you need at least two years’ experience at an appropriate business, which Adeline achieved through her placement year and following her university completion. Adeline has been with us for two and a half years now and has passed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) exams which means she is a fully qualified chartered surveyor and a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Many members of the George F. White team have taken a similar path to Adeline. Entry level employment is something we strongly believe in, and a key ethical value. Indeed, over the past year alone, the Alnwick office has been home to three apprentices and an APC student. We are extremely proud to have a 100% APC pass rate over the past decade, where we have supported 23 successful APC graduates.

Demonstrating our commitment to our people is reflected in the Employer of the Year award that we were thrilled to win at the recent Northumberland Business Awards. Mentoring young, ambitious people that want to come into the industry is so important to us and helping them to gain the qualifications and experience they need to progress their careers is the ultimate goal.

Due to our consistent growth, we’re actively recruiting, creating nine new roles across the business. Our ability to grow our workforce is all down to putting our people at the centre of our ethos, and empowering skilled and nurtured people to thrive at George F. White.

For more information about the current career opportunities at George F. White, please contact Debbie Charlton on careers@georgefwhite.co.uk