We’re delighted to announce that James Thompson has joined the business on a year’s work placement. James, who has so far completed three years of a four year course in agricultural business at Newcastle University, will be based at our Shiptonthorpe office.
During his placement, James will work with the Shiptonthorpe team gaining hands on experience for all aspects of farm and agricultural business. He will learn the ropes on how to, for example, prepare business plans, feasibility studies and funding briefs on behalf of clients.
Simon Britton, who leads the Shiptonthorpe office, said: “Our team deals with the full scope of farm business issues from contract farming agreements and joint ventures to budgets, cash flows and Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), which will provide James with an excellent stepping stone into the industry following his graduation, providing real and useful skills that are essential to success in the sector.”
Talking about his work placement, James added: “It’s great to be offered a year’s placement at George F. White as I think it will provide vital experience in the field of work I wish to enter when I leave university. I am looking forward to learning all about agricultural business and getting to know the team, how it works and how client service is delivered across the wide range of issues that they deal with and manage on a daily basis.”
For more information about work placements at George F. White, please contact Jessica Tait on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01665 511997.
Land, property and business consultancy George F. White has hired a new Rural Practice Surveyor in a key appointment for the firm’s Shiptonthorpe office.
Duncan Clarke brings with him over 10 years of rural practice surveying experience. Key areas of expertise include valuation and expert witness work including mortgage and asset portfolio valuations, development appraisals and option and promotional agreements. Clarke has also been heavily involved in negotiating leases, licences easements and wayleaves throughout his career.
Simon Britton, a partner at George F. White, who heads up the Shiptonthorpe office, said: “It’s great to bring Duncan on board – his specialist skill set and experience will prove valuable to the team and add another dimension to our client offering. Duncan has worked with and for both private and public sector organisations and his knowledge as a result of this will be most useful for both new and existing clients.”
Clarke joins the business following roles at Strutt & Parker LLP and Carter Jonas LLP as well as time at large local authorities across Yorkshire where managing the council’s agricultural , property and retail portfolio was a key focus.
Speaking about his new role, Clarke said: “I am very much looking forward to my new position at George F. White. I have heard a lot about the business in the last couple of years and I am really impressed with how far they’ve come and the type of clientele they’re working with. It’s an exciting time to join. My background is largely estate management which is an area George F. White is looking to grow so my experience and addition to the team will hopefully help us attract more estate owners and managers. I hope to not only add something extra to the team but also continue to develop and learn new skills by working on a range of challenging but exciting projects.”