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George F. White strengthens senior management team

One of the region’s leading land and property consultancy’s has appointed a new Partner and made several promotions as it continues to thrive despite the current challenging environment.

Andrew Creighton joins George F. White as a Partner bringing with him a wealth of experience in the sector. He will head up the commercial team where his immediate objective is to bolster the commercial offering of the business and drive the growth of the service within the existing client base and also focus on promoting George F. White to the wider market.

Andrew joins the senior management team which includes Tim Michie and Elliot Taylor who were recently promoted to Equity Partners. Based in Northumberland, Tim, who has specialist knowledge of the rural sector helps to lead the firm’s Rural Professional team across all regions alongside his fellow partners. Elliot’s area of expertise includes farm management and strategic business planning. In his role as Partner, Elliot advises across all areas of agricultural business management for clients in the North of England.

Caroline Horn, who works in the rural surveying team, has been promoted to an Associate and will play a key role in developing George F. White’s land and property client portfolio across Yorkshire.

Robyn Peat, Managing Partner at George F. White, said: “Despite these unprecedented times, it’s great to welcome Andrew into the fold and also announce the promotions of long-serving team members who thoroughly deserve this recognition for their hard work, commitment and success in helping the consultancy to grow through both stable and difficult market conditions.

“Like many sectors land and property suffered a sharp shock following the COVID-19 government closures. However as we approach the summer we are finding that the market is ripe and buzzing with activity. We are focused on the future and the opportunities it presents and our recently strengthened senior management team in place to help us to do this.”

George F. White has a dominant presence in the North of England with offices based in Newcastle, Bedale, Barnard Castle, and Alnwick. Embracing the changes that recent world events have brought about the team are fully flexible and client-focused.

Andrew Creighton, Head of Commercial and Partner at George F. White, said: “It’s great to join such an energetic and experienced team. The consultancy has a fantastic reputation across the industry, and I am pleased to be on board. My objective is to continue the progress the business has made in the commercial sector with a specific emphasis on broadening our offering to attract more urban and city-based work.”

George F. White is also focused on opportunities for young talent in the industry, taking on graduates and providing them with a good learning structure and mentoring scheme to help develop the future workforce. Tim Michie, joined the consultancy from university and has risen through the ranks to become a Partner of the firm.

Tim said: “Nine years ago, I joined the business as a graduate, what a journey it’s been. Working alongside experienced professionals day in, day out supported with key knowledge learning has enabled me to follow a successful career path so far. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds.”

Tim Michie: Rural Partner Appointment

George F. White has appointed a new Partner in a strategic move to bolster their rural professional services. Tim Michie, who joined the firm as an APC Rural Graduate from the Royal Agricultural University in 2011, has been appointed as Partner; leading the rural professional team in Northumberland and the Borders as well as Land and Farm Agency across all offices and regions.

Tim Michie

Congratulating Tim on his appointment, George White, Founder and Senior Partner at the firm, said: “The sheer hard work and determination Tim has demonstrated since joining the firm in 2011 as a graduate is phenomenal. Not only has he succeeded in his professional work, but has made it his business to support the professional and personal development of others, creating a strong and highly motivated group of individuals as well as advocating our brand ethos, ‘people are at the centre of everything we do’. I have taken great pleasure in mentoring Tim over the years and he has become a great friend. Tim is one of a kind in the way he conducts such strong relationships with clients and the community and I am sure they, alongside the rest of the business, will share my confidence and admiration for him in his new role.”

Tim Michie has specialist knowledge of the traditional rural sector, however, is well versed in the political landscape and the opportunities that surround UK agriculture; he works alongside RICS commercial surveyors, RTPI planners as well technical consultants to ensure that his clients receive sound advice on managing and developing their assets.

Speaking about his new role, Tim said: “My appointment as Partner is testament to the support that I have received throughout my post-graduate studies and professional development from George F. White. I hope to continue this people-focused culture with the young people and graduates that are currently coming through the business. I am, of course, over the moon and I am looking forward to building upon the service that George founded with the business 40 years ago. It is an uncertain time for UK agriculture, however, as an industry, we remain strong and I will be focusing on ensuring our clients are exploring the opportunities that are available to them now and, alongside our farm team, preparing their businesses for opportunities that will arise in the future.”

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