Triple Whammy For Young Surveyors

17th January 2013

Jessica Card, Alex Jackson and Guy Sampson, young Chartered Surveyors who work for George F White in Wolsingham, County Durham and Alnwick, Northumberland have now all passed the rigorous Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) exam.

This prestigious qualification and subsequent membership of the CAAV as a qualified ‘Fellow’ now counts Guy, Jessica and Alex amongst some of the UK countryside’s most qualified professional valuers and advisers.

It also brings the number of CAAV qualified staff at George F White to 12 making them the largest independent employer of CAAV and RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) surveyors in the North. George F White has 25 RICS qualified Surveyors and nine trainees working towards their professional qualification.

Jessica, Alex and Guy have already passed the RICS membership exams to become qualified Rural Practice Surveyors and this further, highly respected CAAV qualification offers assurance to farmers, estate owners, lenders, local authorities and conservation bodies that they are employing the best people to provide the most date advice there is on issues affecting the countryside such as: tenancy matters; sales and purchase of farms and land; taxation; compulsory purchase; auctioneering, environmental and conservation issues and farming structures.

Jessica Card (29) works as a RICS qualified Rural Practice Surveyor in George F White’s Wolsingham office and has lived in the Darlington area all of her life. She says: ‘I really enjoy the variety of my work and now with this extra qualification there’s going to be no stopping me! George F White has been very supportive and I’m delighted to have passed.’ Jessica advises on grants and subsidies including single farm payment, environmental stewardship schemes and rural grants; professional valuations and farm agency work across Co Durham, North Yorkshire and South Northumberland.

Alex Jackson (26) has been with George F White since 2010 and has LLB Law degree from Bristol University as well as MSc in Rural Estate and Land Management. He lives at Eastgate in Co Durham and is very pleased to have the CAAV exam behind him. He says: ‘Being a ‘Fellow’ of CAAV means a great deal and is highly respected in the industry, as well as amongst clients. I am now looking forward to progressing my career and building on my qualifications.’ Alex, who’s originally from Shropshire, relishes his life and career in the rural North and says the great people he meets are one of the big advantages of the job.

Guy Sampson (25) lives at Glanton near Alnwick and has been working at George F White’s Alnwick office since August 2009. He has MSc in Rural Estate and Land Management. Guy covers a lot of landlord and tenant work with a particular interest in wind farm leases, as well as farm tenancy issues and property management throughout Northumberland. He says: ‘The comprehensive range of work at George F White mean there are new, interesting challenges all the time, which is great in terms of experience and career progression. Gaining the CAAV qualification now gives us all a highly respected mark of professional competence on top of our existing RICS qualifications. It’s an excellent accreditation to have and well worth the midnight oil!’

Robyn Peat, Partner, George F White says: ‘George F White encourages and supports individuals to reach their full potential so we can offer the best level of expertise to our clients. We pride ourselves not only on the high calibre of the people who work for us, but also on the excellent career opportunities we offer them. Jessica, Alex and Guy are hardworking, excellent at their jobs, and well-respected in the rural community. They’re a credit to George F White and we’re delighted they’ve achieved CAAV fellowship.’

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