I enjoy working with clients, gaining a detailed understanding of their business and assets, and working with them to ensure they achieve or succeed in their goals, adding value throughout the process. Through challenging and changing times in agriculture, sound advice is very important.
I have been involved in farming from an early age, having grown up on a mixed farm in the Yorkshire Wolds. I have fond memories of helping my father during the weekends and harvest and visiting the local sheep auction.
In 1999, I left the farm and went to study Rural Land Management at Harper Adams University, where during my placement, I spent a year on the Drumlanrig Estate in Scotland. Here I gained experience in all types of estate management, and the shooting and fishing were a particular highlight!
After graduating from Harper Adams, I ventured south and joined Hobbs Parker as a graduate surveyor to undertake my APC and CAAV training. I was regularly involved in assisting in the livestock market and occasionally got to have a go with a gavel at one of the collective and antique sales.
Having qualified in 2005, today I am involved in a wide variety of professional matters, and no two days are the same. I spend a lot of my time undertaking valuations for a variety of purposes, advising on landlord and tenant issues, and keeping clients updated on changing agricultural policy.
I am increasingly involved in farm and land sales and was recently instructed in the sale of Queens and Kings Farm in North Kent, one of the largest blocks of land to come to the market in the South East in recent years.
Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, skiing and cooking.
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Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) applications open in September
DEFRA has announced that SFI applications will open on the 18th of September 2023. Below we have highlighted some of the key points and considerations.Find out more
Unleashing Rural Opportunity – A Government charm offensive?
Defra has released its vision for unleashing rural opportunity covering planning, connectivity, employment and transport.Find out more
The Delinking of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Payments
2023 marks the end of BPS payments in their current form, with Defra introducing “delinked payments” in 2024 as English agricultural policy continues its transition away from the EU’s model of financial support.Find out more
BPS Entitlement trading window now open!
This year is the last year in which BPS entitlements can be traded with de-linkage set to be introduced from next year.Find out more
New standards added to the Sustainable Farming Incentive Scheme
DEFRA announces further developments for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and Countryside Stewardship Schemes. The schemes offer new funding opportunities for farmers.Find out more
Changes to Countryside Stewardship and ELM's
After months of political uncertainty, new prime ministers and cabinet reshuffles, the Government wheels are starting to turn again. The backlog of policy is beginning to come through.Find out more
Land market remains strong
Farmland values have now reached their highest level since 2016, with the average value of good arable land currently in the region of £9,500 per acre. There continues to be wide variations in prices being […]Find out more
Sustainable Farming Incenitive (SFI) to launch in June
DEFRA have confirmed that the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) will launch in June 2022. We will continue to publish more detailed information once the scheme details are released. Here is an overview of the first […]Find out more
Opportunities and challenges ahead
However, with these new opportunities, come challenges as the agriculture sector faces increasing demand to reduce its carbon footprint, whilst inflationary pressures are making everyday business more challenging. Here we look at some of the […]Find out more
Farmers could receive up to £100,000 to give up their land
Applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Lump Sum Exit Scheme will open in April, DEFRA secretary George Eustice has confirmed. The scheme enables existing BPS claimants to receive a proportion of their future BPS […]Find out more
Increased payments for Countryside Stewardship Schemes (CSS)
DEFRA has announced that payment rates for many Countryside Stewardship revenue options will increase by up to 30%. This is for both existing and new agreements.Find out more
Local Nature Recovery (LNR) and Landscape Recovery (LR)
These recent announcements focus on Local Nature Recovery (LNR) and Landscape Recovery (LR), together with some good news in respect of Countryside Stewardship revenue payments.Find out more
DEFRA release details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) rollout 2022
The proposed rollout is the first element of the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS). The agreements will last 3 years, with payments made quarterly. There will be no minimum or maximum land areas and applicants […]Find out more
Sustainable Farming Incentive
The first phase is due to be rolled out to all BPS claimants from mid-2022 with a full launch in 2024. Payments will be in addition to the Basic Payment Scheme and the SFI is […]Find out more
Rent review - Is now the time?
Tenants are reluctant to seek a rent review for fear of upsetting a longstanding relationship with their landlord, and many landlords want to agree a compromise to maintain a sustainable relationship going forward. Rent formulas […]Find out more
Grants and Subsidies
Through the agricultural transition plan, the Government sets out its vision. It’s a useful starting point, although currently it does not provide all the answers and we await detailed, costed guidance. WHAT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE? […]Find out more
The Agricultural Transition Plan – Is your business prepared?
Plans to deliver a fairer farming system were set out by the government on the 30th October with the release of the “Agricultural Transition Plan”. The plan will transform the way farmers are supported from […]Find out more
Public money for public goods
Currently applications for Countryside Stewardship will remain open until 2023. After which it is mooted that a Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) may be introduced to bridge the gap between the end of the Basic Payment […]Find out more
Have your say now on the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS)
As part of this, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has opened a public consultation on the proposed new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS). This will be DEFRA’s cornerstone agricultural policy paying […]Find out more
What's the future for the Basic Payment Scheme?
The phasing out of the Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) will be one of the biggest challenges for farmers and landowners when the Agricultural Bill is introduced. Nothing major will change for 2020 as payments will […]Find out more
Tenancy planning for landowners
As politicians continue to wrestle with Brexit, there is obviously significant uncertainty. What we do know is that Brexit – if it happens – will bring changes, and landlords and tenants alike should be prepared. There could be changes to financial […]Find out more
The Best Restaurants in Kent and East Sussex
The next best thing to eating good food, may be talking about it. Certainly asking in the Hobbs Parker offices about people’s favourite restaurants leads to a mouth-watering conversation about how spoilt for choice we […]Find out more
Favourable exchange rate brings timely relief to farmers
Recent forecasts for net farm income for all farm types for the year to March 2016 are down by 25 per cent, equivalent to an average of £13,000. The 2016 exchange rate for this year’s […]Find out more
Agricultural Grant Scheme Launched for Hedgerows and Boundaries
The deadline for applications is 30 April. Benefits may be obtained for capital items such as hedge planting, laying and coppicing, earth bank restoration stone-faced bank repair and restoration, and stone wall restoration. A woodland […]Find out more