Walker takes Masters in her stride
Graduate surveyor Sophie Walker has gained a Distinction in her Masters in Rural Estate and Land Management from Harper Adams University in Shropshire.
Sophie was one of only two to achieve the top level Distinction in her year group of 17 students.
Employed by Ashford-based Hobbs Parker Property Consultants, Sophie has successfully completed the two year part-time course after previously graduating with a BSc Honours degree in Agriculture from the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester.
Having gained the RICS-accredited qualification, Sophie will now sit her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in spring next year to become a chartered surveyor.
Currently, Sophie advises clients in relation to valuations, the Basic Payment Scheme and landlord and tenant matters, together with utilities and telecommunications.
After receiving her results, Sophie, who is 26 and lives near Wye, said: “Having been born and bred in the county, it is great to be able to work with many local agricultural businesses as part of Hobbs Parker’s team of surveyors.”
Sam Snart, Managing Director of HPPC, said: “Sophie’s success is testament to her hard work and commitment to becoming a surveyor. She has already shown, since joining us in 2014, that she has a real passion and aptitude for her job.”
In addition to her full-time role at Hobbs Parker, Sophie is clerk of a Kent parish council, which enables her to get a very broad perspective of the issues facing rural communities.
Before she takes her Central Association of Agricultural Valuers qualification in November 2017, after her APC, Sophie hopes to now find time for outdoor pursuits, and perhaps, to read a book that has no connection to rural surveying.
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