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SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

BLAIR WALLACE

It was through a graduate land agent from Harrison & Hetherington that I first got to hear about the Dick Harrison Trust. The APC student, a Harper graduate and Cumbrian had been awarded money from the Trust and encouraged me to make an application. After an interview process with the trustees I was lucky enough to be successful.

I received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust during my first and second year at Harper Adams University, 2010/11 and 2012/13. The money from the Trust has not only aided me in gaining my degree but will be helpful throughout my graduate career.

I used the money to subscribe to memberships such as the RICS and CAAV as well as buying books required for my course work. My second award helped me to purchase a new laptop which was an expense I could ill afford but a key piece of equipment needed to gain my degree.

The REALM course at Harper Adams includes a placement year. I completed my placement year at Northumberland Estates as the Assistant Estate Manager. My year was spent predominantly in the rural department of the Estate Office. I gained experience in most areas of the rural estate such as management of the in-hand farming businesses. I assisted with the commencement of stewardship schemes, cross compliance and farm assurance schemes. I also assisted with farm rent review budgets and negotiations along with other landlord and tenant matters. These are just some examples of experience I gained to complete the first year of my APC.

I have now graduated with an honours degree and have just started a graduate position with Grosvenor Estates, Abbeystead Estate, Lancashire. I assist the Estate Manager here with the day to day management on the sporting estate and hope to complete my APC qualification in 2015.

 

THOMAS ARMSTRONG

Thomas ArmstrongI received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2007 & 2009 whilst I was studying for my Degree in Rural Enterprise and Land management BSC Hons at Harper Adams University College Shropshire. During my time at Harper Adams University I undertook my placement year with H&H Land and Property, Carlisle. I thoroughly enjoyed my years’ placement where I gained a great deal of knowledge and experience.

I graduated in 2010 from Harper Adams University and returned to H&H Land and Property as an assistant Land Agent. I studied for my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams and gained my RICS and FAAV qualifications in the Autumn 2011. I was awarded the Alistair Turnbull Prize, for the student gaining the highest mark in the exams for the Northumbria and Cumbria Branch of the CAAV.

The Dick Harrison Trust award was invaluable to me throughout the period of my education at Harper Adams University and during my studying for my professional exams. With my awards I purchased several books which aided me through my education and exams and even now as a qualified land agent they are used on a regular basis for reference within the office.

I continue to work for H & H Land and Property as a qualified land agent and have recently been involved with Harper Adams University with regard to the placement student and graduate recruitment for the company. I am very grateful to the Trust for the assistance they gave me during my studies.

 

GREGOR BRODIE

Robert Addison Chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Association of England & Wales presented the Dick Harrison Trust award to Gregor Brodie of Caledonian Marts. The trophy is awarded to the top 1st year student on the Livestock Market Operation & Management course.

Gregor Brodie receives his award from Robert Addison
Gregor Brodie receives his award from Robert Addison

The Livestock market operations and management course is aimed at aspiring auctioneers and provides a new route to membership of the Livestock Auctioneers Association and the institute of Auctioneers and appraisers of Scotland (IAAS).

The course is run through a virtual learning environment by Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire.

 

GILES P. LANE MRICS

Giles LaneI received an award from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2004 whilst studying for a Masters in Land Economy at Aberdeen University. I purchased several books with some of the award and not only did they assist me through my studies they still assist me in my day to day work.

My route into rural surveying was slightly different to most in that I studied for an Agricultural Degree at Harper Adams University College, graduating in 2003. I then went on to Aberdeen University to study a one year RICS accredited Masters conversion course which enable me to begin my APC once I started professional work.

I graduated from Aberdeen in September 2004 by which time I had already started work with C & D Property Services. Here I was assisted through my APC which I completed successfully and gained MRICS status in October 2006.

I have been with C & D Property Services for almost 9 years now and in that time I have gained a wealth of experience in a wide variety of professional work. At the present time the majority of my work is based around the Single Farm Payment Scheme, Valuations, & Agricultural Property Sales.

 

CRAIG BROUGH MRICS FAAV

Craig BroughI received two awards from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2004 & 2005 whilst I was studying for my Degree in Rural Enterprise and Land management BSC Hons at Harper Adams University College Shropshire. With my awards I purchased several books which aided me greatly with my studies and now as a practising land agent they are close at hand for every day reference in the office. I am very grateful to the Trust for the assistance they gave me during my studies.

In 2006 I undertook my placement year with H&H Bowe, Carlisle where I gained a great deal of knowledge and experience before returning to University for my Final year.

In 2008 I graduated from Harper Adams and returned to H&H Bowe as an assistant Land Agent. I studied for my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams, again the materials purchased with the Dick Harrison Trust award were invaluable to me. I gained my MRICS and FAAV qualifications in Autumn 2009. I was awarded the Alistair Turnbull Prize, for the student gaining the highest mark in the 2009 exams for the Northumbria and Cumbria Branch of the CAAV.

I continue to work at H&H Bowe as a land agent covering a wide topics, with my main areas of work being Valuation, Landlord & Tenant and Utility Wayleaves.

 

ANDREW FOX MRICS

Andrew FoxAs a previous recipient of the award while studying for a BSc (Hons) degree at Harper Adams in Rural Estate Management the award helped me purchase much needed equipment for my course including text books etc.

Following graduation in 2006 I successfully applied for a job with the National Trust in the Northwest based in Grasmere as a Assistant Rural Surveyor where I undertook the APC and successfully became chartered in 2009. I worked for the National Trust for a further year as a Rural Surveyor mainly undertaking Estate Management for largely agricultural properties in and around the Lake District with particular emphasis on conservation and land management.

During the summer of 2010 the opportunity arose to join PF&K Land Agency based in Penrith, where I am currently employed, mainly assisting colleagues with the varied Estate Management portfolio for private clients and also undertaking professional work including Landlord and Tenant matters as well as grant scheme applications. Working with PF&K will allow me to expand my Estate Management and Sporting experience which is an area I am especially keen to develop.

 

AUCTIONEER BILL IS TOP OF THE 2009 CLASS!

Part time auctioneer and part time farmer, Bill Nelson has come out top of the class in the first year of a four year auctioneering foundation degree course, receiving the Dick Harrison Trust Award.

Left to right, Dick Harrison Trust chairman Nick Utting, Bill Nelson with his award and Andrew Wright, secretary of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland with last year's first year students.
Left to right, Dick Harrison Trust chairman Nick Utting, Bill Nelson with his award and Andrew Wright, secretary of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland with last year's first year students.

Bill, who at 52, is probably the oldest student to win the award made by the Dick Harrison Trust which was set up to help budding auctioneers in memory of the late auctioneer and managing director of Harrison & Hetherington, Dick Harrison who founded Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Bill farms 200 acres at Low Sorbies, Bewcastle, north of Carlisle, running pedigree British Blues and sheep. He started working part-time for Carlisle-based Harrison & Hetherington in 2000 as a fieldsman as well as working in the pedigree office in an administrative role.

An ambition he has held since childhood to be an auctioneer was fulfilled five years ago when he began conducting tree and shrub sales at Borderway. Since then he has also auctioned implements and taken over as the main vehicle auctioneer at Borderway Motor Auctions.

“Ever since I was small I wanted to be an auctioneer but it never occurred to me that I would get the chance,” said Bill. “I enjoy all aspects of my work and my ultimate ambition is to regularly conduct livestock auctions.”

Bill received his award from from Dick Harrison Trust chairman Nick Utting at the start of a week’s tuition at the University of Cumbria’s Newton Rigg Campus.

The remainder of study for the four year degree course run with the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland is carried out remotely throughout the year. Bill’s first-year course involved 20 students from across England, Wales and Scotland. Numbers have been increasing year on year.

As well as making the annual top student award, the Dick Harrison Trust provides modest grants to aspiring auctioneers from Cumbria, Northumberland and Scotland towards their costs, including books, computers and travel.

 

LYNNE IS TOP OF THE CLASS!

Lynne Grieve, a member of Harrison & Hetherington's field staff, has been presented with the Dick Harrison award for the top student in the first year of a four year livestock auctioneering foundation degree course.

Lynne Grieve with her gavel, her award for top student in her year, with Dick Harrison Trust secretary and auctioneer Robert Addison.
Lynne Grieve with her gavel, her award for top student in her year, with Dick Harrison Trust secretary and auctioneer Robert Addison.

The course is run by the Livestock Auctioneers Association and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland.

Lynne, who started working at Borderway in 2002, was presented with the award at the course's residential week at Newton Rigg, Penrith, by Dick Harrison Trust chairman Nick Utting.

"All I have known is farming and this job was a fantastic opportunity for me. I love what I'm doing - the variation of the work from booking cattle for Monday and Wednesday sales to canvassing," said Lynne, whose parents Gordon and Anne and brother David run 1,500 breeding ewes, including Hexham Blackfaces and Mules alongside 100 suckler cows on 1200 acres at Whiteside Farm, Birtley, Hexham.

 

DOREEN FELL

Carlisle NFU group secretary Nick Utting from Watermillock dropped in at the university of Cumbria’s Newton Rigg Campus, near Penrith, to present a prize to the best first year student on a course being run for trainee auctioneers.

DOREEN FELL
Doreen Fell receives her Top Student Award 2007 from Nick Utting

This recipients of this year’s prize was Doreen Fell who is employed at Ulverston Mart in South Cumbria, where she is involved with all aspects of the livestock business.

The course at Newton Rigg is run by Livestock Auctioneers Association, which, in association with the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers of Scotland, has developed a foundation degree (FdSc) through the University of Cumbria for livestock auctioneers and valuers based throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

Chris Dodds, executive secretary of Livestock Auctioneers Association, said: “The course is now in its third year, with 28 students attending from throughout Britain – from the very south of England and Wales to the islands off Scotland.

“ Students who successfully complete and pass the four – year distance learning course will be eligible to apply to the two associations for a fellowship, as well as being awarded a foundation degree in livestock auctioneering and valuations (rural) by the University of Cumbria”.

The course covers all aspects of livestock market operations and associated duties, with modulesincluded on auction mart operations, animal health and welfare, study skills with IT, taxation and law, commodities marketing, land economy and business skills, agricultural policies finance, health and safety and human resource procedures.

Mr Dodds added: “The LAA is pleased by the recognition that the degree course has already achieved from representitives from throughout the UK livestock industry, and is delighted that Dick Harrison Trust wishes to be associated with it by making an annual award”.

 

MATTHEW WILSON

Matthew Wilson

Eden farmer's son Matthew Wilson is studying for a degree in rural enterprise and land agency, thanks to help from the Dick Harrison Trust in 2003.

Matthew, aged 20, of Low Farm, Gamblesby, near Penrith, has completed the second year of his three year degree course at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire. From the end of July this year Matthew began a year's work placement with the Buccleuch Estates, at Langholm, where he is working in the land agency department.

"During my sixth form studies at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith I took work placement with a local land agency firm and I enjoyed it. After my A levels I was able to get the place at Harper Adams to study for my degree," said Matthew. "Buccleuch Estates have residential property and farms so I will get experience of matters such as rent reviews and repairs. The estate also has shooting and fishing as well," he added.

"I read about the Dick Harrison Trust in the local press and I approached Robert Addison. I then had an interview with the trustees," said Matthew. "It has been very worthwhile for me to have the help from the trust and I would recommend other students to try to get help from it."

 

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