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I retired from the National Farmers’ Union in Cumbria having been Group Secretary for over 30 years, working closely with many land agents and livestock auctioneers during that period. My work with Dick Harrison led me to respect his views on all matters affecting farmers and the rural way of life and it was that great respect that led myself and others to form this Charitable Trust.

As Chairman, I consider that the skills of traditional land agents and livestock auctioneers remain as important now as they did three decades ago and it is essential that every encouragement possible is given to young persons enthusiastic for a career in this sector.


Lily Harrison

I was married to Dick for over 30 years. During that time his generosity and enthusiasm meant I could share in his passions for wildlife, livestock and his job. He loved all aspect of his work and was keen to support young people in their development, so they too could find fulfilment.

When Dick died I was asked about suitable objectives for a Trust Fund to commemorate his life. Considering his values I felt proud to suggest that it should provide financial support for those who would link to train in the area of auctioneering or land agency.

I am delighted that so many students have applied and I am sorry that we have not been able to provide assistance to them all. However it has been lovely to watch the progress of those we have supported.

As a young farmer, I appreciated the encouragement and advice offered by Dick Harrison. I admired his enthusiastic style and his professional and honest business manner.

I was honoured to be asked to be a Trustee of the fund. The standard of applicants receiving grants would have given him much satisfaction.

I have been a Trustee since 1998 and really enjoy the opportunity to meet applicants; although they range in age, stage of their career, personal interests and background they all share a passion for the rural landscape.

Being Dick Harrison’s younger daughter, I am well aware of his love of the countryside and the value he placed on education and personal development. I do see it as most fitting that this Trust has been set up in respect for his work within agriculture and his passion for livestock auctioneering.


Ed Williamson

I'm Dick Harrison's grandson and have heard from so many people what he meant to them and how enthused he was about the countryside, his job and getting young people involved in the business. It's a great honour to be involved with the trust and a privilege to be able to help fantastic candidates just starting their careers.


Harriet Williamson

As Dick Harrison’s granddaughter I am fully aware of this love of farming teamed with his passion for education for all. I am proud to have this opportunity to support this amazing and worthwhile trust. I hope through the support of the trustees and the enthusiasm of the candidates we can continue the trust for years to come.


Charles Raine

Following a spell of work experience with Harrison & Hetherington at Borderway Mart in 1988, I was lucky enough to receive a small award from The Dick Harrison Trust, which was given to help with the purchase of equipment and books relevant to my study. I enrolled on a course in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, where I studied for a Graduate Diploma in Rural Estate Management.

I graduated in 1992 and took up employment shortly after graduation with Penrith Farmers & Kidd’s Plc, where I worked in the livestock auction and developed a quota broking agency in the early years of IACS, sheep and beef quota. I became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1994 and I spent two years working for Fisher Hogarth in Kendal, where I developed my experience of management of rural estates in around the Lake District. Following that spell, I decided to expand my experience and further develop my time working as a Land Agent on rural estates and moved into the North East, where I spent two years assisting on the Allendale Estate, and following that moved to John Clark at the Haltwhistle office of Clark Scott‑Harden, becoming an Associate Director of the company in the year 2000.

I became a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 1997 and returned some of my knowledge to the profession by acting as an Examiner in the Northern Group of Agricultural Valuers. I have been Chairman of The Northern Group of Agricultural Valuers throughout 2016 and 2017 and will hand over the position shortly.

I joined the practice of Youngs Chartered Surveyors in Hexham in December 2003 where I was employed as an Associate Partner, carrying out a wide variety of private client work and some rural estate management. I was promoted to Partner in April 2008.

In 2012 Youngs Chartered Surveyors merged with RPS to form YoungsRPS Ltd where I have been a Director since August 2014. I became a Fellow of the RICS in 2014

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© The Dick Harrison Trust
Secretary - Mr R. Addison
Hexham Auction Mart Co Ltd
Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG
Registered Charity No. 702365