My extensive personal experience and complete independence can help you if you need:
an independent, comprehensive strategic review of estate management; reforming and modernising organisation and administration
to reorganise tenanted holdings to the benefit of both owner and tenant
to reverse loss-making operations
to resolve long-standing disputes with tenants
My relevant expertise:
2002 - 2016: Chief Executive of the Ernest Cook Trust. I was entirely responsible for all areas of operation for this large land-owning charitable trust, including its 22,000 acres across eight estates in five counties, embracing almost 100 historic buildings and 1,300 acres of woodland. The estates support 33 farms, alongside 25 diversified businesses and 50 commercial tenants. There are 243 let cottages and houses with around 550 residents. The Ernest Cook Trust has assets of £133m (including a £30m investment portfolio) and a turnover of £4m.
Other roles: Former Rural Enterprise adviser to the National Trust Past Chairman of Gloucestershire branch of the CLA
1992 – 2002: Land agent at Berkeley and Spetchley Estates. Managed and transformed a complex ownership structure covering estates totalling more than 10,000 acres; completely reformed and modernised the organisation and administration of both estates, eradicated debt and reversed loss-making operations.
1985 – 1992: Trained as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor (Land Agent – RICS) with Strutt and Parker in Worcestershire then for the Duke of Westminster in Cheshire.
1974 – 1985: Served in the Royal Navy. Culminating in the command of a coastal warship.