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As a Company providing specialist advice Davidson & Robertson is acutely aware of the need to ensure that all staff are highly trained, knowledgeable, capable and approachable. We feel this is borne out by the calibre of the whole team.

Please see the individual profiles below for specific members of staff arranged alphabetically by surname.

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Alison Aitken BSc (Hons) MRICS

Surveyor

Location: Bathgate

Telephone: 01506 811 812

Alison was brought up on a beef and sheep farm in Peeblesshire and graduated with an Honours Degree in Property Management and Valuation in 2010. Since leaving university Alison has previously been involved in Estate Management and passed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Rural Surveyor in May 2014. Alison joined the firm in August 2015 and is hoping to gain Fellowship of the CAAV.   

Email AlisonAA@drrural.co.uk
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Ian Austin MA (Hons) MRICS FAAV

Associate Director

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Having been brought up on the family farm and having completed his professional training in Dumfries and Galloway, Ian join Davidson and Robertson in August 2015.  Ian is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), RICS Registered Valuer and a Fellow of the Central Association for Agricultural Valuers (FAAV) having won the President’s Prize for the highest mark in the Scottish CAAV exam in 2013.

Ian is based in our Edinburgh Office and is experienced in a range of Private Client work including:

 -     Utility work including Water, Electricity and Gas.

-      Access negotiations with 3rd parties including Network Rail   

       and Transport Scotland.

-      Commercial negotiations for Renewable Energy Projects.

-      Compulsory Purchase and Compensation.

-      Sales and Lettings.

-      Planning for Agricultural Property.

-      Landlord and Tenant.

-      Valuations for a wide variety of purposes including secured  

       lending, taxation and pre-sale appraisals.

-      Development 

Email IanIA@drrural.co.uk
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Jenny Baillie BA Rural Business Management

Administrator

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Jenny was brought up on a dairy farm in Lanarkshire and has completed a degree in Rural Business Management at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh. 

She has recently joined Davidson and Robertson and works in the Edinburgh office dealing with day to day admin duties and provides administrative support for most offices. 

Email JennyJB@drrural.co.uk
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Gerald P Banks BSc Hons, PhD

Consultant

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Brought up on a 1,000acre South Cambridgeshire arable and beef farm, went to Nottingham University, graduating with BSc Hons in 1969, and went on to work for PhD on potato plant metabolism, graduating in 1973. Returned to family farm until joining ADAS, and subsequently moving to Buchan in 1979, to farm.

Established own consultancy in 1983 which became Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd in 1986.

Has been a member of AICC since 1985, providing independent professional agronomy advice.

Established and ran the Buchan Machinery Ring in 1989 until 1995, which has ultimately become part of Ringlink.

From 1993 has provided farmer support for IACS applications throughout North East Scotland, together with environmental, business investment and forestry scheme applications and advice, together with subsequent implementation and management. With the help of a loyal team of staff, up to 10% of successful Scottish environment schemes have come out of the BAC Office.

The proximity of St Fergus Gas Plant has resulted in being involved for many years with wayleave negotiations and claims for the multiple pipelines heading southwards, associated with the oil and gas industry.

The investment in sustainable energy in the North East has also involved negotiations for both sides of developments for wayleaves and servitudes.

Has been involved in successfully appealing for clients National Reserve and Breaches of various SGRPID schemes by clients, at all levels, including the Scottish Land Court.

Involved with NFUS at all levels with particular responsibilities at National level with Environment and Land Use.

Email GeraldGB@drrural.co.uk
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Derek Bathgate MBA FAAV

Associate Director

Location: Castle Douglas

Telephone: 01556 502270

Derek started working for Davidson and Robertson Rural in 2009 as a consultant whilst continuing as Managing Partner of his family’s beef and sheep farm in Wigtownshire.  In addition to hands-on farming experience, he has several academic qualifications including: a BSc(Hons) in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural College, a Masters of Business Administration from Cranfield University and a Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Organic Farming from the Scottish Agricultural College.  Derek gained Fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) in 2014 receiving the President’s Prize for the highest mark in the Scottish CAAV exam.  He is a member of SAAVA and Vice-chairman of the South West Agricultural Valuers Association.

Derek now heads up our Castle Douglas office and carries out a wide variety of corporate and private client work throughout south west Scotland and beyond.  His key areas of work are:

  • Access negotiations with 3rd parties including Network Rail
  • Commercial negotiations for Renewable Energy Projects.
  • Communications masts negotiations
  • Farm Business Consultancy including Contract Farming Agreements and IACS
  • Land and property management
  • Landlord and Tenant matters
  • Utility work including strategic infrastructure management & compensation claims
  • Wayleave and servitude negotiations
Email DerekDB@drrural.co.uk
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Rhona Booth BLE (Hons), MRICS

Associate Director

Location: Forfar

Telephone: 01307 490220

Rhona hails from an agricultural background, being brought up on a Dairy/Mixed Farm in Midlothian.  Now Rhona is a partner in the family business in Carnoustie, a cereals enterprise extending to 600 acres.

Rhona commenced employment with Davidson and Robertson in 1999 as a Trainee Surveyor after completing a Degree in Land Economy at Aberdeen University.  Working out of the Edinburgh Office, Rhona successfully completed her training and gained the MRICS qualification in 2001. 

Moving to Carnoustie in 2002, Rhona left the firm for a short while where she worked as a Telecommunications Acquisition Consultant.  In 2003, Rhona returned to the firm working as a Consultant based from her home in Carnoustie.  In the period 2003 to 2010, Rhona undertook work in a variety of projects but with a particular emphasis on resolving complex and historic compensation claims. 

In the period January 2011 to May 2012, Rhona worked for Scottish and Southern Energy in their Estates department where she undertook a range of Estate work including Management, Injurious Affection claim negotiations on the new Beauly Denny Power line, and telecommunication work for SSE Telecoms.

In June 2012, Rhona returned to Davidson and Robertson Rural where she heads up the new Forfar office.  Rhona is able to provide a range of professional services from her base in Forfar including Valuations, Sales, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation and Property Management.

Email RhonaRB@drrural.co.uk
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Kathleen Brewster BSc (Hons), MLE, MRICS

Senior Surveyor

Location: Forfar

Telephone: 01307 490 220

Having grown up on a dairy, beef and sheep farm in Dumfriesshire, Kathleen has always had a keen interest in the family farm. This interest led Kathleen to study at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, graduating with an honours degree in Rural Resource Management. Kathleen went on to study Land Economy and Rural Surveying at Aberdeen University, graduating in November 2010.

Kathleen joined the firm in August 2010, having since passed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor.  Based in our Forfar office, Kathleen is a member of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters’ & Valuers’ Association (SAAVA) and is also a RICS Registered Valuer.

Email KathleenKB@drrural.co.uk
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Catherine Campbell HND Accountancy

Accounts Administrator

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Catherine joined Davidson & Robertson in 2011 and is responsible for the management of accounts for some of the company's Estate Clients.

Email CatherineCC@drrural.co.uk
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Gwen Chalmers BSc Biology FACTS

Agricultural Consultant

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Gwen was brought up on family farms in Lancashire and Aberdeenshire. Gwen graduated from SAC Auchincruive in 1994 with an HND in Biotechnology. Then worked in quality control for Robert Wisemans, Aberdeen for two years. Gwen returned to study at Paisley University to gain a BSc Biology with placement year. The placement year was with Scottish Milk in Paisley, working to develop the Bactoscan. On graduating Gwen carried out a 4 month contract with Scottish Water to carry out Cryptosporidium risk assessments on water treatment works in the North and North East of Scotand.
In August 1998 Gwen gained a ‘John Fotheringham Scholarship’ to Ontario and Prince Edward Island, looking at precision farming techniques and fertilizer use. On returning from Canada, Gwen worked with Watton Produce, as a crop scout, monitoring carrot and parsnip crops in Norfolk and Morayshire.

Gwen joined BAC Ltd in 1999 as a consultant and crop scout. In 2007 Gwen left BAC Ltd to bring up her family and concentrate on building a small herd of suckler cows and a flock of sheep. To keep up to date with ever changing legislation Gwen joined the New Deer branch of NFU and now holds the role of Environment and Land Use Monitor and vice chair person for the branch.
Gwen returned to work for BAC Ltd in January 2013.

Email GwenGC@drrural.co.uk
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Sonia Chapman BTECH of Technology Agriculture, FBOM

Agricultural Consultant

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Sonia was brought up on the family farm (mixed) in the North-East Scotland.  She went to SAC Aberdeen from 1998-2001 and graduated with her degree in Business Management (AGRI).  Sonia started work with Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd in September 1998 for work experience through SAC.  She was then offered a full time position at Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd in 2001 once she graduated.  In 2005/2006 she did a post graduate diploma in Farm Business and Organisational Management (FBOM) part time over two years distance learning while still working at Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd.  Sonia has been working with Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd for 18 years.

Email SoniaSC@drrural.co.uk
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Lisa Christie BA(Hons) Rural Business Management

Agricultural Consultant

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Lisa graduated from Scottish Agricultural College with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Rural Business Management in 2005.  After graduating, Lisa started working at SGRPID in Inverurie as an Agricultural Officer, processing IACS forms and carrying out out both cattle inspections and environmental scheme inspections.  In 2006 she left SGRIPD to embark on a career as a Marketing Assistant at Donald Russell in Inverurie where she assisted in the production of catalogues and flyers and maintained and updated the website.  On 1st September Lisa started working with Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd as an Agricultural Consultant. 

Email LisaLC@drrural.co.uk
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Lynn Dandie

Land Agent

Location: Bathgate

Telephone: 01506 811812

Lynn was brought up on a dairy/mixed farm in West Lothian.  Now Lynn supports her husband in the family farming business at Broxburn, which owns and/or contract farms lands extending to 1,600 acres of arable crops, 400 acres of grazing and a substantial beef unit.

Lynn commenced employment with Robertson Rural in May 2012 working closely with Kenneth Robertson and assisting with several aspects of rural land agency work, including telecoms negotiations and compensation claims.

The merger between Davidson & Robertson Rural and Robertson Rural at The Quarter on 1st June 2013 means Lynn, who will continue to be based in Bathgate, now forms part of the wider Davidson & Robertson Rural team.

 

 

Email LynnLD@drrural.co.uk
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Chris Edmunds BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

Director

Location: Cumbria

Telephone: 01900 268 633

Originating from Cumbria, Chris spent his placement year with the firm at the Edinburgh office and returned in August 2011 after winning various awards and went on to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and is now a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV).  Chris won the President's Prize for the highest mark in the Scottish 2012 CAAV exams and is a RICS Registered Valuer.

Chris heads up the Cockermouth office  in Cumbria and carries out a wide variety of private client work throughout Scotland and the North of England.  His key areas of work are:-

-      Utility work including Water, Electricity and Gas

-      Access negotiations with 3rd parties including Network Rail

-      Forestry and Renewable Energy

-      Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

-      Sales and Lettings

-      Land management including Contract Farming

-      Landlord and Tenant

-      Valuations for a wide variety of purposes including pre-sale appraisals

-      Development 

Email ChrisCE@drrural.co.uk
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Dorothy Forman

Administrator

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Dorothy joined Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd in 2005 and she deals with all administration duties and keeping both customer and supplier accounts on SAGE up to date as well as producing monthly invoices and statements for our clients. 

Email DorothyDF@drrural.co.uk
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Bruce Gillan Ba (Hons) MLE

Graduate Surveyor

Location: Riccarton

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Bruce comes from a mixed arable farm outside St Andrews, North East Fife.  Having graduated from university with a Ba (Hons) in Business, Marketing & Management, he then joined the Crop Protection Team at Monsanto in Cambridge covering coastal Europe. Bruce then worked on New Zealand’s south island,  on a mixed arable farm on the Canterbury Plains. On his return he completed a Masters in Land Economy, Surveying & Rural Property Management from the University of Aberdeen. Bruce has joined Davidson & Robertson as a Graduate Surveyor and is working towards becoming Chartered. 

Email BruceBG@drrural.co.uk
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Thomas Graham

Placement Student

Location: Cockermouth

Telephone: 0190 026 8633

Thomas was brought up in Cumbria on a small dairy farm. He has joined Davidson & Robertson for his placement year from Harper Adams University, where he is studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management.

Thomas will be getting involved in private client work including Forestry Management, Valuations, Utilities and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Email ThomasTG@drrural.co.uk
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Andrew Greenshields

Placement Student

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 01314 496212


Andrew grew up on the family beef and sheep farm in Dumfries and Galloway. He has joined Davidson and Robertson for his placement year from Harper Adams University, where he is studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management.

Email AndrewAJG@drrural.co.uk
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Martin Hall FRICS, FAAV, ACIArb, ARAgS

Managing Director

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Career History 
Martin joined Davidson & Robertson Rural in 1991 as an Assistant Surveyor and has progressed through the ranks becoming a Partner in 2000 and, following incorporation in 2005, the Managing Director today.

Martin oversees the Utility and CPO Team, undertakes complex and specialist negotiations, as well as planning and development work throughout central Scotland.  He is a trained Arbiter.

He is a past President of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters' and Valuers' Association (SAAVA), an examiner for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and sits on the executive committee of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.  He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association, and the Compulsory Purchase Association. 

Email MartinMH@drrural.co.uk
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George Hipwell BSc, MA (Hons) MRICS, FAAV

Associate Director

Location: Bathgate

Telephone: 01506 811 812

George joined Davidson and Robertson Rural in June 2014. He has always had a keen interest in agriculture and rural affairs and having completed a BSc in Rural Resource Management at the Scottish Agricultural College, where he graduated with awards in 2010, he went on to study Rural Surveying at Aberdeen University. Since leaving university George has completed his Assessment of Professional Competency (APC) in Autumn 2014 to become a Chartered Surveyor and gained Fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, receiving the President’s Prize for the highest mark in the Scottish CAAV exam, in 2015.

George heads up the Bathgate office and is involved in a diverse range of professional work throughout Central Scotland, the Lothians and Borders including purchase and sale, residential and agricultural lettings, land management, utility work comprising small scale works and large projects, landlord and tenant, access negotiations with third parties, renewables work including access and export cable terms and lease advice, valuations for a variety of purposes and development work.

Email GeorgeGH@drrural.co.uk
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Sarah Jamison MA MLE

Land Agent

Location: Castle Douglas

Telephone: 01556 502270

Sarah is originally from County Antrim, Northern Ireland. She completed a Master’s degree in Land Economy and Rural Surveying at the University of Aberdeen in 2011 and has since spent a couple of years in Ayrshire gaining experience in utilities and projects. Sarah joins Davidson & Robertson Rural as a Graduate Surveyor in the Castle Douglas office.

Email SarahSJ@drrural.co.uk
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Iain Kyle

Forestry Manager

Location: Cumbria

Telephone: 01900 268 633

Iain originates from North East Cumbria, near Longtown and is from a long standing traditional farming and forestry background.  Iain has a wealth of forestry and practical land management experience which has been gained from running and owning his own forestry related business for the last 30 years.  Iain currently farms and runs the Glen Kyle Highlanders Fold and keeps a pedigree flock of Kendal Rough fell sheep.

Email IainIK@drrural.co.uk
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Fiona Mackay

Operations Manager

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 01314496212


Fiona joined Davidson & Robertson in 2017 and is responsible for the day to day running of our offices. Fiona manages the Administration Function and back office processes, as well as the Internal & Regulatory Policies for the company.

Prior to solidifying a career in Operational Management, Fiona studied Equine Studies & Land Management at Aberystwyth University and worked within the Equine sector.



Email FionaFM@drrural.co.uk
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Anne Maxwell

Accounts Administrator

Location: Castle Douglas

Telephone: 01556 502270

Anne was born and brought up on a large mixed farm at Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. She went to Auchincruive where she gained an HND in Agriculture. After leaving college Anne  joined FMC (Perth) and worked in the meat industry for a year, during this time her family bought and moved to a Dairy farm in Ayrshire where she worked for a year until she moved into Agricultural Sales in 1985 and worked for 3 large National companies until she left to have her family in 1994. Anne joined Davidson & Robertson's as an Agricultural Liaison Officer for the Scotland to Northern Ireland Gas Pipeline in January 2014 and works out of the Castle Douglas office 1 day per week doing Debt Recovery Work.  

Email AnneAMM@drrural.co.uk
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Andrew Miller MRICS

Consultant

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

After gradutating from Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester,  Andrew undertook his training in estate management in Dumfries and Edinburgh before moving south to Derbyshire where he was involved in property management, valuation, planning and sales as well as auctioneering.

Andrew moved back to Scotland in 2001 and has been with Davidson & Robertson since 2002.  Now a Consultant with the firm, Andrew has extensive exprience of utility and compensation issues having acted both for and against utility companies over the last ten years and his specialites are:

  • Utility work including compensation, pre-entry agreement and re-instatement
  • Compulsory purchase, currently involved in road and rail schemes
  • Estate and property management
  • Valuation (RICS Registered Valuer)
  • Property sales 

Andrew is currently involved in a variety of utility work, valuation of agricultural and rural property and negotiating of compulsory purchase compensation and related issues along the M8 corridor.

Email AndrewAM@drrural.co.uk
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Niall Milner BLE (Hons), MRICS, FAAV

Director

Location: Lanark

Telephone: 01555 66 66 55

An honours graduate from Aberdeen University, Niall joined Davidson & Robertson Rural in 2001, has worked from our Lanark Office since 2007, and was made a Director in 2011

Niall's specialisms are:-

  • Letting and land occupation agreements
  • Pipelines
  • Renewables
  • Valuations of rural property
  • Compulsory Purchase and rights in land
  • Estate Management
  • IT systems and computer mapping

Niall is involved in a varied workload including traditional Estate Management, Valuation work, Renewables and Compensation work advising farmers affected by Infrastructure Schemes including Water, Gas, Electricity and Transport schemes.

Niall has previously been chairman of RICS matrics for Scotland, representing the younger members of the RICS. He is currently a committee member of the South of Scotland and Borders Valuers Association. Niall recently went back to the books and gained fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers at their inaugral Scottish sitting of the exam in November 2012. Niall is an RICS Registered Valuer.

Email NiallNM@drrural.co.uk
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Eilidh Muir BA in Rural Business Management

Rural Assistant

Location: Berwick

Telephone: 01289 543 222

Eilidh is originally from Orkney and graduated from SRUC with a BA in Rural Business Management in 2016.  

Eilidh was recently travelling around Dubai, Australia and Thailand before joining Davidson & Robertson Rural.  She is now based in our new Berwick Office with Fergus Thomson. 

Email EilidhEEM@drrural.co.uk
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John Neil FIA (Scot)

Consultant

Location: Castle Douglas

Telephone: 01556 502270

Having worked full-time on the family farm, John joined Oliver & Son Ltd as a trainee auctioneer on his 21st birthday. In the same year he became a member of The Institute of Auctioneers & Appraisers in Scotland where he has been a council member for 20 years and President for the years between 1998 and 2000. He has also been a member of SAAVA since 1983.

John has been extensively involved in valuations, compensation work and rural property sales throughout his career and was acting as a sole trader for 15 years before joining forces with Davidson & Robertson Rural and setting up the Castle Douglas office in 2010.

Email JohnJAN@drrural.co.uk
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Romy Noble BA in Rural Business Management

Rural Assistant

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Romy has recently joined Davidson and Robertson Rural in October and is based at our Edinburgh branch.  She has also recently gained a BA in Rural Business Management with Agriculture at SRUC.

Email RomyRCN@drrural.co.uk
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David Paterson BA

Graduate Surveyor

Location: Lanark

Telephone: 01555 66 66 55

David grew up on his family beef and sheep farm on the outskirts of Biggar. He has recently completed a degree in Rural Business Management at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh.  He is looking forward to carrying out the SRUC RICS accreditation course this year.

He is currently the treasurer of Biggar and District Young Farmers Club, he enjoys all aspects of Young Farmers life especially football, rugby and tug of war.

Email DavidDP@drrural.co.uk
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Fiona Paul

Sales Co-ordinator

Location: Bathgate

Telephone: 01506 811 812

Fiona was brought up on a Beef and Arable farm near Bo’ness, which her family have been farming since 1910, finishing approximately 200 beef cattle every year and growing a mixture of cereals.

Since leaving school, Fiona has been heavily involved in Administration mainly in the Oil & Gas industry in and around Grangemouth, whilst still taking an interest on things in the farming sector, attending many of the local agricultural shows and livestock markets on sale days.

Fiona was a keen member of Linlithgow & District Junior Agricultural Club, where she held various roles from Committee Member to Chair.  Recently, Fiona has taken up curling and has become secretary of Abercorn Curling Club.

Email FionaFP@drrural.co.uk
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Murray Philp BMus(Hons) MLE

Graduate Surveyor

Location: Cumbria

Telephone: 01900 268 633

Murray grew up in rural East Ayrshire. He then moved to Aberdeen where he completed a master’s degree in Land Economy (Rural Surveying and Rural Property Management) in 2015. Murray has joined Davidson and Robertson as a Graduate Surveyor in the Cockermouth office and hopes to become a Chartered Surveyor and a fellow of the CAAV.

Email MurrayMP@drrural.co.uk
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Lynne Pirie BTECH of Technology Agriculture

Agricultural Consultant

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Lynne was brought up on a mixed farm in Aberdeenshire and now lives with her husband on the family farm.  She has studied Agriculture at SAC in Aberdeen, graduating with a BTECH in 2002.  After college Lynne worked as an Agricultural Officer for the Department of Agriculture at Thainstone from 2002-2003.  Lynne joined Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd in 2003.

Email LynneLP@drrural.co.uk
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Charles Reid Thomas BA, MSc, MLE, MRICS

Director

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Charles joined the firm in 1999 as an Associate Partner and progressed to Partner in 2002. In January 2005 he became one of three Directors of Davidson & Robertson Rural.

Charles heads up the Estate Management and Renewable Energy Departments. Other specialisms include:-

  • Access negotiations
  • Development Options and promotion agreements
  • Geographical Information Systems and computer mapping
  • ISO 9001:2000 and quality systems

On the estate management side Charles has particular expertise on advising on development opportunities and has been involved in a number of land releases for development. Charles also has a long history of advising clients on large scale renewable projects and has acted for both landowners and developers on over 800MW of consented capacity. Projects have included advising clients on Black Law and Clyde Wind Farms. Charles was the principal land agent acting for Scottish Water on the £100m+ Katrine Water Project.

Charles is a member of Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association. Charles is also a surveyor member of the Scottish Government appointed Private Rented Housing Panel and Home Owners Panel.

 

Email CharlesCRT@drrural.co.uk
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Helen Rickard F.I.A Scot

Land Agent

Location: Bathgate

Telephone: 01506 811 812

Helen was born and brought up on a dairy farm in Lancashire.  After leaving school, Helen and her family headed over the border for where they made their home in Aberdeenshire.  It was a mixture of sheep, cattle and crop. 

Helen then began working for Aberdeen and Nothern Marts, Thainstone as an Auctioneers Clerk and worked her way up to an Auctioneer, and she completed her exams for the Institute of Auctioneers. 

She is looking forward to new and exciting challenges with Davidson & Robertson.

Email HelenHR@drrural.co.uk
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Andy Robertson

Land Agent

Location: Ayr

Telephone: 07909 254 050

Andy was brought up on a beef and sheep farm in Ayrshire and went on to study agriculture at the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive.

After college Andy worked for the agricultural department for over 10 years and then with Bell Ingram for 4 years.

He joined Davidson & Robertson in 2017 and intends to gain Fellowship of the CAAV.

Andy’s hands-on farming experience is a significant benefit to his land agency work and service that he can provide to clients.

His current specialisations are:

  • Access negotiations with 3rd parties
  • Farm Consultancy including IACS, agri-environment and other grant applications
  • Utility work including strategic infrastructure management & compensation claims
Email AndyADR@drrural.co.uk
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Kenneth Robertson

Consultant

Location: Bathgate

Telephone: 01506 811 812

Kenny started out life as a trainee auctioneer at Oliver & Son Ltd (with his new colleague John Neil) before joining John Swan & Sons where he worked for many years. He went on to become a Fellow of The Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland. He is currently a member of Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association (SAAVA) and sits on the Council of that organisation.

Kenny has been involved in valuations, compensation work and rural property sales throughout his career. He was operating independently and built a strong reputation as a sole trader for 15 years before joining forces with Davidson & Robertson Rural and setting up the Bathgate office in June 2013.

Email KennethKR@drrural.co.uk
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Lynsey Robison

Accounts Administrator

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Lynsey grew up on the family beef and sheep farm on the outskirts of Biggar.

She has recently joined Davidson & Robertson Rural and will be based within the Edinburgh office. Lynsey’s main duties will be assisting the Finance Manager and Operations Manager in undertaking Accounting and Administration duties.

Email LynseyLR@drrural.co.uk
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Alison Russell AICB

Finance Manager

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Alison joined Davidson & Robertson Rural in 2005. 

In her role as Finance Manager, Alison is responsible for the day to day accounting and financial management, and is responsible for budgeting and reporting on financial performance to Branch Managers and Directors.

Alison has recently become an Associate of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

Email AlisonAR@drrural.co.uk
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Robert Shearlaw BSc (Hons)

Chairman

Location: High Garphar, Straiton, Ayrshire

Telephone: 07780 966090

Robert is a first generation dairy farmer running a 220 cow dairy in combination with arable and beef fattening enterprises on a 550 acre mixed farm in South Ayrshire.

Past Vice Chairman of the UK wide Farmer owned business First Milk, and a past Chairman of the Scottish NFU national milk committee.

Robert is passionate  about the opportunities that exist  for the Scottish rural economy over  the next few years driven by the changing world landscape on both food and energy supply.

To that end he holds a range of positions with innovative businesses worldwide in the food and energy sectors. 

‘With the correct application  the next twenty years can be very good for the Scottish land based industries and at Davidson & Robertson we have a team of skills in place that will add value to any business in the sector’. 

Robert is a member of Scottish Agricultural Arbiters' and Valuers' Association (SAAVA).

Email RobertRobert@shearlawandson.co.uk
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Isla Shand BA

Rural Assistant

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Isla was brought up in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland.  Isla joined Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd in March 2016 as an trainee Agricultural Consultant.  She has recently graduated from Scotland's Rural College Craibstone, Aberdeen and now has her BA in Rural Business Management. 

Email IslaIS@drrural.co.uk
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Lorna Smith BA(Hons) Rural Business Management

Agricultural Consultant

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Lorna grew up on the family hill sheep and cattle farm in the Angus Glens.  She went onto study at SAC Aberdeen graduating with a BA(Hons) Rural Business Management with Agriculture and Food in 2008.  Lorna's career started at Farmlay Eggs Ltd as Producer and Technical Liaison in 2008.  In 2011 she moved to Mackies at Taypack to be Technical Manager for the crisp production site near Aberdeen.  Lorna then joined Buchan Agricultural Consultants Ltd in 2012.

Email LornaLS@drrural.co.uk
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Sam Sykes MA

Graduate Surveyor

Location: Lanark

Telephone: 01555 66 66 55

Sam grew up in rural Cumbria.  He moved to Aberdeen where he completed a master's degree in Land Economy (Rural Surveying and Rural Property Management).  Sam has joined Davidson & Robertson as a graduate surveyor in the Lanark Office and hopes to become a chartered surveyor and fellow of the CAAV.

Email SamSS@drrural.co.uk
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Kirsten Tait BA(Hons) Rural Business Management

Rural Assistant

Location: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Kirsten is originally from Orkney.  Kirsten graduated with an honours degree in Rural Business Management from SRUC in 2014.  She then went travelling which included working on an arable farm in New Zealand.  Kirsten then worked at the Department of Agriculture in Orkney before joining Davidson & Robertson Rural in September 2016.

Email KirstenKT@drrural.co.uk
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Fergus Thomson Bsc MLE MRICS FAAV

Senior Surveyor

Location: Berwick

Telephone: 01289 543 222

Fergus grew up on his family farm in Fife and after a 10 year career as a professional rugby player returned to study and complete a master’s degree in Land Economy and Rural Surveying at the University of Aberdeen. Fergus has recently passed the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Email FergusFT@drrural.co.uk
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Gervase Topp BSc (Hons) MLE MRICS

Associate Director

Location: Maud

Telephone: 01771 613717

Gervase is a farmer’s son from Lancashire who has lived and worked in the North East for over 20 years. After graduating from the University of Aberdeen with an honours degree in geology he worked in the oil industry for over six years before returning to university to study Land Economy, graduating the Masters course with commendation in 2005.
 
Gervase is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a RICS Registered Valuer.  A former chairman of the Aberdeen and North East Region of the RICS, he started with Davidson & Robertson Rural in September 2016 and heads up the Maud office. Gervase provides a range of professional services including commercial and rural agency and valuation work as well as the provision of compulsory purchase advice, landlord and tenant advice and telecommunications and rural estate management.

Email GervaseGT@drrural.co.uk
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Helena White

Rural Assistant

Location: Riccarton

Telephone: 0131 449 6212

Helena was brought up in Devon with a background in forestry and organic farming. She has joined Davidson and Robertson for her placement year from Harper Adams University, where she is studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management.

Helena will be getting involved with all areas rural practice including estate management, valuation, utilities, landlord and tenant and agency.

Email HelenaHW@drrural.co.uk