Top CAAV Awards presented at CAAV AGM held in Scotland
Posted: 10 July 2018
A farmer’s son from Durham topped the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers’ (CAAV) exams, earning him the prestigious RASE Talbot Ponsonby Prize.
Tim Sedgewick, a chartered surveyor based in Durham, scored 83% in the rigorous exams, qualifying him as a Fellow of the CAAV, or FAAV.
“It is a tremendous effort to win this – the top prize of the association,” explained outgoing President James Dick. “Qualifying as a Fellow is to become part of a hugely respected class of professionals; it really is a kitemark of valuation excellence.”
Runner-up in the exams, with a score of 79%, was Alison Aitken, senior surveyor at Davidson & Robertson, Lanark. Brought up on a beef and sheep farm in Peeblesshire, she has a degree in property management and valuation, and joined the firm in 2015, where she works in estate management, utility work and sales.
“It’s quite a varied workload – no two days are the same,” she said. “I love getting out and about – I never wanted to be stuck in an office all day.” Scotland’s valuation association, SAAVA, has its own prize for top marks in the exams, and this is the fifth time that Davidson & Robertson has won it. “The firm is very proud of that record.”
Although exams for FAAV accreditation have only been held in Scotland since 2012, its reputation is growing rapidly, says Miss Aitken. “I’m very pleased to be able to use it. In this line of work you need to know a lot about a lot, which makes it a very exciting and interesting career.”