February Ponderings - 2022

Bletsoes Team News

Chris Templar BSc (Hons), MRICS, FAAV - Partner


The Partners are delighted to announce that Chris Templar has joined the Bletsoes partnership.  Chris started work at Bletsoes almost 10 years ago and has established himself as an extremely competent and capable Rural Surveyor and Registered Valuer.  Chris studied at Harper Adams University, graduating in 2010 and became qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer in 2011, whilst working for an independent firm in Leicestershire.  Since joining Bletsoes in spring 2012, Chris has developed his skills and expertise particularly with property sales and acquisitions, valuation, compulsory purchase, subsidies, and grants, as well as negotiation of option and promotion agreements.  Working out of both the Thrapston and Stratford offices, Chris undertakes work for individuals and businesses across the Midlands, East Anglia, and Home Counties.  Chris is well respected by his clients, peers and colleagues and will be an asset to the Bletsoes partnership.


Rob Russell FdSc – Agri-Business Consultant


Rob Russell joined the Agricultural team in November as an Agri-Business Consultant.  Rob grew up on an arable and beef farm in South Northamptonshire where they operate a minimum tillage system combining cereals, oil seed rape and pulses with a beef unit buying in stores to finish.  Rob studied Agriculture at Harper Adams University where he focussed on crop and livestock production and upon graduation, travelled to Australia to work on arable, beef and cotton farms before returning to work on the family farm.  Rob has joined the Bletsoes Agricultural team at a time of huge opportunity for British agriculture and is involved with contract farming arrangements, BPS, Mid-Tier, Sustainable Farming Incentive, strategic business advice, budgeting and cash flows.


Lauren Alexander – Residential Lettings Administrator


We have appointed Lauren Alexander who will join the team in late February.  Our colleague, Lesley Barn has recently resigned as she is re-locating to live in Yorkshire and as a result we advertised the role and have appointed Lauren to join the Estate Agency team.  Lauren has a background of customer service and administration and looks forward to meeting and speaking with our clients who are Landlords of the many residential properties which we manage, as well as Tenants and Contractors.


You may have seen our recent advertisements for a Rural Surveyor and a Planning & Development Surveyor.  We are fortunate to have a strong and vibrant team of Surveyors working at Bletsoes and as a result of the continuing level of workload and new instructions, we wish to add to the existing professional team.  We hope to appoint in this respect over the next few months and thereafter look forward to introducing these individuals to our clients, customers and other contacts.  It is a busy and exciting time with rural property and the overall Bletsoes team are here to help and assist you to maximise the assets which you hold and maintain profitability and the integrity of your businesses as opportunities arise going forward.  As individuals, we are all very much here to help and so please do pick up the phone if you think that there is something which we may be able to assist you with.


Nicola Clayton-Bailey 

Partner, Rural Surveyor and Registered Valuer

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