A well-known managing partner at George F. White has announced he is stepping down from the role.
Hugh Fell, who has been with the Northern land and property specialists since 1985, will retire on April 30, with his position being filled by partner Robyn Peat.
Throughout his time with the company, Mr Fell has played a fundamental role in the growth of George F. White, now a nationally recognised firm with a team of 120 and seven offices, spanning from Duns in the Scottish border to Shiptonthorpe, near York.
He will continue to work alongside the business as a consultant.
“I am certain George F. White will continue to grow and thrive under Robyn’s leadership,” Mr Fell said.
“One of the business’ biggest successes has been bringing together enthusiastic, brilliant people who can really make a difference to our clients.
“I believe in the potential of our younger team, who are vital to keeping the business vibrant and viable into the future.”
Brought up on a Lincolnshire farm, Mr Fell, 54, was introduced to world of agriculture at an early age, helping his father in the family business, buying and selling piglets.
He went on to attend the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, where he learned about rural estate management and the valuation of rural property, while chairing both the students’ union and the estate management club.
After training as a chartered surveyor specialising in the rural economy, and working for Savills for two years, Mr Fell went on to join George F. White, then “a two-man band with two secretaries”, as he described it in a Journal business interview last year.
Within five years, the firm had grown its team to seven and, in future years, Mr Fell would become instrumental to its sustained expansion, recognising, for example, that the business would need to be reshaped to take into account trends such as the emergence of renewable energy.
In the later stages of his career, Mr Fell, who is married with two daughters, moved away from landlord-tenant work and into niche areas such as energy, water and residential lettings.
Mr Peat said: “Hugh has worked tirelessly with energy and enthusiasm to build the George F White business to what it is today. He has laid the foundations to ensure continued growth and longevity of the business.
“We have a team of excellent people and the future of the business is exciting.
“Operating in the land, property, and business sectors, we offer a diverse portfolio of services from planning and development, architecture, and estate and portfolio management to energy projects, and business strategy and Management.
“We will continue to grow and deliver innovative solutions by understanding the potential of our team and the needs of our clients.”