TWO schoolfriends who both studied the same subject at the same university have now landed jobs at the same rural business.
Charlotte Rogerson from Biddlestone Edge near Alwinton and Rob Thompson from Broxfield Farm, Denwick, who are both farmers’ children, have landed jobs with Alnwick-based rural property firm George F White.
The two friends were in the same class at King Edward VI School in Morpeth, then they both studied for degrees in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.
Unknown to each other, they both applied for jobs at George F White, which now employs more than 100 people in its five offices across the North. And they were both successful.
Charlotte, who grew up on the family farm near Alwinton, worked as a graduate land agent at the 86,000-acre Buccleuch Estates in Scotland, where she passed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). The 24-year-old is now working as a rural practice surveyor for George F White.
Charlotte said: “George F White provides an excellent, young, go-ahead environment and I’m working with some very focused, impressive and knowledgeable people.
“Because the firm offers many different services to farmers and landowners, from strategic business management to landlord tenant, planning, renewables, mining rights, expert witness and more, I am learning so much about the different aspects of rural chartered surveying and my work is constantly offering me new challenges.”
Rob, 23, who grew up on the family farm near Alnwick, was employed as a rural business consultant and is now working towards Rics membership.
He is working on farm cash flow planning, applying for grants on behalf of farm businesses and appraising rural businesses. He said: “Having lived and worked on farms all my life, I know that the right business planning is crucial to success.
“Now that I’ve studied rural enterprise and land management in depth, as well having hands-on experience, it’s great to be able to put it all into practice and see how other rural businesses thrive as a result.
“I’m enjoying working among a stimulating team of people who are very dynamic and are always bang up to date with the latest policies and legislation.”
Hugh Fell, managing partner at George F White, said: “Charlotte and Rob are typical of the young talent we take on at George F White – highly- qualified, bright, switched-on and personable.
“What’s more they’ve both been born and brought up in the Northumberland countryside.”