It's very much a family affair for the Samples, as Ed Sample, who is the sixth generation of his family to be a land agent in Northumberland, joins Bywell-based Land Factor.
Ed’s great-great-great-great- grandfather William Sample was the first member of the family to take up the profession in 1829.
He looked after the Duke of Portland’s extensive property interests in Northumberland based at Bothal Castle, Morpeth.
Ed Sample returns to Northumberland to join Land Factor, bringing a wealth of experience gained at some of the country’s leading private estates .
Edward, 31, spent the past five years as a rural surveyor with one of the major national firms, managing numerous rural estates throughout North Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.
Before that, he was in charge of the day-to-day management of a prestigious rural estate in Gloucestershire.
Land Factor director Peter Combe said: “In addition to an impressive string of qualifications, Ed has exactly the sort of practical, hands-on experience necessary to deliver the standard and range of service our clients expect.
“We are delighted to welcome him to the business.”
Land Factor, which operates throughout the north of England and southern Scotland, provides a wide portfolio of services.
Edward is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and graduated from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, before gaining qualifications in rural land management and international equine and business agricultural management.