Farmer's son Robert Thompson is starting the New Year on a high after clocking up impressive professional qualifications.
The 24-year-old, who works as a rural practice surveyor at George F White in Alnwick, has passed the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and gained membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since joining his firm just 18 months ago.
At the same time he has also become a member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, through a further rigorous period of study and examination.
It’s a great accolade for Robert, whose parents David and Kathryn Thompson run Broxfield Farm, a mixed arable and beef enterprise near Denwick, Northumberland.
He said: “I’m lucky to have a job I really enjoy and I am delighted to have attained professional accreditation so quickly.
“Having been brought up on a farm, I’m used to the complex rural farming and business issues that farmers and landowners face every day.” The APC exam, which gives entry to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, is a demanding programme of structured, competence-based training undertaken while working for an approved firm of surveyors, and usually takes two years to complete.
For Robert to have achieved this in 18 months is a huge achievement, especially as a third of applicants are unsuccessful.
Candidates must submit a thesis and are subject to a panel interview for their final APC assessment.
Robert’s particular area of interest is agricultural consultancy and financial management, so his presentation concerned a critical analysis of a contract farming agreement.
He is also particularly involved in valuations, landlord and tenant issues, land use and diversification, environmental stewardship, property management, tax and accounting.
Robert attended King Edward VI School, Morpeth, and went on to study for a degree in rural enterprise and land management at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.