Matthew Williamson enjoyed an idyllic childhood at Chesters, near Hexham, where his father was head keeper – and now he is working to preserve other private estates in the region.
The 31-year-old, from Ponteland, who qualified four years ago, holds an MSc in Rural Enterprise and Land Management, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) and a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
He has been recruited to the position of associate by Bywell-based Land Factor, a role he has taken up in order to concentrate on estate management.
Land Factor manages estates throughout the north of England and southern Scotland and Matthew will be principally involved with overseeing agricultural and commercial activities at privately-owned Blagdon and Belsay.
Matthew, who is Rics registered, spent six years as assistant land agent and, latterly, Associate, at a national firm of land agents where he gained a breadth of experience.
He said: “I wanted to specialise in estate management and I was interested in a new role where I could manage large estates; Land Factor was the best in this field.”
A keen rural sportsman, he sat on the committee of the Northumberland branch of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and is also a member of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation.
“I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK,” he said, “and from quite a young age I was keen to do whatever I could to help preserve rural communities for future generations.
“I love everything about rural life and, when I’m not at work, I’m either playing cricket, fishing on the River Tyne or shooting in Northumberland.”
Land Factor director Peter Combe added: “We are delighted to welcome Matthew to the team. He brings a breadth of experience and I am pleased we were able to fulfil his desire to specialise in estate management. He will be a valuable addition to our team.”
Land Factor provides a wide portfolio of services, including management, administration, capital tax planning, farm sales, valuation, project management, forestry and farm consultancy advice to estates of all sizes. For further information call 01661 843168, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.landfactor.co.uk