In 2015 Robson & Liddle (R&L), a firm of chartered surveyors took on a graduate on the path to a career in land and estate management after completing a degree in forestry and conservation. Today that graduate has been appointed as an associate director of the firm.
James Pyrah, graduated from University of Cumbria in June 2015, then undertook postgraduate studies at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, in Rural Enterprise & Land Management, whilst working full time with the firm. He successfully completed this in 2017.
He then undertook his professional exams and is now a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV).
All of his hard work has rightly paid off and he has now, six years later, been appointed an associate director of the firm.
Julie Liddle, a director of Robson and Liddle, said: “We are delighted to have James take this step up, he is a really valuable member of the team. Bringing younger staff through from graduates to this level takes a lot of hard work, on both sides, but it is well worth it.”
In his day-to-day responsibilities James deals with Landlord & Tenant issues mostly through Estate management, BPS and scheme work, valuations, mapping, utility compensation claims and an increasing amount of woodland and forestry work. Work suited perfectly to his first degree.
‘I have come a long way’, said James, ‘I got married and moved house within that period, and we are expecting a baby soon, so it’s a busy and exciting time for me and it is going to get busier one way or another!’
When asked about how he sees the future of the industry, ‘it too is an exciting time ahead. There is much change, and it has to be embraced. Sitting back to see what happens is the first step in being left behind. We all have to move forward and take up industry changes and challenges. I see our role as staying up to date with ever changing rural policies to ensure we provide our clients with robust and well considered advice. Here at Robson and Liddle, I foresee and look forward to our team expanding, as we are pretty much at full capacity.’