An Ilkley-based land manager has taken on the presidency of the Yorkshire Association of Agricultural Valuers (YAAV) for 2018.
Rob Ormrod, who works for Banks Property, the development arm of property and energy firm The Banks Group, will now take a leading regional role in representing the views of professionals working across the county who practice in a diverse range of agricultural and rural activities.
Rob studied for a degree in Agriculture at Newcastle University and a Masters degree in Land Management at Reading University before joining the rural division of national estate agents Strutt & Parker, where he worked for five years and specialised in rural property and land valuation work.
He originally joined Banks Renewables, the renewable energy arm of The Banks Group in 2007 with a brief to secure and manage agreements and leases on projects where renewable energy generation equipment might be located.
He moved to his present role with Banks Property last year as part of the firm’s increasing focus on Yorkshire, and has responsibility for identifying and securing property development sites right across the county.
The YAAV is one of a number of local agricultural valuers associations around the UK which together make up the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, a specialist professional body with over 2,700 members throughout the UK.
Rob is a fully-qualified Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, as well as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and has served on the committee of the YAAV for the last five years.
Rob Ormrod says: “Our members provide professional advice and valuation expertise on a wide range of issues affecting the countryside, including tenancy matters, sales and purchase of farms and land, taxation, conservation issues and farming structures, and their work has a significant impact on rural areas right across the county.
“With the UK’s need to increase its housing supply and the impact this will have across the county high on the news agenda, not to mention the changes to the rural economy that will result from Brexit, our members’ work is very much in the spotlight, and I’ll be focussing on how we help to manage this change across the Yorkshire region for the benefit of the rural economy.”