Young Surveyor Gains Top Mark in UK Valuers Examination and Receives Prestigious Accolade.

12th March 2018

Tim Sedgewick, of H&H Land & Property, has secured the top mark in the most recent CAAV membership examinations held to benchmark the performance of Agricultural Valuers in the UK. Tim’s success was heralded when he received the Alistair Turnbull Trophy and N B Stephenson Memorial Award at the Northumbria and Cumbria CAAV Centenary Dinner on Friday 9th March 2018 at The Discovery Museum in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This trophy is awarded annually to the candidate with the top results from the Northumbria and Cumbria Branch of the CAAV.

Tim is understandably pleased at his achievement and said: “To receive the awards is a tremendous honour in their own right, however to receive them at the Northumbria and Cumbria Branch’s CAAV Centenary Dinner is really something special!”

The CAAV [or Central Association of Agricultural Valuers] is the only national organisation to represent agricultural valuers and is at the forefront when briefing members on rural issues, assisting them to be in the best position to advise clients on current developments.

Entrance to the Association is by examination only, and Tim’s crowning achievement in coming top in 2017 not only ensures his Fellowship of the Society but means his name has been put forward to the Royal Agricultural Society of England [RASE] for the prestigious Talbot Ponsonby Prize for Agricultural Valuation. This also includes a 5-year membership of RASE, in addition to his CAAV Fellowship. Tim will be presented with his medals and membership at the National AGM of the CAAV in June.

On hearing of his achievements David Coulson Secretary of the CAAV’s Northumbria and Cumbria Branch said: “This really is an incredible achievement, as these professional exams are enormously challenging, covering the range of agricultural and rural valuation scenarios that members are likely to face in practice. In my time as Secretary Tim’s mark are the best achieved, and a massive congratulations.”

The two-day examinations are held annually in November and include practical, written, and oral elements. In a typical year, only about 40-50% of those who sit the exams achieve the required 65% pass mark, ensuring the highest standards are maintained. Tim received a mark of 82.75%.

“Becoming a Fellow of the CAAV is to achieve the highest echelon of qualification in the rural and agricultural valuation profession,” explains Mr. Coulson “The FAAV mark also gives clients the comfort of knowing they are employing the very best valuation agent possible.”

Tim adds his own appreciation of the Award and what it will mean to him professionally. “This accreditation cements your future within the industry, so it is really important to achieve it. I have been very well supported by H&H Land and Property and would like thank my colleagues.”

Tim already has extensive experience in Valuation since coming to H&H. His areas of specialisation focus on Sales, and Lettings, Agricultural Tenancies, and Compensation Claims. His geographical area of interest is County Durham and North Yorkshire, where he has been Chairman of the RABI County Durham Committee.

He is a former Graduate of Harper Adams University and a fully qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The CAAV achievement is recognition of the hard work he has put in on farm valuation and of live and deadstock.

Brought up within the agriculture industry all his life, he also regularly supports his mother, Julie Sedgewick, showing commercial cattle across the UK. He is also appreciative of the support both parents have given him in his career and professional achievement

Tim can be contacted at the Durham Office of H&H Land and Property Limited on 0191 370 8530.