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CAAV Success for Helen and Edward

Two members of the GSC Grays Rural Land and Business Team, Helen Simpson and Edward Staveley, have both achieved high accolades in passing their Central Association of Agricultural Valuers exams (CAAV), enabling them to become Fellows of the Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV).

Although Helen and Edward entered the land agency world through very different routes, they are both clearly committed to their work and the profession.

Helen grew up on the family mixed livestock and arable farm in Weardale, where, from a very young age, she helped her parents with seasonal jobs from lambing, calving and clipping through to harvest.

Helen successfully obtained a 2:1 from Harper Adams University in the summer of 2015, where she studied Rural Enterprise and Land Management, before joining GSC Grays in 2015.  Helen currently works at the Lambton Estate Office, focusing predominantly on Estate Management work, which covers Estate residential properties, let agricultural land, an in-hand farming operation and sporting management.

Having now achieved her CAAV, Helen is intending to continue her studies and sit her RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in the next year, allowing her to become a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

Edward’s route to a career in land agency has combined farming, forestry and city life.  Having grown up on the family pig and poultry farm near Ripon, he studied Agriculture at Newcastle University before heading to the bright lights of London for a post graduate diploma in Property, Planning and Development at South Bank University.  Edward stayed a further 5 years in London, working for CBRE in commercial property based in the West End where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

Edward subsequently moved back to Yorkshire where he successfully trained as a tree surgeon before joining GSC Grays in the Autumn of 2015.

Although now fully occupied in the Estate Management department of GSC Grays, looking after estates across North Yorkshire and County Durham, Edward manages to find time to run a small commercial flock of mainly mules and Suffolk crosses.

Guy Coggrave, Managing Director at GSC Grays commented “Both Helen and Edward have worked hard to achieve their successful results; working full-time in a busy and demanding department, whilst studying for their exams.  As a company, we are keen to encourage younger members of the team in developing their careers and we are extremely proud of Helen and Edward’s achievements in passing their CAAV exams, which is a testament to their hard work and commitment”.


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