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Investing in the next generation

We have welcomed six new trainees across the business, strengthening our team and ensuring the next generation of the company.


Managing Director Guy Coggrave said,

“Our business is growing, and we are pleased to be strengthening our teams with exceptional candidates from a variety of different backgrounds. We have a strong culture of bringing on the next generation of land managers and a track record of developing and promoting from within, so the future is bright for these new recruits.  We are particularly proud that Laura Mason, who has been working as an administrator in our Easingwold office, is staying with the business as she starts her journey as a trainee land agent, following successful completion of her degree in Rural Land Management at Harper Adams.”

The new trainees who have joined the business are:

Laura Mason joins the Rural Land and Business team at Colburn after studying part-time for her Masters in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams while working at our Easingwold office as an Administrator. Laura is a farmer’s daughter who decided upon a career change to land agency after working on farm, in residential management, and in various roles abroad.

Jamie Charlton joins the Farm Business team at Colburn, having graduated from Harper Adams with a first-class honours degree in Agri-Business. He has previously worked on farms out in New Zealand and for a company that operates anaerobic digestion sites. 

Jamie Jay joins the Rural Land and Business team at Alnwick after completing his degree at Harper Adams in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. During his studies, Jamie won notable scholarships including, the Kildare Charitable Trust Scholarship 2019/20 and the CLA Charitable Trust Scholarship 2017 – 2020.

Fin Purchase joins the Estate Management team at the Lambton Estate Office after completing his degree in Rural Land Management at Cirencester. Fin’s roots in rural land management began at an early age, growing up on an Estate in Dorset where his father is still the gamekeeper. He also gained valuable experience in farming after working for contractors over harvest.

Amy Charlton joins the Estate Management team at Chester-le-Street after completing her Masters in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams. Amy also has a degree in Agri-Business Management from Newcastle University, where she achieved a first in her dissertation titled ‘Farmers’ understanding of the implications of future trade and domestic agricultural policies post-Brexit’.

Jake Nixon has joined the Farm Business team at Colburn after completing his studies in Agricultural Management at Cirencester, where he achieved first-class honours. He was awarded the Ducie Medal for the top student on the FdSc Agriculture and Farm Management course and named Best Student in Practical Animal Husbandry in his third year. Prior to starting university, Jake ran a small contracting enterprise that offered grassland maintenance services to local landowners producing hay for the equine sector and ran a small flock of sheep with fatstock sold directly to the public through a meat box scheme. 

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