Balfours are celebrating with company cultivated Sarah Williams, who has just passed her “Central Association of Agricultural Valuers” two-day exam with written and practical elements.
Sarah, who studied at Harper Adams undertook her sandwich year at Balfours, before returning to the land agents with a 2:1 BSc in Rural Enterprise Land Management, in July 2022. Little more than 12 months on and she has kept her studies up to achieve FAAV (Fellow) status.
“It hasn’t been easy, but it has been an excellent learning curve, complimenting my work with Balfours,” Sarah reflects. Today, as an Assistant Land Agent she works with Balfours partners Frances Steer and Richard Jones Perrott.
Sarah adds: “I am mainly involved in day-to-day estate management, so every day is different which I love. We are usually on site a couple of days a week, but it depends on the needs at that time. Qualifying with the CAAV has strengthened my understanding of agricultural matters, particularly complex landlord tenant matters.”
Recent work for Sarah has included Estate applications for the newly launched “Sustainable Farming Incentive.” While clocking up experience Sarah continues to inch nearer her next goal, to pass her Assessment of Professional Competence exams next spring adding RICS initials to her name.
For now, Sarah, who lives in mid-Wales, is delighted to be a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Frances Steer, agrees: “It is not an easy exam, Sarah’s focus is commendable, in her work and her aspirations.”