Ladies Day At The Duchy

The Duchy of Lancaster is celebrating its own Ladies Day this year with the announcement that three new appointments have been made to its inhouse team of Rural Surveyors.

Senior Asset Manager Naomi Browne joins the Duchy from Savills where she has been looking after the Staffordshire Survey for the past five years. Naomi will continue in this role as the Duchy brings the management of the Staffordshire estates inhouse and appoints Property Manager for the South of England Jonathan Sellick as Managing Director of the Staffordshire Survey.

Property Manager Rebecca Oddy also joins the Duchy this month as part of the North of England team led by Surveyor of Lands for the North, Andrew Johnson. Rebecca, who has spent the last three years as part of the land management team at Strutt & Parker, will assist Andrew on the 6,605-hectare Yorkshire Survey which includes estates in Cloughton, Pickering, Goathland and Pontefract.

Chartered Surveyor Laura Airton, currently an Associate with Fisher German, will also join the Northern team at the beginning of September. Working with Andrew Johnson, Laura will help to look after the Lancashire Survey which includes 20 main agricultural holdings, 66 commercial lettings and around 50 residential properties across four estates: Myerscough, Salwick, Whitewell and Wyreside.

Commenting on the new appointments, the Duchy’s Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “We are delighted to welcome Naomi, Rebecca and Laura to the team. It is really important to us that we have the right people working in our rural teams and we are very keen to encourage and nurture exciting new talent. The mix of skills and experience they bring to the team, together with their energy and enthusiasm for the delivery of our business plan, will add significant value to us as we continue to take the business forward.”

The Duchy now manages its Southern, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire Surveys in house. The management of the Cheshire Survey remains with Savills.