Rural

Meet the Rural Team


The rural team are based in the Exchange offices, Exchange Street, Driffield from where they cover Yorkshire, parts of North East and the East Midlands. With seven Chartered Surveyors at our disposal we are able to provide advice to clients on all rural matters.

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The Rural Office

The Exchange
20 Exchange Street
Driffield
East Yorkshire
YO25 6LD

t: 01377 253151
f: 01377 241041
e: exchange@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

Office opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm

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The Rural Team

David Atkinson FRICS, FAAV
Partner

david@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

David joined Dee Atkinson & Harrison in 1977 after completing 4 years in Lincolnshire gaining experience as an articled student in private practice.

Qualifying as a member of the RICS by correspondence course through Reading University in 1980. He is also a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers.

He became a Partner in 1984 and his main area of work includes Land and Estate Management, working for both Landlord and Tenants, Sale, Lettings, Valuations and General Professional matters relating to Rural Businesses including the sale of Development Land.

David is also an appointed Agent and Valuer for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation and is a Partner in a small family farming business.

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Oliver Stones BSc(Hons) FRICS, FAAV
Partner

oliver@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

Originating from Yorkshire, Oliver gained an honours degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management from Harper Adams University College, is a Member of the RICS and a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers.

After undertaking his initial RICS training in Cambridgeshire, he returned to Yorkshire and became involved with estate management for large institutions. In 2001, he joined a national firm to develop his agency and valuation experience, alongside continuing to provide management advice on traditional landed estates.

Oliver joined Dee Atkinson and Harrison in 2007 and became a Partner in 2009 and now provides a broad range of advice to a diverse client base throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the north of England. He is particularly involved with sales, lettings and acquisitions, estate management, valuations, planning, dispute resolution and general professional matters relating to the ownership and occupation of rural property.

Oliver is also an appointed Agent and Valuer for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation and retains an active involvement in a family farming business.

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Samantha Mellor BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV
Associate Partner

sam.mellor@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

Sam is a Member of the RICS and a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers. Originally from Shropshire, Sam graduated from Reading University and joined Dee Atkinson & Harrison in 1997 to undertake her post graduate training before becoming a Valuer with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and then the Senior Rural Surveyor in Yorkshire for the National Trust.

Sam re-joined Dee Atkinson & Harrison in 2011 and provides professional advice on a range of matters including estate management, valuation, compulsory purchase and compensation, together with sales and lettings and leads the commercial property department.

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John Atkinson FRICS FAAV
Consultant

jsa@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

John is the third generation of the family to practice as an Agricultural Valuer and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

John has over 40 years of experience and specialises in sales and purchases of agricultural land and farms, development land and landlord & tenant matters together with land management.

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Rebecca Horne MRICS FAAV
Consultant

rebecca@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

Rebecca joined the Dee Atkinson and Harrison in 1997 as a graduate after completing her studies in Rural Land Management at Cirencester. She qualified as an Associate (now a Member) of the RICS in 1999, and as a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2000.

Rebecca focused her early career on rural estate management and landlord and tenant matters, with some agency and other professional work and was one of the two lead professionals dealing with the change from Arable Area Payments to the Single Payment Scheme.

Rebecca has developed a special interest and an in depth knowledge of the Agricultural Holdings Act and in particular, succession planning and dispute resolution, and now works throughout the region advising both landlords and tenants. Since having children her role has changed into a flexible Consultant within the Rural Team, working part time.

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Georgina Watson BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV
Associate

Georgina@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

Georgina joined Dee Atkinson & Harrison in 2009 following completion of her degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management from Harper Adams University College, which also involved a work placement at Halifax Estates, Garrowby.

Georgina is a Vale of York farmer’s wife and her main areas of work include land and estate management, landlord and tenant, sales, lettings, farm subsidy and conservation schemes and rural planning.

Georgina is a Member of the RICS and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

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Nigel Clark MRICS FAAV
Consultant

nigel@dee-atkinson-harrison.co,uk

Nigel joined Dee Atkinson and Harrison in 1988 after studying Estate Management at The Royal Agricultural College. He qualified as an associate of The RICS and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 1990. Nigel is a consultant with the firm and heads the Auction team.

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Charles Urquhart MA(Cantab) FRICS
Consultant

casu@dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk

Charles is a Cambridge graduate with over 40 years’ experience of estate management and forestry throughout the region. Charles now specialises in Forestry and Woodland Management including advice on valuation and marketing of timber and sporting.