Celebrating 25 years of

Northern Briefing Conference

Follifoot, nr.Harrogate, HG3 1JH

24 February, 2017

Generous sponsorship has been provided by:

   Barclays, Banking

Bond Dickinson, Law Firm
   Lycetts, Insurance Brokers
   Saffery Champness, Chartered Accountants

  • Click here for details on how to get to Rudding Park. 

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NOTE:  Admission to the Conference Auditorium will NOT be permitted after 9.05 a.m.
When making travel plans please take into account the Harrogate early morning rush hour.

08:30   Registration and Coffee
09:00   Welcome to conference delegates by Bill Smith, FRICS, FAAV, Stephenson & Son
Chairman: Bill Smithl FRICS FAAV

09:05 Coming to a field near you -

  • infrastructure & compulsory purchase - Kate Russell, CAAV
  • energy and the future - Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser, CAAV
10.05  Rural tax roundup - Martyn Dobinson, Senior Manager, Saffery Champness
10:25  Inheritance tax and the farmhouse: the story continues - Geoff Coster, VOA, Shrewsbury
10:50  Questions
10:55  Coffee
Chairman: Nick Millard MRICS, FAAV, REV, President, CAAV
11:25  Legal review - Simon Kirkup, Head of Agriculture, Farms and Estates Team, Bond Dickinson

11:55  National parks - business and pleasure - Andy Wilson, Chief Executive, North York Moors National Park

12:25  Game shooting: the risks and rewards - Robert Sword FRICS, FAAV, Estates Director, Dawnay Estates
12:55 Questions
13:00  Lunch
Chairman: Stephen Greenfield MRICS, Resident Agent, Sledmere Estate

14:15   Are there really only 100 harvests left before our soils are depleted? -

Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

Stewart Peckitt, Product Specialist - cultivation equipment

15:00  Masts, cables & communications: the new law - Jeremy Moody & Kate Russell, CAAV
15:30  Preparing the profession for the future - Jeremy Moody, CAAV
16:00  Questions and Closing Address followed by Tea

Geoff Coster

Geoff Coster

Geoff is a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer with the Valuation Office Agency based at their Shrewsbury Office. For the last 12 years he has been part of the VOA head office team providing technical advice to the national network on agricultural valuations, with particular responsibility for IHT agricultural relief and CGT private residence relief cases.  This role has included appearances before the Tribunals as an expert witness. He has been a CAAV practical examiner for the West Midlands and Wales group since the last century, and currently is the CAAV national Junior Vice President.

Martyn Dobinson

Martyn Dobinson

Martyn is a senior manager with Saffery Champness, based in Manchester.  A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, Martyn is a landed estates specialist working with rural clients right across the UK. Having trained as an auditor with a Big Four firm and spent time working in industry, Martyn brings a commercial approach to what are often very traditional client’s businesses. He advises his clients, which include sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and trusts, on all aspects of accounting and taxation, including tax planning, compliance and budgeting and forecasting. Martyn also regularly presents and writes on rural tax matters.

Simon Kirkup

Simon Kirkup

As head of Bond Dickinson’s Agriculture, Farms and Estates Team, Simon advises individuals, trusts, charities and other landowning organisations in relation to a wide range of legal, commercial and personal issues.  He acts as trustee for many significant landowning families and thrives upon finding innovative solutions to the many challenges that the ownership of landed estates presents.  Simon also advises private and commercial investors in the acquisition and management of farms and estates – covering sporting, agricultural and commercial aspects.  He is identified by both Chambers & Partners’ Guide to the Legal Profession and by The Legal 500, the Clients’ Guide to UK Law Firms as a leading solicitor in the agricultural field.  


Jeremy Moody

.Jeremy Moody

Jeremy has been Secretary and Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers since 1995 as well as an independent adviser and visiting Professor of Rural Land Management and Policy at the RAU. With a long involvement in tenancy matters, Jeremy saw through the FBT reforms of 1995 and is a member of TRIG.  Long engaged with CAP reform, dealing with Brussels and Whitehall officials and other bodies as well as the many practical issues and questions posed by valuers, farmers and owners, he is now dealing with Brexit issues.  He has written and spoken widely on agricultural policy, tenancy law, valuation, taxation and other issues.  He is a partner in TACS Talk, offering the October Countryside Taxation Conferences, a member of the CLA Taxation Committee, an Assembly Member of The European Group of Valuers Associations, (TEGoVA) and Vice Chairman of the European Valuation Standards Board.  He is also Harper Adams’ first honorary doctor and has made presentations in Beijing to the Chinese Government and in Guangzhou to 500 Chinese valuers

Stewart Peckitt

Stewart was born and brought up on a farm in North Yorkshire.  After a brief interlude away from farming (working on an oil rig), he then worked in agriculture sales for over a decade, but has spent the last 15 years marketing various types of subsoiler machines not only in the UK but also Europe, North America, Africa and New Zealand.  Stewart has been involved with several forward thinking developments and has been instrumental in the promotion of subsoiler establishment of oil seed rape in the UK. He was also involved in the introduction of an innovative method of maize establishment in Kenya that trebled the yield whilst significantly reducing topsoil erosion.  Most recently he agreed to launch a ground breaking new product to the agricultural wearing parts industry worldwide.  

Kate Russell

Kate Russell

Kate is a fourth generation agricultural valuer.  After graduating from the Royal Agricultural College she trained in private practice in Cumbria, dealing mostly with estate management. She returned to Cirencester to spend several years as a lecturer in rural estate management before going back to private practice in Wiltshire and later Lincolnshire, dealing with a wide variety of professional work for owner-occupiers and tenants. In 2008, Kate joined Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, as a policy adviser. Her current areas of work include residential lettings; compulsory purchase and compensation; planning; taxation and a wide range of other matters from renewable energy to flooding.

Elizabeth Stockdale

Elizabeth is a lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University.  Soil management in UK farming systems (including soil biology, soil organic matter and nutrient cycles) are the major focus of her teaching, knowledge exchange activities and ongoing research.  She was recently project leader for AHDB Dairy on the Healthy Grassland Soils project which brought together information on soil health for grassland. She is leading a project funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC) to develop web-based tools that allow farmers to benchmark and better manage soil function and health;

Robert Sword

Robert Sword

Robert is the Estates Director for the Dawnay Estates comprising two Estates near Scarborough and Whitby. In 1975 he joined Humberts working at the Badminton, Hatfield Park and Cranborne Estates, subsequently moving to London with Humberts Leisure, dealing in the sale and valuation of land based leisure property to include the sale of Lands End! Following a move to York and establishing a presence for Humberts in the north of England, he joined the Dawnay Estates in 1993. The Estates comprise a diverse range of businesses to include Property, a large Caravan Park, Hotel, Wykeham Mature Plants, Farming, Dawnay Sporting (grouse, partridge and pheasant shooting) and a soon to be developed Water Park. His other interests include being a Trustee of the Burton Constable Hall Foundation, chair of Raincliffe Woods Community Enterprise, the Property Committee of York Diocese and a director of the Ryedale Festival.

Andy Wilson

Andy Wilson

Andy is a biologist with a lifelong interest in the environment and farming. He has been Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority since 2000.  During this time the Authority won a series of awards for work on customer service, tourism, vocational training and climate change and was one of the Sunday Times top 100 apprenticeship employers from 2011-13.  Prior to this, he was Head of Park Management at Northumberland National Park where he established a pioneering farm grant scheme, which linked the economy and the environment.  He has also worked for the RSPB and CPRE where he campaigned for the then novel Environmentally Sensitive Areas. His description of a new form of farm support in “Future Harvests” paved the way for the agri-environment schemes we know today. From 2009 - 2014, he was a Non-executive Director of Natural England.  His family farms in the Yorkshire Dales. 

The Conference fee of £120.00 plus VAT for RICS/CAAV Members and £85.00 plus VAT for Students and APC Candidates includes coffee on arrival, morning coffee, luncheon, afternoon tea and full conference documentation. All registrations will be acknowledged by e-mail wherever possible. A receipted invoice will be mailed if requested. If you do not receive confirmation please telephone our Cambridge office to ensure we have registered your booking.
Cancellations may be made by telephone but should be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a 25% administrative   charge. No refunds can be made by cancellations notified after 17 February 2017 but delegates will receive all conference   documentation. Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time.
The conference may qualify for up to 5 hours CPD.

Pace Projects reserves the right to change the venue and/or the speakers at any time and without prior notice. Pace Projects also reserve the right to cancel the conference, in which case all monies will be refunded in full.

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