BELL INGRAM, Scotland’s leading specialist service to land and property owners, has boosted its operation in the Highlands with the appointment of one of the sector’s most experienced professionals.
Rob Whitson is to join as Partner and will take responsibility for running Bell Ingram’s offices in Inverness and Bonar Bridge.
Rob, who was formally with Strutt & Parker in Inverness where he led their Rural Department, will lead on Bell Ingram’s estate management and professional work in the north of Scotland.
Bell Ingram Managing Partner Graham Lumby said the appointment means the firm has a senior and highly skilled figure to support customers at a crucial time for the sector.
Graham said: “Land reform legislation, Brexit, as well as heap of other issues affecting the rural economy, are continuing to challenge anyone with an interest or involvement in land or estate management.
“That is why having experienced professionals who can provide expert advice – and be readily accessible in the locality – is so crucial.
“Rob’s appointment will allow us to provide that expert service to new and existing clients in the north of Scotland, while also helping to boost the expansion of our key Inverness and Bonar Bridge offices.”
Rob grew up and was educated on the east coast of Scotland and is a former army officer and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2008, through a commercial practice.
Since moving to Inverness, Rob has had extensive experience in Highland estate management including deer and fisheries management and has expertise in valuations, renewables, forestry and other general professional work.
Rob said: “I’d hope to be able to bring a wide variety of skills professionally from my background as a surveyor as well as the transferrable skills from my background in the military. I hope I can give clients the support required to optimise rural business.
“Bell Ingram is a highly trusted and respected firm of land and property agents. It gives a national service which is delivered locally so they’re very aware of the localised issues in their area.
“Our industry faces a very varied and broad spectrum of political and economic issues such as land reform and Brexit. The role of the land agent is also changing as people’s expectations change so we have to adapt and continue to provide a first-class service to clients.”
Rob is also an Associate member of The Institute of Fisheries Management, having previously been the Clerk to the Cromarty Firth and Brora District Salmon Fisheries Boards.
Established 117 years ago, Bell Ingram has 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices including: farm, estate and forestry managers; chartered surveyors, estate agents, architects, planners, and building surveyors; and tourism, GIS mapping, and renewable energy specialists.
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