Galbraith has expanded its rural team in Hexham with the appointment of Megan Proctor as a Rural Chartered Surveyor.

Megan is an experienced land agent and, as well as being a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor, is also a RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Registered Valuer, a graduate of Harper Adams University and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

Her work will include a broad range of rural professional services including valuations, farm and land sales, landlord and tenant matters, mapping, and advice regarding grant schemes such as Countryside Stewardship and the Sustainable Farming Incentive.

Megan Proctor said: “I’m delighted to be joining Galbraith as the firm continues to grow in Hexham and across the north of England. I am born and bred in Northumberland and my family has a beef and sheep farm in Hexhamshire as well as an arable farm near Berwick-upon-Tweed.

“When I’m not working I am usually to be found helping on the farm, particularly during lambing and at harvest time; and I love spending any other time with my young horse – that I am preparing for competitive events.”

Sam Gibson said: “As a well-connected and experienced land agent, Megan will be a great asset to our team here. Galbraith continues to attract first-class professionals to our four regional offices in the north of England, providing tailored advice and services to farmers and leaders of rural business. The agricultural sector is proving to be highly resilient and is adapting well to the challenges of the new subsidy environment as well as climate change and economic headwinds. There are good opportunities for rural businesses, whether through diversification or by maximising return from their existing operations.”

Megan is one of three sisters, all of whom have followed in their parent’s footsteps and stayed in the agricultural sector –  her sister Katie is a land agent and her other sister Hannah is a farm consultant.

Megan continued: “I suppose our family is bucking the trend – so many young people are leaving the agricultural sector to go and do other things, but we are all totally immersed in farming and the countryside. In Northumberland there are farming families that go back hundreds of years, passing on their skills and experience from one generation to the next. It’s perhaps from this that my passion for rural business stems.”

Galbraith is a leading rural property consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over 4.5 million acres in the north of England and across Scotland.