Training and development reap double dividends for D&R staff

A duo of Chartered Surveyors at Davidson & Robertson (D&R) are celebrating qualifications as Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers – they are two of only seven in Scotland to qualify this year.

The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) is a specialist professional body whose members provide advice and valuation expertise on issues affecting the countryside.

Of the seven new Fellows in Scotland, two are at D&R – Kirsten Tait and Murray Philp. Both Kirsten and Murray joined the firm as graduate surveyors, continuing their studies whilst working.

Kirsten Tait (pictured top) is the newest in a succession of chartered surveyors who have qualified at D&R. Kirsten passed her APC (RICS) in November 2018 and a few weeks later, gained Fellowship of CAAV.

Originally from Orkney, Kirsten graduated with an Honours degree in Rural Business Management from the SRUC – Scotland’s Rural College, in 2014.

Following a period of travel, Kirsten gained experience working at the Department of Agriculture in Orkney before joining Davidson & Robertson in September 2016 as a graduate surveyor.

D&R encouraged Kirsten to complete extra modules with the SRUC whilst at work, enabling her to top up her qualification to gain a RICS accredited degree in 2017.

Based in the D&R Edinburgh office, Kirsten enjoys planning and development work as well as getting involved in farm Valuations and Sales. She is also working on a utility project that will power Orkney, often travelling home to represent fellow islanders.

Murray Philp grew up in rural East Ayrshire. He then moved to Aberdeen where he completed a Master’s degree in Land Economy (Rural Surveying and Rural Property Management) in 2015.

Murray joined Davidson & Robertson as a graduate surveyor spending nearly two years working in their Cockermouth office. In summer 2017, he moved to the D&R Forfar office and also qualified as an MRICS chartered surveyor.

Murray enjoys the variety that his professional consultancy role provides – from Valuations and Sales to supporting clients with forestry interests.

Most recently, Murray has achieved the Level 6 Award in Residential Letting and Property Management (Scotland).

D&R managing director Martin Hall said: “We’re delighted to congratulate Kirsten and Murray on their latest qualifications.

We are always keen to nurture homegrown talent and we have a steady stream of graduates following a similar path. It’s something we actively encourage – it demonstrates a commitment to our staff and creates the opportunity for them to grow – and it benefits our clients and our industry too.”