New surveyor for eastern region CLA
Coastal access proposals and their implications for property owners will be a major task for Essex chartered surveyor Tim Isaac who joins the eastern region team of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as regional surveyor. The post has been created because of the association's increasingly heavy workload.
"We can use resources to improve access to the coastline where there is a demand, rather than the blanket approach recommended by the Countryside Agency."
Tim is neither new to the region, nor the work of the CLA. He was born and brought up at Hill House Farm in Thorpe-Le-Soken, where his family have farmed since 1930 and has been practising as a chartered surveyor with a number of local firms and on a self-employed basis, specialising in farm and estate management, since 1996.
In his new role, he will be dealing with the wide range of landowning, farming and rural business issues being faced by CLA members throughout the region and taking a particular interest in bio-fuels and planning matters as well as countryside access.
"I am very much looking forward to working with the CLA, as it will allow me to develop current professional interests and tackle dynamic issues arising from the rural economy. It will be particularly interesting to travel around the region, getting to know members and making a positive difference to their land holdings and businesses."
Achieving a BSc degree (1st Class honours) in Agricultural Business Management at Wye College, University of London and winning the Worshipful Company of Farmers Gold Medal for Farm Management and the British and Irish Millers prize for Crop Production, he later qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and Agricultural Valuer (FAAV).
Holiday jobs on the family farm and for other local farmers provided experience in practical operations and an insight into farm and estate management.
Back at home since 2001, he says: "There have been many changes in the physical area and the enterprise mix of our holding over the years. It is now really just a smallholding of about 30 acres, which we run as Isaac Partners- the partners being my parents, Joe and Sally, and myself."
"The main enterprises are a 45 head Texel sheep flock with fat lambs being sold through to the following Easter and eight horses at livery on a part-DIY basis. We also carry out contract work, including tree maintenance and scrub clearance."
Tim is married to Charlotte and they live on the family farm with their four month old black Labrador, Bosun. Other interests include sailing and shooting, although, as Tim says, "neither to a particularly high standard."
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