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Kat Wolton BTech(hons)
Graduate Rural Surveyor
At Madeleys, we know that our potential growth in future years relies on us having the right team in place to lead us forward and bring in new clients as well as retaining our excellent working relationship with our current ones.
That’s why when we look to take on a new member of staff, we ensure they have not only the qualifications to excel at their role but also the ability to fit well into the team and establish relationships with clients.
Kat grew up near John O’Groats so is definitely familiar with rural surroundings and farming.
She moved down to Shropshire with her partner to take on her role at Madeleys, having completed a BTech in business management in agriculture and commenced a master’s degree at Harper Adams.
Kat previously worked as a business investment and development officer for a county council and a national firm of surveyors in the Scottish Highlands.
“Having grown up in a very small, rural region, I have consistently been looking for a firm which holds the unquestionably hard-working traditional family farmer in high esteem, acts for them in order to maximise their assets and believes in long-term relationships with their clients rather than turnover.
“The philosophy and vision statement at Madeleys caught my interest immediately. It is very family orientated and there aren’t any ‘cogs’ here as you can find in large corporate firms, which appealed to me immediately.”
Kat has taken on a variety of duties as part of her role with the firm and comes into the office not knowing what she’ll be doing that day – unless she has any pre-organised meetings. She always starts by prioritising her jobs list but new tasks come in throughout the day which can change the order she’s planning to complete work in.
“If I was to give any piece of advice to a new surveyor, it would be to make sure you are up to date with the agricultural world: the price of store lambs, the cost of fertiliser. The general conversations you have with clients are important conversations to have to ensure they feel at ease and trust you to know how to improve their business, as their company and the people in it are their ‘family’.
“Also make connections with the farming community you are acting for. They will in turn welcome you into their world, and their business in order for you to work alongside them.”