New premises and new staff to take us into a new era

The start of 2018 has seen us usher in an exciting new era here at Madeleys with the move to new premises now completed and the arrival of two fresh faces to strengthen our team.

Kat (left) & Adriana (right) outside our new premises in Much Wenlock

Our move along the High Street from 3a to number 64, the former HSBC bank, has been eagerly awaited and comes shortly after we marked our 10th anniversary in December.

We now handle a large client portfolio and our move was the next logical step in our development and essential to meet the growing demand for our services.

We also welcome two new members of staff who will play vital roles in the future success of the company.

Kat Wolton is currently finishing a Master’s Degree at Harper Adams and has a wealth of experience in business development growth grants and diversification.

Adriana Vaux is a fully qualified RICS and CAAV and comes to us from a technical advisory background at the Tenant Farmer’s Association (TFA).

Kat joins us after spending more than a year as business investment & development officer at West Sussex County Council. During this time she was responsible for programme management of a £5m growth fund to stimulate new job creation by providing capital grants to businesses.

She originally hails from a farming family in Caithness, in the far north of Scotland, and graduated in 2002 with a BTech (Hons) in Business Management in Agriculture from the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen.

Kat then joined Highlands & Islands Enterprise where she had a successful career supporting rural businesses through provision of advice and developing business cases for grant funding. She was later promoted to head of operations, leading a team of 12 and managing a £2m discretionary budget.

She said: “Seeking a new challenge and inspired to pursue a career in land management, I joined a national firm of surveyors in the Scottish Highlands and commenced an MSc in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams University. Assisting the partner in charge with estate management of over 60,000 acres, I gained experience of a wide range of rural matters.

“After falling in love with Shropshire, my partner and I decided to make the move to the county and am delighted to have secured a position at Madeleys. I found the traditional values, progressive outlook and commitment to their clients very attractive.

“I’m very excited to be working with and learning from a team that has great experience in a wide range of rural professional matters.”

Adriana joined the TFA in March 2014 and worked from its head office in Berkshire advising on a wide range of topics from agriculture to dispute resolution, from policy to business planning.

She said: “I was keen to relocate as a rural surveyor to be closer to my family who live on the Shropshire/ Herefordshire border and am delighted to be joining the team at Madeleys.

“During my time at TFA I specialised in landlords and tenants and the job enabled me to gain considerable technical knowledge on this topic. Day-to-day jobs included calculating rent review proposals, helping with arbitration, advising on succession, repairs, improvements, compulsory purchase, health and safety, farm budgets and farm tender applications.”

Adriana has experience of various farm enterprises, including lambing, shepherdess work, general farm management, tenant and property management, contracting and arable experience.

Away from work, Adriana has played lacrosse on tour internationally and has a passion for horses through showing, dressage, stewarding, judging and riding.