New president at CAAV

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The Central Association of Agricultrual Valuers (CAAV) invested its new president, Malcolm Gale, at the CAAV AGM in Oxford.

Mr Gale started his career at Bagshaws in 1982 as a clerk in the markets and he graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in 1988, qualifying as a chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer in 1991. He has since been involved in all aspects of rural practice including valuations, sales, compensation claims, option/promotion agreements and auctioneering.

Mr Gale is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a registered valuer, a Fellow of the CAAV, and a Fellow of the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA). He became a partner of Bagshaws in 2005 and is based at the Uttoxeter office in Staffordshire. He is also a past president of the Staffordshire Agricultural Valuers Association.

Commending Mr Gale, Roger Bedson, partner at Hinson Parry said: “He works for the wider benefit of the profession and is approachable, well known and well liked.”

In his new role as president, Mr Gale is keen to attract young people into the profession. He said: “We have a strong membership within the CAAV, but it is sometimes a difficult profession to sell, as our areas of practice are so diverse. They think they know what a solicitor does and an accountant but not what an agricultural valuer does. It’s trying to get that across to young people in order that the profession is on their radar.”

Martin Hall, senior director at Davidson and Robertson, based in Edinburgh, will also join the presidential team as senior vice president and Cumbria-based Julie Liddle of PFK as junior vice president.

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