One of the region’s most esteemed rural surveyors and business advisors has joined Youngs RPS as an equity partner.
Tom Oates, highly regarded for his work across the North East, Northumberland and Scotland, has moved to the company from another regional firm.
Based at the Alnwick office, he will significantly strengthen capability and breadth of services at Youngs RPS, which has seen a year of strong progress since its formation through the merger of Youngs Chartered Surveyors and Rural Property Services (RPS) in late 2012.
Mr Oates is widely known for his work in a range of rural issues, having worked throughout the region for almost 15 years.
He has gained a strong reputation for his work in land sales and acquisitions, valuations, CAP reform, land management and landlord and tenant work.
He has recently been involved as an expert witness in a landmark rent review in the Scottish Land Court and is also well-known as an auctioneer and is listed on the Defra valuation panel.
Mr Oates welcomes the challenge of moving to Youngs RPS – which also has offices in Hexham and Sedgefield – after being with his previous firm since 2000.
He said: “Youngs RPS has a very strong reputation for its core rural work and down-to-earth practical advice, and I am pleased to be able to add my expertise to the existing capability here. The opportunity to join as a partner was one that I was delighted to accept, and will allow me to continue to carry out and develop my work across Northumberland and north of the border.”
Graeme Bruce, partner in Youngs RPS, said: “This is an exciting time for this firm, and particularly our Alnwick office, as bringing Tom in will undoubtedly widen the breadth of our expertise and services.”