Ex-jockey jumps into a new advisory career

Tom Jenks.
Tom Jenks.

A successful former UK National Hunt jockey, who had many winners up and down the country, has joined one of the North East’s leading land agencies.

Tom Jenks rode six times in the Grand National, won 10 times at Cheltenham and rode Earth Summit to victory at the Welsh Grand National, before retiring from racing and entering the farming industry.

Tom has managed farms and estates around the world for the past 12 years, including in Uruguay and New Zealand, before he was recruited by Northumberland-based Land Factor, which manages most of the significant estates in the North of England.

In his new role, Tom will provide advice on all areas of estate management to land owners across the region.

He said “I am really enjoying working at Land Factor and the diversity of the role. I have had a varied career across the world and I am hoping to bring all that experience to my new role in the North of England.”

In parallel to his racing career, Tom, originally from Shropshire, rented land and bought and sold cattle.

After retiring from the saddle, he headed for New Zealand where he initially worked for a number of cattle and sheep stations.

Tom then bought, developed and ran two farms, while also operating a successful dry stock business. After six years in New Zealand he sold up and moved with his family to West Northumberland in 2008.

This was followed by a move to Uruguay, where he spent five years. There he not only set up a profitable sheep farming business, but he also developed an 8,000-acre property for a Singapore Investment Fund.

Since 2014 he has been based in Northumberland and will now bring his experience to Land Factor.

Director Tom Warde-Aldam said: “Tom will be a great asset to our team. He has vast and wide ranging practical experience, which we hope to harness to the benefit of our business and clients.”