New partner brings fresh approach to board of land agents

By Anita Jaynes on October 7, 2015

Cotswold land and estate agent has appointed a new partner – and he’s already bringing a fresh approach to the board.

Rural surveyor Stuart Milsom (33) of Malmesbury, has been promoted to the position of partner at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester, one of the largest providers of rural expertise in the region.

Customers who follow the three key brands of the firm – antiques auctions, residential property sales and lettings, and agriculture – on Facebook or Twitter have Stuart to thank for the company’s foray into the world of social media.

The business management graduate has also launched Cirencester Young Professionals, a networking event for professionals under the age of 35 from a range of  disciplines.

And last month he was one of ten members of the Moore Allen team to complete the gruelling 11-mile Tough Mudder obstacle race at Cirencester Park.

But even in the digital age, much of Stuart’s work is done the traditional way: he’s just helped hundreds of land-owners and tenants to complete their Basic Payment Scheme applications – one of the major subsidies for farmers.

And this autumn he’ll be doing the same again for clients enrolled on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, an opportunity for arable farmers to diversify which has seen the return of wildflower meadows to the Cotswolds and North Wiltshire countryside.

Stuart, who grew up on a farm in Sherston, joined the agricultural department of Moore Allen & Innocent ten years ago – in April 2005.

And when senior partner and chairman Robert Young retired in 2013, Stuart was appointed associate partner, and picked up the management reins of several large estates.

“I’m very proud to have been invited to join the partnership,” said Stuart. “The board is keen to encourage a new generation of partners, like myself and residential estate agent Mark Halliwell, who need to build up their experience before one day taking over the reigns of the company.”

Company secretary Keith Winmill said Stuart’s appointment would strengthen the agricultural team, and provide stability for the future.

“This is a great plaudit for Stuart, who has been rewarded for all the hard work he has put in,” said Keith.

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