John Seed MA (Oxon) FRICS FAAV - Partner

Email: jrs@brownrural.com
Phone: 01625 434 696

John left Oxford in 1971 wondering how a degree in history and an award in bar football might equip him for a future in rural practice. Notwithstanding he embarked upon a private practice based career in the north west, including stints as Chairman of the Regional RICS Rural Practice division and President of the Cheshire Agricultural Valuers Association.

Coming from a family of lawyers, John took pride recently in giving presentations to the Law Society and Bar Council in London.

John is the third best musician in his home in Macclesfield Forest, where he lives with his wife ( a professional musician) and step son. With four daughters and three granddaughters living close by, it’s not clear why John spends so much time in his vegetable garden.

Areas of expertise:

  • Expert witness
  • Compulsory Acquisition and Compensation
  • Development, including option and promotion agreements
  • Valuations
  • Rural planning
  • Property Agency
  • Estate Management

Michael Brighouse BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV - Partner

Email: mgb@brownrural.com
Phone: 01625 442 707

Michael joined The Brown Rural Partnership in 2002 and after qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor the following year became a partner in 2009.

Through a combination of experience, understanding and enthusiasm for all things rural (and some that are not), Michael aims to ensure that the objectives of his clients are met or exceeded in the most timely and cost effective way.

Michael is a Chartered Surveyor, Agricultural Valuer and RICS Registered Valuer. He is past President of the Cheshire Agricultural Valuers Association and Cheshire's delegate to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

In his spare time Michael can be found spending time with his wife Kelly and their young family or out on his mountain bike.

Areas of expertise:

  • Valuation
  • Compulsory Acquisition and Compensation
  • Utilities and Infrastructure
  • Property Sales and Acquisitions
  • Rural Estate Management
  • Development Opportunities
  • Rural Planning
  • Expert Witness Reports and Support

Robbie Hamilton FIA (Scot) MRICS FAAV - Partner

Email: rsh@brownrural.com
Phone: 01625 442 708

Robbie graduated from The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester in 1990 and trained as an agricultural surveyor before working in the Telecoms Industry for 14 years.

Since joining the firm in 2007 he has gone on to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland.

Robbie became an Partner of the firm in 2016 and is an RICS Registered Valuer.

Areas of expertise:

  • Utilities and Infrastructure
  • Compulsory Purchase
  • Property Sales and Lettings
  • Valuations
  • Telecommunication Mast Sites
  • Basic Payment Scheme and Stewardship Schemes

Michael Statham BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV - Partner

Email: ms@brownrural.com
Phone: 01625 442 709

Michael grew up on the family farm in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire and initially joined the firm in 2007 as a placement student from Harper Adams University. Michael returned to the firm in 2009 following graduation before becoming a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2012 and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2013.

Michael became a Partner in the firm in 2016 and is an RICS Registered Valuer.

Away from the office, Michael will be found spending time with his wife Christine and their baby daughter or helping out at the family farm. Michael enjoys clay pigeon shooting but unfortunately spends too little time practicing!

Areas of expertise:

  • Utilities and Infrastructure
  • Valuations
  • Compulsory Purchase
  • Property Sales and Lettings
  • Planning appraisals
  • Expert Witness reports
  • Basic Payment Scheme

Jesse Oldfield BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV - Partner

Email: jso@brownrural.com
Phone: 01625 442714

Jesse became a Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2001 and a Fellow of The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2002 and having had an association with the firm since 2007 became a partner in 2017.

In his previous roles, he has managed a number of large agricultural estates in Cheshire and has broad experience in rural land management, valuation and compulsory purchase.

Having a young family keeps him occupied in his spare time, but he enjoys running and getting out on the golf course when time permits.

Areas of expertise:

  • Rural Estate Management
  • Utilities and Infrastructure
  • Compulsory Acquisition and Compensation
  • Valuation
  • Property Sales and Acquisitions
  • Rosemarie Colton BSc (Hons) MRICS

    Email: rc@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01625 442 703

    Rosie grew up on the family farm near the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire and studied Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University. During Rosie’s placement year at The Brown Rural Partnership in 2011, she worked mainly within estate management, sales and valuations.

    Rosie re-joined The Brown Rural Partnership as a graduate in 2013 and became a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an RICS Registered Valuer in April 2016. As well as continuing work from her placement year, Rosie now acts on behalf of major utility companies and has been involved with mineral negotiations and acquisitions of investment properties.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Rural Estate Management, including acquiring and selling agricultural investments
    • Valuations
    • Utilities and Infrastructure , including water and gas pipelines
    • Property Sales and Lettings
    • Minerals
    • Basic Payment Scheme and Stewardship Schemes

    Rebecca Hannah BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

    Email: bh@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01625 442 718

    Rebecca joined The Brown Rural Partnership in 2013 as a placement student as part of her degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University. After graduating in 2015 she joined the firm on a full time basis.

    Rebecca has just passed her APC exam to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and more recently passed her examinations to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Utilities and Infrastructure
    • Valuation
    • Landlord and Tenant
    • Property Sales and Lettings

    Leyla Green BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS

    Email: lgreen@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01625 442 715

    Leyla joined the firm on a full time basis in 2014, having graduated with a Building Surveying degree at the University of Central Lancashire in 2013 and then completing a Masters in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University College.

    She has recently become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an RICS Registered Valuer and is working towards becoming a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

    Leyla particularly enjoys working with traditional rural buildings, having recently completed a number of renovation projects, and in addition to various projects, Leyla is currently acting on behalf of land and property owners on a number of compulsory purchase schemes.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Building Surveying
    • Landlord and Tenant
    • Valuation
    • Property Sales and Lettings
    • Compulsory Purchase
    • Utilities and Infrastructure

    Ross Wright BSc (Hons) MRICS

    Email: rw@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01625 442 717

    Ross joined The Brown Rural Partnership in 2015 after graduating from Harper Adams University where he studied Rural Enterprise and Land Management.

    Ross grew up in Somerset, where he spent much of his childhood working on his family's beef and sheep farm. His placement year was spent in the highlands of Scotland on Atholl Estates as a trainee estate manager with the experience and knowledge he gained there being put to good use now with The Brown Rural Partnership.

    He is currently working towards becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Property Sales and Lettings
    • Rural Estate Management
    • Valuations
    • Utilities and Infrastructure

    Kim Bradley BSc (Hons)

    Email: kb@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01625 442 716

    Kim grew up in the Kingdom of Bahrain and after moving to the UK graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2013 with a degree in Property Development. Aspiring to retrain in the rural profession she joined The Brown Rural Partnership in August 2016.

    She is now studying for her Masters degree in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams University and is working towards becoming a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

    John Unterhalter MSc (Agric) FRICS FAAV FIQ - Consultant

    Email: jpu@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01625 434 696

    Educated in South Africa, John graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in Rural Estate Management and undertook a post graduate Masters degree at Reading University in Agricultural Management.

    One of only a few rural practice surveyors with expertise in minerals, John is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers, a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and an RICS Registered Valuer. He is a past chairman of the Regional RICS Rural Practice Division, was the Rural Faculty main board regional representative and past President of the Cheshire Agriculrual Valuers Association.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Rural estate management, acquiring and selling agricultural investments on behalf of clients
    • Utilities and Infrastructure
    • Minerals Valuations, Development and Management
    • Property Sales and Lettings
    • Valuations
    • Compulsory Purchase

    Walter R Winstanley FRICS FAAV - Consultant

    Email: wrw@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01625 442 710

    Walter joined the Company in 2010 having spent most of his career in the utility industry with United Utilities PLC (formerly North West Water) where he was latterly a manager in the valuation department, with responsibility for land compensation issues on major capital schemes.

    Walter began his career with Frank R Marshall & Company being involved in rural land management and valuations and is a past president of the Lancashire Agricultural Valuers Association.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Utilities and Infrastructure
    • Compulsory Purchase
    • Valuations for compensation
    • Property Sales and Lettings

    Clive Pritchard FRICS - Consultant

    Email: ecp@brownrural.com
    Phone: 01606 833 996

    Clive Pritchard is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and qualified in 1972.

    Clive has worked for three of the major estate agencies in the area and also had a spell working for the US Army.

    He can provide specialist impartial advice to prospective house buyers on the condition of buildings based on extensive local knowledge gained with over 45 years experience in the Cheshire area.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Residential Building Surveys
    • Commercial Lease Schedules of Condition
    • Building Defect Diagnosis
    • Party Wall Advice