SRUC graduate, Thomas Rust, gives some insight into life as a Bell Ingram Trainee

Since starting at Bell Ingram, three months ago, I have been involved with a wide range of work in my role as Assistant Land Agent in Perth. My experience to date has included everything from farm valuations to property inspections, agricultural tenancies to sporting lets.  Every day is different, I love the variety of work that I do and the places I get to visit.  Since assuming my role in the Land Management department, I have learnt a great deal about what it means to be a land agent in practice and the breadth of work involved.

As an assistant land agent, I will be working towards my Assessment of Professional Competency (APC) and RICS membership. By becoming involved with a range of work, I hope to be able to approach the assessment in 2020 with the confidence to pass and gain status as a chartered surveyor. In addition to RICS membership, I have joined the CAAV as a probationer member and am in the process of preparing for CAAV examinations.  One of our partners Sarah Tyson has many years experience as an external assessor for the RICS and CAAV and I am looking forward to working with her to gain an insight into what lies ahead.

One of the opportunities I have had since starting is attending the Forestry Enterprise Scotland Land Agents Training Day at Rhynaclach Farm, Stirlingshire. This event, organised by Bell Ingram, provided the opportunity to discuss topical issues and the agricultural industry with other land agents and farmers. It was great to see the work in practice and engage with tenant farmers and FES staff.

Unlike some of my colleagues, I do not hail from a truly agricultural background, instead I found interest in the rural sector through working within the forestry industry and my personal interest in fieldsports and rural estate management. I have recently completed a Rural Business Management degree with SRUC at Craibstone, Aberdeen and I am now relishing the opportunity to build my experience and develop my understanding of the management of Scotland’s rural resources.


Published on 24th October 2018