James Petty, partner in charge of Bell Ingram's Aberdeen office, has been elected Chairman of the newly established North East Agricultural Valuers Association (NEAVA).
NEAVA was formed after the NE Counties Auctioneers’ and Valuators’ Association and Banffshire, and Moray Valuators’ Association merged to create a single organisation.
The new association will be run as a forum for professional development, education and discussion between rural valuers in North East Scotland. It is a regional group affiliated to the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association (SAAVA).
At a recent AGM, North East and Morayshire members agreed to merge the two groups and elect a new committee from the members of both. The new committee comprises Chairman James Petty (Bell Ingram), Vice-Chairman Steve Mackison (Allathan Associates), Secretary and Treasurer Catriona Mackison (Dunecht Estates) with Tim Macdonald (Aberdeen & Northern Marts), Gervase Topp (Davidson & Robertson Rural), Tom Stewart (Galbraith) and Cara Thomson (Aberdeen & Northern Estates) as committee members.
The outgoing Secretaries of each former association, Donna Skelly and Sandra McIntosh, were each presented with an engraved quaich in recognition of their efforts and support over many years. James Petty also thanked Peter Chalmers formerly of Seafield Estates who retired as outgoing Chairman of the Banffshire and Moray Valuators’ Association.
Donna Skelly gave the members a brief history of the local valuers associations, how they came about and formal role in helping set prices to promote fairness and consistency of approach in valuation matters – just as relevant today as in the 18th Century.
NEAVA Chairman James Petty said: “I am delighted to step into the role of Chairman of the new Association. It is important to maintain this local valuers’ association as a forum for discussion and professional development. Given that we are currently facing uncertainty over the future of agricultural subsidies it is interesting to note from our archives that in 1922 the Association met to discuss corn subsidies so perhaps there are some lessons we can learn from history