Utilities & Infrastructure team

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Utilities & Infrastructure

Utilities & Infrastructure

Richard Broome MRICS FAAV

Richard Broome MRICS FAAV

Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

02476 796561

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Richard Broome MRICS FAAV

02476 796561
07918 628986

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Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Richard is the Managing Director of the LinesearchbeforeUdig service which is a Fisher German Joint Venture. Richard’s role involves the management of an online service (available at www.lsbud.co.uk) to help ensure the protection of over 40 members’ assets against over 1.2 million enquiries per annum. Richard has been in the Utilities & Infrastructure sector for over four years, previously managing the Mainline Pipelines contract, handling third party enquiries, maintenance and major projects as well as contract queries, time analysis and invoicing. He sits on the Ashby Utilities management team and is responsible for graduate recruitment and training across the firm, using his experience as a registered APC assessor. He is an active member of the Pipeline Industries Guild Midlands Branch. Having achieved his degree at the Rural Agricultural University, Richard moved to the business in 2007, initially qualifying (for RICS and CAAV examinations) in the Rural Consultancy sector. He lives in North West Leicestershire with his young family. He enjoys all aspects of rural pursuits and sport generally, including golf, rugby and football.

Ben Cave MRICS

Ben Cave MRICS

Associate

Newark

01636 642512

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Ben Cave MRICS

01636 642512
07816 070731

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Associate

Newark

Ben has 27 years’ experience practising as a land agent throughout eastern of England, both in private practice and in the public sector. He joined the Newark office from Michael Murphy Associates and currently works primarily on land acquisition, compensation and estate management for the Environment Agency under the new contract (Ben worked as an in-house surveyor for the EA’s Anglian Region between 1999 and 2006, and as an external consultant ever since). Ben is married with two daughters, and lives in the flat lands of Holbeach. When his girls allow him, he indulges his passions for shooting, fishing and music.

Rachel Cliffe AssocRICS

Rachel Cliffe AssocRICS

Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410863

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Rachel Cliffe AssocRICS

01530 410863
07733 887108

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Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Rachel initially joined Fisher German on placement from Harper Adams University College in 2007 and after completing her degree she returned in 2009. Rachel works in the Utilities and Infrastructure team and specialises in linear infrastructure management and clients include Oil, gas and fibre optic network owners with apparatus around the UK. Rachel is second deputy chair for The Midlands Pipeline Industries Guild and volunteers for Macmillan outside of work. Rachel can also be found on watching rugby or climbing a few mountains.

James Cole BSc (Hons)

James Cole BSc (Hons)

Graduate Surveyor

Canterbury

01227477876

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James Cole BSc (Hons)

01227477876
07870 807238

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Graduate Surveyor

Canterbury

James comes from Surrey and joined Fisher German after graduating from the Royal Agricultural University in 2015 with a degree in Rural Land Management. James has undertaken a variety of work experience which has involved assisting with valuations of residential and rural property and due diligence work for both professional and agency teams. He has also created site plans for planning applications and undertaken compensation claims. James has also worked on various projects including creating tenancy agreements, condition reports and managing energy performance certificates while working on a Rural Estate. When not at work, James can be found in the countryside pursuing his hobby of photography focusing on rural sports and rural life.

Richard Gent BSc (Hons)

Richard Gent BSc (Hons)

Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410847

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Richard Gent BSc (Hons)

01530 410847
07918 628993

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Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Originally from Bangor, North Wales, Richard graduated from Bangor University and was a farmer before joining Fisher German in 2008 to work in the Utilities sector. He now managed the Mainline pipeline contract. Richard now lives in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Mark Gilkes AssocRICS FAAV

Mark Gilkes AssocRICS FAAV

Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410822

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Mark Gilkes AssocRICS FAAV

01530 410822
07501 720410

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Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Mark joined the Utilities and Infrastructure team in 2008 after completing a HND/FdSc in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University College. He gained AssocRICS accreditation in 2010 and has primarily worked in the gas, electric, fibre optic and water industries facilitating and negotiating agreements with landowners on behalf of client utility and telecom companies. Mark enjoys playing and watching a range of sports, in particular squash and racket sports, and travelling and he has a keen interest in music, occasionally mixing both!

Guy Hemsley BSc (Hons)

Guy Hemsley BSc (Hons)

Associate Partner

Hungerford

01488 662754

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Guy Hemsley BSc (Hons)

01488 662754
07501 720409

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Associate Partner

Hungerford

Guy started his pipelines career on the 186K project working as a contractor for FPD Savills. In 2003 he joined the British Pipeline Agency to head up their Land and Wayleaves Team looking after Shell and BP’s assets. He joined Fisher German in September 2008 heading up the team looking after the southern area of the Esso Pipeline system.

Philip Hirst C Eng

Philip Hirst C Eng

Pipelines Manager

Hungerford

01488 662762

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Philip Hirst C Eng

01488 662762
07810 378186

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Pipelines Manager

Hungerford

Phil has been in the oil and gas business for over 30 years in various engineering consultancy and client Operational roles. His role as Linewatch Manager is to assist in the promotion of greater awareness of high pressure buried pipelines in the UK both owned and/or operated by the members. He chairs a group of pipeline operator clients aiming to continually reduce the risks of damage to the pipeline systems and to report on the national infringement data in conjunction with UKOPA and HSE. A Yorkshireman by birth and having spent time overseas and in Wales, he now lives in Wokingham within reach of both daughters and a few local hostelries.

Matthew Hodgetts MRICS FAAV

Matthew Hodgetts MRICS FAAV

Partner

Worcester

01905459432

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Matthew Hodgetts MRICS FAAV

01905459432
07786 336922

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  • Rural Consultancy

Partner

Worcester

Matthew qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor in March 2006 and as an agricultural valuer in 2008 having joined Fisher German in July 2002 to work in the pipeline division. He specialises in rural estate management and also acts for a number of utility companies dealing with linear apparatus throughout the UK.

James Ingram MRICS FAAV

James Ingram MRICS FAAV

Associate Partner

Canterbury

01227477874

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James Ingram MRICS FAAV

01227477874
07791 998145

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Associate Partner

Canterbury

James joined Lister Infraserv in May 2013 prior to the company merging with Fisher German, initially to work on a significant electricity line scheme. Before jumping the fence to Utilities he spent 14 years primarily managing rural estates and advising on associated issues including land use, management of development land, and negotiating for telecom masts and film locations. Away from work, the knees now object to hockey so he sticks to mountain biking and golf, with some shooting, skiing and travel when time permits.

Andrew Jackson FRICS FAAV

Andrew Jackson FRICS FAAV

Managing Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410812

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Andrew Jackson FRICS FAAV

01530 410812
07770 811447

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Managing Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Andrew is Managing Partner of Fisher German and is responsible for the firm’s operations. He established the Utilities and Infrastructure Sector within the business and is a past Chairman of the Pipeline Industries Guild onshore technical panel. Andrew is also Chairman of Fisher German Priestner Ltd and a director of Fisher German Ltd and LinesearchbeforeUdig Ltd. In addition, Andrew is experienced in a variety of professional work including rural estate management, pipeline asset safety management and property development. Outside work Andrew enjoys fishing, golf and rugby, is a qualified RFU coach and a member of Leicester Tigers FC.

Samantha Jones-Davies MRICS FAAV

Samantha Jones-Davies MRICS FAAV

Associate

Worcester

01905459424

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Samantha Jones-Davies MRICS FAAV

01905459424
07880 190976

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Associate

Worcester

Samantha moved to the Worcester office in June 2015, after initially joining Fisher German and Ashby Utilities in September 2012. Samantha completed a Postgraduate Diploma in REALM at Harper Adams University; a slight change in career path after originally completing a degree in Interior Architecture. Samantha now undertakes work for a number of different clients including National Grid Electricity and Gas, Mainline Pipelines Ltd and Wales and West Utilities. Samantha is also undertaking a part-time secondee role as a Lands Officer within the South West National Grid team, where she works from the Gloucester office. Samantha is dealing with the National Grid Gas UK Distribution for the region, which is a varied role that includes the project management of external suppliers along with managing various refurbishment schemes. Samantha is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys socialising with friends, helping out on the family farm and is a keen baker!

Andrew King MRICS FAAV

Andrew King MRICS FAAV

Associate Partner

Stafford

01785 273985

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Andrew King MRICS FAAV

01785 273985
07880 190980

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Associate Partner

Stafford

Andrew studied agriculture at Harper Adams and estate management at Cirencester. He specialises in pipeline management for the water industry. Prior to joining Fisher German he was in a practice on the Isle of Wight for eighteen years, specialising in rural professional work, farm sales and country house agency.

Seb Kingsley FRICS FAAV

Seb Kingsley FRICS FAAV

Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410800

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Seb Kingsley FRICS FAAV

01530 410800
07919 693402

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Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Seb is a Partner of the firm and is based at our Ashby de la Zouch office. Seb acts for clients in the water, gas and electricity industries. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, Agricultural Valuer and PRINCE2 Project Manager. Seb joined Fisher German in 2003 and after spending five years in the Market Harborough office managing rural landed estates, he moved to the Ashby office into the Utilities & Infrastructure team. Since then, he has been involved in a diverse range of infrastructure schemes involving referencing, negotiations of access for surveys, preparation of consents and notices, compensation, licences and pipe and cable laying. In addition, he also undertakes Injurious Affection claims and specialises in large property portfolio and development claims. He negotiates land rights for clients and has used compulsory purchase options to ensure the required rights are delivered. Seb has been involved with the firm's GIS delivery for many years and is now involved in the specification and delivery of both GIS services and data manipulation and processing for GIS projects. Seb has also been heavily involved in the development and innovation of Fisher German’s online project management application and online mapping system. He has managed the review of the firms Ordnance Survey compliance and is the representative for the Fisher German OS Partnership. In recent years, Seb has held positions of office as National Chairman of the National Youth Panel of the Pipeline Industries Guild and Young Valuers Chairman of Midland Counties Agricultural Valuers Association. He is also an examiner for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He also is a chairman for Fisher German’s internal mock APC assessments held in the spring and autumn. In 2015 Seb was invited to become a member of the partnership as a Fixed Share Partner.

Giles Lister MRICS

Giles Lister MRICS

Partner

Canterbury

01227477870

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Giles Lister MRICS

01227477870
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Partner

Canterbury

Giles joined Fisher German in 2013 and is a rural practice chartered surveyor with over 15 years' experience. He specialises in providing advice to the utility and infrastructure sector throughout the south east of England advising clients in areas of land rights to include wayleaves, easements, leases and freehold acquisition, compulsory purchase and compensation and the implications of the Planning Act 2008. His extensive knowledge of the electricity, water, sewerage and gas sectors has been gained over 20 years having worked for a utility company until 2000 when he joined the family company, leading to him setting up his own company providing specialist advise to the utility sector in 2008. Giles comes from a farming background and is the son of a chartered surveyor. He is married with three boys and enjoys golf, shooting and rugby and is a qualified RFU coach.

Iain Long MRICS FAAV

Iain Long MRICS FAAV

Associate

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410825

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Iain Long MRICS FAAV

01530 410825
07587 033058

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Associate

Ashby de la Zouch

Iain joined Fisher German in the summer of 2014, in the Utilities department. He graduated in Agricultural Land and Farm Management at Harper Adams University in 2010 and then went on to work for a local chartered surveyors, based in Leicestershire, for four years. During this period, he completed a post graduate qualification in Rural Enterprise and Land Management, passed his Central Association of Agricultural Valuers examinations and became a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Having being brought up on a farm in Leicestershire and being a member of Young Farmers, Iain has a keen interest in general rural life and is a keen sports enthusiast, especially rugby. He currently trains and plays for the local Ashby rugby team.

Ruth Ofield MRICS FAAV

Ruth Ofield MRICS FAAV

Associate Partner

Banbury

01295 228771

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Ruth Ofield MRICS FAAV

01295 228771
07553 362050

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  • Rural Consultancy

Associate Partner

Banbury

Ruth is a qualified rural surveyor and agricultural valuer and advises on a range of professional matters including SPS and agri-environmental schemes, land and property valuations, planning, the sale of agricultural and amenity land, and utilities work. In her spare time, Ruth is a keen horse rider and enjoys helping on the family farm.

Sam Parton MRICS

Sam Parton MRICS

Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410867

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Sam Parton MRICS

01530 410867
07918 628995

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Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Sam joined the firm in August 2010 as a Graduate Surveyor in the Ashby office after graduating from Harper Adams University College. Sam initially assisted Matthew Hodgetts with the management of various estates in the Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas and when qualified in 2012 moved across to the Utilities and Infrastructure team. Sam’s time is now spent working on behalf of various utility companies around the country facilitating the maintenance and installation of different utility apparatus. Outside work, Sam spends most of his time watching and playing a variety of different sports but more specifically he trains and plays for the local Ashby rugby team. When the weather permits, he also plays golf.

James Pegrum MRICS

James Pegrum MRICS

Associate Partner

Stafford

01785 273980

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James Pegrum MRICS

01785 273980
07881 916728

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Associate Partner

Stafford

James works in the Utilities Sector, predominantly dealing with the water industry through the Severn Trent contract but also undertaking some Environment Agency work and other infrastructure schemes. Day-to-day professional work involves securing land and rights, dealing with compensation and managing the land and planning aspects of capital projects throughout the Midlands and into Wales. Having obtained a Land Management degree at Harper Adams, James joined Fisher German in 2002 and initially worked in the Rural Sector dealing with estate management, rural property sales, valuations and other general practice work. James also assists in the development of placement students and graduates by acting as an APC Counsellor and Supervisor. Originally a Kentish Man, James now lives in Staffordshire with his wife and two children and enjoys sailing, kayaking and mountain biking in his spare time.

Clare Phillipson MRICS FAAV

Clare Phillipson MRICS FAAV

Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410813

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Clare Phillipson MRICS FAAV

01530 410813
07836 213494

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Ashby de la Zouch

Clare is one of our departmental heads and specialises in the management, promotion and construction of linear apparatus, with direct experience in the provision of IT solutions to complex client management portfolios. Clare has recently been advising clients on the implications of the Planning Act 2008 on their wayleaves, easements, leases and freehold acquisition, with the introduction of the IPC. Her extensive knowledge of the utility and pipeline industry has been gained over 20 years of practice. Clare has been with the partnership since leaving Cirencester and became a partner in 1998. Her family background is in quarrying although minerals are not one of her areas of expertise. Married, with two children, life outside the partnership is largely taken up with the childrens' sporting activities rather than hers, although she can be regularly seen supporting Leicester Tigers at Welford Road!

Tiffany Salmon MRICS FAAV

Tiffany Salmon MRICS FAAV

Associate

Worcester

01905459438

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Tiffany Salmon MRICS FAAV

01905459438
07557 037902

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Associate

Worcester

Tiffany started off her career as a resident agent on the Grosvenor Estate in Cheshire and later joined the Fisher German Chester office in 2011. Tiffany achieved her RICS qualifications in 2011 and became a fellow of the CAAV in 2012. Her work predominantly covered all aspects of Estate Management for a number of landed clients and she later become involved with several Utilities and Infrastructure projects in the North West and Midlands for National Grid, GPSS and BPA. Tiffany has since moved to the Worcester office in September 2015 to be closer to friends and family and is working within the Utilities and Infrastructure team to work namely on the Severn Trent Water and Environment Agency accounts, and will also be involved with Professional Practice and Estate Management. Tiffany now lives in Gloucestershire and outside work enjoys attending National Hunt race meets and country fairs, all aspects of country sports with regular visits down to Exmoor, running, painting and spending time with friends and family.

Richard Scriven MRICS FAAV

Richard Scriven MRICS FAAV

Partner

Newark

01636 642505

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Richard Scriven MRICS FAAV

01636 642505
07786 336923

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Partner

Newark

Richard has considerable experience in estate management matters, acting for both private and institutional clients. He is also involved in telecommunications sites, CAP reform, the sale and letting of rural property and planning matters. Originally from Worcestershire, Richard has gained experience in the profession through working in counties as diverse as Shropshire, Northumberland and Cambridgeshire. In his free time Richard has been working on a residential property renovation.

Katie Shorter MRICS

Katie Shorter MRICS

Associate

Hungerford

01488 662756

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Katie Shorter MRICS

01488 662756
07917 261679

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Associate

Hungerford

Katie has worked in the Utilities and Infrastructure sector of Fisher German since 2009, predominantly in the team looking after the southern area of the Esso Pipeline System. Katie now spends the majority of her time working on the Esso repair programme. Katie is married with one daughter, who takes up the majority of her spare time outside work. Given the opportunity Katie loves horse riding, walking the dogs, swimming and cooking meals for friends and family.

George Simpson MRICS FAAV

George Simpson MRICS FAAV

Partner

Stafford

01785 273995

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George Simpson MRICS FAAV

01785 273995
07810 378185

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Partner

Stafford

George specialises in pipeline management for the water industry and provides advice to private clients on a wide range of property matters including telecoms, wind farms, compulsory purchase and development sites. From a local farming background, George started at Fisher German in 2001 shortly after qualifying. He is married with two young children. George enjoys cycling and retains a keen interest in the family farm.

James Wadland MRICS FAAV

James Wadland MRICS FAAV

Associate

Banbury

01295 228759

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James Wadland MRICS FAAV

01295 228759
07551 152692

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Associate

Banbury

James undertakes a range of professional matters, predominantly working as part of the Utilities & Infrastructure team in Banbury, whilst also undertaking valuations and general professional practice work. James was promoted to an Associate of Fisher German in April 2017. After graduating from Harper Adams University with a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management, James then joined Fisher German in September 2013. James has gone on to qualify as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Out of the office, James works on the family livestock and game farm in Northamptonshire. James is an enthusiastic clay and game shot and away from country pursuits, he is an avid Northampton Saints supporter whilst playing rugby and cricket himself.

James Watson AssocRICS

James Watson AssocRICS

Associate Partner

Market Harborough

01858411274

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James Watson AssocRICS

01858411274
07584 685697

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Associate Partner

Market Harborough

James joined Fisher German after graduating from Northumbria University in 2010. He works within the Stafford utilities team, prioritizing the majority of his time on large water contracts, working alongside George Simpson. In his spare time, he enjoys rugby, football and working his dog Nigel.

Adrian Webb MRICS

Adrian Webb MRICS

Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

01530 410817

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Adrian Webb MRICS

01530 410817
07836 381348

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Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Adrian is a rural practice chartered surveyor with 15 years' wide ranging post qualification experience. He specialises in providing advice to major utility companies and private scheme promoters throughout the UK in areas of land and rights acquisition, compensation and compulsory purchase for construction, management and promotion of linear apparatus. Family commitments permitting, Adrian still takes an active interest in anything sporting with a bat or ball, talks an excellent game of cricket and can often be found afloat or on the riverbank.

Matthew Willoughby MRICS

Matthew Willoughby MRICS

Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

08454 377366

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Matthew Willoughby MRICS

08454 377366
07808 571064

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Associate Partner

Ashby de la Zouch

Matthew joined Fisher German in 2006, after qualifying as a chartered surveyor with Frank R Marshall in Cheshire. During his first seven years with the firm, he worked predominantly on the management of the Government Pipelines and Storage System contract and became a Local Partner in 2013. Matthew is now the Contract Manager for the Total oil pipelines which are managed from our Ashby office. The main elements of the contract are organisation of pipeline and easement maintenance activities, landowner liaison, pipeline safety initiatives and managing 3rd party works being undertaken in close proximity to the pipelines. The Total contract team that report directly to Matthew include 3 pipeline maintenance technicians and a contract administrator. Matthew also oversees the asset creation work that Fisher German undertake for Severn Trent Water from the Ashby office. This work includes the acquisition of rights in land for capital projects, landowner consultation, managing land access issues, landowner compensation and regular client reporting. Matthew is married to Mel and they have Border Terrier to keep them exercised and entertained. In his spare time Matthew is a keen racing driver and until recently was a member of the management team of the Caterham 7 owners club with responsibility for organising the club’s motor sport activities.

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