Background and industry experienceBen heads up the Agency team in Ashby de la Zouch, which covers a broad range of properties. He has worked in the Midlands since 2002 and handles the sales of rural, residential and agricultural property across Derbyshire, West Leicestershire, East Staffordshire, North Warwickshire and West Nottinghamshire. This includes everything from rural estates and country houses to village properties, farms and land sales, and has included extensive involvement in the disposal of agricultural portfolios. Managing the sale of such diverse properties ensures a varied and challenging role. Working closely with potential purchasers as well as vendors provides opportunities for off market sales and Ben also advises clients on property acquisitions.
Ben studied a Land Management degree at Harper Adams University before working for a national firm of agents and qualifying as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) in 2006. He joined Fisher German in 2007 and qualified as a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV) in 2008.
Ben lives in South Derbyshire and participates in a broad range of sports outside work.
What has been your favourite project and why?
The sale of a smallholding near Riber in Derbyshire. A challenging sale but a lovely property - a small stone farmhouse in an elevated spot with permission for a very contemporary extension, a range of stone outbuildings and a mix of grassland and woodland with drystone walling – a great mix, lots of character and interesting to deal with.
Most admired, non-property brand?
At the moment – Alpkit.com. A small British company supplying outdoor kit – some of which is manufactured in Nottinghamshire.
Difficult – either hill walking or paddle boarding.
Best holiday destination?
The North Norfolk coast – Brancaster Staithe to be exact. Walking, swimming, paddle boarding, and a couple of great pubs.
One item to take to a desert island?
A solar powered radio.
Who would you like to be stranded in a lift with?
Richard Parks, an extreme environment athlete. Read his book ‘Beyond the horizon’. Inspiring stuff.
What’s your favourite film of all time?
Thunderball – brilliant scuba diving scenes.