D&R, Scotland’s oldest rural surveying and consulting firm, will expand the team and service offering at its Castle Douglas office in south west Scotland.
D&R Director Ian Austin, who grew up on the family’s cattle and sheep farm near Gatehouse of Fleet and has worked with agricultural customers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Central Belt for over a decade, will lead the local team. Ian joined D&R in 2015, became a director in August 2018 and took over the role of department head for the D&R utility, energy and infrastructure team in 2020.
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Derek Bathgate, a former Castle Douglas office manager and now based in the D&R Ayr office, continues to serve clients in the area and is now the company’s senior director of renewable energy. Long-time advisor John Neil remains committed to D&R and is committed to ensuring that his long-term customers continue to be well served.
As part of this, Ian McKnight, a well-known face in the region, joined D&R as a consultant in August 2021. Senior Land Agent Sarah Bennett will also be involved in the project.
Mr. Austin and the Rural and Agency Department team have seen a sharp increase in the number of properties being bought and sold through the Castle Douglas office. These were largely implemented locally with the support of the dedicated national sales team led by George Hipwell. Due to the growth in the sales and appraisal area of the business, Romy Noble, who has been with D&R since 2015 and moved to the Castle Douglas office in 2019, recently took on a new role as a sales and appraisal assistant.
Kimberly Briscoe is a qualified surveyor in the Property and Forestry Department. Kimberly has a background as an archaeological surveyor.
Eilidh Strachan will start as the real estate and forestry coordinator. Eilidh currently works as a property manager in the region and will provide administrative support to the property and forestry team. Associate Nick Mellish is a Lockerbie property management professional and Forest Manager Rob Cleaver spends much of his time in the area overseeing ongoing projects and providing appraisals.
Mr. Austin commented, “The South West of Scotland is a key area for D&R so it was important that we expand and develop our team in the local office to ensure that our valued customers continue to be well served and that we have the opportunity to grow ours Business in the region is based on a well-established reputation. Each of the three departments of D&R is well represented on site, so that specialist knowledge is easily accessible in a wide variety of work areas. Support can also be obtained through our wider network such as Chris Edmunds and Nigel Harris from our Cockermouth Office who are both involved in the GNI pipeline project. It’s nice to see that after the return from COVID and with the expanded team, the office is full of activity again. D&R is well positioned for the future. ”