Team

Anthony Atkinson
Anthony Atkinson
Rural Planning Director

MRICS, FAAV

Mobile: 07785366698

Office: 01524 793900

Fax: 01524 793900

Email: anthony.atkinson@acorus.co.uk

Anthony is a Director of Acorus taking responsibility for projects in the North West & Midlands. Anthony has numerous years of experience in planning consultancy for agricultural development and farm diversification schemes. He has extensive knowledge of the complex processes involved from initial planning investigations, building and design requirements through to the submission of detailed planning applications.

Anthony also undertakes property sales and estate management.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Land Management from Harper Adams Agricultural College, he is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Brian Barrow
Brian Barrow
Rural Planning Director

BSc (Hons), MRICS 

Mobile: 07774972627

Office: 01284 753271

Fax: 01284 748750

Email: brian.barrow@acorus.co.uk

Brian is Acorus' Managing Director and Sales and Marketing Director and is responsible for the South and South East team.

A qualified Chartered Surveyor, Brian specialises in planning consultancy and handles planning appeals, agricultural occupancy conditions, intensive livestock developments and equine related work. His work also includes the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).

Brian leads the property sales work within Acorus and advises clients on how to maximise their property value prior to marketing and sale.

 

David Ellis
David Ellis
Rural Planning and Design Associate

MBIAC

Mobile: 07860374213

Office: 01954 267418

Fax: 01954 268172

Email: david.ellis@acorus.co.uk

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David has extensive experience in rural building design, planning and project management. He has been involved in a wide range of major building projects from inception to completion including crop store facilities, livestock units, new farmsteads, new garden centres and conversion of traditional buildings.

He also advises on general planning matters including work related to dwelling appraisals and is our national lead consultant regarding waste handling and composting facilities.

Henry Doble
Henry Doble
Rural Planning

BSc (Hons)

Office: 01284 753271

Fax: 01284 748750

Email: henry.doble@acorus.co.uk

Henry works within the South East team of Acorus based at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Graduating from the Royal Agricultural College with a BSc Hons degree in Rural Land Management, he has a keen interest in rural surveying.

Henry previously worked for Cooper and Tanner, landed property professionals and auctioneers in Somerset where he was involved in planning applications and other planning matters including a water pipe compensation claim.

James Whilding
James Whilding
Rural Planning Director

MRICS FBIAC

Mobile: 07721754567

Office: 01392 873900

Fax: 01392 877341

Email: james.whilding@acorus.co.uk

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In the role of Director and Business Manager for the South West, James is responsible for project management and regional sales.

As a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor, James specialises in planning and business consultancy including work relating to agricultural dwellings, asset maximisation, diversification and general grant advice and is a lead consultant for our occupancy conditions and equine work.

Jon Lobb
Jon Lobb
Rural Design

BA (Hons)

Mobile: 07971 212847

Office: 01392 873900

Fax: 01392 877341

Email: jon.lobb@acorus.co.uk

Jon joined Acorus in February 2006 to assist our busy building design team and is now a permanent member of staff.

Having completed his architecture degree at Canterbury in 2004 he took time out from his studies before moving back to Devon.

Julie Milne
Julie Milne
Finance

Office: 01954 267415

Fax: 01954 268172

Email: julie.milne@acorus.co.uk

Julie is a highly experienced finance systems administrator. She is also the official company secretary.

Laura Wall
Laura Wall
Rural Planning

BSc(Hons) MRICS

Mobile: 07976726645

Office: 01392 873900

Fax: 01392 877341

Email: laura.wall@acorus.co.uk

Laura graduated from Harper Adams University College in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management.

Laura works in the South West office assisting their dedicated planning and rural team.

Leanne Frost
Leanne Frost
Property Project Manager

Office: 01284 753271

Fax: 01284 748750

Email: leanne.frost@acorus.co.uk

Leanne manages all our regional properties subject to agricultural occupancy conditions and deals with the submission of planning applications where appropriate liaising closely with Acorus consultants and monitoring the progress of projects.

She also handles all our national properties and is responsible for their marketing and sales.

She assists the Sales & Marketing Director with managing the company’s marketing plan, particularly advertising.

Additionally, she manages the office and is responsible for the regional Key Account contracts and Local Authority contracts.

Louise Gregory
Louise Gregory
Rural Planning

Office: 01284 753271

Fax: 01284 748750

Email: louise.gregory@acorus.co.uk

Louise works out of the Bury St Edmunds office and handles planning applications, planning appeals, certificates of lawfulness and GPDO 28 day notices for Acorus clients.

Louise also manages Environmental Impact Assessments and Agricultural Occupancy Conditions and has a solid knowledge base of all planning matters.

With several years service at Acorus both as a Rural Planning Consultant and a Project Manager, Louise has extensive knowledge of the business, its clients and dealing with local and national authorities.

Matt How
Matt How
Rural Planning and Business

BSc(Hons)

Mobile: 07976744265

Office: 01986 788897

Fax: 01986 788897

Email: matt.how@acorus.co.uk

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Matt gained a degree in Agriculture from Newcastle Upon Tyne University in 1988. Following employment in practical agriculture as a Farm Manager, Matt has since worked as a Business Consultant for some of the leading farm consultancy firms in the UK.

Matt has extensive knowledge of business and financial issues within the Agricultural Industry gained by completing work for farmers, agricultural companies, research institutions and other corporate clients including Local Government Agencies and the Banks.

Further work experience includes development and implementation of business strategy to improve profitability by sustainable development and Matt?s advice on business diversification issues is frequently sought from planning to project implementation. Matt is also called upon as an expert witness in his field and keeps abreast of the constantly evolving UK and European agricultural policies and their affect on farming businesses within the UK.

Mike Bamforth
Mike Bamforth
Rural Design HR and IT Director

MCIOB

Mobile: 07721568153

Office: 01392 873900

Fax: 01392 877341

Email: mike.bamforth@acorus.co.uk

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Mike has a national responsibility as Director of HR and IT with Acorus in addition to staff and management responsibilities for both the South West office and the National Building Design Team.

Mike is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Building and is highly experienced in rural design projects, housing and diversification projects; in particular the conversion of traditional farm buildings into residential, tourism and commercial uses.

Undertaking the role of project manager Mike has successfully taken many projects from inception right the way through to completion on site and has been rewarded with a number of prestigious design awards.

Roland Thomas
Roland Thomas
Rural Planning

MRICS

Mobile: 07971159141

Office: 01284 753271

Fax: 01284 748750

Email: roland.thomas@acorus.co.uk

Roland is one of our leading consultants for agricultural occupancy conditions related work.

His experience as an Agricultural Surveyor began in Leeds where he undertook a range of agricultural and rural planning projects. He also has experience of residential surveys and valuations and now specialises in property consultancy.

Roland's expert witness experience is often required at public planning inquiries.

Rose Haines
Rose Haines
Administration and Human Resources

Office: 01902 625024

Email: rose.haines@acorus.co.uk

Rose is a member of our Corporate and Government Section, based at the Wolverhampton office. She provides administrative support in various areas including human resources, client account and the company car scheme.

Sid Richards
Sid Richards
Rural Design

RIBA

Mobile: 07971490183

Office: 01284 753271

Fax: 01284 748750

Email: sid.richards@acorus.co.uk

Sid is a Chartered Architect and works on the design of buildings from inception to completion on site.

Projects he has worked on have varied from new houses and commercial offices to equestrian work stables, new farm buildings and conversion of traditional buildings.

Ted Rogers
Ted Rogers
Company Secretary

FRICS, IEng MIAgrE

Mobile: 07774173614

Office: 01902 625024

Email: ted.rogers@acorus.co.uk

Once a founder Director of Acorus Rural Property Services Ltd, Ted's main focus is on government departments and other key Acorus accounts. Now as the compnay secretary he manages the Acorus estate management and professional support contracts for Defra.

Ted has vast experience in agricultural impact assessments of new road schemes for the Highways Agency and County Councils and is regularly called upon as an expert witness at public inquiries.

He also undertakes agricultural land quality impact assessments of proposed development sites and advises on land restoration and aftercare management.

Ted is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (rural faculty), an Incorporated Agricultural Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Agricultural

Nathaniel Morris
Nathaniel Morris
Rural Design

BA (HONS)

Office: 01392 873 900

Email: nathaniel.morris@acorus.co.uk

Nathaniel works within the South West office of Acorus as part of the design team,

Nathaniel graduated from the University of Kent with a BA (HONS) in Architecture.

He has experience in working on planning and design drawings for a variety of projects ranging from Listed Buildings to high end residential developments.

Natasha Kent
Natasha Kent
Admin

Office: 01392 873900

Fax: 01392 877341

Email: natasha.kent@acorus.co.uk

Appointed in the role of administrator for the South West Office, Natasha has the responsibility of assisting with the company marketing and ensuring a smoothly run business. 

Chrysoula Gkogka
Chrysoula Gkogka
Rural Design

Office: 01392 873900

Fax: 01392 877341

Email: chrysoula.gkogka@acorus.co.uk

Chrysa has came to us for her first role as an architectural technologist with the South West Team.

She has a family background in construction, and studied firstly in Plymouth for her Part 1 and onto Milan for her Part 2. Gaining her degree in Science and Architecture, specializing in building technology and generic construction, she also has knowledge of residential and urban planning. 

Ian Hopkins
Ian Hopkins
Rural Design

Office: 01392 873900

Fax: 01392 877341

Email: ian.hopkins@acorus.co.uk

Ian has over 25 years experience in varying sizes of Architectural practices within the Midlands and the South West, currently based at our Exeter Office as Senior Architectural Technician.

He has experience in projects ranging  from one off houses to factory units and all types of buildings in between, preparing drawings from Planning through to Building Regulations and then onto Construction on site.

Matthew Reed
Matthew Reed
Rural Planning

Bsc (Hons)

Office: 01392 873900

Email: matthew.reed@acorus.co.uk 

Matthew is a graduate, working within the Exeter Office, towards his CAAV and RICS exams.

Since graduating from The Royal Agricultural College with a Bsc (Hons) he has been involved with a wide range of rural professional and planning cliental work, as well as the livestock market. 

Having been brought up in Devon, he now looks forward to assisting the team and providing farm business consultancy and planning to our clients.