Former classmates find themselves together again

Charlotte Rogerson and Rob Thompson.
Charlotte Rogerson and Rob Thompson.

THERE’S just no getting away from each other for two former Morpeth schoolmates.

Charlotte Rogerson, 24, and Rob Thompson, 23, both attended King Edward VI School and found themselves in the same class.

When they left the school they both went on to study degrees in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at the renowned Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

And now each of them has landed their dream job — with the same Northumberland business.

Neither knew the other was applying for a job at George F White Chartered Surveyors, but they have been reunited after Ms Rogerson was appointed a Rural Practice Surveyor and Mr Thompson landed a job as a Rural Business Consultant.

Ms Rogerson, who grew up on the family farm at Biddlestone Edge, near Alwinton, has always wanted a career based in the country.

After graduating she joined Buccleuch Estates as a land agent, learning the ropes on an 86,000-acre estate.

She passed the rigorous Assessment of Professional Competence to gain membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is now looking forward to settling into her new position.

She said: “George F White provides an excellent, young, go-ahead environment and I’m working with some very focused, impressive and knowledgeable people.

“Because the firm offers so many different services to farmers and landowners, from strategic business management to landlord tenant, planning, renewables, mining rights, expert witness and more, I am learning so much about the different aspects of rural chartered surveying and my work is constantly offering me new challenges, which is exactly what I was looking for.”

Mr Thompson is originally from Broxfield Farm in Denwick and is delighted to be back on familiar soil.

He is working towards RICS membership, taking on duties across the business, such as farm cash flow planning, applying for grants on behalf of agricultural businesses and appraising rural enterprises.

He said: “George F White is the best there is so it was always my goal to work for the company.

“Having lived and worked on farms all my life I know that the right business planning is crucial to success.

“Now that I’ve studied rural enterprise and land management in depth, as well as having hands-on experience, it’s great to be able to put it all into practice and see how other rural businesses thrive as a result.

“I’m enjoying working among a stimulating team of people, who are very dynamic and are always bang up to date with the latest policies and legislation.”

George F White, which is based in Alnwick, now has more than 100 staff working across the region.

Managing Partner Hugh Fell said: “We pride ourselves on the excellent career opportunities we offer our staff and always encourage and support individuals to reach their full potential so we can offer the best level of expertise to our clients.

“Charlotte and Rob are typical of the young talent we take on at George F White — highly qualified, bright, switched-on and personable.

“What’s more, they’ve both been born and brought up in the Northumberland countryside so know the area and its people well.

“They will be a great asset to our team.”