Meet the team


All the Land Agents at Carver Knowles have a high level of professionalism and knowledge to ensure that you have the right expert for the project, be it a planning application for a new farm building or a succession planning strategy.

We are proud to be NFU Panel Agents for the South West and West Midlands, which means that we are recommended by the NFU to their members. NFU members are also entitled to a discount on our services. We are also qualified Chartered Surveyors and Registered Valuers, governed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you can rest assured you will receive a high level of service delivered by experienced professionals. All our Land Agents are also qualified Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), who abide by strict practice rules and are professionally insured. Oh, and we use direct lines, so you can speak to whoever you want to, when you want to – or we are only a click away.

Andrew Troughton BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV
Managing Director and RICS Registered Valuer

Specialist in: Property Development, Landlord and Tenant, AMC Agent and Valuer, Expert Witness, Renewables Andrew took over the land agency side of Carver Knowles in 2012 and has since built up the business, expanding its client base and bringing new specialists to the team in order to offer a full-service agency. A farmer’s son, after graduating with a degree in Rural Estate Management from Harper Adams University, Andrew started off his career with the Estates team at Gloucestershire County Council, before moving to Carver Knowles at Strensham in 1998. Outside of work, Andrew runs his own 233 hectare sheep and arable farm in the Cotswolds, where he and his family have recently launched a successful diversification business, Cotswold Glamping. He is also partial to a glass of red wine.

Call: 01684 853 406 Email: Linkedin.com/andrew-troughton

Andrew Troughton Managing Director and RICS Registered Valuer

Mike Cluley BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS FAAV
Director and RICS Registered Valuer

Specialist in: Agri-Environment Schemes, Agri-Business Advice, Grant Schemes, Compensation, Land Sales, Valuations, Landlord and Tenant, Basic Payments Scheme and NVZ’s Mike joined Carver Knowles in 2013 and became Associate Director soon after. With a background in farm consultancy, auctioneering and land agency in Gloucestershire, Mike is an expert in agri-business advice. Mike prides himself on his extensive practical farming experience. He spent three years working in New Zealand on large dairy herds and has also done his fair share of arable work in the UK. Mike trained at Seale Hayne Agricultural College in Devon and completed his Masters degree in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College. Mike lives on the Gloucestershire / Herefordshire border with his wife and three young boys and in his spare time enjoys following Gloucester Rugby, preferably (but not often enough) in the Shed.

01684 853 402 Email: Linkedin.com/mike-cluley


Julie ‘Jules’ Newton BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV
Director and RICS Registered Valuer

Specialist in: Planning, Farm diversification, Valuations, Finance, AMC Agent, Agri-Business Advice, Basic Payments Scheme and NVZ’s Julie hails from a sheep and beef farming background in Exmoor, and came to Carver Knowles during her professional placement year from Harper Adams University. Jules returned to Carver Knowles following her degree and now lives locally with her dairy-farming husband in Worcestershire. Jules takes a keen interest in nurturing young talent and is a Club Leader of Tewkesbury Young Farmers. In her spare time, Jules enjoys country sports, walking her Jack Russell, Ruby, and helping out on the farm with the youngstock.

Call: 01684 853 404 Email: Linkedin.com/julie-branfield

Julie Branfield Associate Director and RICS Registered Valuer

Alyssia Thomas BSc (Hons)
Graduate Surveyor

Specialist in: Basic Payment Scheme, Agri-Environment Schemes, Planning, Grant Schemes, Compensation and NVZ’s. Alyssia joined Carver Knowles in 2016 as a Graduate Surveyor as a change in direction from the previous employment in Ross On Wye Livestock market. Alyssia graduated from Harper Adams University with BSc (hons) in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Alyssia is now working hard to study for both her RICS and CAAV exams to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Call: 01684 853 400 Email:

Alyssia Thomas Graduate Surveyor

Ellie Jones BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV
Rural Surveyor

Specialist in: Planning, Farm Diversification, Compensation, Land and Property Sales, Valuations, Basic Payment Scheme and NVZ’s. Ellie joined Carver Knowles during her placement year as part of her degree at Harper Adams University. Following her degree, Ellie moved to Lancashire where she worked for a professional practice and obtained her qualification as a Chartered Surveyor under the RICS. Ellie has now returned to Carver Knowles where she will assist the planning department while also studying for her CAAV exams.

Call: 01684 853 400 Email: elliejones@carverknowles.co.uk

Ellie Jones Rural Surveyor

Ellen Cottrell
Assistant land agent

Ellen  is working with Carver Knowles on her industrial placement year from Harper Adams University, studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management where. She is very keen to expand and develop her professional career whilst acting as support for the professional team at Carver Knowles in all areas of the work that we undertake.

Ellen Cottrell Assistant Land Agent