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. He is also partial to a glass of red wine.
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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.
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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, and came to Carver Knowles during her professional placement year from University. Jules returned to Carver Knowles following her degree. In her spare time, Jules enjoys country sports, walking her Jack Russell and helping out on the farm.
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Julie Newton Associate Director and RICS Registered Valuer

Vicky Simpson BSc MSc MRTPI Planning Consultant
After working in Local Government as a Senior Planning Officer for 9 years Vicky faced a change of scenery and to be the other side of the desk. Vicky is able to undertake a variety of planning work from residential developments to farm diversification projects. Vicky has years of experience dealing with a wide range of rural development proposals, (and being married to a farmer helps with her agricultural knowledge).
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Vicky Simpson

Ellen Cottrell BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV Rural Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer
Ellen re-joined Carver Knowles in June 2018 after completing her placement year with us in 2016/17 as part of her degree at Harper Adams University studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Ellen is specialising in planning , valuation and grants and has recently passed both her RICS and CAAV exams.
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