Adkin’s success is hugely dependant on the people we employ.  All our surveyors are registered with the RICS; many have been in the industry (and indeed, with Adkin) since leaving education.  We believe we have an unrivalled depth of experience, expertise & knowledge in our field.

Please do feel free to contact any of our team directly using the details below.


Director  •

Julian has worked in Oxfordshire, the surrounding counties and further afield for the past 35 years, advising farmers and landowners on a wide range of issues relating to the occupation and ownership of farms and estates.

His planning and management expertise associated with all aspects of rural property, including the preparation of whole farm and estate plans, have led to assignments throughout the country and regular speaking engagements.  He also specialises in property acquisitions, the promotion and sale of development land, estate management and agricultural tenancies and tax planning.

Julian is currently Master of The Worshipful Company of Farmers, Chairman of Trustee for The Farmers Club,  and chairs the Tenancy Reform Industry Group for the Defra Ministers.  In recent years he has been Vice Chairman of Governors at  The Royal Agricultural University , Chairman of RABI, The Oxford Farming Conference and The Farmers Club.

Simon Alden MRICS FAAV

Director  •

Simon comes from an agricultural background, having been brought up on his family’s farm in Oxfordshire. He first joined Adkin in 1984 prior to attending the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He returned to the firm and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1988 and became a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 1992. He has now been advising clients across Southern England and further afield for over twenty five years on a wide range of property related matters. Simon is a RICS Registered Valuer and deals with the majority of the company’s corporate and private client valuation instructions.  He also acts regularly as an Expert Witness.

Simon is known for his attention to detail and unbiased professionalism. He is currently Chairman of the Examination & Education Committee of the CAAV and sits on their Governing Council. He is also a past Chairman of the Local Branch of both the RICS and CAAV. His specialist areas of work include Corporate & Private Client Valuations, Planning & Development including, promotion agreements and options, Expert Witness and Property Agency.

Sarah Payne (neé True) BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

Director  •

Sarah graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in July 1997 with a 1st class Honours Degree in Rural Land Management. Sarah is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer  having gained extensive experience in Estate Management since graduating.

Sarah joined Adkin in 2004 and now undertakes a wide range of professional work, particularly specialising in Estate Management, Single Payment Scheme, Conservation and Agri Environment Schemes, Rural Property Valuations, Residential and Commercial Lettings and Management and Whole Farm and Estate Planning.

Philip Pocock FRICS FAAV

Consultant  •

Philip has worked for Adkin since 1964 and has forged close links with farmers and landowners in the area throughout that period. Since retiring as a Director in October 2014 Philip continues to act as a Consultant for Adkin on a part-time basis.

His skills and experience over a wide range of rural property and business issues have seen him act for up to three generations of the same family.  His specialist areas include property agency, strategic development, compensation claiming, contract farming and auctions.

Philip has been significantly involved in the CAAV having been Chairman of the Education and Examination Committee and has sat on the Executive Committee and Governing Council.

Alison Bowler BSc MRICS

Associate Director  •

Alison, a qualified Chartered Surveyor, joined Adkin in 1995 after graduating from the Royal Agricultural College with a Degree in Rural Estate Management.

Alison has undertaken a wide range of professional work but now specialises in Estate Management and Residential & Commercial Lettings and Management.

Emily Ham (neé Quinton) BA (Hons) PGDipSurv MRICS FAAV

Associate Director  •

Emily came to Adkin in August 2007 after graduating from Nottingham University with an Honours Degree in Geography.  Since then she has successfully completed the College of Estate Management Graduate Development Programme and in February 2010 was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying, passing with a distinction.

Emily qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in May 2010 and passed her Agricultural Valuers exam later that year to become a member of the CAAV.  She is the Tutorial Organiser and Committee Member for the Berks & Oxon Rural Valuers Association which is the local CAAV Association.

Since being at Adkin Emily undertakes a wide range of professional work, particularly specialising in Residential & Commercial Property Management, Valuations, Schemes under the Common Agricultural Policy to include Basic Payment Scheme and Environmental Stewardship along with Compensation Claims and Planning Applications.

Kerry Holbrook-Bull BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

Associate Director  •

Kerry joined Adkin in May 2017 having previously worked for nearly 10 years with a leading national firm of Property Consultants and Chartered Surveyors in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, as well as a Registered Valuer.

Kerry undertakes a wide range of professional work, with a particular focus on rural, commercial, residential & agricultural property management and lettings. She also specialises in landlord and tenant matters.  She is known for her attention to detail and is currently Chairman for the Gloucestershire & District Agricultural Valuers, RICS APC assessor and an Examiner for the CAAV.

Having growing up on a dairy farm in the West Country, Kerry attended the Royal Agricultural University and studied Rural Land Management where she gained a 1st class Honours Degree before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor and Rural Valuer.  Outside work, her spare time is spent with her young family and her hobbies include horse riding, baking and walks.

Hannah Rickards BSc (Hons)

Graduate Surveyor  •

Hannah grew up locally before moving to Guernsey eleven years ago with her family. She has just completed her degree in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural University and is working towards becoming a qualified Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the CAAV.

James Fergusson BA (Hons) MSc

Graduate Surveyor  •

James has recently moved back to Oxfordshire and is continuing his training at Adkin with a view to qualifying as a member of the Rural Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

He has previously spent a year working for a leading Scottish firm of Property Consultants and Chartered Surveyors in the Highlands, where he was involved in a wide variety of management and professional work, including assisting with the management of traditional Fishing and Stalking Estates and carrying out farm and estate valuations.

James has an Honours Degree from King’s College London and graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in 2016 with a MSc in Rural Estate Management


Our Support Staff:

Julie BurtonSecretary

Lesley JonesSecretary

Nicola Cahill – Client Account Manager & Company Administrator

Pat Jones – Client Accounts

Gill Gibbons – Client Accounts