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RICS Rural Conference


The 2017 Conference has now passed. Register your interest to be the first to hear once the new programme and dates have been confirmed fro 2018.

The 2017 conference had been expertly put together to provide attendees with the most up to date information on key issues of relevance to surveyors operating in the rural sector. Delivered through presentations, case studies and discussions, the conference examined topics and key issues affecting professionals on a daily basis and guided delegates through the steps needed to protect their clients’ business.

Sir Peter Kendall from the AHDB joined us as our Keynote Speaker to take a closer look at how the decision to leave the EU will impact on agriculture, exports and the wider industry.  Further sessions explored the electronic communications code and the digital economy with reference to compulsory purchase, valuation impacts and compensation implications. Additional sessions provided timely information and crucial updates on taxation matters, agritech, planning, new markets for land and nature plus many more.

RICS also launched the Insight Paper “Value of natural capital – the need for chartered surveyors” at the event. 

A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

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2017 programme

08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group

09:05 Agriculture and Brexit – challenges and opportunities
• Current outlook
• Alternatives to CAP after 2020?
• Impact of change on the agriculture sector, exports and the industry in general
Sir Peter Kendall, Chairman, AHDB

09:25 Q&A

09:35 New markets for land and nature
• Planning for ecosystem services
• Natural Infrastructure Schemes – new model for better land use?
• Delivering new income streams into farming
Angela Francis, Senior Economist, Green Alliance
Charles Cowap, Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University
Mari Sibley, Principal Surveyor, Natural Resources Wales

10:15 Q&A

10:25 Diversity and inclusion in the rural profession
Lucile Kamar, Equalities Manager, RICS

10:35 Q&A

10:40 Networking refreshment break

11:10 Accounting and taxation update
• Rural property taxation
• Tax efficient structures for rural businesses
Liz Brierley, Partner, Saffery Champness

11:40 Q&A

11:50 Is the planning system delivering growth?
• Key issues in rural planning
• Residential housing needs – are they being met?
• Business growth and diversification – is it being facilitated?
• What can be done better?
Fenella Collins, Head of Planning, CLA

12:20 Q&A

12:30 Lunch

13:40 Agritech: opportunities for farming and land management
• Monitoring growth
• Optimising quality and yields
• Case studies
Liz Bowels, Head of Farming, Soil Association. Liz will also be joined by a farmer.
Charles Hunter Smart, Bradwell Grover Farms
Adrian Hares, Coordinator of Wilts Soil & Root Innovators Group

14:10 Q&A

14:20 Addressing the perceived failings of short-term land occupation
• Exploring the negative impacts of short-termism
• Ensuring collaborative structures for longer terms strategies
Robert Moore, Rural Practice Surveyor, George F. White and Nuffield Farming Scholar

14:50 Q&A 

15:00 RICS International Standards
• Building on our reputation as the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction
• Why is this important to members? 
• A summary of work undertaken to produce an international suite of standards 
James Kavanagh, Global Standards Director, RICS

15:30 Q&A

15:40 Telecommunications and the Digital Economy Bill – impact on the telecommunications sector
• Reform of the Electronic Communication Code
• Compulsory purchase
• Valuation impacts and compensation implications of the new code
Michael Watson, Partner, Head of Property Litigation, Shulmans

16:10 Q&A

16:20 Chair’s closing remarks
Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group

Price incl. VAT

N/A for RICS members

N/A for non-members


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