Your Team

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    Mike Taylor BSc(Hons,) FRICS, FAAV, FNAEA

    Senior Partner
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Mike is Senior Partner of Barbers Rural Consultancy.  He has extensive knowledge and over 30 years experience in a wide range of rural issues and specialises in agricultural law and valuations, together with the sale of farms, land and country properties. He is an experienced Expert Witness.

    Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents, a member of the RICS Rural Board and a panel valuer for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation in addition to other national lending institutions. Mike is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

    The son of a Shropshire farmer, Mike is married to Louise, with whom he manages the business, and they have two sons.  A keen sportsman, Mike enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and fieldsports and loves nothing more than spending time with his family.

    Mike’s claim to fame: Whilst at school Mike ‘starred’ in a film alongside Billy Connolly and Richard Burton.

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    Louise Taylor MA, MSc, Dip HRD, RICS Accredited Evaluative Mediator

    Managing Partner
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Louise is Managing Partner of Barbers Rural Consultancy.  Her areas of expertise are Business Management, Marketing, Human Resources and Strategic Business Development.  An experienced facilitator, Louise specialises in Succession Planning for farming families nationwide.

    Louise has a Master of Arts in Humans Resources Management and a Master of Science in Rural Estate and Land Management from Harper Adams University.  She is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association and speaks extensively at national conferences about her facilitative approach to Succession Planning.

    The daughter of an agricultural merchant, Louise is Shropshire born and bred.  Married to Mike, with whom she manages the business, Louise is a keen sportswoman enjoying tennis and snow-skiing and on a daily basis derives great pleasure from training her young gun dogs, Teddy and Ginny.  Rather more sedately Louise is a keen cook and experienced knitter - she is never happier than when cooking for her family.

    Louise is also Managing Director of Taylor Millbrook Ltd which specialises in Business Development, Cultural Change and Succession Planning.  She has qualified as an Evaluative Mediator with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and uses these skills to facilitate a wide variety of 'difficult conversations' and for dispute resolution issues.

    Louise’s claim to fame:  Louise once travelled non-stop on a bus from San Francisco to New York – she hasn’t been on a bus since!

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    Bob Oakes FRICS, FAAV

    Consultant
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Bob is a Consultant with Barbers Rural Consultancy.  He specialises in all spheres of agricultural law, valuations, compensation, arbitration, planning and all aspects of property sales. 

    Bob is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and was a Member of the Lord Chancellor’s Panel of Agricultural Arbitrators between 1982 and 2008.  He is also panel valuer for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, in addition to other national lending institutions.

    Originating from Gloucestershire, Bob was educated at Bedford School and the Royal Agricultural College before moving to Shropshire in 1971.  He derives great pleasure from his family, wife Diana, children Hannah, Jessica and Tom and six grandchildren.  He is a keen golfer and enjoys a variety of country pursuits including visiting National Trust properties.

    Bob’s claim to fame:  Bob was a 3lb baby (this might be hard to believe for anyone who knows him).

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    Daniel Bowden BSc(Hons), MRICS, FAAV

    Partner
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Dan is a Partner with Barbers Rural Consultancy.  He undertakes all aspects of rural professional work including valuations, compensation claims, planning and development and specialises in grants, subsidies and stewardship schemes.

    Dan is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.  

    A local lad, Dan originates from Malpas and graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc (Hons) in Rural Estate and Land Management.  He has worked alongside Mike and Bob for over eight years.

    Dan enjoys both participating in and spectating numerous sports including hockey, golf, football, cricket and rugby.  Dan has a young family who keep him extremely busy when he is not working or sporting!

    Dan’s claim to fame:  Dan is considered to be abnormally tall and could claim an NHS allowance for clothes.

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    Annabel Fearnall MNAEA

    Partner
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Annabel is a Partner with Barbers Rural Consultancy LLP and heads up the Property Sales division of the firm.  Responsible for all aspects of rural property sales from initial market valuation to completion of sale, Annabel is highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced in the varied, and often complex, facets of rural property sales.  She has an inherent understanding of the stress which can accompany selling and buying property and with a cool, calm and collected demeanour she is an extremely safe pair of hands.

    Annabel is a Member of the National Association of Estate Agents and holds the NAEA Technical Award.

    Born and bred in Shropshire, although educated in Yorkshire, Annabel married into a Shropshire farming family and has a wide knowledge of the local area.  She is a keen horsewoman and enjoys skiing, walking and deer stalking but her pride and joy are Freddie aged 7 and Hattie aged 5 who are a total delight!

    Annabel’s claim to fame:  Annabel holds an HGV licence, even if it did take a total of five attempts to pass the test. However more recently she suprised all who know her by passing her trailer test first time!

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    Harriet Jones BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management

    Assistant Surveyor
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Harriet has recently graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management from Harper Adams University.  She did her placement year with Barbers Rural and is delighted to be back with the team working towards her RICS APC and CAAV qualifications.

    Shropshire born and bred Harriet lives in a small hamlet outside Market Drayton in a house which our sales team sold to her family!  She was educated at Ellesmere College on a tennis scholarship and spent her 6th form years at Adams Grammar School in Newport.  She is a sporting pocket-rocket playing tennis, netball and participating in charity runs.  In her spare time she enjoys going to Young Farmers events, eating out and spending time with her twin sister, Olivia.

    Harriet’s claim to fame:  Harriet participated in Junior Wimbledon with her twin sister and represented the English tennis team in France in 2012.

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    Hannah Titterton

    Office Manager
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Hannah joined Barbers Rural in November 2017 to take on the role of office manager. Her challenge is to keep control of all office administration as well as assisting Mike, Dan, Bob and Jonty with all their paperwork and Louise and Annabel with sales calls.

    She was previously area coordinator for National Milk Records and as a result is well known by many dairy farmers in the area.

    When Hannah isn't working she is outside either training for a 5k run or working her young gun dog Tweed who is showing great promise.

    Hannah's claim to fame: In 2017 she lost 6 stone in weight.

     

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    Jonty Cliffe MRICS

    Rural Chartered Surveyor
    Tele:
    01630 692500

    Jonty is a Rural Chartered Surveyor and is the newest member of the Barbers Rural team.  He undertakes all aspects of rural professional work including valuations, compensation claims, landlord and tenant matters along with grants, subsidies and stewardship schemes.

    Already fully qualified with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Jonty is now working towards his qualification as a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.  Jonty is a talented livestock auctioneer and also works for Barbers Auctions (Market Drayton Market Ltd).

    Jonty is a farmers son from Nantwich in Cheshire and graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc (Hons) in Rural Estate and Land Mangement.

    Outside of work Jonty is an active member of Cheshire Young Farmers Clubs and is currently Vice County Chairman, taking over the reins as County Chairman in February 2020.  He also enjoys both participating in and spectating football in his spare time, being an avid Crewe Alexander fan.

    Jonty's claim to fame: Jonty won the Farmers Guardian New Auctioneer of the Year award in 2018.