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Hexham Mart’s New Consultant Carol Makes Sure the CAP Fits!

Hexham and Northern Rural, the professional chartered surveying and land agency division of Hexham and Northern Marts, has appointed Carol Johnson as its agricultural consultant who will help and advise farmers with impending CAP reform using her expertise.

Carol joins HNR in a newly created role to help farmers and landowners across the north of England in the run up to changes in the Single Farm Payment.

Carol Johnson left, and Gillian Pattinson

Carol Johnson left, and Gillian Pattinson

With more than nine years’ experience as an agricultural consultant in the region, her key specialisms include CAP reform, rural subsidies and grants, cross compliance, appeals processes, agricultural legislation and regulation.

Carol, who grew up on the family farm at Appleby in Cumbria, said: “It is a very challenging time in agriculture to be joining the team at Hexham. I will be bringing my knowledge and experience to an already well respected group of advisers linked with such an established enterprise as Hexham Mart.

“It is a challenging time for agriculture with CAP reform posing complex, and often awkward, questions for clients. It is vital that HNR can provide the best possible advice and give clients the confidence to maximise each opportunity.”

Hexham and Northern Marts’ managing director Robert Addison said: “Carol’s specialist skills further enhance the centre’s team and complement the established expertise in HNR.”

Carol will be working alongside qualified chartered surveyor Gillian Pattinson at HNR as well as the rest of the auctioneering team at Hexham.

She will be providing advice and support across Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham and North Yorkshire on all areas of agricultural legislation and regulation - including cross compliance, cattle and sheep records and RPA inspections.

Carol’s father David Johnson farms at Castle Bank Farm, Appleby, and she attended Appleby Grammar School, where she was head girl. She was a member of Eden Valley Young Farmers Club for a decade holding the offices of both secretary and chairman.

She studied Geography at the University of Newcastle and after graduating she spent 18 months working for the Rural Payments Agency Inspectorate where she inspected land, animals and records for subsidy and cross compliance purposes.

She began her career as an agricultural consultant with Lines Mitchell in Gosforth in 2005 and, using her knowledge and experience of subsidy schemes and her own farming background, she provided legislative advice to clients.

This advice covered a wide range of issues from subsidy and grant advice to the less common area of wildlife licences and mock cross compliance inspections.

Her skills secured her the runner up place in the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants’ Young Consultant of the Year award in 2011.

The Johnson family is entrenched in northern livestock farming with Carol’s brother Paul farming at Herdship Farm, Harwood in Teesdale and her sister Sarah Johnson is a vet at Pendragon Vets, Kirkby Stephen.

Outside work, Carol enjoys the outdoors - cycling, walking and playing football.

“We’re looking to expand our client base at Hexham and it is great that Carol has joined us when so many changes are taking place - many of them in the detail - which will affect farmers and landowners. This is a new direction for us,” said Gillian Pattinson, whose parents John and Pamela and her brother Jonjo farm at Hotbank Farm on Hadrian’s Wall near Bardon Mill.

Further enhancing HNR’s position is that the mart site at Tyne Green provides a ‘one stop shop’ for farmers with regular livestock sales on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Hexham and Northern rural

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