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Lizzie brings the prestigious Alastair Turnbull award home

Wed 11 March 2020

Local farmer’s daughter and graduate surveyor at youngsRPS Sedgefield, Lizzie Hall, has been awarded the Alastair Turnbull Award for achieving the highest mark across the northern region in the recent Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) exams.

The prize was awarded at the Northumbria and Cumbria CAAV AGM on Thursday 3rd March. The exams, which took place in November 2019, involve two days of practical, written, and oral assessments. The tests are renowned for being extremely challenging, with an average pass rate of around only 50 per cent; giving clients the peace of mind that when instructing a Fellow of the CAAV, they are instructing a competent and skilled agent, no matter the circumstance.

The award was founded by the Father of Chairman, John Turnbull. Explaining the history of the award, John said: “My Father, Alastair, commissioned the sculpture from an artist based in Spennymoor in around 1995. He wanted to encourage the younger members of the association to exceed their own expectations. The first recipient of the award was our very own Kate Russell, who has gone on to become part of Jeremy Moody’s secretariat at the CAAV headquarters.”

Commenting on Lizzie’s achievement, John went on to say: “Lizzie has worked incredibly hard towards her CAAV exams; they are notoriously challenging, therefore, to not only have passed, but to have achieved the highest grade in the branch is a phenomenal achievement! It is an absolute delight and honour to be able to present my Father’s award to a member of our own team.” 

Lizzie, who grew up near Thorpe Thewles, Stockton, graduated from Harper Adams University in 2019 with a Masters in Rural Estate and Land Management whilst working full time at youngsRPS and helping on the family farm. She is currently working towards her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and will sit the exam this year which if successful will make her a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 

When asked about receiving the award, Lizzie said: “As well as a nice surprise, I am really proud to have received the Alastair Turnbull Award and bring it back home to YoungsRPS. The exams were very challenging; however, my colleagues have been fantastic in tutoring and testing me in the run up. Now I have to turn my focus to attaining my RICS qualification, for which the team at youngsRPS continue to provide me with first class training and support!”