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Graduate surveyors are recruited

A Shropshire-based independent firm of estate agents, chartered surveyors, auctioneers and valuers has strengthened two of its divisions by recruiting graduate surveyors.

Kate Oakes and Ellie Studley have joined the growing Rural Professional and Commercial teams respectively at Halls’ headquarters in Shrewsbury. 

Kate (22), from Penkridge, joins the team led by Louise Preece, Halls’ associate director and head of Rural Professional Services, while Ellie (21), from Malpas, joins James Evans, head of Halls Commercial and his team.

Halls’ managing director Jon Quinn said: “We are delighted to welcome two more talented young graduates to our company and look forward to Kate and Ellie contributing to the continued success and growth of the business.

“It’s imperative that Halls continues to recruit the most talented young people, so that we have the perfect blend of experience and youth to drive the company forwards to take advantage of new business opportunities.”

Kate won two awards as she graduated with first class honours in Rural Enterprise and Land Management from Harper Adams University.

Her parents run a 25-acre smallholding where they keep beef calves and specialise in breeding standard bred horses for harness racing. A keen horse rider herself, Kate also owns a small flock of award-winning Poll Dorset sheep which she shows and was reserve champion at Minsterley Show this summer.

She is the new secretary of Chase YFC and is looking forward to helping Halls to secure new business in Staffordshire whilst also supporting the company’s existing clients.

Ellie, a Real Estate graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, is also a keen horse rider, owning three horses and having previous experience as a British eventer.

Coming from a dairy and beef farming background, she is excited about the new challenge of working in the expanding Halls Commercial team which has clients across the UK, but specifically across Shropshire, the Midlands and Wales.

Mr Quinn, who became managing director in August, 2022, is keen to marry the company’s rich heritage with new technologies and principles to secure new opportunities for the business, supported by a skilled, dedicated and multi-disciplined workforce.

Pictured: Halls’ new graduate surveyors Kate Oakes (left) and Ellie Studley