Savills invests in future of rural teams with series of promotions throughout the region

SAVILLS has invested in the future of its rural teams with a series of promotions in the Three Counties region.

In Rural Agency, Phillip Hoare, who is based in Banbury, has been made director.

In Rural Management, William Benbow has become a director, Nick Pain has been promoted to associate director, and Victoria Pouncey, Holly Smith and Will Tidy have become associates.

All are based in Oxford except Will Tidy, who sits in the Cirencester office.

James Jones, who works in the Rural Professional team in Cheltenham, has been made associate.

Phillip has worked for Savills since 2003 and runs the rural department in Banbury.

He specialises in the sale and acquisition of land, farms and estates, including strategic land and equestrian properties.

He also oversees the management of a number of farms and rural properties.

William Benbow is from a farming background in Shropshire.

He manages and advises on rural property on behalf of private and institutional landowners, with specific expertise in strategic land.

Nick Pain has been with Savills for over six years.

He covers a range of estate management and professional services.

Originally from a farming background in Devon, Victoria Pouncey now lives in Oxfordshire and is involved with all aspects of rural estate management, while also undertaking professional consultancy work.

She has worked for Savills for five years.

Holly Smith qualified as a chartered surveyor and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2016.

Her primary role is to advise on the management of rural estates in Oxfordshire and the adjoining counties.

Will Tidy joined Savills as a graduate in 2014.

Originally based in Oxford, he now works for the rural management division in Cirencester, and carries out estate management work across Gloucestershire and into Herefordshire.

James Jones also began his career with Savills.

A member of the RICS and a registered valuer, he specialises in the valuation of rural property, including probate, tax, secured lending and asset transfers, and is involved in expert witness work.

He is based in Cheltenham.

Richard Binning, head of rural for Savills in the central region, said: “I want to extend my congratulations to all seven of these individuals, whose hard work and dedication makes these promotions very well deserved.

“They have consistently delivered an exceptional performance and contributed to both the success of their teams and their wider offices.”