The new appointments are as follows:

  • David Hurst joins as a Senior Associate and head of the Morpeth office, specialising in agricultural consultancy and land management;
  • Simon Beeby joins as a Director.  His areas of expertise are rural business services, planning and development;
  • Alistair Cochrane, appointed as a Director, responsible for rural management and professional services;
  • James McDonald - Senior Associate, involved in all aspects of rural consultancy and estate management services;
  • Will Blair - rural surveyor;
  • Gill Elliott - personal assistant;
  • Joanne Waddington - personal assistant.


Martin Cassels, CEO of Galbraith, said: “I am delighted to welcome the new rural team to Galbraith as we continue to grow. Their combined expertise and experience will prove of great value to our clients in the North East of England. These new appointments enable us to move forward with the strategic development of our rural business in the North East, strengthen links with our Scottish Borders teams, and offer a more integrated service to clients.  We couldn’t wish for a better start to the year.”

David Hurst, who leads the Galbraith rural team in Morpeth, said: “This is an exciting new opportunity to join Galbraith and build on the firm’s excellent reputation in Northumberland.  Galbraith has doubled its headcount since 2003 and is one of the last remaining UK property consultancies which is entirely independent. I look forward to working with the team to deliver an outstanding service to clients.”

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Galbraith is the leading rural consultancy in Scotland and the North of England managing farm, forestry and woodland, land and estate interests on over 3.5 million acres.