David Brooks elected National President of CAAV

David Brooks, founding Partner in Brooks Leney has been elected National President of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

CAAV members practise throughout England, Wales and Scotland, providing professional advice and valuation expertise on issues affecting the countryside and to current or prospective owner occupiers; tenants and landlords; public authorities; lenders; farmers; estate owners; and conservation bodies. While many CAAV members belong to other professional bodies it is their CAAV membership that confirms their specialism in advising upon all agricultural and rural property related matters.

“This is a tremendous honour for me and for Brooks Leney because CAAV plays such an important, but often unseen, role in UK rural life and has an influential consultation role in shaping government strategy” explains David, who will hold the post for a year.

“With Brexit on the horizon, there are going to be huge challenges and opportunities for farmers and landowners, and CAAV members are going to be central to providing first class advice to those clients.”

David has worked as a land agent and agricultural valuer in East Anglia since the 1980’s, including roles in local authority, as well as a Partner of regional land agency firms. He founded Brooks Leney in 2017 with Chris Leney and continues to act for landowners and farmers throughout the region. 

David is a past President of both the Essex Agricultural Valuers Association and Suffolk Association of Agricultural Valuers, and long-standing CAAV Council representative.

In the course of a wide range of work throughout Eastern England, David specialises in rural property sales and purchases, valuations, landlord and tenant work as well as succession planning and tax advice.

David takes an active role in the Tendring Hundred Farmers Club, being Show Director of the Tendring Show, one of Essex’s main agricultural shows.

David is looking forward to his year as President and to hosting the CAAV National AGM and Conference in Essex in June 2020.