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2016/17 CAAV Presidential Team

From left to right - Geoff Coster (Junior Vice-President), Nick Millard (President), James Dick (Vice-President)

Nick Millard MRICS FAAV REV - CAAV President 

Nick started his professional career in a west country market practice and joined Bruton Knowles in 1989, where he became Chairman of partners in 2005. Having spent much of his career in BK in estate management latterly he concentrated on strategic property advice, particularly for clients in the public sector.

He retired from the Bruton Knowles partnership in 2014 to embark on a 'portfolio' career taking up a part-time role at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading and joining the long-established partnership of Michelmore Hughes in Totnes.

Away from Michelmore Hughes, Nick is a member and former chairman of the CAAV Valuation, Compensation and Taxation Committee and a former delegate to TEGoVA. He has been a member of the RICS Tax Policy Panel and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Plymouth. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Exeter where he has worked with the Centre for Rural Policy Research (now the Land Environment Economics and Policy Institute). He has contributed to research for Defra, the devolved administrations and Government agencies on a variety of land tenure and rural economy issues.

He lives in a pub in Somerset; sadly closed in 1963.

James Dick BSc(Hons) DipFBOM MRICS FAAV ACIArb CEnv REV - CAAV Senior Vice-President

James was born and brought up in Ayrshire in the south-west of Scotland and comes from a non-farming background, father being a dentist and mother a teacher. His interest in rural matters stemmed from his mother forcing him to have a summer job, working on a local farm, which led him to studying agriculture at Aberdeen University, followed by a Diploma in Farm Business Organisation and Management at the then North of Scotland College of Agriculture. A chance conversation at a farm on which he was working gave him an interest in thinking beyond farm management and towards the Land Agency and Valuation profession.

Given training in an office in Ayr, after qualifying he worked for the RSPB in Bedfordshire for some five years, where he was introduced to the CAAV with the assistance of former CAAV President, Michael Alexander. He was made a Fellow of the Association in 1994, by which time he had returned to Scotland, to Aberdeen, working for Hayes McCubbin Macfarlane, a firm of agricultural consultants and land agents, where he carried out a wide variety of jobs.

He set up his own business in late 2000, just before the Foot and Mouth crisis, and has been running it ever since, taking on a broad range of work including financial projections, landlord/tenant issues, compulsory purchase and utility negotiations, whilst encountering valuations of many descriptions and difficulties.

At the time of his election to CAAV Junior Vice-President, he was President of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association (SAAVA), Convenor of the CAAV Valuation, Compensation and Taxation Committee, and a member of the CAAV Executive Committee. He was also the Chief Examiner for the CAAV examinations in Scotland at the point when they were set up in 2012.

He is an intermittent bird watcher and indifferent golfer, or vice versa.

Geoff Coster BSc MRICS FAAV - CAAV Junior Vice-President

Geoff studied at Aberystwyth University and graduated with a BSc in Agriculture in 1982. In 1983, he became a cadet valuer with the Valuation Office at their Shrewsbury office and remains located there to this day.

Qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1998 and a Fellow of this Association in 1994, he has undertaken a wide range of complex rural valuation casework including compensation arising from road schemes in Shropshire, Cheshire and the M6 toll in Staffordshire.

For the last twelve years he has been part of the VOA head office team, providing technical advice to the national network on agricultural valuations and is responsible for Inheritance Tax Agricultural Property Relief and Capital Gains Tax private residence relief cases.

His role also involves providing advice throughout the UK to an extensive range of public bodies, including Historic England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Natural England, DEFRA, Wildlife Trusts, MOD, Land Registry and local authorities.

In addition to being a past Chairman of Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Local Association, he has been a practical examiner for the West Midlands and Wales group since the last century, a CAAV Council delegate since 2003 and is a long-standing member of the CAAV Valuation, Compensation and Taxation Committee. Within VOA he runs a training programme for valuers studying for the CAAV examinations.

His hobbies include cycling, gardening and running errands connected to his wife's many pet cats.

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