Who we are

WebbPaton of Royal Wootton Bassett near Swindon in Wiltshire are land agents, rural and agricultural valuers, renewable energy specialists, farm waste collectors and development land consultants who specialise in helping the rural and farming sector of landowners, farmers and tenants.

WebbPaton was established by Mark Webb and George Paton in 1999. Today WebbPaton acts for clients who are farmers, landowners, landlords, tenants, developers, individuals, investors, utilities, local authorities, financial institutions, banks, renewable energy projects, energy farms and equestrian enterprises throughout Wiltshire, Swindon, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire and the rest of the country.

In 2006 WebbPaton launched WebbPaton XS (renamed FarmXS in 2009) which operates a service throughout the United Kingdom collecting farm waste and plastic.


MARK WEBB FRICS FAAV REV grew up on his parents’ dairy and beef farm at Cricklade and was educated at Ingleside School and Rendcomb College, Cirencester before going to the Royal Agricultural College. He spent 2 years with ADAS before returning to North Wiltshire in 1985 to work for Loveday and Loveday.

Mark deals with a range of matters including valuations, landlord and tenant issues, farm and land sales, agricultural planning appraisals and mortgage funding for farmers. He also runs Farm XS Ltd, the firm’s diversification collecting waste plastic for recycling from farmers in England and the Welsh border.

Mark is an AMC agent and valuer, and sat on the RPA’s Milk Quota Experts Group from its inception in 1995 to 2015. He is also heavily involved in our professional body, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, having served as national President in 2010 and the local branch Chairman.  He received an award in 2016 from the CAAV for his work on its behalf over many years.

In his spare time he enjoys cricket, travelling, skiing and walking his whippets Roddy and Buddy.

Contact Mark on mark@webbpaton.co.uk.


GEORGE PATON MRICS FAAV FBIAC is the son of a North Buckinghamshire arable and dairy farming family. He was educated at Great Houghton Prep School, Northampton and Wellingborough School before going to the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

He has worked with Mark since 1992 when he joined Loveday and Loveday as Mark’s assistant. He specialises in advising Clients on the promotion and disposal of residential development land.

Today, George acts for farmers, builders, and city institutions in this field.

George has also built up WebbPaton’s Single/Basic Payment entitlement transfer department which is one of the UK’s leading traders of entitlements. Alongside this he is a land agent who deals with compulsory purchase and compensation claims, diversification projects, energy farms, farm tenancies, contract farming arrangements, farm management, the letting of business units for offices, workshops and storage, diversification to maximise income, and rural property taxation matters.

In the energy sector George has been involved with the building of 4 solar farm developments in Wiltshire which occupy 130 acres of land.

In his free time George has now worked at two Olympic Games in the Media Centre, and also enjoys playing and watching cricket. He is married with two children.

Contact George on george@webbpaton.co.uk.

Cathy Hancock-Angell BSc (Hons) MRICS MBIAC

CATHY HANCOCK-ANGELL BSc (Hons) PGDipSurv MRICS MBIAC is the daughter of a Lyneham-based businessman. She was educated at Lyneham Primary School and Wootton Bassett Comprehensive School before going to University of Wales Aberystwyth where she read Agriculture and Land Management.  She then completed a course at the College of Estate Management, Reading.

Cathy spent a year milking cows locally before joining WebbPaton in 2006. Cathy acts for farming clients specialising in environmental grant applications including Countryside Stewardship Scheme, Entry Level Stewardship and Higher Level Stewardship. She carries out property valuations, tenancy arrangements, assured shorthold tenancies for houses and cottages and equestrian related work.

In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, walking her dog Willow, pilates, and caring for her young son.

Contact Cathy on cathy@webbpaton.co.uk

Gemma Drewett BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

GEMMA DREWETT BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV grew up on an arable and sheep farm at Guiting Power (North Cotswolds) and was educated at St Edward’s School, Cheltenham before going to Reading University. Gemma studied Land Management at Reading, before returning to the Cotswolds, where she completed her training to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

She then moved to the Tenant Farmers Association and worked as an Agricultural Policy Adviser, advising members on all aspects of tenancy law and agricultural policy.

Gemma moved to Wiltshire in 2010 and joined WebbPaton in April 2011. Gemma carries out property valuations, advises on and prepares residential and agricultural tenancies, negotiates land compensation claims and specialises in Environmental and Countryside Stewardship matters, and agricultural tenancy law.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking and trips to Westonbirt with Teddy the Dachshund and her young son.

Contact Gemma on gemma@webbpaton.co.uk.

Libby Barron BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

LIBBY BARRON BSc (Hons) was born and brought up in Colchester, North Essex where her family own a small arable farm. She completed her A Levels at Colchester Sixth Form College and in 2011 Libby moved to Cirencester to study Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University. After graduating from Cirencester, Libby joined WebbPaton as a graduate surveyor in September 2014 and qualified in 2016.

Outside of work Libby enjoys shooting and is accompanied most places by Digby, her black Labrador.

Contact Libby on libby@webbpaton.co.uk.

Harriet Ruffle BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

HARRIET RUFFLE BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV was brought up on an arable farm in Suffolk and was educated at Ipswich High School before completing a degree in Rural Land Management at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.  Harriet began her rural surveying career working in Oxford, and then returned home to Suffolk where she qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers with a local firm.  Harriet spent a year at the Tenant Farmers Association before joining WebbPaton in December 2014.

Contact Harriet on harriet@webbpaton.co.uk.

Becky Meredith BSc (Hons)

BECKY MEREDITH grew up on a dairy farm near Royal Wootton Bassett. Becky completed her degree course in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University, having spent her placement year at WebbPaton, and she is now a full time member of the team working as a graduate surveyor. She will be working towards her Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors exams and CAAV exams in the autumn of 2017.

Becky has been an active member of Purton and Cricklade Young Farmers for many years where she gets involved with competitions at county and regional level alongside social events and fundraising.

Contact Becky on becky@webbpaton.co.uk.

Susan Elmes

SUSAN ELMES is the daughter of a chartered architect, she was educated in Kent and worked in London before starting her family, two sons and a daughter, Catherine.  She moved to Wiltshire in 1986  to begin a family dairy farming business and pedigree Holstein ‘Swallowdale’ herd which occupied her for 25 years.  Susan has worked for Mark and George since 1998, and deals with Basic Payment entitlement trading, as well as being George Paton’s personal assistant.

In her spare time Susan enjoys gardening, reading, travelling and walking her young dog, Freddie.

Contact Susan on susan@webbpaton.co.uk.

Catherine Elmes BSc (Hons) CIWM

CATHERINE ELMES BSc (Hons) CIWM is the manager of FarmXS Ltd, our farm waste and farm plastic recycling collection service. Catherine was born in Kent and is the daughter of a Wiltshire dairy farmer.  She studied at Lackham College before graduating from the University of West of England with a degree in Animal Science in 2003, and has worked for Farm XS and WebbPaton for over 10 years.

She is well known in the Holstein show ring working with ‘Swallowdale’ and her own ‘Crystal’ animals. 

Contact Catherine on catherine@farmxs.com.

Mark Webb


George Paton


Cathy Hancock-Angell


Gemma Drewett

Gemma Bumford

Libby Barron


Harriet Ruffle


Becky Meredith