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.
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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 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 teenage children and a spaniel.
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LIBBY BARRON BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV is originally from North Essex from a farming background and was educated at Colchester Sixth Form College before completing a degree in Rural Land Management at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. After graduating from Cirencester in 2014, Libby joined WebbPaton as a graduate surveyor and subsequently qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and as a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2016.
In her spare time, Libby enjoys shooting and travelling and is owner of the office labrador, Digby.
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HARRIET RIGGALL 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.
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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. Becky passed her Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors exams and CAAV exams with flying colours in the autumn of 2017, and she specialises in Basic Payment claims, Countryside Stewardship claims including the new Hedgerow & Boundaries Grant, and rural property valuations.
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.
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GEORGE KING was brought up on a domestic livestock farm in Leicestershire. He was educated at Oundle School before completing his BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Land Management at The Royal Agricultural University in 2016. Following his graduation from the RAU, George pursued a career in Land Management at Carter Jonas for a year before joining WebbPaton in 2017 as a Graduate Agricultural Valuer. George will be working towards taking his CAAV exams and Royal Institution of Rural Surveyors exam in the autumn of 2018.
In his spare time, George enjoys skiing, shooting, playing tennis and partaking in Tough Mudder events.
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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 around 17 years.
In her spare time Catherine is busy raising her daughter Sky, she also lends a hand on her father’s dairy farm and is well known in the show ring exhibiting ‘Swallowdale’ and her own ‘Crystal’ Holstein dairy cattle.
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SUSAN ELMES is the daughter of a chartered architect. She was educated in Kent and worked as a secretary in London before starting her family, two sons and a daughter, Catherine. She moved with her family to Wiltshire in 1986 to begin a family dairy farming business establishing the pedigree Holstein ‘Swallowdale’ herd which occupied much of her time for 25 years. Susan has worked for Mark and George since 1998, and carries out Basic Payment entitlement trading, office management as well as being George Paton’s personal assistant.
In her spare time Susan enjoys gardening, singing in Rock Choir, cruising and walking her dog, Freddie.
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