James O’Brien, a consultant with the Spalding office of property and business consultants Brown & Co, has been appointed president of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).
James took over the role at the CAAV’s recent annual general meeting.
James says he is looking forward to his year in office in what he believes to be exciting times, with the CAAV currently enjoying a record membership of around 2,500.
He said: “When the call came to join the presidential team two years ago, it was a complete surprise. I’ve very much enjoyed my time as junior vice-president and vice-president and feel very proud to become president. I’m honoured and privileged.
“It promises to be a very interesting year with CAP Reform very much on the agenda.”
James first came to the area in 1986, joining White & Kingston, which then merged with William H Brown. He became a partner of Brown & Co when it was founded in 1993.