A FORMER Queen Elizabeth High School pupil is celebrating after passing CAAV membership exams.

H&H Land & Estates chartered surveyor Katie Proctor had been tirelessly preparing for the two-day exam.

The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) is a specialist professional body representing, qualifying and briefing almost 3,000 members practising in a diverse range of agricultural and rural work throughout the UK.

By passing the association’s annual, written, practical and oral exams, Katie is now qualified for Fellowship of the CAAV, entitling her to use the letters FAAV after her name.

Fellow staff member graduate surveyor Leanne Graves also passed.

“It’s such a relief to have achieved the pass I have been working towards", said Katie. " I’ve learnt a lot through preparing and revising for the examination and I am now looking forward to being able to put my new knowledge into practice with confidence.

“I would like to thank all my H&H colleagues for all their support, we couldn’t have done it without them!”

Director and chartered surveyor for H&H Land & Estates Thomas Armstrong is delighted with the news. He said: “It’s great to see members of our team striving to improve.

"These professional exams are enormously challenging, and a lot of hard work goes in to seeing these great results. We are proud at H&H to be able to support any of our staff who are willing to put in the time.

“With Leanne and Katie now having the FAAV mark, we hope it will give our clients extra reassurance in knowing H&H Land & Estates are employing the best ilk of character and are continuously looking to improve and update our knowledge base.”

The company is one of the largest, independent, rural property advisors in the north and offers a range of professional advice and services including farm business advice, land management and development and land agency.