After joining the firm I quickly realised that I had made the right choice, in that I was carrying out a broad range of work within the rural sector, gaining the valuable experience necessary to complete my APC. The firm was flexible in terms of varying my work to cover different areas, to ensure I met the standard in all of my APC competencies.

After becoming both a member of the RICS and a Fellow of the CAAV after two years, I had regular discussions with my managing partner regarding my development, and the areas of rural surveying I was keen to continue with and develop. This allowed me to effectively mould my own career in the areas that I enjoyed, something that was invaluable in achieving a high level of career satisfaction.

I was encouraged to continue my professional development through additional training and was keen to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in order to gain a basic understanding of law and dispute resolution. The confidence I have gained through this training I find now assists me in every aspect of my work. In 2014, I became a member of the Chartered Institute.

The firm ensured regular meetings to discuss the areas I wanted to continue to develop throughout my career, and as a result I flourished in this environment, rapidly becoming an associate and subsequently a partner in the firm.

The wide range of rural practice work the firm is involved with enabled me to quickly display my strengths, and I found that these were encouraged to grow.

I was given additional responsibility as my experience grew, and a high level of client responsibility from the outset.

Having moulded my own experience and career with the firm, the varied and diverse experience I had, provided an excellent platform from which to take the next step in my career. My five years with Townsend Chartered Surveyors provided me with great job satisfaction and a very wide range of experience.

Ashley Taylor joined the Land Stewards at the Duchy of Cornwall.

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor