Long standing property professional Charles Clark MRICS FAAV has been selected to head up Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Outgoing Chairman, Tony Overhill said: “I am delighted to hand the baton to my successor, Charles Clark who will lead with an intellect and wit that many of us can only aspire to. Charles will be a fine Chairman and I know that he will enjoy the role as much as I have.

“In the forthcoming months we will see change and pressures – never before have we seen Brexit or a Donald Trump, as well as domestic legislation that will impact on our business. We should view these challenges with excitement not fear as every challenge will also bring opportunity. GTH is a well-structured, secure and diversified business and it is very much our intention to continue investing and evolving the business as opportunities arise.”

Charles, who is based at the firm’s Chard office, is a seventh generation valuer and auctioneer with strong West Country roots.

Following a degree in rural land economy at Cambridge University he qualified with Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury before joining GTH in 1984.

He specialises in all aspects of rural valuation work including  acting as a Single Joint Expert in many matrimonial and other professional valuations, also handling landlord - tenant issues in  particular.

He is one of the firm's principal property auctioneers and also auctions livestock weekly at Sedgemoor Auction Centre.

Charles Clark added that the firm approached 2017 with reasonable confidence following a strong end to 2016.

“No commentators expect 2017 to be an easy year as there is still so much uncertainty affecting almost all asset and commodity markets. Nonetheless, and despite signs that inflation is beginning to increase, it looks as though a low interest rate policy will prevail for most of  the year which should give confidence to home buyers and investors.

“The dairy industry is showing signs of recovery which bodes well for agriculture as a whole at least in the immediate future. House prices have been pretty stable in our area for the last few years and there  emains a good demand for sensibly priced property, particularly below £500,000, which, after all, is a market in which most people operate.

“Unemployment is, thankfully, below the national average in our region and businesses have generally tightened their belts and shown  good resilience. It looks as though the South West will have its share  of new house building over the next few years which is inevitable given  that we are fortunate enough to live in an area that people wish to move to rather than away from. Greenslade Taylor Hunt has for many years worked closely with landowners and developers and our well established Planning and New Homes Department is consequently continuing to expand from its new offices in Taunton.

“As Chairman I particularly look forward to having the opportunity to promote the firm with clients old and new and build relations with many excellent professional firms that serve Somerset, Devon and Dorset - the counties within which we principally operate.”