Davina Fillingham MRICS FAAV

Davina FillinghamStephenson & Son,
York Auction Centre,
YO19 5GF

Tel: 07894 697724
Twitter: @Precision_Agri
Website: www.agri-sense.co.uk

Having grown up on a small farm in East Yorkshire, I graduated from The Royal Agricultural College Cirencester in 2004 with an honours degree in Rural Land Management. I obtained my professional qualifications with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) in 2007, having completed my training with Stephenson & Son, Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers and Valuers, based at York Auction Centre.

I have since progressed to the position of Associate Partner within the company heading the Agribusiness division and am a registered valuer with the RICS. I am also the Chairman of my local East Riding branch of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

In my day to day work I am involved in the management of over 12,000 acres of productive land with approximately 5,800 acres managed to incorporate all aspects of day to day land and estate management; and approximately 6200 acres as a retained advisor for property, agricultural and environmental asset management.

As a land manager I feel that it is very important to understand the land I am instructed to manage and this includes the natural resources of soils, water and nutrients and the productive potential of the land.

In 2012 I successfully applied to complete a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to study the application of precision farming technology for rural land management. Over the last 18 months, alongside my day to day work, I have completed my study travelling to Canada, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands Australia and New Zealand as well as within the UK. During my travels I visited universities, research centres, advisors and farmers looking at the range of precision farming technologies available and how we can utilise the data produced from these technologies.

My report titled 'Precision Agriculture: In the Field and Beyond the Farm Gate has recently been published by the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust.

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