Katy graduated from the Royal Agricultural College (now the Royal Agricultural University) in Cirencester in 2007 with a degree in Rural Land Management. She worked as a land agent for Strutt & Parker in their Ipswich office and then on the Leverhulme Estate on the Wirral.
She will be working with Deputy Agent Jonathan Stebbing, covering all the Trust’s estates. “It’s early days but I’m finding it so interesting – particularly the Trust’s education work and its ethos, such as supporting succession among tenant farmers,” she said.
“I’m currently going around all the estates and meeting the farm tenants and learning the ropes. I’m really looking forward to hitting the ground running!”
In April we said a sad farewell to long-serving staff member Anne Smith. Anne worked for the Ernest Cook Trust for just over a decade as PA to the Chief Executive.
Anne continues to live in Fairford, where she is starting a B&B and has a secretarial and book-keeping business. “Being a farmer’s daughter I’ve really enjoyed being part of an organisation that believes in both preserving the countryside, and supporting education in schools and in outdoor classrooms on the estates,” she said.
ECT Chief Executive Nicholas Ford said: “Anne has been such an essential part of the team here at ECT; I am indebted to her for her efficient running of my office. I will miss her a lot and we wish her all the very best.”
The Trust’s new Chief Executive’s PA is Sara Rostant. Sara, (right) from Coln St Aldwyns in Gloucestershire, left an executive role with The Body Shop 14 years ago to bring up her three children and help her husband in his photography business.
She has served as Chair of Governors at Hatherop Primary School and organised children’s summer play programmes, bringing her into contact with the Trust’s education team.
“I’ve been aware of the Ernest Cook Trust since my children were small and they were lucky enough to come here to Forest School,” she said. “It’s really something to be working in such a place of tremendous heritage and history, and to fill the shoes of someone who’s been here over ten years. It’s quite a learning experience.”