Robert J.K. Morton FRICS FAAV
Robert Morton is based both at Warwick and Coventry offices, and is primarily involved in the management of Rural Estates and Property for Private, Institutional and Charity Landowners.
He comes from a family farming background, and has excellent local knowledge and expertise in all aspects of Land Agency, Agriculture and Valuation.
Robert is a member and previous Chairman of Warwickshire CLA (Country Land and Business Association), with interests deeply rooted in the Midland counties, and his hobbies and other interests include fly fishing, tennis, golf and field sports.
He is married to Ann, and they have two boys.
Paul A. Britten BSc FRICS
Paul qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1984 and was elected a Fellow of the RICS in 1996 and a RICS Registered Valuer.
Having spent most of his working life in Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the adjacent counties, Paul has a sound knowledge of the area and undertakes surveys and valuations of residential, commercial and agricultural properties for various purposes.
Paul is a General Practice Surveyor, also dealing with the sales and lettings of a wide range of properties by private treaty, tender and auction.
Married with two boys, Paul enjoys most country sports and in particular Point to Pointing and National Hunt Racing.
Geoff E. Wilson BSc MRICS FAAV
Geoff is a Partner at Godfrey-Payton based in Warwick and operates in Warwickshire and adjoining counties. He specialises in Estate Management, Agricultural Consultancy, Rural Valuation, Agricultural Finance and Telecoms/Utilities matters.
He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Registered Valuer as well as a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers being actively involved in the local Midlands counties division.
Geoff is also an active Partner in the local family farming business thereby having hands on agricultural experience on which to draw in his professional roles.
In his spare time Geoff enjoys family life with his wife (also a Surveyor) and two sons, takes a keen interest in Winston Churchill and occasionally finds time for the odd days shooting.
James R. Palfreyman BSc MRICS
James is an RICS Registered Valuer and Partner in charge at the Market Harborough office with a professional focus on the Rural/Residential sector.
He has a particular interest in Building Surveys and Valuations for all sorts of purposes throughout most of the East Midlands and has vast experience in this having assisted hundreds of clients over the years. Further specialisms include; Rural Planning and Development, Expert Witness and Dispute Resolution, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, and Estate Administration.
Away from the office James is a Parish Councillor and Trustee of a local charity. Married with two children, he also has a strong interest in the countryside and country sports together with motor racing and a wide range of other hobbies/pursuits.
Philip Cowen MRICS
As a Partner based in the firm’s Coventry office, Philip has more than 20 years’ experience in estate management, strategic development of rural and urban-fringe land, and associated rural professional activity.
Born and brought up on the Leicestershire / Northamptonshire border, the majority of Philip’s professional career has been spent working for both local and national clients throughout the East and West Midlands. Philip moved to Godfrey Payton in 2017 having previously been a Partner in two national firms of rural surveyors, which included both a Head of Office, and a national Head of Rural role with a focus on rural professional and estate management.
Working alongside private, institutional, trustee and charity-based clients on a broad range of property-types and mixed portfolios, Philip has considerable experience in maximising returns through a variety of methods, including residential and commercial development schemes, rural diversification and estate restructuring.
Philip enjoys an active outdoor life whether through farming, equestrian activity or country sports. He is an avid Leicester Tigers fan, despite the East Midlands rivalry with the Coventry-based Wasps!
Robert West MARLA
Robert joined Godfrey Payton in March 2015, having worked for several estate agents in the area over the last 20 years.
Robert is based in the Warwick office where his focus is mainly on Residential Property including Sales, Lettings and Property Management. He is a Member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents.
Outside of work Robert is a keen golfer and has recently taken up running and taken part in the local wolf run and a spartan race for charity
Jim G. Jacobs FRICS
Strategic Planning Consultant
Jim Jacobs first joined the firm as a trainee in 1969 before returning full time in 1973 after qualification from the Royal Agricultural College. After a varied career at Godfrey-Payton including Senior Partner, Jim now deals exclusively with planning and development work.
Jim specialises in taking strategic land through the planning system and negotiating Option and Promotion Agreements with national house builders and promotion companies. In recent years Jim has brought in the region of 2,000 plots to the market, with a further 5,000 plots currently in the system.
Beyond the office, Jim’s principal interests are climbing, hill walking and playing golf.
Andrew Russell-Wilks BSc FRICS MRTPI
Strategic Planning Consultant
Andrew’s specialisms are planning and development consultancy, by adding value for land owners through the town and country planning process and ensuring that land owners secure the best development value for their land.
Andrew’s specialisms include greenfield and brownfield sites, major employment and housing regeneration schemes and giving new life to listed buildings, and is well versed in the negotiation of promotion agreements, options, conditional contracts and joint ventures.
As well as a busy family and social life, Andrew enjoys long distance walking, reclamation and customising and riding motorbikes.
Philip J. Mawson FRICS
Philip became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1981 and was elected a Fellow in January 2000. His career began at The Redditch New Town Development Corporation, and in 1983 he joined a Locke and England in Leamington Spa undertaking private survey and valuation work and assisting with professional work for The Roman Catholic Church and other Church Charities.
Philip joined Godfrey-Payton in 2010 and was made an Associate in January 2017. His responsibilities include private survey and valuation work for residential and commercial properties in Coventry, Warwickshire and South Leicestershire, and Asset Valuation work for Local Government and similar bodies requiring valuations for accounting and other purposes.
Philip is a member of 41 Club, and a volunteer with Guide Dogs at Leamington Spa. He and his wife enjoy Theatre, walking and cycling preferably in the proximity of a hostelry providing good food.
Will Parke BSc (Hons) MRICS
Will joined Godfrey Payton in 2018 having previously worked as an Assistant Agent on a Estate in Leicestershire for four years after graduating from Harper Adams University with a BSc (Hons) in Rural Enterprise and Land Management in 2014.
Will is based in both Coventry and Warwick offices covering all aspects of Rural Estate Management and general professional matters, including landlord and tenant, compensation, planning, and valuation.
Originating from Cornwall, Will enjoys sailing and anything to do with the coast. Will is also a keen squash player and enjoys shooting and working his labrador, Hector as well watching all sport especially his home rugby team, Exeter Chiefs.
Nick Curnock BA (Hons) MA MSc MRICS FAAV
Rural Chartered Surveyor RICS Registered Valuer
Nick joined Godfrey-Payton in July 2014 having graduated from the Royal Agricultural College with an MSc in Rural Estate Management.
Nick is based in the Warwick office where his role is varied, assisting the Partners in many areas of Estate Management including landlord and tenant, planning and basic payment applications.
Nick was brought up on a family farm in Worcestershire where he can often be found working at weekends. Other interests lie in sport, principally American football and rugby. Nick was the Chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire RICS Matrics for 17/18.
Rural Chartered Surveyor
Harry joined Godfrey-Payton as a graduate in 2015, with an honours degree in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural University, and is part of our estate management team in the Warwick office.
Harry assists the Partners in a variety of professional work and is working towards full membership of the CAAV having become a member of the RICS in 2019. He is an all-round sportsman playing in local teams and also supports the church.
Ian Wilson FRICS
Ian studied Estate Management at Brookes University in Oxford graduating with a Diploma in Estate Management in 1975 and became a chartered Surveyor in 1980. He is a general practice surveyor and a Registered Valuer and is particularly interested in regeneration.
Ian’s first employment from 1975 was with the central Government valuation service later to become an executive agency and known as District Valuer Services (DVS) initially based in Leamington Spa and subsequently, from 1998, in Coventry. The property requirements of public bodies were dealt with for central and local Government and the NHS with work on a wide range of properties generally across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull including acquisitions, both by agreement and under compulsory powers, disposals of residential and commercial property, general valuation advice, valuations for taxation purposes and commercial estate management comprising grant and renewal of leases and rent review.
In 2011 Ian joined Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council as Estates Surveyor dealing with acquisitions and disposals and commercial estate management of the Council’s investment portfolio. In 2015 he joined Warwickshire County Council dealing mainly with disposals, including some significant strategic residential development sites, but additionally dealing with acquisitions.
Ian is married with 2 children and lives in Norton Lindsey and outside of work has interest in classic cars, fishing and hill walking.
Rhian Evans MSc MRICS
Registered Valuer RICS
Rhian joined Godfrey-Payton in 2020. She previously worked in Cambridgeshire for 3 years following her MSc in Rural Estate and Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.
Rhian is based in the Coventry office, working on all aspects of Estate Management, Planning, Direct Payment applications and other general professional matters.
In her spare time, Rhian enjoys travelling and exploring new places. She also enjoys sailing, skiing and netball.
Ross Bendall MRICS
Senior Commercial Surveyor
Ross joined Godfrey-Payton in April 2021, qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in November 1992 and is a RICS Registered Valuer.
Ross is responsible for day-to-day management of the commercial property portfolios, held mainly by Charity clients together with associated professional work, such as lease renewals and rent reviews, as well as agency-related transactions; sales, lettings and acquisitions for occupiers and investors.
Outside of work, Ross has an interest in art and antiques; and as a former rugby player tries to see Worcester Warriors whenever possible.
Tom Picking MRICS
Senior Building Surveyor
Tom is a Chartered Building Surveyor with Public, Commercial, Retail and Residential property experience providing a wide range of building survey services.
Tom has resettled back in Warwickshire where he grew up having spent most of his professional career in London working in both consultancy and client side roles.
Tom is married with two young children and a whippet and is part of a local cycling club which sees him ride events all over the UK.