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New Secretary and Keeper of the Records

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, has appointed Mr. Alastair Martin, FRICS, to succeed Sir Bertie Ross, who will be retiring as Secretary and Keeper of the Records of The Duchy of Cornwall.

Mr Martin will take up his appointment during the early summer.

Biographical information

Alastair Martin, 52, will leave the Carter Jonas partnership to take up the appointment. A farmer’s son from Somerset, Alastair attended The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and then qualified as a land agent and chartered surveyor with Strutt and Parker in East Sussex. Moving back to Somerset in 1986 he joined the local partnership of King Miles which merged into Alder King and then Dreweatt Neate from where, as managing partner, Alastair led the firm into their final merger with Carter Jonas. He has latterly specialised in the management of rural property portfolios across England and Wales with one of his most notable responsibilities being the portfolio belonging to The Society of Merchant Venturers. Alastair was, for some years, actively involved in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors having been President of the Rural Division, Chairman of the Faculties and Forums Board and then Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Board. Married with two adult children (the youngest of which, Poppy, is following Alastair in studying Estate management at Cirencester) Alastair lives in mid Somerset and enjoys field sports, tennis and squash in his spare time.

Published first on http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/press-releases/new-secretary-and-keeper-of-the-records-the-duchy-of-cornwall

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