I attended the Royal Agricultural University for the one year MSc Rural Estate Management from 2009-2010. I originally chose the course because, compared to other courses available at the time, it was more comprehensive, was RICS accredited and was in a beautiful rural setting. Having passed the MSc I have gone on to gain a number of qualifications and become an equity partner and then, in 2019, establish my own company – Eldnar Consultancy. My varied qualification base means that I am able to be involved in a wide range of urban and rural projects from a barn conversion to a planning appeal to a valuation or a new tenancy agreement. My main enjoyment comes from meeting people from all walks of life and helping them achieve their objectives. With many working with me on an on-going basis I get to know them and their families personally and make a real difference.
This year I was shortlisted for the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards (Land – Rural and Urban) and I am delighted to say that I was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony in London. The judges summary was: “The youngest and first female equity partner within her previous firm in its 120-year history, at the age of 28 years old. After serving as a partner for three years she then went on to establish her own company at the age of 31. In January 2019 Eleni became one of the youngest Fellows of the RICS. Her qualifications don’t stop there; she is also a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, a registered Valuer and a Chartered Town Planner. This dedication to obtaining an extensive knowledge of sectors demonstrates motivation, but it has also been of great benefit and enables her to champion the professional working on varying projects. Eleni has been a mentor for several years and has seen those she has accepted for work experience continue to university and progress on to passing the APC, providing on-going advice at each stage. An extremely strong champion within the profession, pushing boundaries to achieve objectives.”