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Presidential Team

2021/2022 CAAV Presidential Team

2021/2022 CAAV Presidential Team
Malcolm Gale (Junior Vice President), Andrew Coney (National President), Simon Alden (Senior Vice President)


CAAV National President

Andrew was born and raised in central Berkshire. He was educated at Pangbourne College and then attended the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester obtaining his Diploma in Rural Estate Management in 1985. Andrew started his professional career at Ingham and Yorke at the Huntroyd Estate Office in Lancashire and during this time met his wife to be, Lindsay.

In 1988 Andrew moved to Dreweatt Neate at their Donnington Priory office in Newbury and whilst with Dreweatt Neate passed his RICS and CAAV exams in 1989 and 1991 respectively. Andrew returned to Lancashire in 1994 when he joined Smith Hodgkinson McGinty as the partner running their Preston Office.

In 1999 Andrew joined P Wilson and Company also in Preston where he remains to date becoming a Partner in 2002. Andrew undertakes a wide range of instructions including property management, valuation, compulsory purchase, AMC instructions, agency work, renewables, strategic planning and property auctioneering.

Andrew was elected President of the Lancashire Agricultural Valuers Association in 1999, was a Northern Group Examiner from 2004 to 2008 and the LAVA representative to CAAV Northern Group from 2004 to 2014. Andrew was CAAV Northern Group Chairman from 2014 to 2016. He was a member of the CAAV Written Board from 2009 to 2012 and was Chair of the Written Board in his last year. From 2013 to 2019 Andrew has been a CAAV Examination National Observer. Andrew joined VCT in 2012 and remains on that Committee today and was its chairman from 2015 to 2019 and was therefore CAAV`s representative at TEGoVA during his Chairmanship. Andrew is Chairman of The Future Skills Working Group and has been chairman or a member of various working parties including those on Fracking, Business Rates, CPO and Claims Best Practice, Insurance Assessments, Natural Capital and Payments for Eco System Services, Land Value Capture and Facilitating Dispute Resolution. Andrew joined the Executive Committee in 2019.

Andrew has been married to Lindsay for 32 years and they have three sons – Stephen who is married to Lauren and is a self-employed joiner and Matthew and Robert who work in the recruitment and banking sectors respectively.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, including his grandchildren, walking and spending time with good friends and when possible !! enjoying the hospitality of the many good restaurants that the Ribble Valley offers and where he and Lindsay live.


CAAV Senior Vice-President

Simon was born in Oxfordshire and raised on his family’s farm where he still lives today. The family catering butchery business, R R Alden & Son Ltd, was established in Oxford over 225 years ago and his great grandfather purchased the family farm in 1922 to supply the business with beef and lamb. Whilst Simon is not directly involved in the butchery business which is now run by one of his cousins, he occasionally advises on property matters.

Simon was educated at St. Edwards School, Oxford and worked his practical year with Adkin before attending the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester where he obtained a Diploma in Rural Estate Management. Simon returned to Adkin in 1988 and trained under Tom Chamberlain (past President), Philip Pocock (past Chairman of Executive) and Julian Sayers. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1991 and was elected a Fellow of the CAAV in 1992. He has been with the company ever since becoming a director and shareholder in 1997.

Simon is a RICS Registered Valuer and acts as an Expert Witness. His specialist areas of work include planning & development covering promotion agreements and options, corporate & private client valuations and a wide range of other professional services. Simon is also closely involved in his own family property business incorporating farming interests, residential lets and a multi-tenanted office park. He has now been advising clients across Southern England and further afield for some thirty years.

He has been a member of the Berks & Oxon Rural Valuers Association Committee for many years and was Chairman in 1999, he was an examiner for Southern Group for ten years becoming chief examiner in 2007 and has been a member of the Education & Examination Committee since 2007, serving as its Chairman since 2009 until recently. He has been on Council since 2004, serves on the Future Skills Group and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2019.

Simon has been married to Sarah for 28 years and has three children, Hannah, William and Arthur. Hannah is a qualified Chartered Surveyor working for British Land in London. William is also training to become a commercial surveyor with Cushman & Wakefield in London whilst Arthur is at the University of Exeter reading Engineering.

When not working, Simon runs a game shoot on the family farm, spends much of his time gardening and is most often found on a ride-on mower. He also spends time maintaining his classic 1953 MGTD.


CAAV Junior Vice-President

Malcolm spent his early years in Derbyshire and worked on a dairy farm before starting at Bagshaws in 1982 as a clerk at Uttoxeter market. Working for a firm of agricultural Surveyors and Auctioneers opened his eyes to the wide variety of work that they carried out and persuaded him that it was something that he felt would interest him and provide a respected career.

Malcolm applied to be a student member of the RICS and subsequently obtained a place at the Royal Agricultural College where he studied from 1985 to 1988 obtaining his Diploma in Rural Estate Management. On leaving college he went to work for Hobbs and Chambers in Faringdon as he started towards completing his TPC. Malcolm moved to Wintertons at Lichfield in 1989 and passed his CAAV exams in 1990 followed by his RICS exams in 1991 as well as taking on all sheep auctioneering duties at Lichfield market.

With the advent of Bagshaws taking over Wintertons in 1995, Malcolm had returned to the firm where his journey had started and he subsequently became a Partner in 2005 working out of the Uttoxeter office. Malcolm has been President of the Staffordshire Agricultural Valuers Association as well as Chairman of the Cheshire and Derbyshire Livestock Auctioneers Association. He is an RICS registered valuer and is involved with valuation, compulsory purchase, agency, development agreements and property auctioneering.

Malcolm has been married to Linda for 32 years and they have one son, Stuart who studied at Leeds and Nottingham and is a practicing microbiologist.

In his spare time Malcolm is now occasionally seen on the golf course having decided that rugby is now easier to watch rather than play. He also enjoyed fourteen years singing in a band during which time he and Linda, aided by their friends, helped to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.