Meet Olivia Fox – graduate surveyor, Freedom Professional Services
Freedom’s Professional Services business provides land services (consent and wayleaves), and estate management on behalf of some of the largest land holdings in the UK.
Meet Olivia Fox, our graduate surveyor, who recently joined Freedom after completing a four year degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University. Olivia achieved a 2:1 along with 83% on her dissertation – a big well done!
Hi Olivia, welcome to Freedom and congratulations on your degree. Tell us a bit about what you do?
I joined Freedom’s Professional Services business in July after successfully securing a place on Freedom’s graduate scheme, which I applied for during the final year of my degree.
I’m currently working within land services across all contracts, but mainly supporting the Surveyors on the Northern Powergrid contract where we acquire wayleaves and easements for substations, power lines, masts and general estate management. I am also supporting the EDF estate management contract.
How do you think your degree will contribute to your role at Freedom?
I will use the knowledge I gained writing my dissertation on changes required in Agri-environment schemes to suit the uplands and upland stakeholders post Brexit. This study focused on the value of the uplands environmentally, putting emphasis on the ecosystem services the uplands provide and their importance to society.
I am hoping to bring a more rural approach to the work Freedom carries out. I would also like to bring in knowledge from my dissertation relating to Natural Capital and environmental benefits; as I feel this is an approach many companies will choose to take in the future to increase corporate responsibility.
What are you enjoying the most about your role and what are you looking forward to experiencing?
I enjoy the diversity of work Freedom receives from its clients as well as the ability to get out and about visiting various sites.
I’m looking forward to experiencing all parts of land services, and I’m particularly interested in the work Freedom will be carrying out within the general estate management arena and working on new exciting contracts planned.
Thank you for your time Olivia, we’re delighted to have you on board at Freedom.