Farmer's daughter Sarah is rural property manager

By By Duncan Foulkes Twitter: @iomexambiz in Business

Chrystals has appointed Sarah Christian as rural property manager.

Based in the Douglas office, Sarah will be responsible for managing Chrystals’ growing agricultural department and providing advice on all aspects of rural property management.

A farmer’s daughter from Norfolk, Sarah has had a lifelong interest in rural affairs.

Educated at Wymondham College in Norfolk, she became a trainee surveyor and land agent with Henry H Bletsoe & Son while studying for an honours degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University.

After moving to the Isle of Man in 2006, Sarah joined Abacus Trust Company where she was promoted to trust and company supervisor in 2011.

She was responsible for a portfolio of trusts and companies holding multiple asset classes for tax efficiency.

She later gained a Diploma in International Trust Management, as well as formally qualifying as a trust and estate practitioner.

She lives with her husband Pentti and two young daughters at Ellerslie Farm, Crosby, where along with traditional farming practices, the family runs a small diversified business producing Manx extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil.

As rural property manager Sarah will advise on leases, licenses and rent reviews and assist with the valuation and sales of rural property.

She said: ’I am really looking forward to working with Chrystals’ existing clients and developing new business relationships in the agricultural community.

’Having grown up - and still living - on a farm, I have a great affinity for the countryside.

’Managing property in rural areas can be very different to the urban environment and I am keen to help clients with the various challenges they may face.’

Neil Taggart, rural director of Chrystals, said: ’As a business Chrystals is very proud of its rural roots and we are delighted to welcome Sarah to the team. Her previous experience and knowledge of the agricultural community, both here in the Isle of Man and elsewhere, will be a great asset as we continue to develop our rural business.’

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