New Head of Property and Land appointed by Clinton Devon Estates

New Head of Property and Land appointed by Clinton Devon Estates


New Head of Property and Land appointed by Clinton Devon Estates

Clinton Devon Estates appoints new Head of Property and Land

to its senior management team    

Clinton Devon Estates has announced the appointment of Leigh Rix as Head of Property and Land, reporting to John Varley, Estates Director. He takes over from John Bain who retires after 36 years service with the Estates at the end of May.


Leigh Rix will be joining the award-winning Estates team from his current role as Area Manager for the National Trust based in Nottinghamshire. He will take up his new post at the beginning of June. 


Clinton Devon Estates, which has just received its second Queen's Award for Enterprise (April 21st 2010),  is the countryside management business responsible for 25,000 acres stretching across North and East Devon, 15,000 acres of which are designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Estates sustainably manage land and forests on the Clinton and Beer Estates in East Devon and the Heanton Estate in North Devon.


 As well as land management, Clinton Devon Estates provides homes for local people in 400 Estate properties. It also owns and manages four business parks including Liverton Business Park in Exmouth plus a range of commercial property across the county.


Earlier this year the 61 strong Estates team were placed 11th in the UK in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies listing. They achieved first place for their commitment to the environment.


As well as having had responsibility for the strategic and operational management of over 43,000 acres of National Trust land and properties in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District, Leigh Rix has also worked as the Regional Land Use Adviser and Regional Rural Surveyor. He is also a Regional Committee Member for the East Midlands Country Land and Business Association and has previously been a Board Member of the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire and Peak District Destination Management Partnership.


Leigh Rix said; " I am delighted to be joining a team who are widely recognised for their groundbreaking approach to 21st Century land management and I look forward to working with them to further develop new projects that will ensure the long term security and success of this beautiful countryside and the people who live and work in it." 


Estates Director John Varley said; "The role of Head of Property and Land is pivotal in the successful running of the Estates - so much so that John Bain's legacy of the past 36 years will continue to benefit the Estates and the communities we serve for many generations to come. 


"While we are very sorry to say goodbye to John we welcome Leigh Rix to the team and are delighted to have someone of his calibre and experience onboard. 


"The challenges and opportunities facing the Estate's property and land portfolio over the coming years are huge.  Leigh's vast experience and track record will be invaluable in positioning the Estate to be successful in achieving our future business objectives," added John Varley.


Once Leigh Rix takes up his new role John Bain will continue working on a number of important strategic projects for the Estates on a part-time basis. Leigh will be based at the Rolle Estate Office near Budleigh Salterton in East Devon. 






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Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299