Property professional to manage Trust’s estate

One of the country’s oldest charities has expanded to take on a new Chief Estates Officer to manage its property portfolio.

Tim Cathcart joins the Rochester Bridge Trust’s senior management team, having previously acted as a professional advisor to the charity.

Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive) to the Trust, welcomed the new recruit: “The Trust is an ancient charity operating in a modern world. One of the areas where its history is particularly evident is its extensive property portfolio, which was originally established in 1399 – and still includes some lands bequeathed at that time.

“Having been an advisor to the Trust for many years we are pleased Tim is now becoming a full-time member of the team, where his years of experience and extensive knowledge of rural and commercial property will be invaluable.”

Tim, who is a qualified Chartered Surveyor MRICS and RICS Registered Valuer, has worked in Kent and the South East for two decades. He most recently spent ten years at Savills, where he was responsible for the management of a number of portfolios for various charity clients – including the Trust.

He said: “The charity’s name and location means that people know about Rochester’s bridges, whereas the estate which has played a significant role in the story of the charity is relatively unknown to the public. I’m looking forward to overseeing this extensive and diverse property portfolio and learning more about its history.”

In addition to the estate, Tim’s role will include overseeing the grants programme, exhibitions and archives.