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New Secretary and Keeper of the Records for The Duchy of Cornwall

Published on 11th March 2013

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, has appointed Mr. Alastair Martin, FRICS, to succeed Sir Bertie Ross, who will be retiring as Secretary and Keeper of the Records of The Duchy of Cornwall.

Mr Martin will take up his appointment during the early summer.

Biographical information

Alastair Martin, 52, will leave the Carter Jonas partnership to take up the appointment. A farmer’s son from Somerset, Alastair attended The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and then qualified as a land agent and chartered surveyor with Strutt and Parker in East Sussex. Moving back to Somerset in 1986 he joined the local partnership of King Miles which merged into Alder King and then Dreweatt Neate from where, as managing partner, Alastair led the firm into their final merger with Carter Jonas. He has latterly specialised in the management of rural property portfolios across England and Wales with one of his most notable responsibilities being the portfolio belonging to The Society of Merchant Venturers. Alastair was, for some years, actively involved in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors having been President of the Rural Division, Chairman of the Faculties and Forums Board and then Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Board. Married with two adult children (the youngest of which, Poppy, is following Alastair in studying Estate management at Cirencester) Alastair lives in mid Somerset and enjoys field sports, tennis and squash in his spare time.

Notes for Editors

The Secretary and Keeper of the Records a title reflecting the antiquity of the estate and dating back to the fourteenth century is in effect the Chief Executive.

The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate, primarily rural, and extends to 53,408 hectares in 23 Counties mostly in the South West of England.  It includes 28,500 hectares of Dartmoor.  In addition, the estate owns residential and commercial property, together with an investment portfolio of stocks and shares.  The Duchy was created in 1337 to provide the Heir to the Throne and his family with an income from its annual surplus.  This is a function which it still performs today.

The current Duke of Cornwall, HRH The Prince of Wales, is actively involved in running the Duchy and his philosophy is to improve the estate and pass it on to future Dukes in a stronger and better condition.