Our Team

Judith Norris

Having started her practical training as a land agent with Strutt and Parker on the Beaulieu Estate, Judith then worked for the National Trust in Cornwall and the South-East region managing a variety of iconic properties including The White Cliffs of Dover, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and Cotehele. Judith has found her land management experience including forestry to be an important background to the rural planning work that has been her specialism for over twenty years.

Her postgraduate training includes a PG Dip in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes, and a masters degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings, both from the University of Bath. She is a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation as well as the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants.

Extracurricular activities have included serving on the CLA Policy Committee, and Business and Rural Economy Committee; she chaired the CLA Kent Committee, as well as the CLA’s Planning Working Group and Equestrian Working Group.

Judith also served on the Conservation Committee of the Gardens Trust and is a trustee of the Toll Rides Off Road Trust.

Judith Norris, The Rural Planning Practice
Josh Thompson, The Rural Planning Practice


Josh joined the team in 2015 after graduating from the Royal Agricultural University with a BSc in Rural Land Management. Having a family background with a successful rural wedding business in the Lake District, Josh understands the importance of rural businesses and the significant benefits that farm diversification can bring.

He is experienced in all areas of equestrian planning and is an accomplished event rider himself. Josh has recently purchased a young horse with the aim to progress up the British Eventing levels in the coming years.


Jasmine has recently joined the team after graduating with a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Rural Estate Management from the Royal Agricultural University. Born and raised in Gloucestershire, Jasmine understands the local area and the constraints of the Cotswold AONB.

She has a particular interest in heritage property and has recently purchased one herself.

Jasmin Lyster, The Rural Planning Practice
Harriet Kemp, The Rural Planning Practice

Harriet Kemp

Harriet has also joined the team after completing an LLB Law degree and an MSc in Rural Estate Management. Harriet’s specialist legal knowledge includes areas of land, property and environmental law.

She is very active in the shooting world, both game shooting and clay pigeon.

Gemma Merritt

Gemma joined the team in October 2017 as Office Manager after working at Newbury Racecourse in various roles for the past five years. She is studying towards a Level 4 AAT accountancy qualification.

Gemma has a keen interest in hunting and dressage and has achieved a BSc in Equine Management at the Royal Agricultural University.

Gemma Merritt, The Rural Planning Practice