Kate Russell is the COO of Tellus Natural Capital Ltd. She is a Chartered Surveyor, a fourth generation Agricultural Valuer and a Chartered Environmentalist.
On graduating from the Royal Agricultural College with an honours degree in Rural Land Management she worked in private practice advising landowners and farmers in Cumbria, Wiltshire and Lincolnshire for more than a decade. She returned to the RAC to lecture in rural estate management for several years, contributing to consultancy work and research.
In 2008 Kate joined the Secretariat of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers as a Technical and Policy Adviser. She briefed the CAAV’s 2900 members through blogs, podcasts, webinars and conference presentations, represented the CAAV in policy work and was the lead author of 13 technical publications on topics including compulsory purchase and compensation, residential property letting and management, taxation and renewable energy.
A growing interest in the natural environment and the opportunities offered by the natural capital approach led Kate to establish Tellus Natural Capital Ltd in 2021 with three fellow directors. The business offers natural capital consultancy and support to farmers and landowners across the UK, with a particular interest in the English uplands.