End of an era as Lord Cowdray’s agent Robert Windle departs

Robert Windle and his wife Alison conquering Hadrian's wall
Robert Windle and his wife Alison conquering Hadrian's wall

IT WAS the end of an era when Lord Cowdray’s agent Robert Windle left the estate on Friday (May 30) to take up a consultancy position with Smiths Gore, the national practice of chartered surveyors and property consultants.

Mr Windle had been with the estate for 24 years and his many friends and colleagues said they would miss him greatly and wished him all the very best for the future.

In March, announcing that Mr Windle was departing, Lord and Lady Cowdray said Mr Windle’s departure presented the opportunity to review estate activities and put in place a new leadership team.

This week they said they were delighted to announce they had appointed Jonathan Russell as chief executive, ‘to follow on and further develop the excellent work done by Robert Windle over the past two decades’.

Mr Russell, 42, who will join the Cowdray Estate in mid-August, is currently director of country estates for Sir Richard Sutton’s Estates Limited with board-level responsibility for the financial and business performance of operational and trading holdings.

Lord Cowdray said: “He [Mr Russell] has been appointed as a partner with Smiths Gore and we know that you will join us in extending a very warm welcome to him and his wife, Nicola, and their two daughters.

He continued: “We are also very pleased to report that the Smiths Gore team, led by Rupert Clark in Petworth, has already gained a good understanding of estate activities and will provide all necessary support during the period between Robert’s departure at the end of May and Jonathan’s arrival in August and, indeed, will provide ongoing support in the future.”