Lord Cowdray’s agent takes up new challenge after 24 years with the estate

Alison Windle and her husband Robert  conquering Hadrian's Wall for the 'Dreams Come True' charity
Alison Windle and her husband Robert conquering Hadrian's Wall for the 'Dreams Come True' charity

Lord Cowdray’s agent Robert Windle has decided to move on after 24 years working for the estate.

Mr Windle will be leaving the Estate on July 1 to take up a consultancy position with Smiths Gore, the national practice of chartered surveyors and property consultants.

Making the announcement Lord and Lady Cowdray said in the wake of Mr Windle’s departure they would be reviewing estate activities and putting in place a new leadership team.

“Robert has spearheaded the development and growth of the estate’s property and commercial enterprises with considerable success,” said Lord and Lady Cowdray in a statement on Tuesday.

“He has done so with his customary efficiency and good humour.

“Whilst I am sure that his new role with Smiths Gore will provide him with fresh challenges I am delighted that he and Alison will remain in Midhurst and will no doubt remain friendly familiar faces in the area.”

“This presents us with an opportunity to review the increasing and broadening range of estate activities and to put in place a structure and leadership team to build on all that we have achieved to date and to identify new opportunities for the future.”

Lord Cowdray said he had asked Smiths Gore to carry out the review and then identify and recruit ‘the right person with the necessary skills to lead our management team’.

He added: “I have every confidence they will ensure both a smooth transition and also provide the necessary leadership and direction going forwards.”

He said he had asked Mr Windle and Smiths Gore senior partner Andrew Harle to liaise and report back to him with recommendations.

In an announcement which went out to all Cowdray Estate staff he said: “I will keep you informed as matter progress and know that in the meantime you will join me in wishing Robert every success in his new role.

”Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank Robert for all his hard work and commitment over the last 24 years which has been of enormous support to me, my family and everyone else involved with the management of the estate.”