As experienced rural business consultants, our core team has a proud track record of delivering practical and innovative land management services across the UK.

It is all delivered with integrity and professionalism, as well as a passion and respect for the countryside, that is the hallmark of our business approach.



Michael Bell MRICS

Managing Director

Born and brought up in Norfolk, Michael graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc(Hons) in Rural Enterprise and Land Management, then successfully completed the Assessment of Professional Competency to become a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a RICS Registered Valuer. During his time as Managing Director of Buccleuch Rural Solutions, Michael took the lead in driving the business forward and increasing the range of services available, which he looks forward to continuing with Bell Rural Solutions.

DD:  01896 802 252
M:     07584 644 246
E:      mbell@bellruralsolutions.com

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Katie Forster

Graduate Rural Surveyor

Katie grew up on an arable farm in the Scottish Borders and holds a BA (honours) in Rural Business Management from SRUC, Edinburgh. Joining as a Graduate Rural Surveyor with Bell Rural Solutions in May 2022, she is working towards her CAAV and RICS qualifications. Outside of work Katie is a keen runner and baker as well as helping on the family farm.

DD:  01896 802 253
M:     07387 015 614
E:      kforster@bellruralsolutions.com


Alan Nisbet FRICS 


Alan grew up on the family farm in Lanarkshire and gained an HND in Agriculture at the Edinburgh School of Agriculture in 1975. He began his land agency career with Smiths Gore, leaving in 1987 to take up a position with Kelso-based FBR, which was acquired by the Buccleuch Group in 2005. Having worked for the company for 22 years, Alan was Managing Director for five years prior to its sale in November 2009.

E:   anisbet@bellruralsolutions.com


Stuart Buchanan


Stuart grew up on a livestock farm in the Scottish Borders and holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Edinburgh and a postgraduate diploma in Rural Surveying from the College of Estate Management.  After a number of years practical farm management experience, his professional career began with Smiths Gore in Edinburgh from where he moved to FBR Ltd in Kelso and enjoyed 17 years farm business management and rural surveying practice whilst holding the position of director. Stuart now supports the team at Bell Rural Solutions as a Consultant in between farming and pursing other outside interests.

M:     07889 570 659
E:      sbuchanan@bellruralsolutions.com

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Bess Innes

Farm Secretary

Bess grew up in Gloucestershire where she studied at the Royal Agricultural College and subsequently spent five years on a mixed farm as Farm Secretary. Having recently married, she has relocated to the Scottish Borders where she started doing freelance secretarial work before joining Bell Rural Solutions as a Farm Secretary. As well as looking after the book keeping for the business, Bess also looks after a number of key client accounts both from office and on farm. Bess also finds the time to run her own floristry business.

DD:  01896 802254
E:       binnes@bellruralsolutions.com