AssetSphere comprises a specialist, independent team of rural property consultants headed by Richard Edge and Alex Orttewell. We work closely with Chris Beaver from our sister company PlanningSphere on development plan promotions and larger complex developments. Clients tell us they like our proactive, personal – and personalised – approach, as well as our energy, insight and innovative thinking.

We’re on your side

We’re highly practised at creating effective, innovative solutions to common and uncommon challenges, and have a proven track record of helping clients achieve their objectives in a full range of rural property matters.

We’re on your wavelength

We live in – and love – the area that we serve, and are acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities the region faces.

Each member of the AssetSphere team is a highly qualified expert in their field, and many of us have practical experience of working ‘your side of the fence’.

We’re on your doorstep

From our office in Sherborne we’re well placed to meet the needs of clients in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and the South West.

You’re very welcome to visit us, but we are always more than happy to come to you, wherever you’re based in the region. We’re also equipped for face-to-face video meetings online.

Richard Edge of AssetSphere

Richard Edge MPhil BSc (Hons) MRICS

Richard Edge has over 30 years’ experience as a rural surveyor. He has worked for two multinationals and a regional property company, and in 2000 he set up the independent rural property consultancy, Assetoptimal. In 2018, the company changed its name to AssetSphere. Richard specialises in estate management, planning and development advice and estate management.

Alex Orttewell of AssetSphere

Alex Orttewell Dip FM MRAU

Alex trained in farm management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He has over 10 years’ hands-on farm management experience. In 2005 he transferred those skills to form a land agency company, A O Consultancy. In 2018 this merged with Assetoptimal to form AssetSphere. Alex specialises in utility compensation work and renewable energy, as well as the Basic Payment Scheme and other agri-environment schemes.

Julie Chandler of AssetSphere

Julie Chandler MA MRTPI

Julie has over 14 years’ experience in planning and development. She has worked within both the public and private sectors, for a local authority as a planning officer, and as a private planning consultant. Julie specialises in site appraisals, planning advice, appeals and agricultural permitted development.

Helen Harwood of AssetSphere

Helen Harwood

Helen is a personal assistant to Richard and Alex. She has over 30 years’ experience in banking, the last 10 years as a Business Manager, and a wealth of knowledge of the rural business sector in Somerset.

Mireille Patrick of AssetSphere

Mireille Patrick BA (Hons)

Mireille graduated in 2018 with a degree in Architecture and Planning from the University of the West of England. Following this she worked in an architecture practice as a Part 1 architectural assistant. She joined AssetSphere in 2021 as a planning assistant and drawing technician. She brings an understanding of both architecture and planning, and hopes to become a Chartered Planner in the coming years.

Tom Clover of AssetSphere

Tom Clover BA (Hons) MLE MRICS

Tom has over 15 years’ experience in the practical and professional elements of rural estate management. He is a chartered Rural Surveyor operating in Essex and Suffolk. His expertise includes estate strategy, landlord and tenant related issues, property management, land use and diversification, management of the natural environment, budget and cashflow forecasting, and planning and development advice.

Chris Beaver, PlanningSphere

Chris Beaver BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI

Chris is the head of PlanningSphere, our sister company and the leading Bath-based independent planning consultancy specialising in complex planning applications, land promotion and appeals. For over 10 years, Richard, Chris and Alex have been collaborating on complex sites that complement each company’s geographic coverage and areas of expertise.

To learn more about our rural property consultancy services, call Richard Edge or Alex Orttewell on 01935 852170 or email