Introducing AssetSphere

AssetSphere, headed up by Richard Edge and Alex Orttewell, is a highly reputable, independent and specialist rural property consultancy. We advise farmers and landowners, government agencies and utility companies, to manage their assets and maximise income and capital returns. We work closely with our sister company PlanningSphere on development plan promotion sites and larger complex developments. PlanningSphere, headed up by Chris Beaver, is the leading Bath-based independent planning consultancy specialising in complex planning applications, land promotion and appeals. Having worked collaboratively for over 10 years, Richard, Chris and Alex are delighted to work together on a number of complex sites that complement their geographic coverage and areas of expertise.

Richard Edge

Richard Edge MPhil BSc (Hons) MRICS

Richard Edge has over 25 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 Orttwell

Alex Orttewell Dip FM MRAU

Alex trained in farm management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He has hands-on farm management experience, and specialises in renewable energy and utility compensation work, as well as the Basic Payment Scheme and other agri-environment schemes. Alex also has expertise in precision-technology and GPS-technology farming systems.

Julie Chandler

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

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.

Kitty Campbell

Kitty Campbell BSc (Hons)

Kitty graduated from the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester in 2016. Having grown up on a family-run estate in Scotland, she has always been interested in the rural sector. Kitty will be undertaking her RICS Assessment of Professional Competency (APC) with AssetSphere in order to become a Chartered Surveyor.

To learn about how our expert team can help you, call Richard Edge or Alex Orttewell on 01935 852170 or email