Clinton Devon Estates’ head of property and land, Leigh Rix, has announced his retirement from the role at the end of this year.

Since joining in 2010 from his previous career with the National Trust, Leigh, who will be 65 in January, has overseen the planning and development of new homes and commercial premises, the restoration of historic buildings and agricultural reorganisation across the estate.

Clinton Devon Estates Director John Varley said: “Leigh’s contribution, during his tenure with the estate, has been significant, notably his support in the delivery of new and affordable housing at Plumb Park and phase two of Liverton Business Park in Exmouth. The restored 19th Century China Tower, once a derelict folly near Bicton Arena, is now one of The Landmark Trust’s most popular holiday lets.”       

Leigh said: “I’m privileged to have worked alongside excellent people on some outstanding projects that will contribute to the long-term stewardship of the Estate and I’m now looking forward to working as a consultant and exploring  non-executive positions, whilst continuing to support the work of the CLA and the Historic Houses Association.”

Leigh is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a member of the Country Landowners Association (CLA). He has also been a member of the South West Council of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and was appointed by the Secretary of State to sit on the Environment Agency’s South West Flood and Coastal Committee, representing agriculture, farming and land management, serving two terms