A WORCESTER-based expert in anaerobic digestion has been promoted by chartered surveyors and specialist property consultants Fisher German.

Agribusiness consultant David Kinnersley, who has been appointed local partner, is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the process which converts waste and energy crops into heat and power.

Mr Kinnersley joined Fisher German in 2008 and is a graduate of Reading University where he completed his BSc Honours in Agriculture and attained his MBA in 2003.

As well as specialising in anaerobic digestion, he also manages farms for clients, which involves looking after contracts, single payment scheme issues, farm diversification and giving advice on recruitment as well as giving strategic reviews and re-structuring advice.

The 44-year-old will continue to be based from three Fisher German offices in Blackpole East in Worcester, South Bar in Banbury and High Street in Thame.

Mr Kinnersley, who lives near to Stratford, said anaerobic digestion was a fast-growing element of the business as farmers continue to look at renewable energy as an alternative income stream.

“Anaerobic digestion and renewable energy in general is an increasing area of work at Fisher German,” he added. "“We carry out feasibility studies for clients, negotiate leases and supply agreements, and carry out due diligence for banks to raise finance for projects. Herefordshire and Shropshire have been particular hot-spots recently but I am currently involved in projects all over the country ranging from Scotland to Cumbria and Kent to Lincolnshire."

Richard Sanders, senior partner at Fisher German, said: "David has quite rightly earned a reputation as one of the UK’s experts on anaerobic digestion due to his extensive knowledge and experience in the sector and we wish him every success in his new role.”