About us

James Miles-Hobbs

I have practised as a rural business consultant for over 25 years and started my own company in 2004. My specialisms are renewable energy, strategic financial planning, rural diversification and grant funding.

I started my career working on the family’s 1000 acre arable, pig and beef farm and subsequently completed my degree in Agricultural Economics at Reading University followed by an HND in Advanced Farm Management at the Royal Agricultural College. The next couple of years were spent farming a 2000 acre arable farm in Cambridgeshire and in 1985 I joined Andersons where I became an equity Partner. I then joined Savills in 2002 as Andersons became part of the acquisition of Savills South & West. 

I am a member of the:

British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC)

  • a committee member of the Business Management Division of BIAC

Country Land & Business Association and sit on the following committees: 

  • Wiltshire Branch Committee (ex-Chairman)
  • Council (regional representative and regional advocate for the south west on renewable energy)
  • National Business & Rural Economy Committee
  • National Policy Committee
  • National Working Party on Renewable Energy

I am a Director of:

  • Rural Heat Limited
  • Optimum Heat Limited
  • Wadswick Heat Limited
  • JMH Agri Solutions Limited

I was named Farm Adviser of the Year by Farmers Weekly in 2011.

When not working or with my wife and four children, I enjoy playing tennis, watching rugby, listening to music and strumming my guitar.

Rowena Cox

Rowena CoxMy background is mostly in marketing and sales in the hospitality industry with such companies as Grand Metropolitan, Best Western Hotels and Quality International Hotels. I also worked for Shandwick Financial PR and David Pocknell’s Design Company.  

I moved from London to Wiltshire to raise my family and set up a company providing support for start-up businesses before joining Straker & Co in Devizes.  I came to work with James in 2004 when he set up Rural Development Associates which has become JMH Farming & Renewables Ltd.  My particular specialism is diversification and marketing advice.

I am also a Consultant for Winkworths (Devizes) and when I am not working I enjoy the outdoors, the Arts, studying complementary therapies, collecting antiquarian children’s books and all food and drink!

Lucinda Denison-Smith


I think it is fair to say that Lucinda listens to James more than anyone else (including his wife!) as she has the pleasure of dealing with all his dictation. She has three lovely boys, is married to the Army and very rarely to be found in England.

Travels with Lucinda

Sadly, we have had to close our upstate New York office as the indomitable Lucinda forges her way east to establish herself in Kuwait. The letters now arrive with a light dusting of sand rather than snow as she sprinkles a little glamour into our humdrum lives.