Cooke & Arkwright bolsters team with five graduate appointments

Supporting the right people and helping them to develop their skills

7 February 2017
  • Rhys Price, Gabriel Davies, Caryl Howell, Dominic Garner and Thomas Rees of Cooke & Arkwright

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Cooke & Arkwright has appointed five graduate surveyors, taking its headcount to over 60. Caryl Howell, 24, Dominic Garner, 24, Gabriel Davies, 22, Thomas Rees, 23 and Rhys Price, 29, have been recruited as part of the firm’s commitment to identifying and developing rising stars in the commercial property market.

A fluent Welsh speaker, Ms Howell, from Carmarthen, joins the firms with a law degree from Cardiff University and two masters degrees, in Business Management and International Real Estate.

Joining the development land department, Ms Howell will be advising clients on the acquisition and disposal of residential and commercial development land in Wales and England.

A real estate graduate from University of West of England and fluent Welsh speaker, Thomas Rees, from Lampeter, has become a surveyor within the property management department. He will deal with commercial property including office, industrial and retail sectors.

Rhys Price, from Cowbridge, has joined the business space team - assisting with sales, lettings and acquisitions of office and industrial properties across Wales. He has an MSc in Marketing and a BA in Business Management from Swansea University.

Dominic Garner has joined the retail and leisure agency, where he is assisting the team with lettings and sales, and lease advisory matters. He graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Economics with European Study and has a Masters in Real Estate from the University of Reading.

Gabriel Davies is undertaking his sandwich placement year supporting Cooke & Arkwright’s commercial agency teams while working towards his degree in Real Estate at UWE Bristol.

All graduates will now work with the team at Cooke & Arkwright to gain their chartered surveyor status.  

Commenting on the appointments, Andrew Gardner, Managing Director of Cooke & Arkwright, said: “For more than 100 years we have invested in building the skills and careers of talented individuals in order to provide our clients with the highest quality commercial, residential and rural property advice.

“From graduates to directors, we believe in identifying the right people and then supporting them to develop the skills and training required to provide the high standard of advice expected of Chartered Surveyors.

“Caryl, Thomas, Rhys, Gabriel and Dominic all impressed us with their knowledge and work ethic and we know they have very promising futures ahead of them.”

Pictured l to r: Rhys Price, Gabriel Davies, Caryl Howell, Dominic Garner and Thomas Rees

Mansford has expanded its investment portfolio over the last few years. Over this time Andrew West has provided us with a full rating valuation service which has involved giving a view on liabilities prior to acquisitions, as well as conducting negotiations with Valuation Officers on our UK estate. The portfolio includes a wide range of properties from shops, offices and pubs to major leisure schemes. He has been particularly successful in mitigating our liabilities to empty property rate, which has been an issue on acquisition prior to implementing our development and letting strategy. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew's expertise in rating valuation for all property types. The profile of property within his portfolio and the successes achieved are testament to his position as an extremely accomplished rating practitioner.

Leopold Hall, Partner, Mansford LLP