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

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group