Cooke & Arkwright promotes new Director

15 October 2020
  • Chris Hyde Cooke & Arkwright Director

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Cooke & Arkwright is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Hyde to Director of Land Agency in the Bridgend office. Chris joined the firm in 2005 and became Associate Director in 2014.

Managing Director, Andrew Gardner said, “I congratulate Chris on his promotion and welcome him on to the Board of Directors. It is an entirely well-deserved reward for all the hard work, dedication and professionalism he has brought to his role over the years. 

“Rural practice remains as important to the firm as ever and Chris, with the support of his team, has the skill and energy to drive our business in the rural sector forwards, to deliver a first class service to our extremely loyal and very long standing client base and to grow the business even more.”  

Chris outlined his new role and responsibilities.

“I’ve now taken over much of Rod Perons’ casework, which includes management of several additional estates to the ones I am already dealing with.  For example, whereas before I dealt with only one part of the Plymouth Estate, I am now responsible for everything that goes on in South Wales with the residential, commercial, and agricultural side.

“I also spend one or two days a month on their Estate in Shropshire, which is a whole new dynamic and one I really enjoy.  

“Since my appointment, I’ve been working alongside Andrew Gardner in interviewing potential recruits to the Land Agency department. I have been able to draw on my experience as an examiner with the CAAV (Central Association of Agricultural Valuers) in honing interview techniques and asking pertinent questions without scaring the wits out of the candidates!

“With many in the department electing to work from home on a more regular basis, and with the general unease about going out, it’s been a shame I can’t celebrate my promotion in taking everyone out for a drink.  Other than that, we have a very strong team ethos which I hope to propagate and maintain for the future.

“I’m also very proud that Rhian Howells in our team, has been appointed to Associate. It’s well deserved.

“I’m very honoured to be taking up the role of Director of the Land Agency department and following in Rod Perons’ footsteps.  I, as we all did, held Rod in the highest esteem, not only as a boss but as a friend and if I can do things half as well as he did, we’ll be in a very good position indeed.”

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