Developing a new generation of professionals

Cooke & Arkwright investing in new talent for the future

2 August 2016

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Three new graduate surveyors have been recruited to Cooke & Arkwright as part of the firm’s long term commitment to training, supporting and developing a new generation of professionals. Rhys Price, left, has joined Business Space; Gabriel Davies, centre, is providing support to the Commercial Agency teams during his Sandwich Placement Year; and Dominic Garner, right, is with Retail & Leisure. Managing Director Andrew Gardner comments, “We take the long view and consider it very important to preserve continuity in our provision of high quality, professional levels of service that our clients know and expect. This includes nurturing new talent for the future.

“We are delighted to welcome our new recruits and provide them with the opportunity to progress their careers and contribute their individual qualities to our professional teams.”

Rhys Price has joined the Business Space team and is 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, and previously worked with Molson Coors UK. He plays rugby for his local team, Cowbridge RFC, and runs its website.

Gabriel Davies is undertaking his Sandwich Placement Year supporting Cooke & Arkwright’s Commercial Agency teams while working for his degree in Real Estate at UWE Bristol. A fluent Welsh speaker, Gabriel is also a keen rugby player, having represented the Wales Sevens development programme in 2015; he currently plays for Bedwas RFC in the Welsh Premiership.

Dominic Garner has joined our Retail & Leisure Agency where he is assisting the team with lettings and sales, and Lease Advisory matters. He graduated from Exeter University with a BA degree in Economics with European Study and has a Masters in Real Estate from the University of Reading. A keen traveller, Dominic spent a year studying in Rome and is proficient in Italian. He plays football for his local Sunday league team.

The Leekes Retail and Leisure Group have substantial property assets within the group and have engaged Andrew West to appeal against rating assessments on these properties since 2010. We have consistently been impressed by Andrew's knowledge of the property market and his negotiating skills have been exceptional. Given Andrew's outstanding performance, we would not hesitate to recommend Andrew to any business large or small seeking to appeal their rates liabilities.

Mike Fowler, Group Finance Director, Leekes Group