Key promotions at Cooke & Arkwright

Strategic promotions follow strong growth in 2016

15 November 2016

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Cooke & Arkwright has made a number of strategic promotions on the back of strong growth in 2016, with five key staff being promoted to Director, Associate Director and Associate level within the firm. Elizabeth Hill has been promoted to Director of Property Valuation and will now be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day valuation business.

Working within the professional department, she has been one of the firm’s key valuation contacts, valuing commercial properties and development appraisals throughout Wales. Elizabeth is experienced in public sector asset valuations including Universities, Local Authorities and Government Sponsored Organisations.  She also provides advice to private sector organisations for accounting and strategic purposes.

Ian Hyman has been promoted to Associate Director and will assist Director Philip Angell in developing the Property Management business.

After joining the firm in 2007, Ian has been involved in dealing with commercial estate management encompassing properties in the office, industrial and retail sectors.

Huw Jones has been promoted to Associate Director and will work alongside director Andrew West providing advice on Business Rate assessments for clients for all types of commercial property including industrial, office and retail premises in Wales and England. He will also work within this established team in advising clients how to benefit from the upcoming 2017 Rating Revaluation.

Tim Lawley has been promoted to Associate Director of Office agency and Industrial agency to assist director Ben Bolton in growing the department.

Ben Davies is now Associate within Cooke & Arkwright’s Retail Agency team and will work alongside Director Huw Thomas in growing the firm’s retail client base.

Commenting on the appointments, Andrew Gardner, Managing Director of Cooke & Arkwright, said: “It is a great pleasure to see the progress of our staff in their career development. This is a ‘people business’ and the promotions reflect the contribution each has made to the growth of their particular business area, as well as their commitment to the firm as a whole.”

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