Rural Surveyor appointed to RICS Rural Professional Group Board

Busy year for Chris, who is also on the CAAV Examination Board

21 March 2016

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Chris Hyde, Associate Director with Land Agency, has been appointed to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveryors (RICS) Rural Professional Group Board for a period of three years. He brings ten years’ professional experience working within the rural sector at Cooke & Arkwright to the board, whose members have a cross section of competencies with a focus on standards, professional statements, market insight and regulation. Chris specialises in the day-to-day management of rural estates across South Wales and England, including Earl of Plymouth, Dingestow Court, Dunraven Estates and The Church in Wales. Significant deals include the sale of Sully Island off the Vale of Glamorgan coast by tender and Llanbrynean Farm in Brecon by private treaty. He has also valued Dingestow Court Estate for taxation purposes.

Chris comments, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the board, where we will work in partnership across the sectors covering rural estate management, agriculture, planning, valuation, asset management and auctioneering. The latter is currently a priority in my day to day work as we are preparing for our next big auction in April. As I am also a member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) Examination Board, I am looking forward to a busy year. It’s part of my life and fortunately I enjoy every minute - the life of a Rural Surveyor is never boring!”

Read the Case Studies on our Careers page to find out more about becoming a surveyor and what the role could involve.

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