Surveyors gain chartered status

31 May 2018

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We are delighted to congratulate two of our surveyors, Ian Newbury and Mark Siddons who have both recently qualified for chartered status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Following two years of hard work and training, both now have full MRICS status and are recognised by their peers as having reached a set level of competence.

Ian is a Senior Surveyor with Retail & Leisure Agency, acting for landlords and local and national retailers on High Street, Shopping Centres and Out of Town properties in both an agency and landlord & tenant capacity. He graduated from Cardiff University with a 2:1 honour’s degree and gained an MSC in Real Estate from the University College of Estate Management.

Mark is a Senior Surveyor with Industrial and Office Agency, responsible for helping investors, occupiers and developers acquire, let and dispose of warehouse, industrial units and office space across South Wales. He graduated from Nottingham University with a 2:1 honours degree, and also has a post-graduate diploma in surveying from the University College of Estate Management.

Cooke & Arkwright supported Ian and Mark throughout the APC process, providing guidance, advice and training, including mock interviews. Becoming a qualified Chartered Surveyor is extremely rewarding, not only personally, but also professionally. It is official verification of their status and abilities, and the advice they provide.

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