Three promotions reward strong performance

5 December 2019
  • Mark Siddons, Alan Jones and Ed Meyer, Cooke & Arkwright

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Cooke & Arkwright has promoted three employees to Associate and Associate Director following a strong performance in 2019. Two Senior Surveyors have been made Associates and one Associate has been promoted to Associate Director.

The promotions include Alan Jones, who is a RICS Registered Valuer and has been promoted to Associate Director within the Property Valuation department.

Alan provides commercial property valuation advice for a variety of clients and purposes. This includes asset valuation for large public sector organisations and education providers; valuation and disposal advice to charities; and general valuation advice to companies and private individuals.

His most recent instructions include the valuation of all the Principality Building Society’s branches and part of Cardiff Council’s operational portfolio.

Ed Meyer, in the firm’s Land Agency department and Mark Siddons of Business Space have both been made Associates. Ed is primarily responsible for the provision of land agency services to Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, specialising in matters associated with access rights, land purchase and compensation negotiations.

In addition, Ed is responsible for management of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales’ agricultural land portfolio in east Wales. More recently Ed has responsibility for the management of the portfolio of ground rent clients, taking forward leasehold enfranchisement valuations and valuations for lease extension and advising clients as and when necessary.  

Mark has been promoted to Associate within the Business Space department, where he is primarily responsible for helping investors, occupiers and developers to acquire, let and dispose of office and industrial accommodation across South Wales.

He has successfully advised a diverse range of clients in 2019 on their office acquisition needs, including; Incopro, Active Quote, The RSPB, Darnton B3 Architecture and Henstaff Construction. He also advises on asset management for a range of clients including, Rockspring and Telereal Trillium.

Managing Director Andrew Gardner said, “These promotions recognise the bright talent of Alan, Ed and Mark who make a valuable contribution to the firm continuing to be a forward-thinking and dynamic business. We are pleased to acknowledge their development and progress, and the high professional standards they display.”

Photo, left to right: Mark Siddons, Alan Jones and Ed Meyer

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