Chris Hyde  BSc (Hons), MSc, MRICS, FAAV
Director, Land Agency, Utilities & Energy, Property Auctions

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About Chris

Chris Hyde is a Director with the Rural department, selling, acquiring, managing and advising on Estates, farms, and rural properties in Wales and England.

Chris is a Director with the Rural department responsible for the day to day management of a number of rural estates across South Wales and England. These are primarily the Earl of Plymouth Estate along with Ewenny Priory and Monknash Estates. He also undertakes rent reviews, lease renewals, compulsory purchase cases and planning work. A RICS Registered Valuer, Chris undertakes property valuations on behalf of utilities companies, charities and private clients. The sale and letting of farms and land includes private treaty and auctions. He also provides strategic advice on how to maximise returns from commercial ventures and development opportunities.

Chris sits on the board of the RICS National Rural Professional Group, helping shape the RICS’s rural opinion and policy across the UK. He is a tutorial organiser and examiner for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), and also a board member of the Wales Group CAAV.

Areas of Expertise

Experience

  • Valuation of Estates for asset, taxation, and Charities Act purposes
  • Negotiation of farm lettings on behalf of landowners  
  • Acting for landowners in respect of Compulsory Purchase Orders for major infrastructure projects
  • Sale of farms and property throughout South and Mid Wales.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons)
  • MSc
  • MRICS
  • FAAV
  • RICS Registered Valuer

Interests

Outside of work Chris enjoys cricket, playing in the Cardiff Midweek League, and is an avid supporter of Bath Rugby.

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
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