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Andrew Thomas Bsc (Land Man) MRICS, FAAV, FLAA
Partner

Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor having graduated from Reading University in 1984 with a degree in Land Management. He joined Herbert R Thomas in 1987 following a graduate placement with Berry Bros, Kettering and was appointed an equity partner in 1988. Andrew is a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (of which he is the current Chairman of the CAAV Wales group) and has 19 years post qualification experience in the Welsh property market. Andrew is a qualified Auctioneer (he is a Fellow of the Livestock Auctioneers Association) with over 20 years rostrum experience. He specialises in the sale by auction of property, chattels (Restructuring Businesses etc) and livestock (at Cowbridge, Neath and Penderyn markets) In his capacity as a Chartered Surveyor Andrew has recently acted on behalf of the Welsh Development Agency, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Persimmon Homes, Gelligaer & Merthyr Commoners Association, Rhymney, Bedwellty & Coed-Y-Mwth Commoners Association, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, Llantrisant Town Trust, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Welsh Health Legal Services and numerous private clients. Andrew is the grandson of Herbert R Thomas the founder of the business and enjoys a rich family history of local property knowledge and expertise.

W.Philip Thomas Dip (Est.Man) MRICS, FAAV
Partner

Philip is a Chartered Surveyor having graduated from The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester in 1988 and joined Hebert R Thomas in 2000 and was appointed an equity partner in 2002. He is a past President of Central Association of Agricultural Valuers for South Wales & Monmouthshire and is the present Secretary to the Glamorgan Grassland Society. Philip is a Committee Member of the Country Land Owners Association (Wales) and Vice Chairman of Glamorgan and Monmouoth Branch of CLA. Philip is involved in all aspects of property work and has over 20 years experience in the surveying sector. Philip is an auctioneer and heads our Property Auction Department. Philip has acted on behalf of Cofton, Llanmoor Homes, West Glamorgan Commoners Association, Walters UK Ltd,Celtic Energy, Lloyds TSB, Barclays Bank, Macob, HSBC, Coedarhydyglyn Estate, Peacocks, Cuddy Group and numerous private clients. Philip was brought up on a family farm and educated at Christ College, Brecon and has lived in the Cowbridge Area for in excess of 40 years being a governor of Llanfair Primary School for the past eight years. Philip is also a former Chairman of Maendy Young Farmers Club.

Robert Calcaterra FNAEA
Partner

Robert joined Herbert R Thomas in 1983 and was appointed an equity partner in 1990. Robert is a fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and is responsible for the smooth running of the residential department and carries out residential valuations and viewings. Robert was educated in Christ College, Brecon and has lived in Cowbridge for the last 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge of the local area.

Gavin Rees MNAEA
Partner

Gavin has been with Herbert R Thomas since 2004 and was appointed equity partner in 2008. Gavin is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and is responsible for residential valuations and viewings. Gavin was brought up on a working dairy farm in South Pembrokeshire where he started his estate agency career before moving to work as a financial advisor covering West Wales for Royal Liver Assurance. Gavin returned to the estate agency industry to manage a corporate firm in Cardiff approximately eleven years ago. Through his experience in all sectors of the property market Gavin has accumulated a wealth of knowledge of the South Wales property industry.

Howell Edwards BSc (Est Man) FRICS, FAAV
Partner

Howell joined Herbert R Thomas in 1970 and became a partner in the business in 1978. He qualified from The College of Estate Management, London with a BSc in Estate Management. Howell has extensive knowledge of Neath and the surrounding area. Howell deals with all the agricultural properties and enquiries, along with residential, lettings and industrial properties. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a fellow of The Central Association Agricultural Valuer.

Jayne Drummond Bsc (Hons), MBA (Dist)
Business Manager

Jayne our business manager joined Herbert R Thomas in 2003 after graduating in Cardiff with a honours degree in International Business Management. Jayne completed her MBA with Distinction in 2009, and is now studying for her ACCA qualification. Jayne is responsible for the management of the finance department, HR, IT and the general smooth running of our offices.

Carys Morgan MNAEA
Branch Manager Neath

Carys has an extensive knowledge and experience of customer facing industry as she worked for a major retailer for approx 24 years as a Regional Human Resources. This enabled her to enhance her business management and people skills. She then developed a career in Estate Agency and has gained a wealth of knowledge of the property market over the past 10 years. She is a qualified member of the National Association of Estate Agents. Carys joined Herbert R Thomas in October 2009. Responsible for managing the smooth running of our Neath Branch and conducts residential Valuations for Sales and lettings, conducts viewings and sales negotiations. Carys believes in Exceeding Customer expectations and has a passion for delivering a great customer service.

James Mordecai, BSc (Hons), MRICS
Commercial Manager

James joined Herbert R Thomas in 2007 as a commercial surveyor. A former pupil of Cowbridge Comprehensive School, he graduated from The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester with a honors degree in Property Agency and Marketing and qualified as a Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in June 2010. James is involved in all aspects of Commercial agency which includes acquisitions and disposals of Industrial, Retail and Office property together with Development land. James is a RICS Registered Valuer and is active on HSBC, Lloyds TSB, RBS, Principality Building Society and Handelsbanken valuation panels.

Edmund Miles BSc (Agric) FRICS, FAAV
Consultant Chartered Surveyor

Edmund joined Herbert R Thomas in 1965 after graduating from Reading University with a degree in Agriculture in 1960. He became a partner in 1968, a fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1973 and a fellow of The Central Association Agricultural Valuer in 1975. Edmund has over 40 years experience on the rostrum and in the agricultural property market. Clients include: National Developers Persimmon Homes, Barratt South Wales and Redrow Homes. Local Developers include Llanmoor Homes and Lewis Homes. Edmund retired as Senior Partner in December 2007 although continues as a consultant.

Anna Cheney BA (Hons), MTP, MRTPI
Town & Country Planning

Anna deals with all aspects of Town and Country planning at the practice. With over 12 years experience gained from both the private and public sectors she understands the system from a policy and commercial perspective allowing her to provide up to date pragmatic and realistic advice. Her experience covers both the English and Welsh planning systems through a range of from individual landowners seeking permission for a single dwelling to large bluechip organisations progressing office schemes in excess of 500,000 sq ft. Anna is a chartered member of the RTPI and provides a full range of planning services in all development sectors.

John Jones BSc (Hons) MRICS
Commercial Surveyor

John is a Chartered Surveyor having graduated from the University of Glamorgan in 1999 with an honours degree in Mineral Surveying. He joined HRT from Ashtenne Asset Management in October 2013 where he was the Asset Manager for a portfolio of commercial properties in the South and Mid Wales region. John specialises in all aspects of Commercial Agency, and has over 13 years experience in advising clients on sales, lettings, acquisitions and development of commercial land. Clients range from individual property owners and small and medium sized enterprises to large multinational companies and property funds. John is a fluent Welsh speaker and is a former club captain of Lampeter rugby club 1st XV, his hometown club.

Rachel Thomas BA (Hons)
Trainee Surveyor & Market Administrator

Rachel joined Herbert R Thomas in September 2010. She has a 2.2 in English studies from the University of Glamorgan. Rachel is currently completing a post graduate degree in surveying. She is currently working along side the senior surveyors gaining hands on experience. Rachel was brought up on a hill sheep farm which has given her significant knowledge of the livestock and agricultural sector and is actively involved with Llantrisant Young Farmers Club. Rachel assists in the smooth running of the livestock markets, machinery and property auctions.

Janet Davies
Sale & Lettings Negotiator

Janet has worked for Herbert R Thomas for over 10 years as a Sales Negotiator and has a wealth of knowledge of the surrounding area. Janet administers and negotiates the Sales and Lettings for the Neath branch. Her enthusiasm and determination to succeed is evident in her approach to her role

Sian Taylor
Residential Rental Manager

Sian joined Herbert R Thomas to develop and expand our rental department in 2005. Sian prides herself on offering a high level of service and commitment to both prospective tenants and landlords. Her knowledge of the area is extensive as she was brought up in the nearby village of Penllyn and was educated at Cowbridge Comprehensive School.

Michelle Thomas
Lettings Negotiator

Michelle has worked for Herbert R Thomas for the last few years supporting and expanding the lettings department into the Bridgend Area. Michelle has worked in the property sector for several years both as a manager and a senior rental negotiator and valuer in and around the Bridgend area so therefore Michelle has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area. Michelle has recently achieved accreditation with Landlord Accreditation Wales and is also a member of The Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA). Michelle has lived in the Bridgend area for the last thirty years, attending primary schools in Bryncethin and Brackla and then Brynteg Comprehensive School and Bridgend College. Michelle personally has a small rental property portfolio so she has experience as both a landlord and a letting agent.

Lisa Pugh
Sales Co-ordinator

Lisa has recently joined Herbert R Thomas as our dedicated Move Manager. Lisa is extremely organized and efficient and is committed to make our Purchasers house move as smooth as possible. Lisa graduated from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2003, with a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Textile Practice. Since graduating, Lisa has worked for leading independent and national furniture & interior design retail companies based in South Wales, where her focus has been on excellent service quality and client customer care.

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