About

The Cowbridge Team


Herbert R Thomas was established in 1926 specifically to provide professional advice to the agricultural and rural community of Glamorgan – a role it continues to provide to this day.

The current Partners and Staff still possess the same in-depth regional and local knowledge which have ensured the continued success of the company.

 

Contact the Cowbridge Office

 


Andrew Thomas - HRT
Andrew Thomas

BSc (Land Man) MRICS, FAAV, FLAA
Director

01446 776386
andrewthomas@hrt.uk.com

W Philip Thomas - HRT
W.Philip Thomas

Dip (Est Man) MRICS, FAAV
Director

01446 776370
philipthomas@hrt.uk.com

Robert Calcaterra - HRT
Robert Calcaterra

FNAEA
Director

01446 772911
robertcalcaterra@hrt.uk.com

Gavin Rees - HRT
Gavin Rees

MNAEA
Director

01656 660036
gavinrees@hrt.uk.com

James Mordecai - HRT
James Mordecai

Bsc (Hons), MRICS
Director

01446 776385
jamesmordecai@hrt.uk.com

Anna Cheney - HRT
Anna Cheney

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

01446 772911
annacheney@hrt.uk.com

Alison Gin - HRT
Alison Ginn

BSc MRICS FAAV
Consultant

01446 772911
alisonginn@hrt.uk.com

Matthew Jarrold - HRT
Matthew Jarrold
BSc (Land Man) MRICS, FAAV, FLAA
Chartered Surveyor
07970 260361
Dan - HRT
Daniel Jones

BSc (Land Man) MRICS
Chartered Surveyor

01446 776379
danieljones@hrt.uk.com

Amelia - HRT
Amelia Shepherd

BSc (Hons)
Graduate Surveyor

01446 776379
ameliashepherd@hrt.uk.com

Sharon Potts - HRT
Sharon Potts

BA (Hons)
Finance Manager

01446 776375
sharonpotts@hrt.uk.com

Rachel Blakemore - HRT
Rachel Blakemore

BA (Hons)
Finance & Market Administrator

01446 776371
rachelblakemore@hrt.uk.com

Sarah Dando - HRT
Sarah Dando

PA to Andrew Thomas / PR & Social Media

01446 776379
sarahdando@hrt.uk.com

Charlotte Vaughan - HRT
Charlotte Vaughan

PA to the Property Directors

01446 772911
charlottevaughan@hrt.uk.com

Linda Blackall - HRT
Linda Blackall

Receptionist

01446 772911
lindablackall@hrt.uk.com

Sebastian Southwood - HRT
Sebastian Southwood

Sales Negotiator

01446 772911
sebastiansouthwood@hrt.uk.com

Deborah Haines - HRT
Deborah Haines

Sales Negotiator

 
Hannah Williams - HRT
Hannah Williams

Sales Negotiator

01446 772911
hannahwilliams@hrt.uk.com

Sian Taylor - HRT
Sian Taylor

Associate Director
Residential Rental Manager

01446 776374
siantaylor@hrt.uk.com

Alison Cook - HRT
Alison Cook

PA to the Associate Director / Rental Manager

01446 776374
alisoncook@hrt.uk.com 

Bethan Garett - HRT
Bethan Garrett

Rental Assistant

01446 776374
bethangarrett@hrt.uk.com



Andrew Thomas - Cowbridge

Andrew Thomas
BSc (Land Man) MRICS, FAAV, FLAA
Director

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 26 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 30 years rostrum experience. He specialises in the sale by auction of property, chattels 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, Lloyds 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.

01446 776386
andrewthomas@hrt.uk.com 

 

 


 

W.Philip Thomas

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

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 has recently retired from the Secretary to the Glamorgan Grassland Society role, after 17 years. Philip is a Committee Member of the Country Land Owners Association (Wales) and has recently been appointed as Chairman of Glamorgan, Monmouth  & Brecon Branch of the 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 45 years and stood as a governor for Llanfair Primary School for eight years. Philip is also a former Chairman of Maendy Young Farmers Club.

01446 776370
philipthomas@hrt.com 

 

 


 

Robert Calcaterra Director Cowbridge

Robert Calcaterra
FNAEA
Director

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.

01446 772911
robertcalcaterra@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Gavin Rees Director

Gavin Rees
MNAEA
Director

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 estate agency to manage offices for a corporate firm of estate agents in the Cardiff Area prior to joining the company. Through his experience in all sectors of the property market Gavin has accumulated a wealth of knowledge of the South Wales property industry.

01656 66003
gavinrees@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

James Mordecai Director

James Mordecai
Bsc (Hons), MRICS
Director

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 was appointed Partner in 2014. James heads up the Commercial Department and 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 Principality Building Society, HSBC and Handelsbanken valuation panels.

01446 776385
jamesmordecai@hrt.uk.com 

 

 


 

 

Anna Cheney Town & Country Planning

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 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.

01446 772911
annacheney@hrt.uk.com 

 

 


 

Alison

Alison Ginn
BSc MRICS FAAV
Consultant

Alison has been with Herbert R Thomas since 1995 and deals with a wide range of professional work including valuations for all purposes, expert reports, compulsory purchase and property compensation. Alison specialises in Part 1 claims in connection with Highway Road Schemes.

01446 772911
alisonginn@hrt.uk.com 

 

 


 

Dan

Daniel Jones
BSc (Land Man) MRICS
Chartered Surveyor

Daniel joined Herbert R Thomas in 2018 as a Chartered Surveyor. A former pupil of Cowbridge Comprehensive School, he graduated from The Royal Agricultural University with a BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management degree and qualified as a Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2017. Daniel is part of the Agricultural department and is responsible for land agency, rural estate management and property sales, as well as auctioneering at the Cowbridge and Penderyn Markets. Before joining Herbert R Thomas, Daniel spent three years working as a land agent on behalf of utility companies with clients such as Affinity Water, Cadent Gas and SSE and is well well-appointed to advise clients on compensation and CPO work.

01446 776379
danieljones@hrt.uk.com 

 

 


 

Amelia

Amelia Shepherd BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons)
Graduate Surveyor

Amelia joined Herbert R Thomas in Summer 2017 as a Graduate Surveyor after graduating from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester with a BSc (Hons) in Rural Land Management and will be sitting the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors APC in 2019. Amelia is part of the Herbert R Thomas Commercial and Agricultural department, primarily responsible for all aspects of commercial agency, in addition to property/land valuations and land agency. Living within the Vale of Glamorgan, Amelia has a wealth of knowledge with her family being well established locally in the property sector.

01446 776379
ameliashepherd@hrt.uk.com 

 

 


 

Sharon Potts Finance Manager

Sharon Potts
BA (Hons)
Finance Manager

Sharon joined Herbert R Thomas in January 2016 and provides financial support to all three branches of Herbert R Thomas. In 2013 she gained her B.A.(Hons) in Business Studies, having previously worked as an Office Manager and in Payroll for a number of years. Sharon is constantly looking at ways to move the business forward by improving and streamlining our financial systems thereby making the business more efficient.

01446 776375
sharonpotts@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Rachel Blakemore Finance & Market Administrator

Rachel Blakemore
BA (Hons)
Finance & Market Administrator

Rachel joined Herbert R Thomas in September 2010. Rachel deals with all aspects of our Livestock Markets, ranging from paperwork, tagging rules, to being hands on - weighing the sheep at the markets. Rachel was brought up on a hill sheep farm which has given her significant knowledge of the livestock and agricultural sector and was involved with Llantrisant Young Farmers Club for many years.
Since joining the finance team, Rachel's role includes the day to day running of the Clients Account, as well as assisting the Finance Manager in the smooth running of all three branches.

01446 776371
rachelblakemore@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Sarah Dando PA to Andrew Thomas / PR & Social Media

Sarah Dando
PA to Andrew Thomas / PR & Social Media

Sarah joined Herbert R Thomas in July 2014 as PA to Andrew Thomas. She has a wealth of administration and secretarial experience working for varying businesses. Sarah is extremely organised and is dedicated to her role in the Cowbridge office.

01446 776379
sarahdando@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Charlotte Vaughan PA to the Property Directors

Charlotte Vaughan
PA to the Property Directors

Charlotte graduated from Cardiff University with 2:1 in criminology in 2009 and joined Herbert R Thomas in November 2013 as PA to Robert Calcaterra with previous experience of working locally as a rental negotiator. Charlotte is office based, highly organised and enjoys working as part of a successful sales team.

01446 772911
charlottevaughan@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Sebastian Southwood Sales Negotiator

Sebastian Southwood
Sales Negotiator

Sebastian joined Herbert R Thomas in July 2015. He has previous experience in the Country and Executive Homes market covering primarily North Cardiff and Vale he is now an integral part of the Cowbridge residential sales team.

01446 772911
sebastiansouthwood@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Deborah Haines Sales Negotiator

Deborah Haines
Sales Negotiator

Deborah joined Herbert R Thomas in September 2017, having worked previously as a Sales Negotiator in The Vale. She lives locally, in Ogmore by Sea and brings to the team over 25 years management experience in Sales, Customer Service and Administration.

01446 772911
deborahhaines@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Hannah Williams Sales Negotiator

Hannah Williams
Sales Negotiator

Hannah joined Herbert R Thomas in May 2019, having previously worked as a sales negotiator in Penarth. Hannah has a great understanding of the local area as she has grown up in Bonvilston. Hannah has brought a wealth of experience with her and is able to develop this within our residential department.

01446 772911
hannahwilliams@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Linda Blackall Receptionist

Linda Blackall
Receptionist

Linda joined Herbert R Thomas in March 2014 as our Receptionist at our Cowbridge Office. Having previously worked in Retail Management for many years, and owning her own business, Linda will transfer her experience in delivering excellent customer service to this role.

01446 772911
lindablackall@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sian Taylor Rental Manager

Sian Taylor
MARLA
Associate Director
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.

01446 776374
siantaylor@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Alison Cook

Alison Cook
Rental Assistant

Alison joined Herbert R Thomas in 2006 and undertakes the Rental Administration within the Department. Having previously worked in the Civil Service for 25 years Alison is very experienced in dealing with administrative duties. Alison prides herself on providing an excellent service to all landlords and tenants. Alison has lived in Cowbridge for over 20 years so is very familiar with Vale and the surrounding areas.

01446 776374
alisoncook@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethan Garrett

Bethan Garrett
Rental Assistant

Bethan joined Herbert R Thomas in August 2018 and undertakes both the Rental Administration and also supports the Rental Manager with viewings and property inspections. Having previously worked in Cowbridge for a number of years, Beth has a knowledge of Cowbridge and the local area. From her previous role, Beth has excellent administrative skills and takes pride in providing a good level of service to all our clients.

01446 776374
bethangarrett@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 

 


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