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

BSc (Land Man) MRICS, FAAV, FLAA
Director

01446 776386
andrewthomas@hrt.uk.com

W.Phillip Thomas

Dip (Est Man) MRICS, FAAV
Director

01446 776370
philipthomas@hrt.uk.com

Robert Calcaterra

FNAEA
Director

01446 772911
robertcalcaterra@hrt.uk.com

Gavin Rees

MNAEA
Director

01656 660036
gavinrees@hrt.uk.com

James Mordecai

Bsc (Hons), MRICS
Director

01446 776385
jamesmordecai@hrt.uk.com

Jonathan Davies

BSc (Hons) MRICS
Associate Director

01446 772911
jonathandavies@hrt.uk.com

Anna Cheney

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

01446 772911
annacheney@hrt.uk.com

Matthew Jarrold
BSc (Land Man) MRICS, FAAV, FLAA
Agricultural Consultant
Sharon Potts

BA (Hons)
Finance Manager

01446 776375
sharonpotts@hrt.uk.com

Rachel Blakemore

BA (Hons)
Finance & Market Administrator

01446 776371
rachelblakemore@hrt.uk.com

Sarah Dando

PA to Andrew Thomas

01446 776379
sarahdando@hrt.uk.com

Kelly Thomas

Agricultural & Commercial Administrator

01446 776379
kellythomas@hrt.uk.com

 

Cari Thomas

Graduate Surveyor

01446 776393
carithomas@hrt.uk.com

Charlotte Vaughan

PA to the Property Directors

01446 772911
charlottevaughan@hrt.uk.com

 

Lauren Eley

BA (Hons)
Sales Negotiator

01446 772911
laureneley@hrt.uk.com

Sebastian Southwood


Sales Negotiator

01446 772911
sebastiansouthwood@hrt.uk.com

Linda Blackall

Receptionist

01446 772911
lindablackall@hrt.uk.com

Sue Dobson

Sales Progressor

01446 772911
suedobson@hrt.uk.com

Sian Taylor

MARLA
Residential Rental Manager

01446 776374
siantaylor@hrt.uk.com

Alison Cook

Rental Assistant

01446 776374
alisoncook@hrt.uk.com

Rosemary Staples

Rental Assistant

01446 776374
rosemarystaples@hrt.uk.com

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 776386
Email: andrewthomas@hrt.uk.com

 


 

W.Phillip 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.

Contact Details: 01446 776370
Email: philipthomas@hrt.uk.com 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 772911
Email: robertcalcaterra@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01656 660036
Email: gavinrees@hrt.uk.com 

 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 776385
Email: jamesmordecai@hrt.uk.com 

 


 

Jonathan Davies
BSc (Hons) MRICS
Associate Director

Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor having qualified as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2000 and has an honours degree in Estate Management Surveying from the University of Glamorgan. Jonathan is also an RICS Registered Valuer and has previously worked in both South Wales and North Somerset with various local authorities. Jonathan joined HRT in August 2014 having spent over 7 years with Bruton Knowles Property Consultants where he was a Commercial Associate and a Bank Panel Co-Ordinator. < br/> He specialises in Commercial valuations and has undertaken numerous valuations for secured lending purposes for all of the high street banks and building societies. Jonathan also has experience in acting for a number of private and public clients in rating appeals, compensation claims and often provides strategic property advice to clients. In addition Jonathan has also undertaken a number of Partnership Valuations and Notional Rent Reviews for several GP Surgeries across Wales, Wiltshire and the South West from Wrexham to south Cornwell.

Contact Details: 01446 772911
Email: jonathandavies@hrt.uk.com 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 772911
Email: annacheney@hrt.uk.com 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 776375
Email: sharonpotts@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 776371
Email: rachelblakemore@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

Sarah Dando
PA to Andrew Thomas

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.

Contact Details: 01446 776379
Email: sarahdando@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Kelly Thomas
Agricultural & Commercial Administrator

Kelly joined Herbert R Thomas in January, 2017. Kelly has gained experience in conveyancing, having previously worked in solicitor offices.  Kelly now assists the Directors with the day to day running of the Agricultural and Commercial Departments. Kelly is thoroughly enjoying being part of the team and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Business Administration. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cari Thomas
BSc (Hons)
Graduate Surveyor

Having completed a four year degree course in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University , Cari joined the company as a Graduate Surveyor in July 2016 having graduated with a 2:1 honours degree and is now working towards her MRICS and Agricultural Valuers Qualification. During her placement year she worked for a firm of Chartered Surveyors and Livestock Auctioneers based in Monmouthshire, where she gained valuable experience in all aspects of rural property. Cari was brought up on a working livestock farm in Cardiganshire, West Wales and works within the professional team at Herbert R Thomas assisting on a wide range of professional work including valuations for secured lending purposes, probate and inheritance tax purposes.

Contact Details: 01446 776393
Email: carithomas@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Lauren Eley
BA (Hons)
Sales Negotiator

Lauren joined Herbert R Thomas in January 2014. Lauren graduated from the University of South Wales with a BA degree in Photographic Art. Lauren has been able to used these skills to enhance our sales property brochures. Lauren is extremely organised and is dedicated to the success of the Sales Department.

Contact Details: 01446 772911
Email: laureneley@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 772911
Email: sebastiansouthwood@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Linda Blackall
Receptionist

Linda has recently joined Herbert R Thomas as our new 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.

Contact Details: 01446 772911
Email: lindablackall@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Sue Dobson
Sales Progressor

Sue joined Herbert R Thomas as the Sale Progressor for the Cowbridge & Bridgend offices in April 2016.
Having previously worked in Civil Service Management for many years, Sue has brought her excellent organisational and customer service skills to the role and is keen to help make our customers house sale and move as smooth as possible.

Contact Details: 01446 772911
Email: suedobson@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


 

Sian Taylor
MARLA
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.

Contact Details: 01446 776374
Email: siantaylor@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

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.

Contact Details: 01446 776374
Email: alisoncook@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 


 

Rosemary Staples
Rental Assistant

Rosemary has previous experience of working in a rental department, and joined Herbert R Thomas two years ago. She is involved with her family business with huge experience of varied administrative duties. Rosemary is mainly office based, assisting the Rental Manager and colleagues with the day to day running of the department. Rosemary was born in The Vale of Glamorgan, and has great knowledge of the area.

Contact Details: 01446 776374
Email: rosemarystaples@hrt.uk.com 

 

 

 

 


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