HRT expands commercial team

Herbert R Thomas (HRT) has expanded its commercial department with the appointment of a new Chartered Surveyor.

John Jones joins from Ashtenne Industrial Fund where he asset managed a portfolio of commercial properties throughout Wales and the South West.

With over 13 years’ experience in commercial agency, John is well versed in handling complex acquisitions, lettings and disposals of commercial property, giving advice to both landlords and tenants on asset management and relocations strategies as well as advising on commercial development.

A fluent Welsh speaker, John has an honours degree from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) and is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

John will work alongside James Mordecai in the HRT commercial team to provide commercial advice across the industrial, office, retail and development sectors. Working from HRT’s Cowbridge and Neath offices, John will work with clients across South, Mid and West Wales on a portfolio which includes such properties as the Vale Business Park, Llandow Trading Estate and Rassau Industrial Estate.

On joining HRT, John said: “I’m delighted to be joining Herbert R Thomas to help grow the commercial department throughout South and West Wales . Despite its long history in the south Wales property market, it is a very forward thinking, proactive company and its commercial team has an enviable reputation for its expertise and knowledge of the local market. I’m excited to be joining at a time when the commercial property market in south Wales is really picking up and I’m looking forward to using my experience, knowledge and contacts to great effect.”

Andrew Thomas, partner at HRT, said: “The commercial property market in south Wales has been stagnant for a number of years but during the past six months we have witnessed green shoots of recovery, which is echoed across the UK. We’re very optimistic that this positive trend is set to continue and are actively looking for new opportunities in the market place. With this growth comes the need to expand our team and we’re pleased to welcome John into the fold. His experience and knowledge of the local market will undoubtedly help us with our expansion plans.”

Founded in 1926, Herbert R Thomas is a multi-discipline property agency specialising in residential sales and lettings, commercial property transactions, property development, auctions and agricultural services.