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Directors

Nick Russell

Nick Russell

Nick leads Thomasons’ Guildford office. Qualified as both a chartered structural and civil engineer, he has vast experience from a 36-year career.

His significant projects span town centre developments, offices, educational establishments, urban regeneration, site remediation and complex alterations to existing buildings.

He is in high demand as an expert witness both in the UK and overseas and received the civil and structural engineering Expert Witness of the Year award from Lawyer Monthly in 2016 for his outstanding work.

Nick has had close ties with the Institution of Structural Engineers for many years and was President in 2014. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, a member of its Advisory Board and chair of the Joint Board of Moderators, which accredits civil engineering degrees.

David Manion

David Manion

David joined Thomasons in 1996 with a varied background gained from working for leading UK contractors, an engineering consultancy and loss adjuster.

Many of his projects have been for high-profile retailers, including Primark, Selfridges, Starbucks and PC World. He is also involved in insurance work involving major losses for clients including Bawtry Carbon, Bawtry, Smurfit Kappa, Wetherby and numerous insurance claims for loss adjusters Cunningham Lindsey and Crawford & Co.

David also acts as an expert witness usually involving investigations into building failures.

Richard Levery

Richard Levery

Joining Thomasons in 1986, Richard was originally based in Leeds before setting up the Manchester office in 1990. Today he continues to head the Manchester office and also plays a leading role in practice development across the company. He also takes overall responsibility for Thomasons’ offices in Liverpool and Glasgow.

In his current role, Richard co-ordinates the design input to a wide range of new build, refurbishment and infrastructure projects.

In addition to design work, our Manchester office manages a significant volume of insurance cases. Richard frequently acts as an expert witness, investigating and reporting on the cause of building failures and on issues involving professional negligence.

Fraser Robb

Fraser Robb

Fraser has worked for Thomasons for 19 years. In addition to leading the design and engineering work for new build and refurbishment projects, he spearheads Thomasons’ drive to maintain the highest safety standards in projects across the business.

Working primarily across the retail, healthcare and residential sectors, Fraser’s notable projects include the refurbishment of Superdry’s flagship store on Regent Street and Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, which is creating a new class-leading hospital and is the largest project secured by Thomasons’ London office.

Steve McSorley

Steve McSorley

Steve is the director responsible for marketing across Thomasons and is also actively involved with delivering projects for Thomasons London.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in the health, retail and residential sectors and 10 years on educational (primary, secondary and tertiary) projects.

His major healthcare projects include the £150m redevelopment of Luton and Dunstable Hospital, the £17m maternity department at Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the £12m A&E department at Whipps Cross Hospital. Key retail clients include Debenhams and Victoria’s Secret. Residential schemes include a £17m, twelve-storey development with basement parking in Wembley and a number of independent living and care homes for the elderly. In the education sector, Steve led our teams on the £12m Broadwater Farm Inclusive Learning Campus and several projects at London Metropolitan University.

Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis

Paul has wide experience in all aspects of civil and structural engineering. As a director he oversees project and practice management, while retaining close links with the engineering detail. He is also responsible for new product innovation at Thomasons and is the inventor of Smartplate, a patented adjustable steel to concrete connection system.

His experience spans a wide range of industry sectors from new build construction in structural steel, reinforced concrete and masonry, to the sympathetic refurbishment of listed buildings. His projects include Farnham town centre redevelopment, Tormead School, Bedford Modern School, The Beacon in Hemel Hempstead and Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Paul is also a skilled expert witness.

Gary Brown

Gary Brown

With past experience of working in design offices and as a resident engineer on site, Gary has a strong grounding in the construction industry.

As a director, he oversees projects involving new buildings, infrastructure and refurbishments, including historic structures. His specific area of expertise is in the design and investigation of defective structures.

Gary is frequently consulted about remediation work for buildings damaged by fire, explosion, flood or collapse, and with extensive knowledge in this area he is in high demand as an expert witness.

Rob Barnes

Rob Barnes

Rob has worked for Thomasons since 1996. As both a chartered builder and chartered structural engineer, he brings practical building expertise to engineering solutions.

Rob’s work spans projects across the retail, education and residential sectors. His retail clients include Selfridges, Dixons Carphone, Starbucks and Fortnum and Mason, while in the educational sector he has been involved in designing new facilities for Cranleigh School, Caterham School and Colfe’s School.

Technical Directors

Alan Lace-Evans

Alan Lace-Evans

Alan has more than 30 years’ experience as a chartered structural engineer, working in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Caribbean and Far East.

He has built specific expertise in the retail, leisure and educational sectors for clients as diverse as Debenhams, British Land and Crown Estate Retail Parks, Dixons Carphone, the University of London and Turtle Bay Restaurants. In addition, he leads the design of alterations and extensions to prime commercial buildings, some of which are Grade l and ll listed. Alan also advises on party wall awards and acts as an expert witness in court cases involving building construction defects.

A leading retailer appointed Alan to conduct structural surveys of around 100 clothing factories in Bangladesh following the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, the worst industrial building disaster in recent times. Alan continues to advise on the structural integrity of building facilities in Asia and North Africa.

Heather Mannings

Heather Mannings

Heather has 20 years’ experience of structural engineering projects. She initially worked with Arup in Sheffield, London and New York, qualifying as a Chartered Engineer with both ICE and IStructE.

As Technical Director, Heather focuses on resourcing and quality control for projects.

She specialises in investigating structural defects in both modern and historic buildings, and also works on design and refurbishment projects. Her projects encompass domestic homes and commercial premises, including the iconic Grade II listed Royal Exchange Building in Manchester.

Heather is also regularly called upon as an expert witness.

Darren Gowers

Darren Gowers

Starting his career as a structural technician, Darren joined Thomasons in 1993. He leads the building surveying team in Manchester and runs Thomasons’ Glasgow office, focusing primarily on major loss work.

He has project managed the reinstatement of several large insurance projects, providing the reinstatement schedules, specifications and cost estimates required to assist with agreeing financial settlements. Cases have involved extensive floods in North Wales, Yorkshire, Humberside and Carlisle. He has also dealt with fire damage contracts across Britain with values up to £20m.

Chris Smaller

Chris Smaller

Chris is a chartered structural and civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience; he has a particular passion for structural steelwork and conservation work.

He heads a team of engineers responsible for projects in the leisure, residential and retail sectors with a varied portfolio including famous brands Harvey Nichols and Debenhams. Recent projects include leading the structural work at Charters Village, an award-winning retirement village in East Grinstead, and the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire.

Chris has played an active role in the Surrey Branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers for many years and is an examiner for the Institution’s Part 3 Professional Chartered Examination.

Ian Booth

Ian Booth

Ian has worked in the construction industry for more than 38 years and has held a series of senior level roles in consultancies across North West England.

He has been responsible for the design and management of civil and structural projects across a wide range of sectors, including education, retail, leisure, commercial, industrial, healthcare, municipal, residential, waste sector, flood remediation/protection and ports. He also provides structural advice for insurance and loss adjusting claims.

His many high profile local projects include new build, extensions and refurbishments for the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, including the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He also acted as engineering project director in delivering sports halls and accommodation for the soccer academies of Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club. Other projects include the recently completed Act 2 renovation of Liverpool’s Grade ll Listed Royal Court Theatre, together with a number of £multi-million private homes.

Michael Broadbent

Michael Broadbent

Over a 30-year career in the construction industry, Michael has built an impressive portfolio of projects over a wide range of business sectors and developed strong long-term relationships with high profile clients.

In the retail sector he has designed new stores or major refurbishments for Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl, Aldi and Netto, and has led major distribution warehousing projects for leading brands including B&Q, Asda and Volvo. His leisure sector clients include LivingWell leisure, Esporta and Pure Gym. He has also provided structural expertise for major mixed-use developments including Gloucester Quays and Media City, and in the educational sector he has worked on many new schools and refurbishments, including BSF and PFI procured schools with leading developers including Bovis Lend Lease and Carillion.

Jane Entwistle

Jane Entwistle

Jane joined Thomasons in 2003 and has been an Associate since 2004 before recently being promoted to Technical Director.

She works primarily on existing buildings and refurbishment projects and has a specific interest in historic buildings. Her work on restoring the Grade II* Victorian conservatory at Wentworth Castle in Barnsley won the best sustainable project category in the 2014 IStructE North West Structural Awards.

Jane frequently investigates building defects and prepares reports for litigation purposes.

Closely involved with the Institution of Structural Engineers for many years, Jane, who is a past Chairman of the Lancashire & Cheshire Branch, currently serves as a Vice President of the Institution and chairs its Membership Committee and Ethics Panel.

David Cooper

David Cooper

Joining Thomasons ten years ago, David has extensive experience in structural design across projects in the retail, leisure, commercial, residential, education and industrial sectors.

In addition to leading the design of new build schemes, he specialises in reinstatement works for buildings subject to structural failure or damaged by fire, flood or impact.

His recent projects include the reinstatement of a fire-damaged foundry in Bolton and providing specialist structural advice for dismantling the former main stand at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield stadium, creating new social spaces for students at the University of Central Lancashire and a development of 160 new homes in Salford.

Principal Associates

Alasdair Beal

Alasdair Beal

Alasdair has wide experience in structural and civil engineering in a career spanning more than 40 years. He joined Thomasons Leeds in 1981, bringing design experience on long span bridges and domestic and commercial buildings.

As Principal Associate, Alasdair is responsible for leading the design of new structures, alterations and historic buildings, as well as civil engineering and drainage projects. He also produces surveys and reports for property purchases, insurance claims and litigation.

His structural work on important listed buildings includes Dean Clough Mills in Halifax and Salt’s Mill in Saltaire. Award-winning projects include the restoration of the fire-damaged Owston Hall in Doncaster and the stabilisation of Yorkshire Water’s leaning Seven Arches Aqueduct.

Alasdair has written many technical papers and has been recognised with awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is also a regular speaker at engineering conferences and meetings.

Barry Watts

Barry Watts

Barry has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and delivery of civil and structural engineering works.

He is responsible for healthcare, retail and new build projects at Thomasons Leeds, involving the structural design of buildings, together with associated drainage, roads and car parks. Barry also specialises in the refurbishment of Grade II listed buildings including mills, hospitals and houses.

His expertise is called on for structural reports related to insurance claims and he is also a highly experienced expert witness.

His notable projects include Liverpool’s state-of-the-art Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre; the carbon zero renovation of Titanic Mills in Huddersfield, a Grade II listed mill complex and the Greenhouse, Leeds, a pioneering low carbon development of eco flats and offices.

Associates

Stuart Broadley

Stuart Broadley

As an experienced chartered building surveyor, Stuart joined Thomasons Leeds in 2002 to develop the practice’s building surveying service.

He and his team have built a strong reputation for their expertise in the many facets of building surveying and now provide a full range of these services for many different types of building across the UK. They regularly advise property owners, landlords and tenants on the maintenance and repair of buildings and on lease-related matters, often working closely on projects with their engineer colleagues. Stuart has a wealth of experience in managing building projects, ranging from the repair of historic buildings to alterations and conversions, and the restoration of buildings following flood or fire damage.

He also regularly provides advice in relation to party wall and other matters involving neighbours and is a highly-experienced expert witness on building-related disputes.

Xavier Martinez

Xavier Martinez

As Head of Civil Engineering, Xavier oversees Thomasons’ civil engineering projects in our London, Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds and Southend-on-Sea offices and is responsible for business development in this sector.

A Chartered Civil Engineer and project management professional with more than 18 years’ experience, Xavier has managed and led the design of a wide range of infrastructure projects, from conception to design and construction. Working for both engineering and construction companies has given him a broad understanding of engineering principles across a range of disciplines.

Xavier has specific expertise in water-related infrastructure projects for local authorities and private clients, in the UK and Spain, which has included design work related to the sewer infrastructure in Barcelona.

Damian Cliff

Damian Cliff

Damian joined Thomasons in 2000 and has more than 25 years’ experience in structural engineering.

He has extensive experience in reporting on and remediation of structural failures resulting from subsidence, fire, flood, storm and explosion damage, and frequently assists in resolving insurance claim disputes and providing expert reports for legal proceedings.

Damian’s commercial experience spans a wide range of new build and refurbishment projects for clients including Apple, Arcadia Group, Debenhams, TK Maxx, Starbucks, HomeSense and Yorkshire Water. Notable projects include the structural design of a flagship multi-dealership car showroom in Grimsby for Hartwell, new drainage infrastructure for Coca-Cola Enterprises’ soft drinks plant in Wakefield and the Topshop store at Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Rick Mallett

Rick Mallett

Rick is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and has more than thirty years’ professional consultancy experience in structural and civil engineering projects involving a broad range of new build and refurbishment works.

He works alongside clients to strengthen their in-house technical expertise for briefings, investigations, reporting, specification and remedial works procedures, especially for those involving aged reinforced concrete structures, listed buildings or multiple sites.

Rick’s many high profile projects include Southwark underground station for the Jubilee Line extension. His work on the refurbishment of the NCP car park in Brewer Street, London, received a special commendation in the British Parking Association awards. He also led a team that designed the buildings, infrastructure and off-site highway works for The Quarry, a luxury housing development in Guildford set within the challenging confines of a disused chalk quarry.

Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks

Joining Thomasons in 2011, Peter brings more than 40 years’ experience as a structural engineer to his role as head of Thomasons Birmingham.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in a diverse range of projects across the health, education, commercial, residential, retail, industrial, oil and marine sectors.

Peter has extensive experience of inspecting and assessing existing buildings, option appraisals, feasibility studies and providing detailed design for new-build and refurbishment projects.

His notable work includes the transformation of a rundown unit at Sears Retail Park in Solihull into a superb new facility for leading brand Next, which was recognised with a prestigious Midlands Counties Regional Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Stuart Neal

Stuart Neal

Stuart has worked for Thomasons, Guildford for almost 10 years, during which time he has been responsible for the design and management of both new build and refurbishment projects.

His many noteworthy projects include the design of the UK’s largest (Europe’s second largest) multi-use sports hall at Mayesbrook Park in Barking, the only new, purpose-built games training venue for the London 2012 Olympics.

Kalpesh Chavda

Kalpesh Chavda

Kalpesh joined Thomasons in 2017 following a career with leading engineering consultancies, including Mott MacDonald and Buro Happold. He is a chartered structural engineer and holds a degree in structural engineering with architecture, which gives him an excellent understanding of aesthetic considerations within projects.

He has a broad skills base with extensive experience particularly in the education and industrial sectors. His diverse projects range from complex set designs for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, through to a £100m 48 storey mixed-use tower in Bahrain.

At Thomasons he specialises in building damage assessment and reinstatement, and the retail sector, working with a number of Thomason’s blue-chip clients. Notable projects include the major refurbishment of Salts Mill near Bradford, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Darren Williams

Darren Williams

Darren joined Thomasons in 2004 and has strong experience of complex residential, commercial and healthcare refurbishments across a diverse range of sectors.

His detailed knowledge of construction and repair methodology has been applied to projects for famous retail brands across the UK and Europe, including Starbucks, Selfridges, Debenhams, Jamie's Italian, Waterstones and PC World; he is also involved in the ongoing redevelopment work at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Another aspect of his work is conducting structural surveys on listed buildings, on behalf of both tenants and landlords.

To support the next generation of engineers, Darren organises work experience for school students and undergraduates at Thomasons' Guildford office. He also plays an active role at the Institution of Structural Engineers (Surrey Branch) in the preparation course for the Chartered Member examination.

Peter Brook

Peter Brook

Peter is a chartered quantity surveyor with a broad range of skills and experience gained over 30 years. He joined Thomasons’ Manchester office in 2017, having developed his career with a number of high-profile consultancies.

His extensive expertise spans quantity surveying, project management, employer’s agent and expert witness roles, across the private and public sectors and insurance industry.

Peter has acted on many major loss claims including complex projects such as the £12m fast track food processing plant refurbishment for Tilda Ltd. He is experienced in major regeneration and re-development schemes, including a major £multi-million mixed use commercial development in Sheffield city centre.

Peter’s role at Thomasons is to bring his cost management experience to enhance the project management of £multi-million projects.

Ewa Ambrosius

Ewa Ambrosius

Ewa joined Thomasons in 2010. She gained a Masters in structural and civil engineering from Poznan University in Poland and has experience of working both on construction sites and in design offices.

She is responsible for the design of concrete, steel, masonry and timber structures, mainly in the healthcare, educational and housing sectors.

Her notable projects include the detailed structural design for the award-winning Finchley Memorial Hospital; the foundation and superstructure design of Kingsley Green Hospital in Hertfordshire and extension and refurbishment work for four schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

She currently leads a team that is delivering the structural design for the £200m redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, North London - the largest project to date secured by Thomasons London.

Olando Hunter

Olando Hunter

With over 15 years’ experience in the structural engineering industry, Olando joined Thomasons in 2011.

Olando has worked across a range of sectors including education, retail, commercial, domestic, power and railways and has been responsible for the design and management of small and medium-sized projects, from conception to completion.

He has worked on a number of notable projects including the remodelling of Patek Phillipe’s flagship Bond Street store.

Mark Asplin

Mark Asplin

In addition to his role as Associate, Mark is Group BIM Manager and champions its implementation across the firm to keep Thomasons at the cutting-edge of the latest developments in technology.

Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). He leads a team of technicians who provide structural drawings and expertise on infrastructure works, including drainage, road design, cut and fill and flood risk.

His projects range from small retail outlets to major town centre redevelopments, from single houses to multi-storey hotels and from class room extensions to new sports halls.

Mathew Fairie

Mathew Fairie

Mathew joined Thomasons Leeds in 2004, and has 20 years’ experience working for consultancies across all market sectors. He has been responsible for a variety of work including project management, structural surveying and the design and drawings for new projects as well as alterations to existing buildings.

Notable projects Mathew has worked on include the project management of the £1.5m repair and reconstruction of Atique Textiles in Bradford.

Tracy Magee

Tracy Magee

Tracy joined Thomasons in 2015 from multinational consultancy Amec Foster Wheeler.

Her broad range of experience spans many sectors including waste, nuclear decommissioning, renewable energy, property and central/local government projects.

She specialises in delivering high quality, value engineered civil and infrastructure projects, from conception through to detailed design and implementation. As Associate, she leads a multi-disciplinary infrastructure team that provides services across the UK.

Recent projects include the structural and civil design for a major rail loading waste transfer station in Knowsley, and an options appraisal and engineering constraints review for a proposed new residual waste treatment facility, Parc Adfer, at Deeside in North Wales. Tracy has also undertaken several flood alleviation schemes nationally and has led a multi-disciplinary team responsible for flood analysis, risk management and the implementation of flood defence measures.

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