People

Directors

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 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.

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.

Technical Directors

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.

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 being promoted to Technical Director in 2017. Jane is a Conservation Accredited Engineer.

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 and her work on Norton Priory, Runcorn won the same award in 2017.

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 sits on the Board and various committees.

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.

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 as an Associate having developed his career with a number of high-profile consultancies, and was promoted to Technical Director in 2019, .

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.

Associates

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.

Gary Lyle

Gary Lyle

Gary joined the Glasgow office as an Associate in 2018 having worked for a number of years for a reputable Glasgow based practice.

Gary is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 15 years industry experience. Gary has extensive experience and knowledge in the insurance sector on major and complex losses whilst also having undertaken projects in commercial, residential, retail and industrial sectors.

In addition, Gary has a wide range of experience in all other aspects of Building Surveying and Project Management.

John Graham

John Graham

John is a Chartered Building Engineer, Project Manager & Building Surveyor who has developed extensive and varied experience in a number of public and private sector organisations.

He specialises in the fast track project management of industrial, commercial & domestic insurance funded reinstatements, building a reputation for excellence with key Major Loss Stakeholders.

Qualified in Asbestos management and highly experienced in works to Listed Buildings and radon mitigation, John assembles ad hoc design teams including Architects, M&E consultants & Quantity Surveyors to deliver complex, time driven schemes in a high quality cost efficient manner.

Julian Lee

Julian Lee

Julian joined Thomasons in 2013 and has 30 years’ experience in structural engineering. Julian has experience across a wide range of industry sectors including retail, residential, commercial, hotels, stadia, education and industrial facilities.

Notable projects Julian has worked on include, Manchester United Football Club - stadium expansions, Asda Falkirk – 270,000 ft2 chilled distribution centre (resident engineer), Symphony Housing – reconstruction of fire damaged apartment block, Sainsburys - Banbury, United Utilities – WwTW, Park Inn – new Manchester hotel and Blessed Trinity RC High School (Burnley) - BSF programme.

He currently focusses on project managing building reinstatements for major loss insurance claims.

Brian N. Bickerstaffe

Brian N. Bickerstaffe

Brian has worked for Thomasons since 1998 and has more than 35 years of experience in the residential, educational and retail sector. As a Chartered Building Surveyor, Brian specialises in the diagnostic assessment of flood and water damage, its ramifications and repair. He also specialises in Litigation issues acting in the capacity of expert witness, the assessment and repair of building failures and contract and project management,

Brian performs party wall duties and prepares schedules of dilapidation and condition for presentation in the commercial and industrial sectors. Working predominantly in the North West of England many of Brian's projects have been carried out for clients such as the peel group, the universities of Manchester, Salford and Liverpool, Manchester City Council and numerous local councils and housing associations together with a variety of high profile private clients.