I have over 30 years’ experience in Architecture and Construction Consultancy. I am passionate about JDA and take pride in how the business has evolved and the variety of projects and clients we service. We have continued to secure exciting schemes and have an enviable portfolio of projects. I particularly enjoy working closely with clients strategically, finding solutions to unlock complicated sites and having the vision and experience to help clients maximise opportunities. Whilst I do spend fair amounts of my working week managing the business I still remain “hands on” with clients and thoroughly enjoy the projects I work on.
I have worked on so many projects over the past 30 years it is difficult to choose. I recall one project very early in my career where I created a unique specialist home to enable a young man with a severe aquired brain injury to be cared for in his home, rather than spending his life in hospital. My favourite JDA project has to be working with Center Parcs to develop the design of their new “Aqua Sana” Spa Concept which we rolled out on their four UK villages in 2002/3. The schemes involved working closely with a wide team of specialists, included a mix of 2 new build projects and 2 refurbishment projects and kicked off with a tour of various Spas’ in Austria to seek inspiration!
If not watching the cricket at Trent Bridge I enjoy travelling, listening to music and increasingly enjoy growing my own veg! Whilst work and family commitments limit the amount of spare time, I have been known to wander into the fells and have walked many of the “Wainwrights” in the Lake District, a few “Munro’s” in Scotland and have staggered around the Yorkshire 3 peaks on two occasions for charity.
My first 15 years within the industry was spent on the contracting side during which time I obtained a B.Sc. in quantity surveying. I held several senior commercial management positions including the role of senior QS on a billion dollar motorway project in Asia, before moving into Consultancy with JDA in 2001. I like to think that I have fairly no nonsense approach and pride myself on doing my very best for clients and their projects. I believe that the wide experience gained from working for both contracting and consultancy organisations has been a huge asset when identifying and advising clients of project risks and solutions.
It is almost impossible to choose a favourite as I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work on an incredible variety of projects all with their own unique challenges and opportunities. Whilst it consumed my life for 3 years, my favourite JDA project is probably a cluster of projects where I acted as Contract Administrator on Center Parcs “Sun” projects where we delivered over 400 new lodges, 4 new Aqua Sana’s and various restaurants and sports facilities on their 4 UK villages.
I love all sport be it playing or spectating, travelling and finding destinations off the beaten track. I am a keen fell walker and, having conquered the Yorkshire 3 peaks several times, I completed the coast to coast walk in 2015. The walking helps burn the calories consumed when indulging in my passion for real ale. I am a member of my local golf club, but an occasional golfer who has a handicap 20 shots higher than my 18 year old son!
Having gained a degree in Construction Management I initially fell into design rather than Project Management although my heart was always in the management of projects. Having started at JDA supporting the design team after a couple of years I was given the opportunity to progress into a project management role which I fully embraced and have flourished thereafter. JDA has created me the opportunity to develop to a senior Director level in the business and I take personal pride in the numerous multi million pound projects I have successfully delivered. I have thoroughly enjoyed the more interactive position being a PM provides. Building close relationships with Clients and Contractors is my forte, along with bringing commercial understanding and value.
One of my first projects that I led as a Project Manager was a new cricket centre of excellence for Warsop Sporting Trust, a charitable organisation. The £2.5m new build project involved the creation of new cricket & football pitches along with bowling green, indoor nets, clubhouse and banqueting facilities. The project was a huge success and has seen the club go from strength to strength over the last decade. 2015 saw the club host a first class County Match for NCCC, the first time they had played a home match away from Trent Bridge for many years, and one of their young players is now playing for the England Lions and knocking on the door of the England first team.
With two young children my life outside work is not really my own. I do however find time to still play what vaguely passes as football and enjoy tennis when the weather permits.
I have been with JDA over twenty years, having started on my year out between parts 1 and 2 of my university degree. In that time I have seen and been integral to the growth of the business from modest beginnings to the multi-disciplinary practice it is today. My passions in relation to architecture are for the more urban-design-oriented projects, and for opportunities to integrate sensitive contemporary designs into traditional settings. My love of buildings can be attributed to a childhood building Lego (a pleasure that I can now relive through my own young family).
The two projects I have enjoyed the most were both town centre regeneration schemes involving mixed-use commercial and residential developments. In each case the site was within a conservation area, with adjoining listed buildings, and the design solutions that evolved both respected these constraints and enhanced the surroundings, restored street scenes, offered up new urban spaces and experiences, and did so in an entirely modern manner.
I don’t have a life as I have two small children! Any opportunity to find a quiet hour to retreat to my garden with a book and a beer is always appreciated, if seldom achieved. In the days before children, when I did have some spare time, I researched and wrote a book on the Victorian architect Watson Fothergill (which has been moderately successful) and have given talks and presentations on his work.
I wanted to become an Architect from a young age and directed all my academic studies towards this target. Following gaining First Class or Distinction grades for all of RIBA Parts 1-3, I have gained experience working in small, medium and large international architectural practices on an array of project types at all work stages in both the private and public sectors. As a result I have a breadth of architectural knowledge to offer Clients. I decided to join JDA in 2015 to work in an enthusiastic, close knit team on small and medium sized projects, enabling me to develop close working relationships with Clients, Consultants and Contractors.
In my time at JDA my favourite project has been developing the Planning stage design for the new Apartment building at the new Center Parcs in Ireland. It is exciting to be part of such a significant project and I look forward to being involved in its progress following the Planning process. Prior to JDA my favourite project was leading the employer’s requirements package for a large high-end retail development in Marseille, France. The main attractions on this project were designing the form of the undulating geodesic roof canopy, the project’s proximity to Le Cobusier’s Unité d'habitation, the challenge of working in a second language, and of course the sun that greeted me at bi-weekly meetings.
I am an FA Level 1 qualified football coach and enjoy working with and seeing the development of my two son’s football teams. This dominates spare time during the football season but in the summer I find time for the occasional game of tennis and camping / walking in the Peak and Lake Districts. In addition, I am very slowly but surely renovating my 1920s house.
I am an experienced safety and health consultant with over 20 years experience gained within a construction environment. I spent the first 10 years of my career in the mining sector later moving in to health and safety and operating at a national level with the Environment Agency and Coal Authority. During this time I was responsible for developing and implementing health and safety training, assessing contractor performance, developing policies and procedures and introduction of the health and safety management and auditing systems. In 2004, I wanted a new challenge and set up JDA Safety. From inception, the company has been successful and seen continuous growth particularly within a construction environment. I am currently enjoying the opportunity to work with numerous clients to ensure their responsibilities under the new CDM regulations are fulfilled and the role of principal designer appropriately allocated and fulfilled.
Over the years many projects have presented unique challenges requiring practical solutions to maintain safe working and it is difficult to outline one particular scheme. However, the replacement roof at the Center Parcs Longleat Forest Sub Tropical Swimming Paradise would have to rank as one of the most challenging and complex safety project I have been involved with. Over two years 1636 panes of glass were removed, structural timber repairs carried out and new metal deck and ETFE roof structure installed. These works were carried out over a live swimming pool and retail environment and required substantial temporary works design and construction solutions to maintain safety of construction operatives and holiday guests.
When time allows, I enjoy both mountain bike riding and road cycling, the freedom and fresh air clears the mind and is good for the lungs. When I’m not out on my bike, I enjoy hill walking and coastal adventures with my family.
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