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 the design of the Waterside lodges at Elveden Center Parcs from inception to completion. The design of these bespoke lodges was both challenging and exciting and resulted in the project wining two Structural Timber Awards in 2018.
I am an FA Level 1 qualified football coach and enjoy working with and seeing the development of my youngest son’s football team. This dominates spare time during the football season but in the summer I enjoy playing tennis matches for my local club in the Lincoln Tennis League, and camping / walking in the Peak and Lake Districts. In addition, I am very slowly but surely renovating my 1920s house.
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 that came through the teaching academy at the cricket centre has now broken through to the England Test side.
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.
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 20 year old son!
Following 9 years of experience working for different practices in Nottingham I established JDA, along with Louise Jackson, in 1994. Since then the story has been one of steady and continuous growth. Over the years I have seen my role within JDA change, initially being involved with all projects and clients gaining first hand experience of running a business at "the sharp end" through to now being more strategic in my involvement. Whilst a large part of my role is managing the business I still remain hands on supporting both clients and colleagues.
Looking back over the myriad projects, the ones that have given me most enjoyment or satisfaction are those where there has been a clear connection with the end user or a strong link with the wider landscape. One very early pre-JDA project that stands out was designing a specialist home for a client with severe brain injury, the project enabling him to be cared for in his own home rather than spending his life in hospital. Projects strongly linked to the wider landscape, be that a woodland, open countryside or formal/historic gardens, are always satisfying when I see a JDA designed project comfortable in its setting. It is probably the reason I have enjoyed a successful working relationship with Center Parcs for over twenty years, and been trusted with the role of personally leading the masterplan design of their new 400 acre woodland village in Ireland, which has been hugely rewarding.
All things gardening, family and a love of the outdoors. The Lake District fells were like a second home to me in my younger days. These days designing and landscaping an ever increasing garden with my wife Louise, growing my own veg and escaping to Trent Bridge to watch cricket when time allows.
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