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People

Our staff are the lifeblood of our practice and we pride ourselves on the diversity of skills, approach and experience that they bring to our projects. From acousticians to commercial experts, we employ forward-thinking people to complement our forty year experience.

  • Chris Plummer

    Managing Director - BSc CEng MIMechE MCIBSE

    As the practice’s Managing Director, Chris takes overall commercial and operational responsibility for business operations across all of our UK and International offices. Chris has been a member of our Board of Directors since 1988 and Managing Director since 2006. In his current position Chris has played a leading role in the practices international expansion, diversification into new sectors and ongoing extension of our engineering and consulting capabilities.

    Chris has a background as a professional engineer, previously responsible for management, design and construction activities on projects in both contracting and consulting organisations.

    When not working Chris participates in equestrian sports, golf and is a keen skier.

  • Nigel Clark

    Technical Director - CEng BSc FCIBSE

    Nigel originally joined the practice in 1988 and has been a member of our Main Board since 2005. He is responsible for all technical aspects of our commissions, helping to ensure that our design delivery remains at the forefront of industry best practice.

    Nigel is an industry expert in commercial developments, environmentally responsible design, tall buildings and the use of advanced digital technology to improve the design and construction process. His specialist areas of expertise mean that he is regularly invited to speak at conferences in the UK and around the world. He has been involved in a number of influential industry publications, including co-editing the BCO ’Tall Buildings: A Strategic Design Guide’ along with contributing to previous revisions of the BCO’s ‘Guide to Specification’ and ‘Guide to Fit Out’. He is also currently the Chair of the National Judging Panel for the BCO Awards.

    Nigel is a motorsport enthusiast as well as a keen amateur photographer – he tries to combine the two whenever he can.

  • Tony Morris

    Commercial Director - International - BEng(Hons) CEng MEI ACIBSE

    Tony is a member of our Board of Directors and is responsible for the practice’s international development and operations. Having originally joined the practice in 1998 he became our International Director in 2006 and has played a leading role in the practice’s international expansion: This has included overseeing the establishment of both our Abu Dhabi and Qatar offices, a significant expansion of our capabilities throughout the GCC region, along with leading the delivery of projects in the Middle East, Europe and internationally.

    Tony is a motorsports enthusiast, regularly attending events internationally. A round of golf is also enjoyed.

  • Roger Waters-Duke

    Finance Director - FCCA

    Roger manages our finance and accounts team which handles all aspects of finance for both our UK and international offices. Roger joined the practice in 2006, having previously held a number of senior accounting and management positions.

    In his time with the practice Roger has implemented management systems which have supported significant revenue growth, international expansion and diversification into new business lines. He continues to lead the continuous improvement of our finance and accounting operations.

    Outside of work, Roger is a Governor at his local Primary School, heading up their Finance Committee.

  • John Deasy

    Commercial Director - UK - CEng FCIBSE

    As Commercial Director for the UK and a member of our Board, John works closely with Directors and specialist group leaders to lead business development activity, develop new business and manage relationships with our major clients.

    With over 35 years’ industry experience, John’s career progressed from a five-year indentured apprenticeship through to the position of Managing Director of the South East region for a major engineering consultancy. He joined the practice in 2007 and has subsequently played a leading role in the practice’s growth and diversification. This has included securing some of the largest projects the practice has delivered, such as the Royal Albert Dock Masterplan, through to establishing multi-year agreements across public and private sectors for organisations including IBM, BSkyB and The Girls Day School Trust.

    John is a keen artist, Arsenal season-ticket holder and astronomy buff.

  • Martin Murphy

    Director - BSc(Hons) Dip Des Inn MIET

    Martin leads a multidisciplinary design group based in our Farnborough office, managing project delivery along with playing a key role in business development activity.

    Martin began his career in 1983, working in both contracting and consultancy prior to joining the practice in 1999 and becoming a Director in 2008. Martin is primarily focused on offices, hotels, mixed-use and residential developments. Successful recent projects include Principal Place, one of London’s most high profile mixed-use schemes. Martin has helped to establish long term, repeat relationships with clients including Muse Developments, Brookgate and Lendlease.

    Martin is as keen runner, sailor and a supporter of Sale Sharks rugby team.

  • Vince Ugarow

    Director - BEng(Hons) CEng MIMechE

    Vince is a Director who has extensive experience of delivery for investors, developers and end users, including a wide range of commercial offices, residential developments, hotels, retail centres and mixed-use schemes. In addition to his involvement with major projects he is responsible for the company’s collaboration and innovation initiatives, helping to ensure the practice remains at the forefront of new working practices, digital processes and technologies to deliver increasingly complex design.

    Vince joined the practice in 2007 and spent 10 years leading one of our main design groups before moving into his current position in 2016. A Chartered Engineer, Vince has also presented at a conferences and seminars in the UK, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, sharing his knowledge and experience in engineering design and digital technologies. He is also one of six founding committee members of the UK Chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH UK).

    Vince is a keen cyclist, runner and also a big fan of the Harlequins rugby team.

  • Andrew Ashfield

    Director - ONC HNC

    Andrew leads one of our London office’s main multidisciplinary design groups, with overall responsibility for project delivery along with establishing and managing client relationships. With over 30 years industry experience Andrew worked for a range of organisations in both public and private sectors, including London Boroughs and Educational Authorities, before joining the practice in 1998. He became a Project Director in 2006, moving into his current position in 2015.

    Andrew has a broad focus, ranging from new build offices for major developers, through to refurbishment and upgrade work in both public and private sectors. He has been central to our 15+ year relationship with the Bank of England and has helped to establish multi-year, multi-site agreements with organisations which include the University of Surrey and the Girls Day School Trust.

    Andrew enjoys running, hiking and skiing, as well as his classic VW camper van.

  • Keith Hicks

    Director - BSc(Hons) CEng MIET MCIBSE

    Keith leads one of the practice’s main design groups with ultimate responsibility for design delivery, along with developing and managing client relationships at senior levels. After graduating from Manchester University, Keith worked in engineering consultancy in both the UK and oversees before joining the practice in 1999, becoming a Director in 2008.

    Based in our Farnborough office, Keith has a particular expertise in mixed-use, residential and retail developments. A notable example is his work with Quintain Estates at the Wembley Park site, where Keith has built up a relationship over more than 10 years and successfully led 5 separate schemes within the context of an overall masterplan.

  • Chris Birch

    Director of Sustainability - UK - MSc DIC BSc

    Chris is responsible for the management of our sustainability group in the UK, a team of over 30 professionals who range from building performance analysts and building certification experts through to environmental specialists including air quality, flood risk and ecological consultants. Along with managing this team, Chris has expertise in sustainable masterplanning, environmental impact assessments, green building design, air quality and human health risk assessment. He is also an experienced planning inquiry expert witness.

    Chris has over 25 years’ experience as a sustainability consultant, having previously worked at CES (now AECOM), Entec UK and WSP Environmental before joining the practice in 2001. He became a Divisional Director in 2007 before moving into his current role in 2012.

    Chris is a keen skier and a failed F1 driver.

  • Andy Grint

    Director - ONC HNC HND BCO

    Andy leads one of our London office’s multidisciplinary design groups, responsible for establishing and maintaining client relationships, team performance, quality and resourcing. Possessing over 30 years’ experience Andy joined the practice in 2001, working in a variety of engineering and project management roles prior to being appointed a Director in 2015.

    Andy is primarily focused on the London commercial market for both developers and major corporate tenants. He has established strong relationships with both clients and professional teams and his hands-on approach, commitment and leadership skills have helped deliver some of our most high profile projects in this sector.

    Andy is a keen distance runner and combines this with his passion for travel by competing at events around the world.

  • Trevor Raynsford

    Director

    Trevor leads a multidisciplinary design group based in our London office, taking overall responsibility for the performance of his team, along with developing relationships with clients, architects and industry professionals.

    With over 30 years’ experience, Trevor worked in contracting and consultancy in both the UK and the Middle East prior to joining the practice in 1997, becoming a Director in 2005. His main focus is London commercial, residential, retail and mixed-use developments – both new build and fit out – working with developers and blue chip corporate end users. He has successfully delivered some the practice’s most high profile and challenging developments, including the Rathbone Square development for Great Portland Estates.

    Having owned a classic Triumph for the past 25 years, Trevor is a classic car enthusiast and has a passion for most sports, particularly football and his lifelong ‘love-hate’ relationship with Charlton Athletic!

  • Simon Ramsden

    Director - BSc(Hons) CEng MCIBSE

    Simon is responsible for all aspects of our Manchester office, including overall responsibility for project delivery, as well as development and maintenance of client relationships in Manchester and the North West.

    Simon originally joined the practice in 1990 as a design engineer, became Divisional Director responsible for our Manchester office in 2006 and was appointed as a Director in 2015. He has overseen a significant expansion of both the capabilities and track record of our Manchester operations, along with establishing long term relationships with a client base which include Bruntwood, IBM and BSkyB.

    Simon enjoys leisure cycling holidays abroad and walking in the Lake District.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Regional Director - Qatar - CEng BEng(Hons) MCIBSE MASHRAE

    Matthew Kitson is the Regional Director for Hilson Moran Qatar LLC and has been with Hilson Moran for over 15 years.  During this time Matt has been responsible for building the Sustainability Consultancy Team who were involved in a wide range of signature buildings.  Matt’s work has spanned over the United Kingdom and Internationally with projects such as 30 St Mary Axe London through to a number of 2022 World Cup Stadiums in Qatar.

    Matt’s design ethos is to provide buildings that are environmentally progressive, functional and sustainable.

    Matt coaches a local football team in Qatar, aspires to be a world champion of croquet and in his spare time likes to throw the odd javelin.

  • Andrew Holt

    Director of Facilities Management - HNC MBIFM

    In almost 20 years with the practice, Andrew has built our Facilities Management (FM) team to deliver focused engineering support to clients’ day-to-day building operation and estates management activity.

    Andrew is involved in both the strategic and practical implementation of projects and technical facilities management, along with supporting FM strategy implementation across our UK property portfolio of clients including Savills, JLL, Hammersons, BNP Paribas (Corporate Investment Bank), Hogan Lovells, The Knightsbridge Residents’ Management Committee, The Bank of England, Brookfield Property Partners, GVA, Cushman & Wakefield, L&G and Standard Life.

    Andrew started his career as a mechanical services design engineer. His career developed through the property and construction industry as a client, contractor and consultant; before joining the practice in 2000.

    Andrew enjoys the countryside, historical buildings, live music and theatre, anything to do with cars and motorbikes and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

  • Phil King

    Design Director - CEng FI Mech E FCIBSE FIET

    As the practice’s Design Director, Phil works closely with clients, Directors and Project Directors to develop initial concept and strategy on major projects, along with acting as a source of technical support to our design teams throughout the design process.

    Phil originally joined the practice in 1987, became a Divisional Director responsible for running a multidisciplinary design team in 1996, before moving into his current role in 2008. He has played a leading role in some of the most advanced designs the practice has delivered – including 30 St Mary’s Axe, the UK’s first mixed mode high rise office – and has a particular interest in the application of innovative building services design to improve energy performance in both new build and refurbishment projects.

    As a former motor racing driver, Phil now (mainly) watches others while enjoying a few quieter hobbies and interests.

  • David Orford

    Regional Director - UAE - IEng MCIBSE

    David is Regional Director for the UAE, closely involved in business development activity in the GCC region along with taking overall responsibility for projects run from our Abu Dhabi office. This includes ensuring projects are compliant with local requirements along with incorporating sustainable, environmental and safety strategies relevant to the region.

    With over 35 years industry experience David originally joined the practice in 1988 before relocating the UAE in 2008. His has since overseen a significant expansion of our Abu Dhabi operations and led the design delivery of some of Abu Dhabi’s most high profile new developments.

  • Clare Gallagher

    Head of HR - MCIPD BSc(Hons)

    Clare is responsible for all of our people related activities, from attracting the right staff through to supporting training and professional development, helping to ensure our engineers and consultants have the skills to maintain our position as a market leading design consultancy. She works in close cooperation with our Board, Directors and Departmental Heads to ensure HR policies and initiatives are aligned with the company’s business objectives.

    With almost 20 years’ experience, Clare has a proven track record of managing all functions of HR with experience across sectors which include financial services, pharmaceuticals, airports and retail, including time with the HSBC Group. Clare is also a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

    In her free time, Clare enjoys cake making and decorating, running half-marathons as well as running around after her three kids!

  • Matt Ingleton

    Divisional Director - Vertical Transportation - BEng CEng MIMechE

    Matt is jointly responsible for our Vertical Transportation Group, primarily focused on portfolio management. This includes term consultancy, lift and escalator modernisation and façade access services for our clients’ UK-wide portfolios: The practice regularly act as Project Manager, Principal Designer and Contract Administrator for modernisation programmes in commercial, retail and residential developments.

    With over 25 years’ experience, Matt originally qualified as a mechanical engineer prior to working for a major lift contractor, where he gained chartered status before joining the practice in 1995. In his role he has overseen a significant expansion of our vertical transportation activities, helping to establish long term relationships with clients including Standard Life, British Land, Savills, Jones Lang LaSalle and BNP Paribas Real Estate.

    In his spare time Matt restores and drives classic cars, as well as being a keen cyclist.

  • Alan Cronin

    Divisional Director - Vertical Transportation - HNC

    Alan is one of two Divisional Directors jointly responsible for our Vertical Transportation team, focused on vertical transportation and façade access design for major new build and modernisation projects. VT is offered both as part of a multidisciplinary service or on standalone basis.

    With almost 30 years’ experience, Alan held a number of positions with Kone and completed a fully indentured apprenticeship at Imperial College London prior to joining the practice in 1998. As a Divisional Director he has overseen a significant growth in our Vertical Transportation group’s capabilities, led design on a number of high profile high-rise developments in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and worked with some of the world’s most respected Architects, including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, SOM, KPF, HOK and Gensler.

    Alan is an enthusiastic photographer and enjoys cooking, which helps to provide the comfort required as a result of his better-known pastime of supporting Fulham FC.

  • Ben Abel

    Head of R&D - CIBSE BSc HND

    Ben is Head of Research & Development responsible for leading a team of specialist consultants to deliver all R&D activity – as both external commissions and to improve our own working practices.

    With over 15 years experience in the building services industry Ben’s previous positions included a role with BSRIA. His main areas of expertise are in building physics and computer modelling where he is highly skilled in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Dynamic Thermal Modelling (DTM). He is also a Low Carbon Consultant (LCC) involved in bringing energy efficient design to the commercial market.

  • Colin Roberts

    Head of Fire Consultancy

    Colin leads fire consultancy services within our fire engineering group, leading a team of specialists to develop fire safety strategies for compliance with standard guidance and engineered solutions for non-standard designs, including means of escape, smoke and fire spread calculations and firefighting access provisions.

    Colin joined the practice in 2014 having returned from Sydney where he developed full fire strategies to a performance based Building Code (Australia). He possesses over 15 years experience and in his time with the practice has led the development of fire strategies on projects which include the new Wales International Convention Centre at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

  • Jason Horner

    Head of Infrastructure Services - CEng MSc MEI

    Jason leads the practice’s Infrastructure Services team – delivering water, wastewater, gas, electricity, fibre and decentralised energy infrastructure to major development projects; advising on techno-economic viability and governance structures for decentralised energy infrastructure; and undertaking infrastructure investment planning for Garden Villages and district-wide growth studies.

    Jason has almost 25 years’ experience in utilities and energy planning and procurement, including investment in water, wastewater, gas, electricity and fibre networks, plus heat and cooling networks and low and zero-carbon distributed generation assets.

    Jason joined the practice in 2014, having created and developed Thames Water’s multi-utility business, led a consultancy framework with White Young Green and delivered some of Water & Environmental Resource Management’s largest projects. Jason is currently working on the £1.7bn Royal Albert Dock, a Garden Village and the infrastructure investment need associated with 21,000 new homes in south east London.

    Jason’s best stories are of caving in North Yorkshire and scrapes when travelling in remote parts of the world.

  • Steven Kershaw

    Head of Fire Engineering - LPCB OND

    Steven heads our fire engineering group, supervising the design of fire protection systems and establishing the fire standards which are adopted on all projects delivered by the practice.

    With over 15 years’ experience in fire protection design, Steve previously worked in design and management roles for Tyco Integrated Fire and Security, Wormald Fire, Hall and Kay Fire Engineering, UTC and Eton Fire prior to joining the practice in 2015. He has managed and delivered fire engineered systems across a broad range of developments and special risk projects, which in his time with the practice has included 80 Fenchurch Street, Wembley NW06, Principal Place and Rathbone Square, along with the Precinct 5 Stadium in Qatar.

    Steve is a dedicated family man, devoting all of his recreational time to his young family – from teaching his son to swim every weekend to fun pursuits such as rock climbing. Steve dreams of the day when he can dust off the golf clubs and continue his car restoration.

  • John Green

    Head of Security Consultancy - M.SyI

    John joined the practice in 2015 and leads our Security Consultancy team, responsible for the delivery of Physical, Technical and Operational Security Design and Engineering services. In his time with the practice he has been involved in the security design of projects, which include the £1.4bn extension of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre, the Royal Albert Dock Masterplan and the redevelopment of 30 Grosvenor Square in central London.

    John has extensive security management and consultancy experience gained with global organisations which include Christie’s (Fine Art Auctions), Atkins, London Business School and Citigroup across sectors which include Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), UK government, military, aviation, sporting venues, hotels, petrochemical, rail transport, sensitive manufacturing, fine art, education and finance.

    John’s pastimes include music, martial arts and cuisine.

  • Dave Lee

    Head of Building Information Management (BIM) - MSc BA

    Dave leads our BIM / CAD department, taking overall responsibility for BIM and CAD delivery across our UK and International offices, along with supporting practice wide initiatives to continuously improve our digital design capabilities.

    Dave has over 12 years’ global experience in BIM management and delivery, having held management positions with AECOM, HDRinc and Aedas before joining the practice in 2015. He believes that sound construction knowledge should always take priority over delivery tools, a philosophy he seeks to embed throughout the practice, enabling us to create some of the highest standard of services models in the industry.

    Dave is a keen golfer and a football and Formula One fan.

  • Jon Willmott

    Head of Acoustics - CEng PgD HND MIOA

    Jon is Head of our Acoustics team, responsible for the overall management of all acoustics specialists across our UK and international offices, along with leading the delivery of acoustics projects and supporting our MEP and multidisciplinary design teams.

    Jon is a Chartered Engineer, a corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics and has over 15 years’ experience gained at SRL and AECOM prior to joining the practice in 2016.  He specialises in architectural acoustics, building services noise control and the assessment of vibration in buildings. In his time with the practice has led acoustics delivery on schemes which include the completed Rathbone Place and the design of a major extension to the Brent Cross shopping centre.

  • Caroline Stephens

    Client Relationship Manager

    Caroline’s role in the practice is to expand our UK and International profile and brand image with new and existing business contacts. She works in close cooperation with our Board, Directors and departmental heads to ensure business development campaigns and initiatives are aligned with the company’s marketing objectives.

    Using her architectural background (RIBA Part 2, Dip. Arch) and 20 years of industry experience, Caroline continuously nurtures existing relationships and create opportunities for the company. Caroline also gathers and reports on market intelligence from all sectors of the industry to help focus our marketing and business development activity.

    Caroline is passionate about architecture and Champagne.

  • Trina Jeffers

    Marketing Manager

    Trina manages Hilson Moran’s marketing and communication activities across the UK, Europe and GCC’s various sectors. Building on the practice’s forty-year history of delivering quality projects, Trina’s team is working to promote Hilson Moran’s diverse range of services, added value and innovative approach.

    With over 13 years’ experience working for some of the UKs leading design and build practices, she brings to the firm a broad range of marketing insight from both within and outside of the sector.

    In her spare time, Trina is a keen singer with a love of the performing arts who in 2012 took part in the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

  • Lyndsey Warrington

    Business Development & Team Administrator

    Lyndsey has a number of roles within the practice, including coordination of all fee proposals and presentations submitted by the Manchester office, and looking after all aspects of the office administration. She is also responsible for client liaison, business development, and arranging events, raising awareness of our range of services with new and existing clients.

    In her spare time Lyndsey is kept busy with her 3 daughters and a busy social life where she enjoys the occasional gin and loves a game of bingo.

  • Phil Gardener

    Bid Coordinator

    Phil is the practices Bid Coordinator, working closely with Directors and discipline leaders to support all commercial bid related activity. In his time with the practice he has contributed to securing a number of major projects along with long term appointments in both public and private sectors, including ongoing framework agreements with the Girls Day School Trust and the University of Cambridge.

    Having graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 Phil spent 5 years working in the Oil & Gas industry for a mechanical services contractor before joining the practice in 2015.

    Phil is a keen footballer and lifelong supporter of his hometown team, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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