Say hello to our sector leads

18th February 2021

We’re strengthening our leadership team and making positive plans for new ways of working with our recent sector shake up. We’re very pleased to introduce our sector leads, some new faces and some you may recognise.

Commercial

Toni Riddiford is our new Office and Workplace lead. Our teams are delivering landmark projects across the UK, including BCO award-winning Eagle House and the striking 22 Handyside Street, King’s Cross. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news of our zero carbon office refurbishment and extension in Bristol.

Gareth Mason continues to grow our Retail and Leisure sector, working closely with our Workplace and Living teams to design and deliver mixed use developments such as the state-of-the-art Braintree Enterprise Centre.

John Colvin remains Hotels lead. Our teams of architects and interior designers are busy creating a diverse range of facilities including our economy-boosting scheme for a 200 guestroom hotel plus MSCP at Birmingham’s NEC, and the unique Hampton by Hilton, Swindon project where heritage meets modular.

Residential

Jacqui Pollard, Stephen Newton and Rob Wheaton now lead our Living sector with continued direction from Dominic Eaton. This is an exciting time for the team who are delivering projects including Gwynfaen, an innovative ultra-low carbon housing development in Swansea, and the recently approved highly-sustainable riverside scheme in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath.

Lee Diggle now leads our Student Living team, with Kieran Lilley continuing to support the strategic direction of the sector. We are currently designing 2,000 new student residences for the University of the West of England (UWE) set to be one of the biggest student living Passivhaus schemes in the world.

Will Jones continues to lead our Specialist Living team, delivering outstanding homes that encourage independence, community and wellbeing. We recently caught up with the inhabitants of our Bournville Village Gardens scheme to hear their views on what makes good quality design.

Education

Cora Kwiatkowski is our new Universities lead. The sector remains committed to finding new ways to continually improve outcomes for our clients and inhabitants. Here’s what we discovered through an innovative sensory POE research project carried out at the University of the West of England’s (UWE) flagship Bristol Business School.

Danny Harris is our new Schools lead. Our teams are leading the way in innovative school design with projects like the recently completed Deaf Academy, a world-class facility which showcases the latest in DeafSpace design and technology. We can’t wait to share our latest designs for a pioneering operational net-zero carbon pathfinder school.

James Horner now leads Technology and Innovation, a sector which ties together our strengths in university research centres, technology parks and high-value engineering facilities. We’re currently delivering cutting-edge innovation hubs, including IAAPS and iAero, as well as The National Facility for Soil-Structure Interaction (SoFSI), a one-of-a-kind research and teaching space for the University of Bristol.

Healthcare

Simon Boundy, Healthcare Sector Lead

Simon Boundy now leads our Healthcare sector. Since joining us in 2017, Simon has supported our expansion into large scale national healthcare projects, including Southampton General Intensive Care Unit and Exeter Nightingale Hospital, promoting business development opportunities and mentoring our healthcare team to deliver higher quality designs. Dan Van Luttmer will continue to direct the strategic expansion of the sector.

Civic

Dougal Anderson and Jonathan Healiss are jointly leading our Crematoria sector. You can also listen to Dougal explain the evolving context of crematoria design in our latest Talking Spaces podcast: Aylesbury Vale Crematorium. The team are challenging conventional thinking to create innovative, flexible facilities and are currently delivering projects in Plymouth and Bradford which are set to offer more personal and dignified services.

Dave Bayliss and Anthony Walsh continue to lead our Defence and Justice sectors, respectively. It’s all confidential stuff, so please get in touch if you’d like more information.

Infrastructure

Ben Jepson, Maritime Sector Lead

Ben Jepson joins the Infrastructure sector to lead on Maritime projects. It’s a busy time for the sector with teams delivering the nationally significant Liverpool Cruise Terminal as well as several key projects in the ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol. Our infrastructure projects, spanning Maritime, Air, Rail and Land, continue to be overseen and strategically led by Rachel Bell. 

If you’d like to catch up with any of our Sector Leads, or congratulate them on their new appointments, please get in touch.