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Key staff

The Partners are supported by a dedicated team of engineers, architects and technicians.  Brief details of the qualifications, experience and interests of our key staff members can be seen by selecting the appropriate links.

  • David Tomlinson

    David Tomlinson

    Senior Engineer


    Loughborough University, BSc (Hons), 1980
    Warwick University Business School, MBA, 1989
    Chartered Engineer, 1985

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Member, Association of MBAs
    Fellow, Geological Society

    David Tomlinson is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 35 years experience in the construction and building material industries.  He has broad experience of civil engineering and building works in the United Kingdom and overseas, including roads, tunnels, mini-hydroelectric schemes, industrial, commercial and residential buildings.

    He has extensive experience of investigations of construction problems and preparation of reports for litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, and has been appointed by clients to act as an expert.  His particular interests include: heavy civil engineering works, industrial floor slabs, building envelopes, basement construction, waterproofing systems, building subsidence, drainage, failure of ground improvement works, anti-vibration bearings and analysis of delay and disruption claims.

  • Stuart Hookham

    Stuart Hookham

    Senior Engineer


    University of Oxford, MEng (Hons) Engineering Science, 2008
    Chartered Engineer, 2015

    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Stuart is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over ten years of experience in the construction industry.  During this period, he has worked on a broad variety of projects across a number of sectors, including residential, commercial and educational developments, and at listed churches and galleries.  Stuart’s work has ranged from the design of new steel and concrete framed buildings, to the refurbishment of a number of highly-significant historic buildings.

    Since joining the firm Stuart has been involved in a variety of forensic investigations including defects in the works of a major infrastructure project, settlement issues to low-rise properties, and defects in cladding systems.

  • Juliette Sacher

    Juliette Sacher

    Senior Architect


    University of Bath, BSc (Hons), Architecture, 1995
    University of Bath, BArch (Hons), Architecture, 1998
    Chartered Architect, 2000

    Member, Royal Institute of British Architects

    Juliette Sacher is a Chartered Architect with over twenty years experience in the construction industry.  During this time she has been involved in a wide range of project types in the education, arts, and commercial office sectors.  Juliette has experience of different forms of procurement and has worked on new-build schemes, refurbishment projects within listed buildings, and on new secondary schools and university buildings.  She has led project teams at all stages of design and delivery in both the UK and France.

    Since joining the practice Juliette has carried out a variety of investigations relating to construction disputes including planning breaches, issues of compliance with professional duties and of design, specification and workmanship defects in roofs and cladding.

  • Ana Aquino

    Ana Aquino

    Senior Engineer


    Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon, MSc Civil Engineering, 2010
    Chartered Engineer, 2018

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers

    Ana Aquino is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience in the construction industry, in both the United Kingdom and Portugal.  Ana has worked with various structural materials and her experience includes seismic analysis and foundation design of buildings and bridges, investigative work on existing structures, design of post-tensioned concrete and temporary works design. Ana’s areas of particular interest include heritage and listed buildings.

    Since joining the firm, Ana has been involved in structural design reviews and appraisals of concrete and steel structures, analysis of defects and excessive movements in existing and listed buildings, and analysing the nature, extent and causes of cracking in reinforced concrete structures.

  • Frances Forward

    Frances Forward

    Senior Architect


    University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, BA (Hons) Architectural Studies, 1978
    South Bank Polytechnic, London, Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture, 1981
    South Bank Polytechnic, London, Final Examination in Architecture, 1982
    King's College, University of London, MSc Construction Law and Arbitration, 1993
    Chartered Architect, 1983
    Panel-listed Adjudicator, 1998
    Certified Passivhaus Designer, 2020-2025 (current certification validity)

    Chartered Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
    Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    Frances Forward has working experience of many types and sizes of building project, acting as designer, contract administrator, project manager, site architect and management contractor, both in the UK and Germany.  She has particularly detailed knowledge of off-site fabrication techniques, using a range of timber and precast concrete technologies to achieve very low energy design and construction to Passivhaus standard.

    Frances has investigated a number of technical issues across a wide range of building types and construction methods, covering diverse issues including water ingress, fire protection, thermal performance and air quality.  She has also given Expert opinion on matters of architects’ performance of their professional services, including in relation to planning applications, contract administration and conduct complaints raised with the Architect’s Registration Board.

    Frances is a current member of the RIBA President’s Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution and between 2000-2005 was an architect member of the ICE’s NEC Drafting Panel.  Since 1997 she has been a visiting lecturer and examiner in professional practice in architecture at various universities including University College London, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Oxford and Canterbury as well as a dissertation supervisor at Kings College London.  Frances has also published ‘An Architect’s Guide to NEC 4’ and ‘NEC3 Compared and Contrasted’.

  • Henry Stone

    Henry Stone

    Senior Engineer


    Loughborough University, MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering, 2014
    Chartered Engineer, 2019

    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Henry Stone is a Chartered Structural Engineer with experience across a broad range of sectors, but a focus on architecturally led design.  His most recognised design work has been a series of high-end, award-winning, new-build religious buildings.  Henry’s experience also includes façade retention, complex refurbishments of multi-storey buildings, and the design of a number of basements in constrained Central London sites as well as domestic refurbishments, school extensions, and a variety of sculptures.

    Since joining the firm Henry has carried out forensic investigations on a range of concrete structures including bridges, concrete frames, defective transfer slabs, breakwaters and retaining walls.

  • David Wilson

    David Wilson

    Senior Technician


    Barking College, OND (Construction), 1985
    East Ham College of Technology, HNC (Civils), 1987

    David Wilson is our Senior Technician responsible for the Practice’s drawing office and for the production of architectural, civil and structural working drawings, reports and presentations. He has assisted in the design and development of new works and remedial schemes for steel, timber, masonry and concrete structures, bridges, historical buildings, earth and water retaining structures.

    David specialises in producing presentation drawings, technical illustrations and static or working models to explain complicated components, structures or concepts to non-technical parties. His work in this area has received Judicial commendation. He has also produced the illustrations for papers published in technical journals.

    David has acted as the Contract Administrator’s representative on site, co-ordinating/checking work and liaising with building facilities management, contractors and testing houses.

    David is experienced in the forensic analysis of photographs, videos, documents, drawings and in the surveying of building defects including tree root related subsidence issues.

  • Mark Christmas

    Mark Christmas

    Senior Scientist


    University of Bristol, BSc (Hons), 2005

    Mark Christmas joined the Practice as a scientist in 2006 and has worked on a range of structural and civil engineering projects in the United Kingdom and overseas. He is experienced in the surveying of building defects and on site testing. His interests and experience include tree-root related subsidence, water penetration through flat and green roofs, defects in surface coatings, deterioration of reinforced concrete marine structures, defects in sub-surface drainage systems, defects in concrete structures, defects in masonry and steel framed buildings, document control processes and contract administration.

    Mark produces working drawings, report and presentation illustrations and has been responsible for the production of civil working drawings for large projects including civil engineering drainage and paving schemes for major shopping centres and PFI hospitals.

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