Our People

Andrew Russell - Managing Director 

The company is led by Managing Director Andrew Russell, a Chartered Structural and Chartered Civil Engineer, who has 40 years of structural engineering experience working with leading consulting engineering practices around the world. He has designed and inspected a wide range of building structures, across most sectors of the built environment and has a wealth of knowledge of building defects. Andrew has also developed a reputation as an expert witness to assist in dispute resolution.

Alexandra Russell – HR & Operations Director

The company is also led by HR & Operations Director Alexandra Russell, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development with extensive International HR experience and a Business master’s degree. Alexandra leads the operations of the business including driving the business strategy, growth and efficiencies.

She set up the company with Andrew in 2016 and has been instrumental in the growth of the business.

Samantha Goulden – Operations Manager

Samantha’s role at Structural Surveys is Operations Manager. With 27 years of experience giving her a strong administration and book-keeping background, her main responsibilities in this role is to ensure the smooth running of the office, managing the survey and design co-ordinators and manage the company accounts, using her multi-tasking skills to the upmost during her office managerial role.

When Sam first joined Structural Surveys there was a team of 3 and from the offset she could see the huge potential the company had and she wanted to be part of a fast growing company with digital technology like no other. Sam says ‘We have a great team and may it continue to grow.’

Frazer Fletcher – Senior Structural Engineer, Surveying

Frazer is a Chartered Engineer who has always worked in the built environment. Throughout his career he has worked for the general public together with other Engineers and Construction Professionals. In his role at Structural Surveys each day presents different circumstances and challenges. He really enjoys assisting clients to understand any issues/possible problems that may be associated with their buildings whilst proposing suitable repair solutions.

He cheerfully channels his years of experience to assist those who require advice on a building structure.

Ray Panther – Principal Structural Engineer, Surveying

Having worked within the civil and structural engineering industry for over 30 years, Ray has developed a deep enthusiasm for the built environment by undertaking inspection of buildings, structures and infrastructure on all scales.  Ray often reflects that he has had the privileged to have been involved in many sectors over his career, learning and evolving his skillset from colleagues and industry professionals.  He has provided survey and inspection services and led inspection teams for clients covering domestic, local authority, developers, commercial, industrial, education, power, heritage, highways, defence, and rail projects.

Ray provides a no-nonsense approach to defect diagnosis and has a sound understanding of modern and economic repair methodologies for buildings of all construction methods, whether it be bricks and mortar or through to precast or reinforced concrete.  Knowledge and experience with the inspection of non-traditional methods of construction enables him to undertake intrusive investigations to obtain the necessary information and appraise buildings in a pragmatic manner that would otherwise be disregarded.

"I absolutely love using the technology Structural Surveys use to undertake day to day inspections, it’s a breath of fresh air, designed for our expert and dedicated use.  As a team, we constantly develop the technology to ensure our clients receive the best service Structural Surveys can offer".

Jon Tobin – Senior Structural Engineer, Surveying

Jon has been working for Structural Surveys since Sept 2018 as a Senior Structural Engineer (Surveying) 

He enjoys the challenge of using the digital reporting and data capture systems developed by Structural Surveys Ltd. 

Jon has over 40 years experience as Structural/Civil Engineer undertaking Structural surveys, Commercial and domestic fire, flood and subsidence Insurance claims, Structural Design and Detailing, Project Management, Party Wall Surveyor, CDM Supervisor / Principal Designer on commercial, public sector and domestic projects.

Jon has been on building sites since the age of 6, as his father was also a Structural Engineer. 

Away from work, Jon has a small farm and enjoys the outdoor life.

Kristian Martin – Senior Structural Engineer, Surveying

Kristian has over 28 years of experience in Civil/Structural Engineering practices including the last 8 years as a Structural Engineer and Surveyor. He relishes a new challenge and particularly enjoys problem solving when it comes to structural defects and finding the solutions.

Starting out as a Technician on the drawing board to progressing onto AutoCAD and then Revit he believes in technological progression which is what drew him to Structural Surveys Ltd.  As a Structural Engineer he ran projects, large and small, carried out site inspections and was adept at Client/Architect liaison.  He particularly enjoyed working on old/derelict properties in need of repair and restoration.

At Structural Surveys he enjoys visiting properties, assessing defects and recommending solutions using Structural Surveys Ltd’s digital reporting and data capture system.

Joe Trottet - Senior Structural Engineer - Surveying

Joe is a Chartered Structural Engineer a varied experience in the buildings sector which he has gained since graduating from the University of Dundee. Joe started out his career in design consultancy and has gained valuable experience working on multi-million pound jobs projects all the way to small residential projects.

He has a passion for structural design and surveying which is supported by his experience gained over the course of his career.

Joe is particularly enthusiastic about the use of digital technology to provide efficiencies in the way structural engineers work, all whilst keeping a strong grounding in the fundamental principals which govern the engineering world.

David Hughes – Senior Structural Engineer, Surveying

David is based in the midlands and has almost 50 years’ experience starting as a junior in 1972 and becoming a chartered structural engineer in 1985. Mostly working for consulting engineers, he has carried out design work on small residential projects right up to multi-story major city centre developments together with carrying out many building surveys, reporting on flood, impact, subsidence, and party wall issues.

This wide range of experience has given him the tools to unpick the reason for structural issues within buildings and the possible design solutions. This coupled with the technology available helps him to ensure a quick and informed response.

Geraint Lamble – Senior Structural Engineer, Surveying

Geraint has more than 13 years’ experience in structural and civil engineering design and surveying.

After completing his degree at Oxford, Geraint started out his career in design consultancy and became Chartered with the Institute of Civil Engineers in 2014. He is fascinated by and enjoys the puzzle of uncovering the cause of structural defects to buildings and structures.

During his design career he gained broad knowledge through all aspects of construction on a range of Civil and Structural engineering projects which he now applies to conducting structural surveys and diagnosis of structural defects.

Geraint has always seen innovation and digital technology as the way forward to increase efficiency and reduce environmental waste and is always looking for ways to improve and adapt the tools used by the company.

Omar Ahmed – Structural Engineer, Design

First and foremost, Omar loves his job as a Structural Engineer. He is ambitious, adaptable hardworking and has worked in the UK and abroad. His wide range of experience in academic, construction site and structural design offers him the knowledge to achieve the best solutions for the structural problems and taking decisions. He always puts the needs of his client and project first, to ensure that his designs are practical, usable, and economically viable. Loving his work here at Structural Surveys Ltd where he is surrounded by amazing colleagues. He had the opportunity to use new technologies and take advantage of a range of engineering software.

Lastly, managers and seniors always pass positive feedback that allows him to learn and give more.

Mohammed Makki - Structural Engineer, Design

Mo is a Structural Engineer, after completing his MSc from University of Leeds, he began his career in a design consultancy working on a variety of projects from historic building refurbishment, multi-story new built building, Olympic swimming pool to small residential projects across the UK.

Mo is enthusiastic and passionate about his work and always strives to meet the needs of the client. In addition, he loves using digital technology as part of his role while covering North-West region and the whole of Yorkshire area.

He has a great working relationship with his colleagues and enjoys being part of the design team.

Sandra Pousadas – Structural Engineer, Design

After graduating in Civil Engineer and Conservation of historical buildings and having over 10 years work experience abroad in the industry, Sandra moved to UK and started working at structural engineering consultancy, being involved from a range of designing residential buildings, AutoCAD, Revit Structural, and others.

Passionate about structural engineering and the importance of balance between efficiency and safety in our modern days.

What drew Sandra's attention to our company was the innovative structural work methods developing new skills using technology, and the work flexibility setting out an example for the industry.

Away from work, Sandra loves travelling, partaking in outdoor sports... particularly swimming and classical music.

Anne O’Haire – Design Co-ordinator

Anne has worked within the property industry for over 30 years, starting at 18 in an Estate Agents, which she enjoyed and continues to within her current role as Design Co-Ordinator with Structural Surveys.  Her team members are all dedicated and thrive to offer a great service.

The Company’s advanced technology allows for a very quick turnaround and she loves reading the testimonials that come through on a daily basis, it definitely gives her a buzz and sense of pride.

Lauren Laffey - Account Co-ordinator

Lauren has worked within the property industry for over 5 years, originally working in an Estate Agents where she has supported both the Sales and Rental departments. She is very keen to continue working within property industry and continue to grow her knowledge and skills with Structural Surveys.

Lauren loves working in a family run business where she can feel valued, make a difference and grow with the company. It is lovely to work for a company where every voice is heard! In her spare time Lauren really enjoys Baking and spending time with her family.

Siobhan Didsbury - Survey Co-ordinator

Having previously worked in customer service for 8 years, I am passionate about providing a smooth customer / client journey – It can be a stressful time for customers, I am all for making it simple and easy for them. I enjoy a challenge and to gain knowledge – hence my move over to the property industry with Structural Surveys.

I was attracted to the companies’ values “you are not just a number with us” – I am really looking forward to being a part of the business as they grow!

Love to travel & see as many places as possible.

Kate Hanson - Survey Co-ordinator

Kate joined Structural Surveys in October 2021, to join our growing operations team. Kate has years of customer service experience and is fantastic with all customers. With her positive attitude and fantastic work ethic, we know that Kate will have a bright future with the company.

 

Highly recommend! Used this company twice this year. Excellent service, quick and very detailed reports. Fantastic company.
Natalie Randles - September 2020
I contacted Structural Surveys about some subsidence and was immediately able to make a date for a site survey, the survey was carried out with friendly efficiency, and I had the report, which was exactly what I needed, within 24 hours. I am very happy with the service.
Hilary Young - September 2017
Thanks so much for the quick turn around on this. Please pass on our thanks to Adrian, we appreciated his patience and explanations on things.
Christopher Rimington - March 2022
Jane was extremely helpful and friendly and got a structural engineer out within days and a report a couple of days later. Highly recommend.
Cassey Buckley - December 2019
I would recommend this company with no reservations. Satisfied customer, right from the very first call I made to receiving my survey report. Excellent service.
Pamela Mzila - September 2018
I would recommend Structural Surveys Ltd. Ray is a great asset and addition to your company.
Jim Adgo - December 2018
Being asked to get a specific defect structural survey for a buyer and their lender after a surveyor highlighted a possible structural defect in his Homebuyers report, has come to be one of the most stressful experiences of my life. However, I am so relieved that I consulted Andrew Russell. He was prompt, professional and discussed the cause and how to fix it in a way that I could understand. The online report was available the same day and a hard copy was received in the post the following day. I would highly recommend. Thank you Structural Surveys.
Becky Carson - November 2016
Never had this form of survey before however now having got copy very pleased with it. Mr Russell was most helpful and informative.
Elaine - September 2017
Andrew Russell was very efficient at his job, professional. I've given his number to work colleagues and family. And having the report the same day, put my mind at ease. I would definitely use Structural Surveys Ltd again.
Suzanne Murney - November 2016
Highly professional and skilled structural engineer. Quick turn around and nothing but helpful from start to finish. High recommend!!
Isobel Hutt - January 2018