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 – Office Manager

Samantha’s role at Structural Surveys is Office 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.’

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.

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.

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.

Chris Caple – Senior Structural Engineer, Design Team Leader

Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer and graduated from the MEng Civil Engineering course at the University of Salford in 2013. Since then he has held positions at several companies and has worked in a variety of Civil and Structural Engineering sectors including residential and commercial building structures, rail infrastructure, specialist blast resilience design and temporary works. He has spent time working for a Civil Engineering Contractor as well as several Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancies. During this time, he has completed site inspections, managed projects, handled client relationships, completed structural assessments of existing structures, designed structural repairs and alterations, and designed new structures.

Chris enjoys working in the family-run atmosphere at Structural Surveys where all members of the team are valued. He says “I am given the freedom and encouraged to expand my skillset and allowed to work autonomously. Help is always just a call away from the other experienced engineers within 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.

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".

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.

Lauren Laffey

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.

Geraint Lamble

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.

Siobhan Didsbury

Siobhan Didsbury

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.

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
Excellent service and report quality at reasonable price. Andrew provided professional survey report with details and photos in a timely manner. He looked into all my concerned areas and answered further questions promptly. Jane is a nice and efficient lady to work with. I have recommended this fantastic company to my friends!
Ada Lau - January 2021
I would like to say thank you to Jane, and Andrew, for the way you have dealt with my request and the high level of detail that has gone into my survey. It is extremely in depth but also simple to understand. For this reason, I would be strongly recommending yourselves to anybody who requires a structural survey in the future.
Calum Doherty - January 2019
Couldn’t recommend the company enough! We’ve had full structural inspection done by it just few days ago. To begin with when I called to enquire about the survey I was served by a very nice lady whose customer service skills and knowledge were exceptional! Her name was Jane Miller and she assisted me from the start to finish. I was given appointment within few days and was promised the report would be emailed to me the next day after the survey- we got it even same day in the evening! And the report itself was brilliant - very thorough and clear, with lots of photographs to support it! The surveyor Andrew Russell has got wealth of experience in this field as I’ve found out doing the research beforehand and it really shows! Couldn’t ask for more! Thank you so much!
Kasia Kubis - December 2019
Very thorough survey with the surveyor willing to listen to my concerns and answer my questions. The report was factual and informative, not only detailing faults but providing the routes to solutions.
Alison Artus - January 2021
Structural Surveys were brilliant for us - from initial contact to organising and then carrying out the full structural survey, they were professional at all times. Ray, the surveyor, carried out a comprehensive survey that ultimately offered peace of mind, and when the report arrived the next morning, it was detailed, easy to follow, and full of pragmatic advice. We would have no hesitation in recommending Structural Surveys to anyone. Thank you!
Rick G - January 2021
From the first phone call I made ,Structural Surveys were so professional and helpful. Jane and Andrew did a fantastic job in guiding us. They were so fast and efficient and their report was very thorough. I would highly recommend this company. Thanks again for your hard work.
Leah Durkin - September 2019
Siobhan has been absolutely brilliant throughout. She was calm, lovely to talk to and supremely efficient throughout. If we need your services again or have any friends who we can recommend you to, we would do it without hesitation. Many thanks also to Ray. Our seller said how professional he was when he completed the survey for us and the advice after the survey was completed has been top notch. It has been an all round five star service from start to finish. Thank you Siobhan and Ray!.
Sam Packham - September 2021
I wanted to thanks you for your swift response in surveying the property and sending the report over so quickly. You have saved me from making a big mistake. I will be recommending you to other people.
Sara Wilson - March 2018
Prompt efficient booking service The surveyor was friendly and knowledgeable The detailed survey received in less than 24 hours Would recommend
Wendy Haines - September 2020