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.

Ray Panther – Associate Director (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".

Ijas Ali - Associate Director (Design)

Ijas is a Chartered Structural Engineer with international experience in buildings, infrastructure, and construction engineering projects. Ijas leads our structures team, managing projects for private and public sector clients. He has a flexible hands-on approach and uses his expertise to provide robust designs and project management.

Ijas has been involved in structural design and project management of building projects ranging from small residential to large iconic building projects around the world. Ijas also brings in experience in managing and delivering large infrastructure projects for the rail sector including electrification, metros, and station designs. 

Ijas is passionate about bringing in efficiency in structural engineering by innovation using digital technology. 

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.’

Joe Trottet - Principal Structural Engineer

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.

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.

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.

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.

Adrian Shrimpton - Principal Structural Engineer (Surveying)

Adrian is an Engineer with over 30 years constructional experience, having begun his professional life working within Structural Engineering and graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. Throughout his career he has diversified into the insurance market and has worked with several major Loss Adjusting firms including QuestGates, GAB Robins and Merlin specialising with claims with a structural element. He has vast experience and knowledge upon a wide breadth of type of buildings ranging from low-rise domestic housing, through to large commercial structures.

Having joined Structural Surveys in January 2022, Adrian is passionate with respect his new role, enjoys inspecting and reporting upon properties with structural defect utilising our bespoke digital technology.

George Lifely - Senior Structural Engineer (Surveying & Design)

George is a Chartered Engineer with a strong understanding of structural principles gained from consultancy experience in both the Civil and Building Sectors. He has a passion for using digital technology in the engineering industry, with a proven track record of finding innovative solutions to challenging problems. 

George is an intrepid explorer, having visited over 40 countries and is an advanced scuba diver, a rugby fan and a keen cyclist!

Omar Ahmed – Senior 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.

Daniel Pearson – Senior Structural Engineer (Design)

Having joined Structural Surveys in February 2022, Dan had developed up from Graduate level to Associate within 8 years. He intends to achieve Chartered status as soon as possible.

Bringing his experience across a number of sectors and disciplines including residential, industrial, healthcare, education and commercial along with projects for the MoD. He is excited to help develop the Design Team here at Structural Surveys, offering assistance to colleagues and managing project from quotation and conception through tender and construction stages.

Always keen to learn and keep pace with the ever-changing demands and design requirements for all design projects, utilising the latest, most efficient analysis methods to deliver a project using the most effective materials.

His particular interests have recently swayed to strive for environmentally conscious solutions while maintaining standard details where possible, keeping a commercial and financial balance.

Saima Hansrod - Lead Technician

Saima is a Structural Technician with over 15 years in Civil/Structural practices and has an educational background in Architecture. Her wide range of experience includes; educational, industrial, commercial, residential, healthcare, new build and restoration projects. She has experience of both 2D drawings in AutoCAD and 3D modelling in Revit, she is also proficient in RC detailing and scheduling.

Saima has previously undertaken lead roles in BIM and quality management standards and is familiar with BIM processes and protocols and the standards required for the management of the issue of technical drawings and information.

Saima enjoys 3D modelling and ensuring all technical information is presented to high standards.

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.

Siobhan Didsbury - Senior 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.

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.

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.


Rebecca Tidmarsh - Survey & Design Co-ordinator

Becky has worked in Customer Services for over 8 years; also has a background in Financial Services Complaints and Partnership Customer Services in the Science Industry and is passionate about ensuring customers have the best possible service from start to finish.  Becky enjoys learning new skills and gaining knowledge in new areas.  

Becky has a positive attitude and is looking forward to her future working in the property industry with Structural Surveys as a Survey and Design Co-Ordinator.

Outside of work Becky loves to attend festivals, concerts, and enjoys travelling.

Great service from Jane right from the start, report was great and full of detail. Sent over less than 24 hours after the survey was done. Would definitely use there service again and would recommend it to anyone.
Joe Carey - March 2020
Really great price and service, easy to book and the report was done the next day.
Sophie Skuse - January 2022
Thank you. A friendly and efficient service. We hoped for a report that would support further steps in concluding a property procurement process with advice, technical details and costs estimates. This is what was asked for and provided in double quick time. The report was well structured with photographs providing options for remedial works.
Jeremy Notley - September 2020
I wanted to update you on the progress with the roof at the Hospice. The project is now complete and I understand that all parties are thrilled with the result. I just wanted to say thank you again for the survey and structural calculations that you carried out for free, that enabled us to proceed with the project. We are very grateful. Wishing you and your team a very happy Christmas. - Andrew Mackenzie Managing Director for Bauder Limited
Bauder Limited - December 2018
I was more than satisfied with your service and your engineer was very efficient and honest with me. I would recommend your services
Thomas Lee - August 2019
Thanks for providing the structural survey report. I’m very pleased with the quality and speed of your company’s service and would definitely recommend you to my friends and family.
Simone Mclaughlin - October 2020
Structural surveys we excellent from start to finish. Office manager was incredibly efficient and helpful as answering my queries beforehand as was the engineer when we met for the survey. They booked my pre house purchase survey in really quickly and produced a thorough report within 24 hours. Great service, would highly recommend. Thanks guys!
Georgina Jackson - April 2018
Great service - on time, accurate and comprehensive.
Tower Surveys Ltd - May 2019
1. arrived on time 2. professional, demonstrated clear knowledge of their subject 3. took time to discuss findings and provide recommendations 4. timely issue of their report
Richard Andrews - June 2020
I would definitely recommend Structural Surveys Ltd, because they were professional, friendly and made the whole experience as easy as possible. The report was of a high standard and was emailed and posted very quickly. Brilliant service all round.
Kimberley Maher - March 2017