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.’

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.

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 - 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.

This is perfect. The service from you both throughout has been excellent, it's really appreciated.
Jill Bennett - January 2020
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
We needed a structural report carrying out at short notice. Structural Surveys managed to do this within a week and even gave a verbal opinion on the same day. The report arrived by email the next morning, as promised (Saturday). It was very detailed and included remedial action needed and provided us with the confidence to go ahead with the purchase. I have spoken to Structural Surveys a couple of times since receiving the report and they have been very helpful. I would definitely recommend using them and we will use then for our next purchase.
Ross Thomson - May 2017
Always fantastic, quick and accurate. Have helped me out no end and will be using them for everything else going forward. Thanks Andrew and the rest of the very professional team.
Ben Davies - December 2018
I was more than happy with the service. The report was detailed and thorough. Really gave me peace of mind, before our purchase.
Alan Byrne - October 2018
Our dealings with Structural Surveys were excellent. Our home had been given a disappointing Home Buyers report as part of the sales process and had recommended a structural engineers report before our buyer proceeded. We were obviously very anxious but Andrew from Structural Surveys arrived and quickly allayed our fears. Before he started he explained the process that he would be going through. As he assessed things, he explained them and had advised before he left what the contents of his report would be. We received the report just after 5pm on the same day! So a very quick and friendly survey. I honestly wish we'd commissioned a structural survey on the property that we are buying rather than a Home Buyers report as it's a much more useful and informed assessment. If the need arose again, I would use Structural Surveys without a moments hesitation!
Robert Havercroft - February 2020
Thank you very much to the team at structural surveys for a reliable and supportive service plus the flexibility to accommodate subsequent requests as the application proceeded through Building Regs.
Helen Spiby-Vann - January 2019
Fast and efficient. Survey Report sent by email the day after. Did exactly what I needed and was happy to help after the survey was completed with any points that I wanted to discuss further. Would definitely use again. Very professional service. Efficient and helpful throughout the whole process.
Chris - August 2019
Great service from Jane from start to finish. Swift turnaround from initial enquiry to submission of the report. We would highly recommend their service.
Aimu Usman - May 2021
Excellent, quick service!
Louis Ducharme - September 2020