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Andy Bowler

Andy Bowler

Senior Engineer

Andy started his engineering career at 16 as an apprentice technician where he attended college on day release to achieve a HNC in Civil Engineering.  He then joined a multi-disciplinary team producing technical drawings for building projects along with all associated external works and infrastructure.  During this time Andy developed a keen interest in the highways and infrastructure sector and successfully worked up to the level of Senior Engineer designing and detailing S38 and S104 agreements for housing developments with relevant Local Authorities.  One of his favourite projects during that time was the development of the Grade II listed Roundhouse on Pride Park in Derby which is currently occupied by Derby College.

In May 2016 Andy joined HWA to further his professional development in highways and infrastructure. This has allowed him to study part time for a Master’s degree working towards gaining chartered status. His current role is to provide both civil and structural engineering support to the project team.

Outside of work Andy likes to play a spot of golf but admits to being a fair weather player. He also has an avid interest in live music and being a bit of a secret rocker at heart, likes to attend rock gigs whenever possible (Rock City rules!).

Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey

Director

Dan joined HWA in 2013 and brought with him a wealth of experience in numerous project sectors. As a Chartered Structural Engineer his main focus is commercial design work and associated pre planning services. Dan leads many of HWA’s projects in this area, always maintaining ‘hands-on’ control of them and ensuing that his clients receive the best possible service.

Dan has over 20 years experience as a Civil and Structural Engineer working in the public and private sectors and has been involved with numerous significant projects including the NG2 Business Park and Trinity Square redevelopment in Nottingham, the new Faculty of Business and Law building for De Montfort University in Leicester, several NHS LIFT schemes and over 10,000 bedrooms of student accommodation for a wide range of clients.

Dan loves to be busy and when not working enjoys participating in many varied high energy activities such as running, cycling and climbing.

Darryl Whittaker

Darryl Whittaker

Senior Engineer

Darryl Graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2006 with a Civil Engineering Degree. Whilst studying he worked part time for an engineering consultancy mainly as a CAD technician. After completing his studies he began working full time for the same consultancy as a Graduate Engineer. Over the following years he worked on projects in the public and private sectors, ranging from small refurbishment projects to four new schools in Bradford and leading a Sainsbury’s superstore project in Colne.

Darryl joined HWA in 2010 and is now a Senior Engineer. His responsibilities include managing projects, carrying out structural inspections and detailed design and modelling. He is experienced in projects across a wide range of sectors including healthcare, education, emergency services, commercial and residential.

As someone who likes to keep active, Darryl enjoys powerlifting training, cycling, rock climbing and an occasional round of golf, having once played for Nottinghamshire County Boys U18 1st team.

Dave Hammond

Dave Hammond

Associate

Dave leads the Civil Engineering capability at HWA. He has responsibility for undertaking and managing the highways and drainage design aspects of the many and varied HWA projects and advising clients generally on civil engineering matters including the provision of utility services.

Dave has over 30 years civil engineering experience within both the public and private sectors and has worked on a huge variety of schemes including the A46/A17 Newark Relief Road, M5 J6-8 Widening nr Worcester, the Stanway Western Relief Road in Colchester, the redevelopment of the former Prince of Wales Colliery in Pontefract, Nottingham Science Park, Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, NG2 Business Park in Nottingham, Comet Square in Hatfield including a transport interchange, Harlow Town Centre redevelopment and Giltbrook Retail Park development next to IKEA Nottingham, among many others.

Dave’s specialist skills include highway and drainage design, project management, contract management, site supervision, CDM Co-ordinator/Principal Designer duties, engineering feasibility studies and utilities advice.

When not working, Dave enjoys getting beaten at squash (his legs no longer do as his brain says!), walking (less strenuous) and the odd pint of real ale (even less strenuous) – in fact it’s no coincidence that Dave works at Brewery House!

Giles Ward

Giles Ward

Director

Giles joined Howard Ward Associates as Partner in 1996 and became Senior Partner in 2001. Prior to that he spent 7 years with a major international engineering consultancy, primarily designing bridges, including the Second Severn Crossing (although not all on his own!), but also spending a year on site as part of the Resident Engineer’s team widening the M25 between the M4 and M40.

His time at HWA has seen him involved in a broad range of projects from multi-million pound commercial developments to the smallest of residential alterations. He is also highly experienced in the investigation of potential defects in existing structures, his work ranging from straightforward reports for those buying or selling a house through to advising on complex legal disputes, where he has regularly acted as expert witness.

As Senior Partner, he is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s management, but still prefers to get his calculator out and solve a knotty structural engineering problem, or work out why a building is about to fall down (or better still why it isn’t) whenever he can.

When not being an engineer, Giles is a keen skier, and spends the time between trips to the Alps trying, and failing, to get sufficiently fit for his next visit to the slopes.

Ian Aldred

Ian Aldred

Senior CAD Technician

Ian leads the Engineering drawing capability within HWA. His main responsibility is to ensure the provision of appropriate and accurate drawings. He is experienced in both AutoCAD and Revit Structure 3D and shares this experience with the rest of the team.

Ian has over 25 years’ experience and an all-round knowledge of building structures in all forms. He has worked on a huge variety of commercial, healthcare, industrial and student living accommodation schemes although his favourite by far was the Nottingham Forest Training Ground Academy building, which he describes as a labour of love.

Outside of work when Ian is not playing football in the garden with his two boys he likes to enjoy the many wonderful restaurants Nottingham has to offer. If he can manage it, he also likes to squeeze in some golf practice to improve his game or, failing that, watching Sky Sports.

Jo Heffernan

Jo Heffernan

Assistant Administrator

Jo started work at HWA in 2009, bringing with her a wealth of experience from previous admin roles elsewhere. She plays a vital role in ensuring all administrative processes run smoothly and Quality Management Procedures are adhered to. Jo is often the first person you will speak to when contacting HWA by telephone and part of her role is to help maintain the positive working relationships with clients and suppliers. Jo also assists in the important task of organising our many and varied staff social events.

As a keen horse rider, Jo’s evenings and weekends are mostly spent pandering to the every need of her beloved horse ..… and children.

John Taylder

John Taylder

Senior Engineer

John joined HWA in 2014 and brought with him over 45 years of experience in the construction industry. He began his career as an apprentice draughtsman in a steel fabrication drawing office, progressing to the design and detailing of steel, concrete, timber and masonry structures working within the private sector.

John has worked on a variety of different projects from the inspection and maintenance of Blackpool Tower, Eastbourne and Ramsey Piers to industrial warehousing, night clubs, fitness centres, student living accommodation, schools and renovation of Grade II listed buildings. His most memorable project to date involved the design of the Viking River Splash ride at LEGOLAND Windsor. This unusual project required the construction of a raft ride built on the side of a hill with reinforced earth embankments supporting the reinforced concrete water trough and structures supporting LEGO characters.

At HWA his responsibilities range from carrying out structural inspections to structural design for industrial, commercial and domestic buildings.

John likes to keep fit and plays in a table tennis league. He is also a keen dancer and enjoys Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with his wife. When he’s not practising his reverse turns, he loves to get out and about travelling the world on various exotic holidays.

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Mark Lusher

Principal Engineer

Mark joined HWA late 2017 bringing a wealth of experience across a number of sectors with extensive experience in the education and commercial sectors. This includes the creation of the new University of Northampton Waterside campus, numerous buildings for the University of Nottingham such as the David Ross Sports Village, a large number of schools and academies and a variety of commercial and residential developments.

Mark has also delivered large industrial manufacturing buildings for international companies in the UK, Germany and Russia

and bespoke one-off houses. One of his proudest achievements to date was the transformation of an existing derelict building in Liverpool into a feature sculptural installation for the Liverpool Biennale.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys combining his love of the outdoors and photography and can often be spotted out in the peak district hiking, or in the event of bad weather sampling the local refreshments in the nearby hostelry.

Michaela Towers

Michaela Towers

Office Manager

Michaela joined HWA in 2004 as an Assistant Administrator progressing into the role of Office Manager in 2009. She is responsible for the efficient running of the office, ensuring all administrative processes run smoothly and adhere to company standards. She is a strong advocate of maintaining positive working relationships with clients, suppliers and staff and helps to contribute to the achievement of company objectives. Michaela also utilises her organisational skills in the very important task of arranging staff social events.

As a lifelong dancer Michaela can often be found perfecting her demi-pliés and kick-ball changes or practising yoga poses.

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Miles Foster

Engineer

Miles is the newest member of our team at HWA joining us in November 2017. After starting his professional career as an apprentice CAD technician, he began a Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Degree at Derby university on a part-time time basis which he is due to complete in June 2018.

Miles undertakes structural and civil engineering work on many different projects which include residential and commercial premises.

Although Miles has been very busy the past few years working hard for his degree, he likes to relax by walking his lovely German Shepherd dog Jax down to the pub. He is already planning what he will do with all the spare time he will have when he has finished his studies, although admits his girlfriend will probably have more of a say in that.

 

Richard Swinhoe

Richard Swinhoe

Senior CAD Technician

Richard Graduated from Derby University in June 2013 with a degree in Civil & Infrastructure Engineering. Whilst studying he continued to work for a local engineering consultancy as a CAD technician. After completing his studies, he began working full time for the same consultancy. Over the following years he worked on mainly residential schemes for large contractors. A particular favourite was working alongside an Engineer producing the drawings for the Castleward scheme (Compendium Living) opposite the Intu shopping centre in Derby.

Richard joined HWA in March 2016 and is now a Senior CAD Technician with his main responsibility being to ensure the provision of appropriate and accurate drawings. Since joining HWA he has been working on various care home and student accommodation schemes and is looking forward to gaining more of a working knowledge of Revit structure 3D.

As an avid real ale drinker, Richard is trying to avoid the dreaded beer belly by occasionally frequenting the gym looking at the machines and wondering why he is there! He also has two terrier dogs who demand a lot of exercise as they like to chase after rabbits and squirrels, so he can often be found crawling about under bushes looking for the pair of them.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Principal Engineer

Richard joined HWA in 1999 and brought with him a wealth of experience gained since his first job in 1985 working in engineering consultancy and then for a firm of Loss Adjusters.

He has a Masters in Soil Mechanics from the University of Cambridge, which followed his first class honours in Civil & Structural Engineering from University College, Swansea. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer and a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

During his time at HWA, Richard’s work has included investigating suspected defects in existing structures, in a majority of cases either in conjunction with an insurance claim or on behalf of clients buying or selling a house. He also regularly undertakes inspections of commercial and industrial buildings and minor structural design projects.

When Richard is not examining brickwork for cracks or assessing structural loadings, he likes to get out and about on his mountain bike.

Taylor Rafferty

Taylor Rafferty

Apprentice Civil Engineer

Taylor joins us as our very first apprentice and will be assisting the Civil Engineering team having already completed one year of a 2 year BTEC course at college; ‘Construction and the Built Environment’. He will continue with this during his 2 year apprenticeship at HWA and then progress his studies further as he hopes to one day attain a degree in Civil Engineering so he can become a Chartered Engineer. We certainly hope that Taylor will remain with us during this journey.

When Taylor is not studying hard, he likes to make the rest of us feel really old as he rides a BMX at semi-professional standard at competitions and skateparks around the UK. His BMX skills have helped him achieve recognition from other BMX cyclists and clothing companies who offer to endorse/sponsor him to represent their brand.