People

People

Our Team

Our specialist team of design managers and skilled operations team has worked on some of the most exciting projects in the world. We’re passionate, proactive people from diverse consultancy backgrounds who value each other’s talent and experience.

  • Samantha Avery
    Samantha Avery Finance Manager
  • Stacey Pike
    Stacey Pike People and Culture Manager
  • Jonathan Leah
    Jonathan Leah Associate Design Manager

    Jonathan is an Associate Design Manager with over twenty-five years of experience working as an architect across all stages of the design process. He joined us in 2021 and co-leads our higher education sector.

    Jonathan has worked with some of the best architects in the world, defining and managing the design delivery process for complex projects. He has extensive higher education experience in the UK and overseas, so he understands how universities operate and the challenges they face. He’s also worked on award-winning schools, infrastructure schemes and hospitality projects.

    He’s currently supporting the design team on the Firoz Lalji Global Hub, a highly sustainable new landmark building for the London School of Economics.

  • Isabelle Parker
    Isabelle Parker Office Manager
  • Phumelele Khuzwayo
    Phumelele Khuzwayo Design Manager
  • Bulelwa Nkohla
    Bulelwa Nkohla Office Manager
  • Gail Lewis
    Gail Lewis Design Manager
  • Boitumelo Dire-Masela
    Boitumelo Dire-Masela Design Manager
  • Dina Abu Shamat
    Dina Abu Shamat Design Manager
  • Joanna Kielbowska
    Joanna Kielbowska Senior Design Manager
  • Simon Ward
    Simon Ward Senior Design Manager
  • Mamta Joshi
    Mamta Joshi Design Manager
  • George Birch
    George Birch Design Manager
  • Monica Win
    Monica Win Senior Design Manager
  • Emily Yeung
    Emily Yeung Senior Design Manager
  • Jolandi Serton
    Jolandi Serton Design Manager
  • Janet Durkin
    Janet Durkin Senior Design Manager
  • Olivia Stobs-Stobart
    Olivia Stobs-Stobart Design Manager
  • Christianna Chatizchristou
    Christianna Chatizchristou Associate Design Manager
  • Zoe White
    Zoe White Marketing Manager
  • Nick Willars
    Nick Willars Director & Co-Founder

    Originally qualified as an architect, Nick possesses over twenty-five years of experience. He brings leadership, strategy, management and design programming expertise to the team and ensures we deliver quality across every project.

    Having worked with some of the world’s greatest architects and designers, helping to define and manage design strategies and delivery methodologies on large, complex projects, Nick has a profound understanding of the design process. Some recent projects include the Museum of London relocation to West Smithfield, a £100m landmark multi-storey campus building for the London School of Economics and the renovation of Victoria Palace Theatre in London for the opening of the Hamilton production.

    RIBA Publishing commissioned Nick to write Project Leadership: RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide.

  • David Palmeri
    David Palmeri Director

    David is a Director at Plan A with over fifteen years’ experience in Architecture and the Built Environment. He leads Plan A’s cultural sector, bringing his passion and experience to managing the complex coordination of many specialist disciplines involved in these projects.

    His experience spans across multiple sectors and geographies on projects of varying scales, from exhibitions to city masterplanning. He understands the need for robust design management no matter the size of the project and is keenly attuned to the expectations of architects, clients and design teams.

    He lectures for the Master of Design Administration and Part 3 courses at his alma mater, the Welsh School of Architecture.

     

     

  • Morné Share
    Morné Share Design Manager
  • Tomasz Marchewka
    Tomasz Marchewka Senior Design Manager
  • Joshua Jones
    Joshua Jones Associate Design Manager

    Joshua is an Associate Design Manager and experienced Chartered Architect (ARB / RIBA) who has worked extensively with high profile clients in both Europe and the Middle East. Including but not limited too TfL, HS2, Network Rail, Crossrail, FCO, Qiddiya and NEOM.

    Leading Plan A Consultants ‘Transport & Infrastructure’ Sector, Joshua has an innate ability to lead the design delivery of multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects of national importance. Joshua also is a recognised thought leader in the Sector, speaking at industry conferences, contributing to leading industry publications and also being shortlisted for industry awards.

    A natural problem solver with a holistic Design Management approach, Joshua ensures that all technical disciplines are incorporated into cohesive designs that are deliverable for the Client. He possesses a strong understanding of the value engineering process and works closely with Client organisations and their stakeholders to extract value, all whilst integrating critical assurance processes. He is an excellent communicator, experienced in interface management and engaging with Stakeholders.

    Aside from his Project duties, Joshua is also chair of the Plan A Employee Council, active within the Business Development Team and also an active Mentor to junior staff within the office.

  • Peter Chinnock
    Peter Chinnock Senior Design Manager
  • Ned Barran
    Ned Barran Director

    Since joining us in 2017, Ned has been working on new-build and refurbishment projects in the UK, Middle East and beyond. He was promoted to Director in 2024 and is interested in widening our reach into emerging markets.

    Ned has twenty years of sector-wide design management experience, with plenty of that working on-site. His construction know-how means he understands architect, contractor and client perspectives on and off-site. He was involved in transforming a brutalist London landmark into The Standard’s first UK hotel, working with the design and construction team to resolve communication and coordination issues.

    He’s currently working on Saudi Arabia’s first opera house and recently worked on the Abrahamic Family House, a unique building for inter-religious dialogue and exchange in Abu Dhabi.

  • Sophie Pearce
    Sophie Pearce Senior Design Manager
  • Haytham Hamodi
    Haytham Hamodi Design Manager
  • Scarlett Petchey
    Scarlett Petchey Senior Design Manager
  • Ryan Farthing
    Ryan Farthing Associate Director

    Ryan joined us in 2021, bringing almost a decade of design management experience to the team. He became Associate Director in 2024.

    Ryan’s background in design management and in construction engineering means he sees things more holistically, understanding not only what the architect needs but what the client and contractor expect. He’s worked across project stages from early feasibility to handover, is adept in construction contracts, and has broad sector experience covering commercial, sports, transport and infrastructure.

    Since 2023, Ryan has led the Sports & Entertainment Sector at Plan A which not only aligns with his experience, but his passion for sports. Right now, he’s supporting an internationally-renowned design firm on a new masterplan for a major entertainment, sports, and hospitality destination in Saudi Arabia.

  • Cheryl Tang
    Cheryl Tang Associate Design Manager
  • Edric Okungbowa
    Edric Okungbowa Finance Assistant
  • Isabel van Wyk-de Gouveia
    Isabel van Wyk-de Gouveia Design Manager
  • Jennifer Sale
    Jennifer Sale Associate Director

    Jennifer joined us in 2016 as a Design Manager, bringing a unique mix of architectural and business experience. In 2024, she was promoted to Associate Director. She is also a registered Architect.

    Jennifer heads up our masterplanning sector ensuring we’re delivering a high-quality, tailored service to our clients. She has broad range of experience leading on projects worldwide across masterplanning, cultural, aviation, hospitality, sports and residential projects, working alongside world-renowned architects to deliver hugely complex projects.

    Jennifer is currently leading the design management for the Royal Diriyah Opera House on behalf of Snohetta. Prior to this she notably led the design management for masterplanning for new cities in KSA, and an extraordinary new international airport for Navi Mumbai.

    Outside the office, Jennifer is a RIBA Part III Professional Studies Advisor at Cambridge University and teaches a RIBA Part III Professional Practice workshop on programmes at Cambridge University. She was also a judge of the inaugural The AJ Specification Awards.

  • Mi Yao
    Mi Yao Design Manager
  • Rebecca Mark
    Rebecca Mark Design Manager
  • Simon England
    Simon England Technical Director

    A former architect before joining Plan A, Simon has over twenty-five years of experience, so it’s fair to say he knows the design process inside and out. He joined us in 2018, becoming Technical Director in 2023. He co-leads the higher education sector.

    As Technical Director at Plan A, Simon sits across multiple projects and provides technical input and strategic advice. He assists with quality reviews, the tool kit we use as Design Managers, and helps raise the office’s general technical and industry knowledge.

    Simon has worked on complex projects across sectors, including large fit-outs to new multi-storey buildings and cultural masterplans. Recently, at Project Apple, he’s been working with the architect team in delivering the design for an extraordinary new R&D centre and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for a biopharmaceutical company.

    Outside the office, Simon judges architectural awards and is actively involved in the UK branch of Docomomo. He also teaches on the Professional Practice courses at the University of Westminster, the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

  • Emily Zinselmeier
    Emily Zinselmeier Design Manager
  • Natalie Jones
    Natalie Jones Senior Design Manager
  • Rachel King
    Rachel King Associate Director

    Rachel joined us in 2018 after spending almost a decade working in architectural practice. She was promoted to Associate Director in 2024 and plays a key role in coaching our junior staff members.

    Rachel has worked in almost every sector, from transport infrastructure, science research facilities and education buildings to complex cultural projects. She also has experience with large-scale masterplans, most recently at Carpenters Estate – one of London’s largest and most ambitious estate regeneration programmes.

    Outside the office, she is a Part 3 Examiner and Guest Lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

  • Ben Brouard
    Ben Brouard Director

    Ben is a Director, and leads our business development and marketing strategies, working closely with the senior team and our Marketing Manager.

    As an architect, Ben has led large multidisciplinary teams on some of the UK’s most significant infrastructure projects for Crossrail and the London Underground at Tottenham Court Road Station in Central London. Whilst at Plan A, Ben has predominantly led projects in the Middle East including the new Natural History Museum in Abu Dhabi with Mecanoo, Jeddah Central Museum with Heatherwick Studio, and a large stadium redevelopment programme.

    He is often supporting architects in the early stages of the bidding process to develop bid strategies, helping to form consultant teams, develop design programmes, and fee schedules that lead to competition success.

  • Josh Banwell
    Josh Banwell Design Manager
  • Sophie Delaney
    Sophie Delaney Design Manager
  • Sunita Bhawal
    Sunita Bhawal Senior Design Manager
  • Ilsa Archillies
    Ilsa Archillies Design Manager
  • Gerard Daws
    Gerard Daws Director & Co-Founder

    Ged provides strong and consistent management, leadership and direction for our team. He keeps us true to our values, ensuring we’re open to exciting opportunities just as long as they’re right for our people and the business.

    For over twenty-five years, Ged’s worked on all types of projects worldwide, helping architects define, implement and manage the design process. He acutely understands the importance of protecting the project vision by determining crucial factors early on, ensuring teams are focused on the same goals.

    He has led the design management on a collaborative campus for University College London, an urban regeneration masterplan in Barking and the Natural History Museum of Abu Dhabi, home to some of the rarest exhibits in the world.

  • Eric Okoro
    Eric Okoro Design Manager
  • Lucy Freeston
    Lucy Freeston Director

    Lucy’s been with us since 2016 and became Director in 2024. She leads the transport sector and coordinates our team’s training and continuous professional development.

    Having worked on many complex, large-scale projects for some of the world’s most celebrated architects, Lucy understands the importance of ensuring projects are set up right from the start with careful monitoring throughout to ensure successful delivery.

    She’s worked across sectors including transport, education, commercial, hospitality and retail, most recently on the Heathrow Expansion and Euston Station masterplan.

  • Ellie Smith
    Ellie Smith Senior Design Manager
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