Michael Feather – Managing Director
BA Arch Dip Arch ARB
Michael Feather is the Managing Director of Bowman Riley responsible for leading business operations across the company supported by an experienced senior management team.
Michael is responsible for delivering our business plan focused on continuously improving client care, efficiency, commercial results and business generation.
Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the property industry, Michael has been a pivotal member of the senior leadership team since 2014.
An architect by profession, Michael initially started his career at Bowman Riley as a work experience student. Following several years working in London, he returned to his Yorkshire roots and in 2009, full circle, back to Bowman Riley.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing and coaching rugby, cycling and outdoor activities.
Caroline Woolley – Director
FRICS, MSc, BA
Joining the board of directors in 2019, Caroline Woolley has delivered a challenging business plan during her time with Bowman Riley.
As a Fellow of the RICS, Caroline leads our building consultancy team in providing the full range of services throughout the lifecycle of a property or estate.
She has made a real impact in driving forward the building consultancy team, which has grown significantly in terms of team members, profitability and breadth of services.
A building surveyor by profession, Caroline has over a decade’s commercial property experience. She is a passionate advocate of mentoring and improving diversity and inclusion within the property industry and the first female shareholding director to take a place on Bowman Riley’s board.
Caroline chaired the national RICS Building Surveying Conference for two consecutive years.
Also a qualified yoga teacher, Caroline provides leadership in placing wellbeing in the workplace at the top of the agenda.
Matthew Jones – Director
Bsc Gen Arch Studies, BArch, RIBA Chartered Architect
Matthew Jones is a RIBA qualified architect and a director of Bowman Riley responsible for the Leeds office.
Launching his career in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Matthew worked for an ex-patriot English firm of architects for three years. The projects he delivered ranged from bespoke luxury holiday homes at the exclusive Tryal Resort to a school extension and refurbishment programme across the island.
Returning to the UK in 1997, Matthew began working for Bowman Riley. In 2003, he established the Leeds office and was promoted to the role of director that same year.
Matthew is a keen golfer, former rugby player and enjoys swimming and live music.
Tony Pleasants – Director
Tony Pleasants is the Director responsible for leading the London office and developing business in the South.
Starting his career at Bowman Riley in 2007, Tony has held roles of increasing responsibility leading to a role in the senior leadership team in 2016. He excels at building relationships across the industry and business generation.
Since establishing the company’s London office over ten years ago in 2012, Tony has overseen a series of prestigious projects including Shell’s first fully electric vehicle charging forecourt in Fulham, a new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Ashford, Kent and a major residential development for Countryside in Acton, West London.
He is a keen footballer, loves walking his crazy dog Lola and travelling.
Darren Bush – Director
BA (Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA
Darren Bush has been a director of Bowman Riley since 2005 and is one of our most experienced leadership team members.
As a diligent and experienced architect, Darren is adept at managing large-scale roll-out programmes with experience gained from leading the Wm Morrison Supermarkets framework for over two decades. He ensures the reliable and quality project delivery to exact client requirements achieved through delivering consistent design excellence.
More recently, Darren has been leading the design of sustainable energy resources, including ultra-rapid electronic charging and hydrogen.
Darren is an expert in delivering specialist retail and forecourt solutions across all traditional and modern fuel types. His achievements include designing the UK’s first 100% renewable fast-charging electric vehicle forecourt with a 5MVA power supply in Braintree in Essex, battery energy storage and delivering a new modular building. This building houses a vehicle showroom, convenience store, meeting, and lounge to offer drivers’ facilities while their vehicles charge for an enhanced customer experience.
Situated on a greenfield site designated as a technology park, Darren led the architecture team comprising the lead designer and principal designer for the whole site, the architecture on the forecourt and the delivery architecture on the new modular building. In addition, Darren led the teams of further specialists, consultants, and contractors to progress the project in line with the challenging time scales. This sustainable site features photovoltaic panels, greenery, rainwater harvesting and a balancing pond for urban drainage.
In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, tennis and travelling.
Colin Briggs – Associate Director
BA (Hons) PGDipArch RIBA, BA French Language & Related Studies, RIBA Conservation Registrant
Colin Briggs is an Associate Director leading the architectural team in our Leeds office and a key member of our senior leadership team.
To support his role on the senior leadership team, Colin is currently studying for a master’s in Management Practice at the University of Manchester on a part-time basis via the apprenticeship route.
Qualifying as an architect in 2009, Colin has considerable design flair and excels in client engagement. He manages to successfully lead a range of design projects whilst developing positive relationships with clients and securing new work for Bowman Riley.
Over the years, Colin’s projects have received industry awards including ‘Best Building Design’ for Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and ‘Heritage Project of the Year’ at the RICS Yorkshire and Humber Property Awards for Grantley Hall Hotel and Wellness Retreat.
In 2019, Colin undertook further training in conservation architecture and is now a RIBA Conservation Registrant.
Actively involved in the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, Colin plays an important role in their Property Forum’s Quality Spaces and Places group influencing and improving the public realm in Leeds.
He is also fluent in French, a Grade 8 pianist and is studying towards a Diploma in Classical Music
Craig Mewse – Associate Director
BA Hons PG Dip RIBA
Promoted to Associate Director in 2019, Craig Mewse is a qualified architect recognised for producing high quality exciting contemporary designs. He is responsible for leading a variety of projects from inception to completion in, particularly challenging environments.
His most recent role is as project architect for the extension to Skipton Building Society’s headquarters building to provide additional office and meeting room space while providing a contemporary multi-purpose atrium in the heart of the building within the Skipton’s Conservation Area.
With proficient use of the latest technology, Craig presents ideas in a compelling and easy to understand 3D environment while delivering projects as part of a collaborative team through the use of Revit and Building Information Modelling.
Craig drives forward the use of new technologies to enhance the delivery of our services including BIM, 3D visualisation and augmented reality.
Craig’s experience is further strengthened through extensive travel around Asia, Australasia and South America.
Dan Heward – Associate Director
HND Building Studies
Promoted to Associate Director in 2019, Dan Heward is a qualified architectural technologist with 20 years’ experience. He provides design solutions that concentrate on the technology of building design and construction.
Dan undertakes the role of project leader working with our clients and the rest of the design team to manage the construction process from conception through to completion.
He has led the technical delivery of a wide range of retail developments for The Co-operative Group and Wm Morrison Supermarkets. He has specific expertise in large scale roll-out programmes to remodel and refurbish existing retail stores and in adapting and converting other buildings into retail premises.
Dan always strives to deliver projects to the highest technical standards. He has particular expertise in the conversion and extension of redundant properties transforming them into viable commercial spaces and in the delivery of fast track projects with extremely quick build programmes.
Dan and his team pioneer cutting-edge construction techniques to improve the speed of project delivery and provide best value solutions to meet client needs in the highly competitive retail sector.
April Marsden – Senior Associate
BA (Hons) PGDip RIBA
Promoted to Senior Associate in 2022, April Marsden is an architect with a wealth of experience and a focus on achieving the best outcomes for her clients.
She leads a specialist architectural team that works collaboratively with clients and other stakeholders to produce holistic and considerate design solutions that are built on current thinking, innovative construction techniques and the implementation of technology critical to successful building management.
Interested in the application of modular construction, especially off-site and pre-fabrication, April is keen to ensure full integration with existing structures without compromising architectural design and quality.
One of her key roles is in client liaison, where her listening and understanding readily helps to create strong and meaningful relationships, many of which are longstanding, with clients returning back to her over her 20 years in the profession
In her spare time, April enjoys spending time with her two daughters, skiing and generally enjoying the Yorkshire Dales.
Samantha Jevons – Associate Marketing & Business Development
BA (Hons), MCIM
Promoted to Associate in 2022, Samantha Jevons has extensive experience in marketing and business development in the property industry.
Working alongside the senior leadership team, she provides marketing, communications and business development expertise.
Samantha is responsible for managing all marketing and business development planning and strategy, communications, bid management, client relationship management and event management.
Since 2019 Samantha has been a committee member of the Forum of the Built Environment (fbe) Leeds Branch.
Outside of work, she adores spending time with her little boy, foreign holidays, hosting parties, reading great stories, new dresses, cycling, camping, and is an advanced scuba diver.
Owen Black – Associate Building Surveyor
BSc (Hons) MRICS AaPS
Promoted to Associate in 2022, Owen Black is a chartered building surveyor with almost a decade of commercial surveying experience.
Based in the Leeds office, Owen is a Chartered Building Surveyor with experience of working within both professional property consultancy and project management. He has experience of providing the due diligence of new build industrial units, acquisition surveys of both industrial, office and high street premises and the disposal of dilapidated assets.
Outside of work, Owen enjoys renovating properties, participates in the occasional squash match and has taken up golf lessons. Having recently acquired a road bike, he can be seen struggling up the hills of North Yorkshire in his spare time!
Roy Wilson – Associate Architect
Promoted to Associate in 2019, Roy Wilson is an Architect based in our London office leading a number of commercial mixed-use and residential projects in the capital and the South of England.
Qualifying as an Architect in 2009, Roy has worked as part of the Bowman Riley team for over 10 years making a significant contribution to the practice with a high level of attention to detail and proficiency in the use of BIM as a collaborative tool.
Roy has a track record of delivering schemes that have been driven by the need to achieve cost savings and fast-track programmes whilst still maintaining a high level of quality on both traditional and design and build developments.
Roy designed the Albion Place retail development on Skipton High Street, which won ‘Development of the Year 2014’ at the Yorkshire Business Insider Property Awards.
Outside of the office, Roy enjoys playing and watching football.
Anita Rebaudo – Associate Architect
Promoted to Associate in 2023, Anita Rebaudo is an experienced architect working as part of our Leeds team for over fifteen years.
Anita has worked as part of the design team on a variety of new build and refurbishment schemes in the commercial, retail, leisure, residential and industrial sectors.
Joining Bowman Riley as an Architectural Assistant following her degree at Leeds Beckett University, she continued to work with the company whilst continuing her studies to become a chartered Architect.
Anita has a keen eye for detail and tackles each project with precision and professionalism.
She has an excellent track record in the successful delivery of a range of commercial and retail developments. Reliable and trustworthy, every project is delivered with outstanding results.
Outside of work, Anita is a fully qualified fitness studio instructor, who teaches a range of classes.
David Hodgson – Associate Architectural Technologist
BTEC HND Building Studies
David Hodgson has worked at Bowman Riley for 30 years and has been involved in various market sectors including hotel, leisure, residential, retail, industrial and educational.
In 2004 David was promoted to Associate and now deliver projects from inception to completion with the assistance of architectural and technical support.
Over the last 15 years, David has worked as a Project Leader on a variety of projects in the residential, retail, commercial, education and hotels and leisure sectors including the renovation of three listed hotels including The Judges Lodging, Swinton Park and The Beverley Arms.
In recent years David has specialised in leading the delivery of private residential schemes. His responsibilities include detailed negotiations to secure planning approval (and discharge conditions), production information, liaising with contractor and specialists throughout the course of the building works.
He is a keen follower of Liverpool Football Club and enjoys watching live music.
Steve McDonald – Associate Architect
BA (Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA
Steve McDonald joined Bowman Riley in 1994 and was promoted to Associate in 1999. As a qualified architect , Steve provides support to the director in charge of the retail sector within the office heading up design teams for various developments.
Steve has an impressive track record in the successful delivery of retail developments from inception through to completion.
For the past decade, Steve has specialised in retail and commercial developments pioneering fast track delivery, sustainable construction and zero carbon technologies. Steve has more recently been responsible for the delivery of a number of large extension projects, requiring complex phasing solutions, and shell fit outs.
Areas of work primarily with Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and include various store refurbishments, store extensions, new build stores and petrol filling stations both new and existing.
Outside of work, Steve enjoys playing the drums, ten pin bowling and family walks.
Stephen Haestier – Associate Architect
BA(Hons) Dip Arch Post Grad Dip. RIBA
Stephen Haestier joined Bowman Riley in 2001 and has gained varied experience from working on a range of construction projects ranging from the refurbishment of listed buildings to industrial schemes and housing developments.
He was promoted to Associate in 2008 and since then he has continued to progress his career with an expanding portfolio of retail and industrial projects, expanding into the areas of master planning and urban design.
Stephen was part of the team that secured the first BREEAM Excellent 2006 accredited supermarket in the UK. Stephen also coordinates our BIM implementation strategy ensuring that the practice remains at the forefront of this field.
In 2014, Stephen took on the responsibility for driving forwards Bowman Riley’s adoption of BIM and coordinates our response across the practice.
Outside work, Stephen is a member of Ilkley and District Round Table and as former Chair enjoys taking time out to raise money for local charities when he is not chasing after his young family.
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Helen Walker – Head of Heritage
DipID BArch RIBA Senior Conservation Architect
Helen Walker is our Head of Heritage and a qualified Conservation Architect with over 12 years of experience working with heritage assets.
As a conservation architect, Helen’s role is to primarily provide an overarching view of the heritage projects within the practice. She provides a broad range of heritage services including Heritage Impact Assessments, Quinquennial Inspections and advice on historic building repairs and identification of defects.
Helen has experience of working with a wide variety of heritage assets including Grade I, II* and II listed buildings as well as battlefields, scheduled ancient monuments and conservation areas. She has provided heritage advice to a wide variety of clients including local authorities, private clients and organisations such as the National Trust.
Helen loves the challenge of working with heritage assets and is conscious of the importance of balancing the needs of the client with the needs of the building so that people can enjoy these wonderful structures for generations to come.
In her spare time, when not ferrying her children to a variety of clubs, Helen sings in her local choir and loves walking and rugby (watching not playing!).
Kara Thorpe – Head of Finance
BSc (Hons) FCCA
Promoted to Head of Finance in 2022, Kara Thorpe is a qualified chartered certified accountant with 19 years of experience.
Kara has worked at Bowman Riley for over seven years, during which time she completed a personal leadership course and is working towards a Level 7 Strategic Financial Management course.
She works alongside Beth Fannon, our Finance Assistant, who undertakes our day to day finance tasks.
In her free time, she enjoys spending days out with her two sons, dining out and foreign holidays.
Tom Shelley – Head of Interior Architecture
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) BIID
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) BIID
With over 15 years of experience, Tom Shelley is a qualified interior designer and member of the British Institute of Interior Design.
Tom Shelley combines a flair for design with a personable manner and the technical expertise to be able to deliver an interior design scheme from concept to completion.
Qualifying as an Interior Designer in 2002 from Manchester Metropolitan University, Tom started working as an interior design professional in Manchester on a multitude of commercial and industrial projects nationwide.
In 2006, Tom moved to Bowman Riley joining the Leeds team and working on the interior design of the prestigious Toronto Square development where the office is now based.
In 2014, Tom achieved a first-class degree in Architectural Technology from Leeds Beckett University. This technical qualification gives Tom an edge over other designers in his field.
The British Institute of Interior Design granted Tom full membership in 2017.
Tom loves cycling and renovating his self-designed home.
Laura Baarda – Head of Interior Design
BA (Hons) Interior Design (first class), BIID
Laura Baarda is a qualified interior designer and member of the British Institute of Interior Design.
A graduate of Northumbria University with a first-class degree in Interior Design, Laura started her career at a high-end residential interior design company in Shrewsbury for several years.
Joining Bowman Riley in 2018, Laura returned to her Yorkshire homeland working as part of our interiors team, which was launched in January 2017.
Laura’s latest obsession is sailing. She is a newly trained day skipper and can’t wait to embark on more nautical adventures. Laura values family, her dog, and laughter.
John Coultas – Principal Architect
BA (Hons) DipArch (Oxford) RIBA
John Coultas joined Bowman Riley over 25 years ago following his qualification as an architect in 1991 and four years working for a Yorkshire-based practice.
Over the years John has looked at the development potential of hundreds of locations and with our team, has achieved planning consent for thousands of homes on challenging sites throughout Yorkshire. A good proportion of these properties have been constructed under his stewardship.
By reputation, John has built up a client base comprising some of the region’s most highest regarded business people. His projects include one of the country’s largest ice cream factories, the UK’s most technologically advanced soft drinks factory, a state-of-the-art model farm, the new office head office for a software company and the Grade I listed refurbishment of the Judge’s Lodging in York.
Away from work, John enjoys riding his Italian motorbike across the North Yorkshire Moors and Lake District.
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Ruth Bush – Senior Architect
BA Hons, Dip. Arch, BREEAM BRE, RIBA
Ruth Bush has over 20 years’ experience designing community, education, commercial and historic buildings.
She enjoys working closely with clients to fulfil every aspect of their brief and excels in user group, stakeholder and community consultation throughout the design process. Ruth was the project architect on two award-winning projects; the Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough and Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre for the University of Leeds. As a BREEAM Accredited Professional, she is committed to embracing sustainable principles whilst producing designs that are efficient, workable and surpass expectations.
Out of work, Ruth enjoys creating stained glass, painting watercolours and tennis.
James Ross – Senior Architect
RIBA Certificate in Project Management (pending), Bsc (Hons) in Architecture, Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA
James Ross is an experienced project architect, project manager, account manager and team leader with a proven track record of delivering successful projects on time and to budget.
He has a broad knowledge of construction with the ability to approach a project as a design team leader or as a building contractor.
James’ experience spans residential, commercial and retail sectors at a variety of scales. He has also worked on a series of listed buildings and delivered projects within conservation areas.
James hobbies and interests include rock climbing, playing guitar and music generally.
Karen Lee – Senior Architect
MArch PGCert ARB RIBA
Karen Lee joined our Leeds team in 2022 as a Senior Architect.
With over eight years of experience in designing projects, she relishes taking on board a client’s vision and making it a reality.
Karen approaches each project with a strong technical focus to resolve design issues, which she has successfully put into practice across the commercial, education, retail, industrial and residential sectors.
In her spare time, she enjoys long walks, playing badminton, eating food from around the world and dressmaking.
James Barnes – Senior Architect
BA (Hons) M.Arch ARB RIBA
Promoted to Senior Architect in 2022, James Barnes works as an integral part of the healthcare team, James joined Bowman Riley in July 2015 following a design and management role within his family’s construction business.
Conscientious and a keen problem solver, James applies his analytical skills to an architectural environment making the best use of available space in order to take a scheme from concept to completion. He has on-site experience and is comfortable conversing with team members at all levels of the construction process.
Whilst at university, James spent a summer volunteering in Nepal, working in a school for children with disabilities, using his practical skills to help repair the school building and teach the children English.
In his spare time, he is an acoustic guitarist, and vocalist and enjoys playing football and squash.
Rebecca Jones – Graphic Designer & Marketing Coordinator
Rebecca Jones has a passion for all things creative and provides invaluable graphic design and marketing support to Bowman Riley.
She is the practice’s brand guardian and is responsible for the design and production of high quality marketing collateral and additional marketing communications, such as flyers and brochures.
Working alongside the practices marketing manager Rebecca assists with business development planning and strategy, communications, bid management, client relationships and event planning.
Outside of the office, Rebecca doesn’t stop and generally can be found playing badminton, cycling or walking. When not in the country she will be in the French Alpes on the slopes.
Simon Rolley – Chartered Building Surveyor
MRICS BSc (Hons) Building Surveying (first class), Tech IOSH
Chartered Building Surveyor, Simon Rolley joined Bowman Riley’s Building Consultancy team in January 2022.
Based in the Leeds office, Simon has over six years post qualification experience delivering core building surveying and project management services with a well-known multi-disciplinary construction consultancy. He has worked with both public and private sector clients across the education, healthcare, commercial and residential sectors.
Outside of work, Simon enjoys exploring the outdoors through climbing, cycling, and hiking. He is also a keen DIYer and can usually be found pottering at home with some form of a project always on the go!
Andrew Tate – Senior Architectural Technician
HND Building Studies
Andrew Tate has considerable experience in the use of BIM using Revit Architecture to produce architectural models on a wide variety of projects with contract values ranging from £5 million to £60 million.
He works with the wider design team to share BIM information for the overall benefit of the project delivery. Andy has developed in-house best practice protocols for the use of Revit and produced standard templates. He is actively involved with the Bowman Riley BIM steering group, set up to facilitate the use of BIM in line with industry standards and clients’ expectations.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain biking and walking.
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Chris Snowden – Senior Architectural Technologist
Chris Snowden is a qualified architectural technologist who has worked at Bowman Riley for over seven years specialising in the delivery of projects in the retail sector.
His dedication and quality of work were recognised in 2019 when he was promoted to Senior Architectural Technologist.
In his spare time, Chris is a keen football fan and enjoys traveling the world.
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Alex Vousden – Senior Architectural Technologist.
MCIAT, BA Architecture, Graduate Diploma
Alex Vousden is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, who joined the London team in 2018.
He has experience in the residential and commercial sectors including providing technical expertise on a range of listed buildings and high-end residential schemes.
Alex is proficient in BIM software and working methods. He has delivered award-winning projects in ArchiCAD and is also proficient in using NBS specification.
When not working, Alex enjoys playing rugby, photography and going to gigs.
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Antony Sutcliffe – Senior Architectural Technologist
ABBE Level 3 Diploma Construction Energy Assessment, STROMA
BSc Architectural Technology
With over 10 years’ experience as a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Antony Sutcliffe has worked on a diverse range of projects. These projects include masterplanning for housing developments, high-rise mixed-use buildings, refurbishments of listed buildings and a coastal hotel/ spa retreat in Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Passionate in both conservation and sustainability, this has led him to work on many dilapidated buildings. This has required the recording of the existing fabric of the buildings, technical designs with sustainable solutions and manages the progression on-site through to their completion.
Antony loves to travel and has backpacked to many parts of the world including Europe and Eastern Asia. He enjoys going on long hikes around the countryside, which has seen him complete the Hadrian’s Wall Trial and climb the Yorkshire and National Three Peaks.
Darren Hill – Senior Architectural Technologist
HND Building, MCIAT
Darren Hill is a Senior Architectural Technologist with over 14 years’ experience in providing first-class technical support on a range of construction projects.
A technical expert, Darren focuses on delivering projects to the highest possible standard. He produces high-quality graphics that assist our clients and the wider project stakeholders in visualising the development during the design stages.
Proficient in the BIM software Revit Architecture, Darren designed the ByHaus apartments, Wm Morrison supermarkets, The Bailey and the Airmesh head office projects using the software to the benefit of the overall project efficiency.
Out of work, Darren enjoys snowboarding and renovating houses.
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Robert Baxendale – Senior Architectural Technologist
Robert Baxendale is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, who has most recently provided technical expertise on a new build office scheme and a number of Grade II listed hotel refurbishment schemes.
Out of work Robert enjoys spending time with his family, at the weekend he generally heads out somewhere for a walk and a picnic.
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Antony Wright – Senior Building Surveyor
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
Antony Wright is an analytical, focused and tenacious senior building surveyor with over a decade’s experience with the ability to deliver services to achieve the best results for his clients.
Working for nine years in London, Antony has relocated to Sheffield to build his life and career in Yorkshire.
Outside of the office, Antony has a keen passion for rock climbing and outdoor pursuits, which he enjoys for the mental, problem-solving and physical challenge. He also practices hatha yoga and mindfulness to look after his physical and mental health.
Joanne Harrison – Heritage Consultant & Architect
PhD Conservation Studies, MA Conservation Studies, Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, Postgraduate Bachelor of Architecture degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Design, Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice, BA (Hons)
Joanne Harrison is a chartered architect and academic researcher with over 20 years of experience in helping construction professionals deliver high-quality heritage projects that are informed by research incorporating architectural, historical and social insights.
With specialisms in historic building conservation and sustainable design, Joanne is currently studying towards a PhD in Conservation Studies.
With an impressive portfolio of projects across residential, education, civic, commercial and retail sectors, Joanne is experienced in engaging with professionals and communities alike to build productive and collaborative working relationships that are focused on finding creative solutions to complex problems.
Joanne holds voluntary positions as a planning sub-committee member of the Wakefield Civic Society, a panel member of Healthwatch Wakefield and a leader of walking tours for Heritage Open Days.
Away from work, Joanne’s life revolves mainly around her two daughters with lots of family days out to historic sites. She plays the piano, has an allotment and keeps chickens.
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Daniel Postill – Architect and Passive House Designer
BA (Hons) M Arch, Certificate in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture, ARB, RIBA, Passivhaus Designer
Daniel Postill qualified as an Architect in 2019 after three years of working in our Leeds office whilst studying towards his Part III qualification.
He is passionate about carbon reduction in building design and successfully completed Passive House (Passivhaus) training in Autumn 2022 to become a BRE accredited Passive House designer.
Dan has considerable design flair and has built an eclectic portfolio of experience from exceptional residential developments and student accommodation, education buildings, commercial and industrial schemes, hotels and leisure projects.
In his spare time, he enjoys growing his own vegetables, attending gigs and foreign travel. His bucket list goal is to visit every European country.
Robert Sharples – Architect and RIBA Conservation Registrant
BSc (Hons) MArch ARB RIBA
Based in our Leeds office, Robert Sharples is an architect and RIBA Conservation Registrant with a passion for historic architecture and an ambition to become a conservation architect.
Robert’s approach is to celebrate historic architecture and settings focusing on conserving the best of the past whilst introducing modern interventions and retrofit that contribute to the viability of a building’s use and reuse.
Working within our heritage team, Robert brings a wealth of experience of working on listed buildings from producing comprehensive information packages and design and access statements, listed building consent applications, heritage statements, extensive Heritage Impact Assessments and condition surveys. He has worked on a variety of sites with both existing and new architecture, located within a green belt and within conservation areas.
His experience includes working on a host of listed buildings for the universities of Leeds and Bradford and on the Grade II listed Folk Hall in York and Grade II listed Shine Business Centre in Leeds.
Outside of work his interests include visits to exhibitions, the theatre, historic houses, antiques and furniture. Robert enjoys working in the city and experiencing the great outdoors. He enjoys good coffee and good food.
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Agnieszka Sidorczuk – Architect
MGR INŻ. ARCH. Equivalent of Part II Masters degree in Poland, Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture
Agnieszka Sidorczuk became a fully qualified Architect and was accepted onto the Architects Registration Board (ARB) register in 2022.
Agnes joined Bowman Riley in 2017 as an Architectural Assistant in the Leeds office after working for six years in architecture and interior design practices both in Poland and the UK. Sine 2017, she has been actively working on converting her Polish qualifications to become an Architect registered to work in the UK.
She graduated in 2011 from Technical University in Bialystok, Poland and also studied in Universidade Technica de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal for one year.
Agnieszka took part in various architectural events, including tutoring at MEDS in Ljubljana in 2011, co-organising a light festival (LUMO BJALISTOKO) in her hometown, Bialystok or taking part in various workshops for architecture students.
She is a huge fan of minimalism and enjoys implementing it into her designs.
Outside of work, Agnieszka enjoys good gym sessions. She owns the race version of Subaru and has learnt how to drift.
Brandon Strike – IT Manager
BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Systems Support
Brandon Strike achieved a BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Systems Support in 2022 and was promoted to IT Manager.
He has been a key member of our team since 2016, providing invaluable IT management to equip our team with the technology and tools we need to operate effectively.
With hands-on technical expertise, he ensures that our people are equipped with the hardware and software needed to deliver high-quality services to our clients.
He is passionate about protecting Bowman Riley’s systems and ensuring business continuity, which has resulted in our achievement of Cyber Essentials Plus.
In his spare time, Brandon likes to go on road trips, work on his car and is taking his motorbike license.
Mark Hayton – Architectural Technologist and Passive House Designer
BA (Hons) ACIOB
Mark is an accomplished architectural technologist with over 20 years of experience and a certified Passivhaus designer.
To support Bowman Riley’s carbon reduction targets and our clients’ eco ambitions, Mark completed training to become a certified Passive House (Passivhaus) training in 2022 to become a BRE accredited Passive House designer.
Qualifying in 1998 as an architectural technician, Mark supported the technical delivery of a range of developments for Bowman Riley Architects. After several years, he needed a new challenge and moved on to work as a technical manager for a building contractor.
During his time with a building contractor, Mark worked on many prestigious projects, including Southampton Football Club Training Academy, St Oswald’s Extra Care Retirement Village, Brighton University Varley Halls of Residence, Dorchester Brewery and Asda Supermarkets.
After taking time out to enjoy life in Grenada in Spain, Mark returned to the UK in 2013 and started working back at Bowman Riley.
Outside of the office, Mark enjoys teaching his young son how to swim and play football. Mark is a keen cyclist, and while living in Spain for 18 months, he raced for a semi-professional cycle team and learnt Spanish.
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Colin Ruddock – Energy Manager
Since joining the practice in 2005, Colin Ruddock has specialised in projects for energy clients designing fuel forecourts with a wide and varied scope throughout the UK.
In that last decade, he has delivered hundreds of petrol filling station projects for some of the UK’s largest fuel and retail clients including Esso, Artelia, Wm Morrison Supermarkets and Asda.
Colin has delivered a huge range of projects including refurbishment, infrastructure replacement, new builds, HGV, AdBlue and environmentally sensitive projects, phased construction, Motorway Service Area, joint client, live forecourts as well as traditional single-phase projects. These projects have given Colin the experience necessary to provide clients with the flexibility necessary for the esoteric nature of petroleum retail.
Leading a team of fuel forecourt specialists, Colin is now pioneering forecourt projects that combine traditional fuels and electric charging.
Working to APEA standards, Colin holds current UKPIA and ExxonMobil Safety Passports and has experience working with specialist contractors such as Williams Southern, Fibrelite, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Tokheim, Fox Construction, Premier and Dakin.
Out of the office, Colin enjoys motorcycling, clay pigeon shooting and is currently attempting to rediscover his love of badminton.
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Ben Stone – Architectural Technologist
BA (Hons) First Class, ACIAT
A graduate from Liverpool John Moore’s University with a first class degree in Architectural Technology, Ben Stone joined Bowman Riley in 2016 and has since become an associate member of The Charted Institute of Architectural Technologist.
Enthusiastic and professional, Ben provides invaluable technical support to the Leeds team. He is able to apply his knowledge of current building regulations and up to date material specifications to successfully develop fully functioning architectural drawings.
With a particular interest in the BIM software, Revit Architecture, Ben has become proficient in producing architectural drawings using Revit. He is also competent in AutoCAD Architecture, NBS, NavisWorks, SketchUp and FormIt software products.
Whilst still at university, Ben traveled to Malaysia for a month to study the vernacular architecture and visited world UNESCO heritage sites in Penang and Malacca.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys watching live music along with traveling having already visited parts of Malaysia and America. His next ambition is to travel through Route 66 within the next few years!
Emma Black – Interior Designer
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
Emma Black joined Bowman Riley as an Interior designer in 2021 to support the growing workload of our Interiors team.
Emma graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2019 after studying Interior Architecture and Design.
She has experience in the automotive, workplace and pharmaceutical sectors focusing on global brand implementation.
Emma believes everybody should experience great design, whatever the size of the budget. She is passionate about sustainable design and enjoys learning about new environmentally friendly materials, construction methods and technologies.
In her spare time, Emma is renovating her first home learning new skills as she goes. She also enjoys spending time with her family in her hometown at the seaside and watching documentaries.
Nick Ashley – Architectural Technologist
BSc Architectural Technology
Nick Ashley joined our London team in 2021 as an architectural technologist with seven years of experience working in London, Surrey and Ireland.
As an experienced architectural technologist, Nick has a demonstrated track record of successfully delivering a range of high-end residential projects. He is proficient in contract management in addition to his technical skills.
In his spare time, Nick is learning to speak Russian! He loves hiking, rock climbing and wakeboarding and has “do a backflip” on his bucket list. He has also developed an addiction to Airbnb travels.
Karen Allison – HR & Office Manager
Karen Allison provides invaluable HR, administrative, office and compliance support to the Bowman Riley team.
She works closely with the directors to ensure the smooth running of the practice. Karen is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys walking her dog Jasper, a good glass of wine, cooking and meeting up with friends.
Nikoleta Daritkova – Architectural Technologist
Bachelor in Architectural Technology & Construction Management, ACIAT
Nikoleta Daritkova is an Architectural Technologist working as part of our London based team.
From Bulgaria, she completed her degree in Denmark and took my work placement in Germany.
Most of Nikoleta’s professional experience is within London’s high-end residential sector working on mid-scale contemporary new built houses as well as listed building refurbishments. She has also worked on sports and leisure and high-end retail fit-out projects.
Nikoleta has an eye for detail and a passion for design, both buildings and furniture, and imparts that in the projects She is working on. Her belief is that functionality, sustainability and beautiful design do not have to be mutually exclusive.
In her spare time, she loves sitting down with a good book, going to events and exhibitions or planning a craft project.
Hicham Atia – Architectural Technologist
BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
Hicham Atia joined our team in 2022 as an Architectural Technologist based in our London office.
With an Algerian background, Hicham was born and raised in London where he developed a passion for buildings and creating the best experience for occupants.
His experience of working for multi-disciplinary firms has given him in-depth knowledge from other disciplines on making a building work.
He has worked on projects within residential and commercial sectors such as scientific research facilities, high-end apartment skyscrapers and hotels in Canary Wharf. With a focus on reducing carbon, Hicham’s projects have sustainability at the core to achieve BREEAM accreditations.
He enjoys playing sports, especially football and basketball, going to the gym, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
David Kippax – Architectural Technician
HND in Spatial Design
David Kippax has 21 years of experience working as an architectural technician on a diverse range of projects across the commercial, leisure and retail sectors.
David joined the Bowman Riley team in early 2020 and has been mainly working as part of the team delivering retail projects for the Co-op and energy forecourts for GRIDSERVE.
Outside of work, his interests include travelling, he has explored South America, India and East Asia.
David has been a beekeeper for three years and loves gardening.
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Madelaine Bradley – Architectural Technologist
BSc Architectural Technology
Madelaine Bradley joined Bowman Riley’s London team in 2021 after completing a degree in Architectural Design and Technology from Cardiff Metropolitan University. She worked at Bowman Riley on placement in 2020 and was excited to return to our team to begin her career.
Madelaine has a keen interest in earthquake and hazard resilient architecture and how this could be incorporated into initial building design to prevent damage to buildings from unexpected events.
She is inspired by Biophilic principles and environmentally sustainable design. She also loves to create spaces that empower people.
In her spare time, Madelaine enjoys reading and creating landscape art using watercolours, acrylics and inks. To keep fit, she loves to ski and snowboard and at home, practices yoga, which also helps to keep her focused. With a passion for travelling and learning about new cultures, she would love to visit Japan one day.
Gerard Langley – Architectural Technologist
BSc Architectural Technology
Gerard Langley joined our team in Leeds in 2022, working as part of the energy team following several years of delivering projects in the commercial and energy sectors, including fuel stations, heritage and conservation projects, and bespoke residential schemes.
He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2017 with a first-class honour’s degree in Architectural Technology. During his time at university, he was shortlisted and received a national student award for his final year project from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT).
Gerard gained hands-on experience in construction and the built environment from working as a self-employed joiner. He has achieved site carpentry and joinery qualifications along with broad knowledge and work experience in the architectural, museum and woodworking industries.
In his free time, he enjoys making handcrafted timber furniture and visiting National Trust and English Heritage sites. He also likes to walk, explore, and hopefully find a coffee shop in-between. When travelling, he loves to sightsee and visit cities and their architecture.
Ian Scott – Architectural Technologist
BSc Architectural Technology
Ian Scott joined our Skipton office as an Architectural Technologist in 2022.
An experienced Architectural Technologist and graduate of Northumbria University, Ian has a well-rounded knowledge of the construction industry through previous employment as a technologist, CAD/Revit Technician and Project Engineer, working across a wide range of market sectors.
Ian is practised at carrying and developing projects through the RIBA stages from initial architectural discussions with clients through to coordination with other design disciplines and final building delivery. He has strong experience in the Sports and Leisure market sector having adopted a lead co-ordination and design role on a number of prestigious facilities for a main contractor.
In his spare time, Ian enjoys a range of sports including football, cricket and mountain biking. He also enjoys playing the guitar and listening to music.
George Marshall – Architectural Technologist
BA Architectural Technology
George Marshall is an Architectural Technologist, who joined Bowman Riley in 2017 as a trainee.
George completed a degree in Architectural Technology at Leeds Beckett University on a part-time basis whilst developing his skills and experience at Bowman Riley.
In his spare time, George plays rugby for Keighley Rugby Club.
Piers Harrison – Bid Co-ordinator & Document Controller
Piers Harrison joined Bowman Riley in 2022 as a Bid Coordinator & Document Controller working as part of the marketing and business development team.
Based in our office in Leeds, Piers is a graduate of the University of Greenwich in London, where he read Law. For seven years, Piers was working as a bid manager for a clinical waste company.
Piers brings a keen eye for detail and a methodical approach to the tender process and is invaluable in supporting our accreditations and membership renewals.
In his spare time, Piers is a passionate supporter of Leeds United, attending games on a regular basis. He also enjoys going on long walks and enjoys exploring the Yorkshire Dales with his partner and two young children.
Jo Grier – PA & Team Secretary
Jo Grier joined Bowman Riley in 2018 as PA/team secretary to the Building Consultancy team.
She previously worked at Currie & Brown for four years as a team secretary within the building surveying and project management team and PA to the senior director.
Jo has been involved with Rugby Union for many years from Team Manager, Fixtures Secretary, Vice Chair of the Boys section and subsequently Chair of the Girls and Women’s section. She then took up playing rugby union in January 2016, with her position on the pitch as Loose Head Prop. Originally from Sheffield, Jo went to find a new career in London where she qualified as a Blackjack dealer many moons ago.
Beth Round – Graduate Building Surveyor
Graduate Building Surveyor
MSc Building Surveying, NEBOSH in Construction Safety and Health, NFOPP Level 3 technical award in Residential Letting and Property Management, BA Joint Hons French and Hispanic Studies
Beth Round joined Bowman Riley’s Building Consultancy team in 2020 as a Graduate Building Surveyor.
She worked previously as a residential property manager for six years managing property portfolios to ensure they were maintained to the appropriate standard.
In her spare time, Beth likes to walk her miniature schnauzer in the countryside, visit new places and read good books.
Donna Miller – Architectural Assistant Part II
BSc (Hons) in Architecture NEBOSH FdSc
Donna Miller joined Bowman Riley in 2017 with 11 years of experience in construction.
Donna completed her Masters degree in Architecture in 2022 whilst continuing to work for the practice.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys renovating her new home with her partner, going for walks with her dog and when possible visiting new countries.
Reece Smith – Architectural Assistant Part II
BA (Hons) Architecture
Reece Smith joined our Leeds team as an architectural assistant following the completion of his degree at the Leeds School of Architecture.
Building up his life experience, he spent three months backpacking around Asia in his last summer before graduating.
In his spare time, Reece enjoys skiing and is a keen fan of Burnley Football Club.
Rachel Knight – Architectural Assistant Part II
MArch (Architecture), BA(Hons) Architecture
Rachel Knight joined our team in 2021 as a Part II Architectural Assistant based in our Skipton office following completion of her master’s degree at the Liverpool School of Architecture.
Whilst working towards qualifying as an architect, she is gaining valuable experience working on healthcare projects as part of our healthcare team.
Before this, she spent two years working on residential, leisure and education schemes in a small architectural practice in Bradford.
Throughout her studies, Rachel has developed a passion for social housing, community-based projects and enjoyed designing retirement living for an “active third age”
Outside of work, she enjoys taking long walks with her chocolate labrador, baking cakes and growing her own fruit and vegetables in her garden.
Joe Mills – Architectural Assistant Part II
Joe Mills joined our team in 2021 as an Architectural Assistant based in our Skipton office.
Joe is working towards the completion of his master’s degree/Part II at the Leeds School of Architecture. Prior to studying for his master’s, Joe worked in London for three years on an eclectic mix of projects for two architects’ practices.
From Cheshire originally, Joe moved to Yorkshire to study for a degree in Interior Architecture. After graduating, he spent two years living and working in Northern Kenya where he helped set up a small construction company.
Outside of work, Joe can usually be found outside either climbing, mountaineering, or cycling.
Grace Butcher – Architectural Assistant Part II
BA (Hons) Architecture (first class), MArch Distinction
Grace Butcher joined our Leeds-based team in 2021 following the completion of her master’s degree at Leeds Beckett University.
Grace’s master’s project focused on how people adapted to isolation during the pandemic and was nominated for the RIBA Silver medal.
Bringing considerable design flair and artistic talent, she produces beautiful designs that bring our clients’ visions to life. Since joining our team, she has been working on residential, care and healthcare projects.
In her spare time, Grace enjoys drawing and likes to keep busy with friends and family. She loves going for a drink and getting to know people and is always up for a new adventure!
Sam Richardson – Architectural Assistant Part II
BA (Hons) Architecture
Sam Richardson joined Bowman Riley’s Skipton team in 2021 with over seven years of architectural experience, working on a wide range of projects from housing, commercial and community projects.
Sam studied for a BA Hons in Architecture at Leeds School of Architecture graduating in the summer of 2018. Following a year in practice, he started a master’s degree at Northumbria University in 2019 via the RIBA Apprenticeship scheme.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing football and golf and brews his own craft beer.
Josie Brogan – Architectural Assistant Part II
Josie Brogan joined us in 2022 as an architectural assistant supporting both the architecture and interior design teams.
Her obsession with architecture started at the age of seven when she realised the built environment was designed, drawn and sculpted. Josie is now a Part II Architectural Assistant after graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 and Kingston University London in 2019. After working in Manchester, London and Berlin, she couldn’t resist coming home to her Yorkshire roots and bases herself in our Skipton office.
In 2021, Josie attended the Venice Biennale, an international cultural exhibition hosted annually in Italy to design, build and manage a team constructing the European Cultural Centre ArchiAfrika Pavilion showcasing African Architecture within the international architectural discourse.
Outside of her architectural life, Josie is interested in the preservation of traditional cultural crafts gaining two qualifications in Turkish and Romanian crafts. She claims not to be a master of any craft but enjoys collecting knowledge to further her understanding of materiality and construction. She also likes to explore the outdoors, whether hiking or swimming and is currently attempting to complete the 214 Wainwright walks.
Adam Rollerson – Graduate Architectural Technologist
Graduate Architectural Technologist
BSc Architectural Technology
Adam Rollerson joined Bowman Riley in 2021 as an Architectural Technology Graduate from Nottingham Trent University.
In his final year at University, Adam chose to regenerate a 1936 Art-Deco Odeon Cinema in Harrogate, retaining all of the Grade II listed elements of the original building through façade retention. The building extends out into the car park space, providing new leisure and educational facilities for the town.
In his spare time, Adam spends a lot of time in coffee shops, learning about different origins and filter methods. He also enjoys rebuilding and riding old road bikes and playing music. At university, he played the drums for a psychedelic-rock band, recording singles and performing live gigs across the city.
Sam Birks – Trainee Architectural Technologist
Sam joined Bowman Riley in 2022 as a Trainee Architectural Technologist based in our Skipton office.
He is currently studying towards a degree in Architectural Technology on a part-time basis at Leeds Beckett University, which he is due to finish in the summer of 2023.
Before joining our team, Sam worked at a local architecture practice for four years where he completed an HNC and HND in Design in the Built Environment.
His experience to date has been mainly on residential projects where gained a good working knowledge of Revit and Enscape.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys both playing and watching football. His other interests include walking, running and travelling.
Beth Fannon – Finance Assistant
Beth Fannon joined our team in 2021 as Finance Assistant to support Kara Thorpe, our Head of Finance.
Based in our head office in Skipton, Beth recently left the sixth form at South Craven School in Cross Hills, North Yorkshire.
In her spare time, Beth loves to bake for friends and family. She also loves visiting new places across the country and enjoys spending time going on walks across the Yorkshire Dales. Her favourite place is Malham Cove where a part of Harry Potter was filmed.
Xinyao Zhou – Architectural Assistant
MA Architecture, BA Arch
Xinyao Zhou joined Bowman Riley in 2022 as an Architectural Assistant based in the Leeds office.
With an international learning experience in both China and the UK, she gained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in China and achieved a distinction for her master’s degree from the Manchester School of Architecture in the UK after six years of study.
Gaining experience in both internships and university, Xinyao was involved in a range of projects including residential, transportation and industrial sectors.
She is always ready to face new challenges and deliver high-quality work with passion and good skills in design and visualisation. She believes in the essence of communication and adopts sound time management to work well under tight deadlines.
Outside of work, she likes travelling around the world and experiencing different cultures. Also, she has an interest in cooking Chinese food and making tea.
Tom Gibson – Architectural Assistant Part I
BA Hons Architecture
Tom Gibson joined our Skipton team in 2021 as an Architectural Assistant after completing his degree at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture.
In the final year of his studies, Tom grew an interest in sustainable design, the adaptability of architecture and the growing tools architects’ use in their profession.
In his spare time, he enjoys learning about the development cycles of movies and virtual environments while keeping up with new film releases.
Emily King – Architectural Assistant Part I
BA (Hons) Architecture (First Class)
Emily King joined our Leeds-based team in 2022 after completing her bachelor’s degree in architecture at Leeds Beckett University.
Emily’s projects throughout her time at university focused on architecture that is climate adaptable, serves the community and brings about positive social impact. For this, she was awarded the West Yorkshire Society of Architects prize in 2021. During her time at university, she was a course representative for Architecture and acted as the School Representative for the Leeds School of Arts and Design. Emily was awarded the Gold Beckett Award for extracurricular achievement.
By looking at bridging the gap between imagination and reality, Emily likes to explore how spaces feel and interact with the environment through rigorous model making, sketching and photography. She looks forward to bringing her perspective into practice this year.
In her free time, Emily loves to push past her comfort zone by fell running long distances, learning new creative mediums, writing, photography, and wood/stone carving. She loves learning new skills and meeting new people.