Meet the Team

Our Team:

Senior Directors

Julian Riley, Senior Director

EUR ING Julian R Riley, B.Sc (Hons), C Eng, MICE, C.WEM, MCIWEM

Julian is a highly experienced Chartered Engineer with over 40 years’ in the Construction Industry as a Civil and Structural Consulting Engineer. Julian started his career in the Water Industry before setting up Plandescil. Julian’s experience includes Historic and Listed Building Repairs, Structural Surveys, Drainage and Infrastructure Design, Structural Steelwork, Environmental Assessments and Project Management.  He has been responsible for the Design and Project Management of Civil and Structural Engineering Projects in the Commercial, Industrial, Marine and Nuclear Industries.

Sara Riley, Senior Director

B.Sc (Hons), CPFA

Sara has been involved with running Plandescil for over 35 years. With a Science Degree including a module in Environmental Engineering, and a qualified Public Sector Accountant, she is well placed to look after Plandescil’s finances and provide Technical Support when required.

Simon Riley, Senior Director

B.Sc (Hons) CEng MICE

Simon is a Chartered Civil Engineer, He joined Plandescil in 1983 and now a vast range of experience in many areas including Structural Surveys, Historic Building Surveys, Remediation Strategies, Steel Framed Building Design, Reinforced Concrete Design and Masonry Structures. With his practical approach and extensive knowledge of the British Standards and Codes, Simon’s experience is invaluable to Clients and Staff.

Engineering Directors

Ashley Briggs, Senior Structural Engineer - Director Structures

MEng (Hons), AMIMechE

Ashley joined Plandescil in 2005 as a gap year student before undertaking a Masters in Civil Engineering at Loughborough University. Whilst at University, Ashley worked in his holidays increasing his knowledge before returning to work full-time. Ashley has an extensive knowledge including full design/renovation and Project Management of Historic and Listed Buildings, Structural Design and repair of Steel, Timber and Masonry Buildings, Structural Surveys, Reinforced Concrete Design and Industrial Developments. Ashley is extremely dedicated and can often be found working around the clock to maintain Client satisfaction.

Carl Jenkins, Chartered Surveyor - Director Surveying


Carl has been with Plandescil since 1991, predominantly working as a Surveyor. Carl joined the Company and trained as an Engineering Technician whilst undertaking his qualifications part-time, he then progressed into the Surveying Department which he has expanded since its inception so that it is now a team of Civil Engineering Surveyors of varying levels of qualification. Carl also has extensive experience in legal issues such as Land Ownership and Boundary Disputes. 

Matt Hare, Civil Engineer - Director Infrastructure


Matt is a Chartered Member of CIWEM with over 15 years’ experience in Flood Risk, Drainage, and Highways works along with a wealth of knowledge in utilising Computer Modelling Programmes including MicroDrainage, AutoCAD 2D & Civil 3D, PDS, 1D and 2D Flood Modelling. Matt is predominantly working on Residential Developments, SUDS Schemes, Remediating Existing Overland Flooding, Drainage design, Flood Risk Assessments and Highways Drainage.

Olly Jones, Project Manager - Director Projects

B.Sc (Hons), IEng MIET, EngTech MICE, GCInstCES, AMIMechE

Olly joined Plandescil in 2006 and has progressed through the Company, whilst completing his professional qualifications. Olly has specialised in Anaerobic Digestion Projects and Renewable Energy Plants, overseeing the Design, Tender, Construction and Project Management of a range of projects. The elements of the plants Olly is responsible for include: Silage Clamps, Drainage Solutions, Foundations, Containment Bunds, Tenders, Highway Works and Remediation of existing plants. Olly oversees work in numerous other sectors such as Residential Estates, Design and Build Packages, Planning Applications and 3D Modelling and most recently he has taken control and overseen the evolution of our Aerial Drone Surveys and GPR & Utilities Surveys.

Richard Simmons, Civil Engineer - Director Civils

BEng (Hons), MSc

Richard joined Plandescil in 2009 after working for another Civil & Structural Consultancy, whilst at Plandescil he has completed his Masters Degree. He has a wide range of experience across a variety of sectors including Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Marine & Waterways, Commercial and Industrial. Since joining, Richard has undertaken a wide range of work specialising in Civil and Structural Design including Project Management. With experience using all current BIM, Revit and other Structural Design packages, finite element analysis and Structural Reports for various Domestic, Commercial & Industrial Projects.

Sally Hare, Environmental Consultant - Director Environmental

B.Sc (Hons), CSci MIEnvSc, MCIWEM

Sally is a Chartered Scientist and came to Plandescil in 2007 following the completion of her degree in Environmental Earth Science. She began working as an Environmental Consultant and has progressed through to now managing the Environmental Team. Sally has extensive knowledge in Flood Risk Assessments, SUDS Schemes, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Contaminated Land, Remediation Strategies and Flood Alleviation Schemes. Sally has worked for a wide range of Clients across the UK using a variety of programs such as 1D & 2D Flood Modelling, ArcGIS, MicroDrainage Suite and AutoCAD.

Technical Staff

Alex Fitzgerald, Graduate Engineer

BSc (Hons), EngTech MICE, TMIET, MIMechE

Alex joined the Company in July 2014 following completion of his BTEC Level 3 in Construction & The Built Environment with a triple distinction* and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Construction at City College Norwich. He has since completed his HND which led to him being presented with City College Norwich’s Annual Award for Excellence. Moreover, Alex has achieved his degree in Civil Engineering at University College Suffolk and is now working towards his Masters Degree. Since joining the Company Alex has predominantly worked on Anaerobic Digestion Projects and Renewable Energy Plants and has shown himself to have an extensive AutoCAD knowledge and 3D Modelling expertise. More recently, he has developed his skills in earthworks modelling and has undertaken CAA training to become one of our drone pilots. 

Chloe Durrant, Technician

Chloe joined Plandescil in June 2018 having worked at a national leading Infrastructure Company where she carried out the role of a Trainee Civil Engineer, predominantly working on the Northern Distributor Road in Norwich. Since starting at Plandescil, Chloe has enrolled on a Civil Engineering HND. 

Chloe Spencer, Environmental Consultant

B.Sc (Hons) AMIEnvSc

Chloe joined Plandescil in 2017 having previously worked in Outdoor Environmental Education after completing her degree in Environmental Science at UEA, with a year abroad at the Griffith University, Australia, in 2015. Chloe predominantly works on Flood Risk Assessments, Drainage Designs, SuDS Schemes.  Chloe is experienced in the use of computer modelling programmes such as MicroDrainage Suite, ArcGIS, and AutoCAD which aid her with the various projects she works on.

Chris Hancock, Technician

Chris joined the Company in 2015 with previous experience of working in AutoCAD. Whilst at Plandescil, Chris has completed a BTEC Level 3 in Construction & The Built Environment. Chris’ current role is draughting assistance on the large Civil & Structural Projects, predominantly working with our Richard Simmons.

Danica Davis, Graduate Environmental Geophysicist

Danica joined Plandescil in September 2019 following completion of her degree in environmental geophysics at the University of East Anglia; she achieved a First-Class Honours and was awarded the British Geophysical Association Prize. Danica has undertaken a number of work experience placements, including one at the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute, which have given her the skills to support and develop our contamination and surveying services.

David Wilby, Graduate Engineer


David joined Plandescil in November 2017, having previously worked in an Engineering and Management role. David graduated from Newcastle University in 2011 with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering with a keen interest in Geotechnical Engineering. At Plandescil, David is working in the Structural and Civil Engineering departments to broaden his working knowledge. 

Ellie Parks, Student Environmental Consultant

Ellie joined Plandescil in July 2019 as a Year in Industry student as part of her Environmental Earth Science degree at the University of East Anglia. Ellie has been working on Flood Risk Assessments, Drainage Designs, SuDS Schemes, and preparing reports with the senior members of the Environmental Team. Ellie has been developing her computer modelling skills through the use of programmes such as MicroDrainage Suite and AutoCAD to aid her in the various projects she works on.

Iain Crawford, Structural Technician

BSc (Hons), EngTech MICE

Iain joined Plandescil in 2012, from a Steel Fabrication Office where he was responsible for project co-ordination and procurement on a variety of steel fabrications and structures. He has built upon his knowledge of steelwork and structures, working on an array of projects that include Reinforced Concrete, Steel Framed Buildings, 3D Models and Building Revit Models for large projects. Iain completes Civil and Structural draughting works on a variety of projects including AD Plants, Marine Structures and Industrial Buildings. In 2017, Iain graduated from Suffolk University with a BSc Hons degree.

Ian Parrott, Senior Technician


Ian joined the Company in 1995 and began to work in an Admin Role, before becoming a member of the Surveying Team. More recently he has moved into a Senior Technician position working mainly on Residential Estates and Highway Projects. Ian has a wide range of experience and is able assist in a variety of situations.

Jacob Bush, Apprentice Technician

Jacob joined Plandescil as an Apprentice in the summer of 2017 having completed his GCSE's. Jacob is training to be both an Engineer and a Surveyor and attends City College Norwich one day per week on their Civil Engineering BTEC Level 3 course. Jacob has gained experience in multiple departments during his time at Plandescil, particularly on large projects including Anaerobic Digestion Plants and Industrial Buildings. 

Jasmine Ayton, Project Assistant

Jasmine joined Plandescil in 2014 as an Admin Assistant following the completion of her A-Levels and has since undertaken a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Enterprise. Jasmine now works within our Projects Team as a Project Assistant, preparing and managing the process of planning applications, producing and quality controlling various documentation and generally coordinating projects and the team. Jasmine also manages Plandescil's social media and emerging technologies. 

Jason Brook, Structural Engineer

M.Sc., BEng (Hons), IEng MICE

Jason joined Plandescil 2015 coming with predominantly site-based experience in his early career and then working in a local Design Office for a large Contractor. His experience includes Drainage, Highways on a Local and National scale, Bridge Engineering, Structural Engineering and alterations to Domestic and Industrial Buildings. Jason’s experience of working in various roles across the Construction Industry means he brings a practical approach to his current position as a Structural Engineer. Jason also heads up the Company’s CDM Polices and Document Control, keeping the staff briefed and up-to-date on their duties and responsibilities.

Joe Beales, Technician

Joe first joined the Company on work experience whilst still at school and continued to help during the summer and his school holidays. We employed Joe full-time on an apprenticeship, undertaking a BTEC Level 3 in Civil Engineering, which he completed, and has now moved on to a HND. Joe has worked within all the teams at Plandescil and is progressing quickly into an enthusiastic Technician. Joe’s most recent area of interest is drones; he is quickly becoming the pilot of choice in the office since completing his CAA training. Joe's knowledge of point clouds and laser scans has given him an advancing role helping the Company progress in that area of business. 

Joe Doggett, Apprentice Technician

Joe joined Plandescil in September 2019 following completion of his A Levels and has enrolled on a part-time BTEC Level 3 in Civil Engineering. Joe has a keen interest in civils which was inspired by several work experience placements with other civil engineering companies. Joe supports our engineers and technicians with drawing work and surveying.

John Brookes, Senior Technician Engineer

John joined Plandescil in 2014 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the Food, Waste and Process Industries. With over 30 years’ in the Construction and Process Industries, John has a wide range of skills including: Draughting, Health & Safety knowledge on site, Project Management, development of large scale projects from conception to hand over of As-Built, a problem solving attitude and an exceptional eye for detail. Since working for Plandescil John has mainly been involved with large scale Sub-Station Installation, AD Plants and large Industrial Building Projects.

Lil Cossey, Project Assistant

Lil joined Plandescil in 2006 after completing her A-Levels as an Admin Assistant and moved on to be our front of house Receptionist. Lil now works within our Civils Team as a Project Assistant, preparing and managing the process of planning applications, organising meetings and generally coordinating projects and the team.

Luke Squire, Utilities Surveyor/Technician

Luke is a former Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor who joined the Company in 2014 as part of the surveying team and has since been trained on AutoCAD to be multi-disciplined and a useful Technician. Luke’s Primary focus is on large projects and infrastructure design projects. In 2016, Luke became the first member of staff to undertake Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and utilities survey training and is now undertaking surveys on a regular basis. Luke completed his BTEC Level 3 in Construction & the Built Environment in 2017 and is now working towards a HND in Civil Engineering.

Matthew Eastes, Senior Technician Engineer


Matt joined Plandescil in 2013, having previously worked for Local Authority and also a number of Private Sector Consultancy’s in Norfolk, Hampshire and Yorkshire. Matt has over 20 years’ experience in all disciplines of Civil Engineering, including AutoCAD, Reinforcement Detailing, Drainage Design, Ground Works Design, Steelwork Detailing, Infrastructure Draughting, Bridge Maintenance and Restoration and Maintenance of Historic Structures. Matt’s range of skills has allowed him to work for a number of different Clients and increase the range of disciplines he has already gained.

Matt Girling, Senior Setting-Out Engineer

B.Sc (Hons), TCInstCES, AssocRICS

Matt joined Plandescil in 2010 following a successful career as a Royal Marine Commando where his final position was a Corporal Assault Engineer. Matt has retrained as a Civil Engineering Surveyor, but applies his knowledge from his time in the Marines to his working life. Matt has worked on most applications of Land Surveying, Setting-Out, Cut and Fill Balance, Measured Building Surveys and has extensive knowledge of GNSS (GPS) equipment. Matt uses both AutoCAD and Magnet/CivilCad software. Matt is responsible for Setting-Out at Plandescil and has recently started to train other staff members to grow his team.

Matt Potter, Apprentice Technician

Matt Potter joined our Surveying Department in early 2017 having been a Personal Trainer for 5 years. Matt completed a foundation degree in sports coaching in 2009. Matt assists our Project Team and is currently undertaking a civil Engineering BTEC Level 3 at City College Norwich. Matt has previously worked in our Surveying Department and continues to assist when needed, including drawing up and interpreting point clouds and laser scans. 

Melvin Catalan, Structural Engineer


Melvin joined Plandescil in January 2019 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and over 25 years' experience in civil and structural engineering. Melvin predominantly works in our Structures Department. 

Nick Reardon, Graduate Structural Engineer

BEng (Hons)

Nick joined Plandescil in July 2016 following the completion of his degree at Coventry University. Nick has been working in both the Structural and Civil departments to build up his working knowledge. Nick’s primary focus is on structural design and is currently being trained by our in-house structural team. Nick is now back at Coventry University on block-release working towards his masters degree in Civil Engineering.

Patrick Conway, Graduate Engineer

Patrick joined Plandescil in September 2019 following completion of his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Patrick assists our engineers on civil, infrastructure and planning projects.

Prue Kahn, Arboricultural Technician

HNC, RFS Cert in ARB. (Theory)

Prue joined Plandescil in 2006 following a career in Graphics and working as a Print Manager for a Medical Company. Prue has always had a keen interest in design and horticulture and after obtaining her NCH at Easton Agricultural College she has been awarded two Royal Horticultural Society medals for show gardens she designed and created; a Silver Guilt at BBC Gardeners World and a Silver at Hampton Court Palace. Prue undertakes Tree Surveys to British Standard 5873;2012, Landscaping Plans and Maintenance programmes, Remedial Arboricultural Strategies and Garden Design.

Peter Dickerson, Graduate Environmental Consultant

BSc (Hons)

Peter joined the company in August 2016 with a degree in Forensic Science. Peter worked on a variety of projects linked to science and construction before deciding to retrain and undertook a HND in Civil Engineering. In 2017 Peter took a keen interest in environmental projects and has been part of our Environmental Department since, working on contaminated land projects and remedial strategies. Peter has applied to become a member of the Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment Accredited Register.

Ryan Mills, Technician Engineer

Ryan joined Plandescil in December 2018 from another Consultancy with a HND in Civil Engineering and over 3 years’ experience. Having predominantly worked on structural projects in his previous role, Ryan has been expanding his knowledge into the civil engineering field at Plandescil to gain a wider range of skills.

Sabin Gurung, Student Engineer

Sabin is currently undertaking a year placement with Plandescil (September 2019 – August 2020) following the successful completion of the first 3 years of his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering at Nottingham Trent University. Sabin is supporting our engineers on civil, structural, planning and anaerobic digestion projects.

Tom O'Hara, Apprentice Technician

Tom first came to Plandescil in 2016 for work experience and continued to come in during his holidays until completion of his A Levels in the summer of 2019 when he joined us full-time. In September 2019 Tom enrolled a degree apprenticeship in civil engineering at Nottingham Trent University which he attends on a day-release basis. Tom undertakes draughting work on a variety of projects as well as assisting with on-site work such as utility and drainage surveys.

Admin Team

Catherine Winslow, Admin Assistant and PA to Managing Director

Catherine most recently joined Plandescil in 2006 having had a previous spell with the Company before relocating for a career change. On her return she was employed as a PA to the Directors, helping them to organise their diaries and workloads. Now working alongside the Financial Director she organises the Company Vehicles, Staff Training, PPE and any Office Maintenance that is required as well as dealing with any other matters arising.   

Ellie Aveston-Pallett, Office Junior

Ellie started at Plandescil towards the end of 2016 as our Office Junior. She maintains the company’s filing system, deals with the outgoing post, supports the Administration Team and assists the Engineers with various tasks. 

Kayleigh Capps, Administrative Assistant

Kayleigh joined Plandescil as an Admin Assistant in 2019 following employment as a Consultant at a local Building Society. Kayleigh is highly organised and prides herself on attention to detail which is imperative in her role at Plandescil where she carries out tasks such as filing, maintaining spreadsheets, working on drone footage and generally supporting the Projects Team with all their administration needs.

Sheryl Stuart, Receptionist

Sheryl joined Plandescil in late 2015 having worked in a similar role at a legal firm. Initially, she took on the role of receptionist to cover maternity leave and has since stayed on permanently as our receptionist, answering the phone and greeting visitors. Sheryl also assists with Plandescil’s accounting and invoicing duties. 

Wendy Burge, Accounts Department

Wendy joined Plandescil in 1999 and is responsible for the Accounts Department and invoicing of the company. All of the Company accounts, timesheets and invoices are produced and checked by Wendy before being issued to Clients.  Wendy uses time recording software to track each job the company works on and also produces Financial Reports when required.