I am a Chartered Building Surveyor with an Architectural Degree and have been working in the Richmond area for 40 years.
Initially I designed housing schemes for Richmondshire District Council; during this time I received a Commendation in the Civic Trust Awards for housing at Ravensworth. I subsequently ran my own successful practice in Richmond for nearly 20 years.
I moved to head Smiths Gore’s Architecture and Building Surveying Department in Darlington. There I worked on historic buildings and country estates including farm building conversions. I had responsibility for the repairs and maintenance of Grade I Listed Auckland Castle, the home of the Bishop of Durham, for ten years. I provided the Durham Diocese with two new vicarages, and with a new house for the Bishop of Jarrow. My farm building conversion scheme for Bowes Offices at Lambton Park was shortlisted in the 2008 RICS North East Renaissance Awards.
After Smiths Gore, I headed Joplings Architecture and Building Surveying Department, designing residential and commercial new buildings and conversions. My scheme for Linnel Hill, alterations and extensions to a Northumbrian farmhouse, was Highly Commended in the 2013 RICS North East Renaissance Awards.