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Mike Blake – BSc. CEng, MICE, MCIHT, IMaPS
Mike is a Chartered Engineer and has over 25 years global experience. After being made an Associate in 1997 Mike took responsibility for the Building Surveying team and later became Director responsible for this part of the business. In 2006 Mike also took responsibility for Structural Engineering in the Hull Office. In 2009, Mike moved to the Scarborough office to lead the team of Engineers and Technicians based there. Mike now has responsibility for the business operation in both the Scarborough and York Offices. His many years of experience has earned him recognition as an expert in a number of areas.


Neil Read – CEng, MIStructE, MaPS
A Chartered Structural Engineer, Neil joined Alan Wood & Partners in 1989. He was quickly promoted to Associate in the structural reporting, domestic and commercial subsidence department of the business, based in Hull. Neil dealt with the running of this team and its projects for a number of years. In 2003, Alan Wood & Partners opened a York office and Neil was given responsibility to develop and lead this office which he did very successfully. He was elected as a Director in 2006. Neil now has responsibility for the operation of the Structural team in Hull. A very capable Structural Engineer Neil is respected by many across the construction sector.



Jonathan Saunders – BSc(Hons) MSc(Eng) CEng MIMMM FGS
Jonathan is a qualified geologist and Chartered Engineer with over 20 years of experience having previously worked with international and regional Engineering Consultancies. He has worked with a broad range of clients and run individual teams, offices and regions. His specific area of expertise is the regeneration of brownfield sites. He has worked on numerous projects as diverse as £110m highway schemes, the redevelopment of former coking works and factories, to individual developments. In particular Jonathan has worked with a variety of developers over the last 14 years to successfully regenerate a variety of sites. Jonathan joined Alan Wood & Partners in 2011 to lead and develop the Geo-Environmental business line, which he is doing successfully. As a recognised expert in the sector Jonathan brings a specialist service to the business, renown for quality.


EUR ING Peter Drenon – BSc(Hons) CEng MICE
Peter has over 30 years’ experience in design, management and project delivery working for global enterprises. He has worked with a number of high profile clients and has participated in and controlled multi-disciplinary teams responsible for the successful delivery of many prestigious projects, from inception to operation. He has a broad experience base obtained by operating in various roles – working as contractor, designing and supervising works as a consultant, being technical expert for project funding organisations, and also procurement as a Client. Peter joined Alan Wood & Partners at the beginning of 2012 as a Director with particular responsibility for business improvement and growth. His skills in design and project delivery are also utilised with particular Clients and projects. His enthusiasm and desire to deliver quality services is envied and respected by many.


Mark Coates – BSc. MRICS, C.Build E, MCABE
Mark leads the Building and Project Consultancy for Alan Wood & Partners. He has over 25 years’ experience in the construction professional services industry working across numerous sectors. Appointed as a Director in September 2014, Mark is a Chartered Surveyor who is recognised for successful delivery of projects. He is a very capable Project Manager and Building Surveyor passionate about providing quality service to Clients.


James Gibson – MEng (Hons), CEng, C.WEM, MCIWEM
James is the Director of Civil Engineering at Alan wood & Partners. As a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, particularly in the water sector, James utilises his experience to ensure his team provide quality and leading edge design solutions. Coming from a global supplier of engineering services James joined Alan Wood & Partners in 2014 after successfully leading a team for the design and delivery of the Jeddah Stormwater Drainage Programme. A committed and hardworking individual who puts Client satisfaction as the number one priority.


Mark Barwood – BSc (Hons), CEng, MICE
A Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience Mark is well known and respected in the industry for his commitment and drive to deliver successful projects. Mark has a very broad experience base developed over many years working on a wide variety of projects both as a building contractor and a professional services supplier. He joined Alan Wood & Partners in 2014 and is responsible for the growth and operation of our office in Lincoln. Mark’s specialism is renowned for delivering complex industrial projects where he has an enviable and demonstrable capability.

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