About Us

The Team

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Jonathan Goodliffe

Position: Partner

As a member of the senior management team engaged in the management buyout of the business in 2012, Jonathan’s main focus is the development of technical capability within the business. With experience in some of the country’s most high profile buildings, Jonathan excels at providing simple solutions to complex engineering challenges ensuring operational efficiency is delivered as a priority. Away from work Jonathan can generally be found in the mountains either mountain biking or skiing, depending on the weather.

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Mark Johnson

Position: Partner

As a partner of the practice, Mark is involved in all aspects of the business from ensuring operational effectiveness to precise project delivery. With over 20 years’ experience of working with the industry's highest calibre clients and collaborators as a building services engineer, Mark is focused on high quality design, affordable solutions, strong leadership, clear communication and effective project management. Mark also enjoys mountain biking, an annual snowboarding pilgrimage to the Alps and family excursions in his VW camper.

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Darren Keenan

Position: Director

Darren has over 17 years’ experience within the construction industry working both in the M&E contracting and consulting environments. Having held positions across project engineering, project management, design engineering, pre-construction and general management, Darren has gained the skills and experience to add value to any project across its full lifecycle. As Director of our Manchester office Darren brings strong leadership to the team ensuring that our customers’ needs are always the focus of everything we do.

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Neil Wright

Position: Director

Neil joined the practice in 2015 following more than 25 years working at a senior level with a number of international multi-disciplined design consultancies. Completing an honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering in 1996 Neil has continued a keen interest in promoting new technologies, innovation and sustainability. Neil has a wide range of experience in Private and Public Sectors for new and refurbishment projects. Neil has successfully delivered a number of major building services systems for prestigious projects across the country.

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Craig White

Position: Associate

Craig joined Brentwood in 2018 as an Associate Mechanical Engineer. He brings over 14 years’ experience of working for high profile multi-disciplinary consultancies on a wide range of projects across many different sectors both in the UK and internationally. He has a great passion and enthusiasm for incorporating sustainable and low carbon solutions that are low tech, simple to operate and provide good thermal comfort conditions to live, work and play. In his spare time, Craig is a keen sportsman who loves football, rugby league and the odd round of summer golf.

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Andrew Chandler

Position: Associate Director

Andrew has successfully worked in a number sectors ranging from Healthcare, Residential, Education and Leisure. Having worked at a number of practices, Andrew joined Brentwood Design in January 2015 and has successfully led the delivery of a number of major projects for the practise. He is experienced working with 3D modelling software (Revit) to provide fully co-ordinated services. Outside of work Andrew enjoys following Leeds Rhinos and is currently in the process of restoring his house.

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Louise Richardson

Position: Practice Manager

Louise was introduced to the Practice in 1989 and is a 'First Edition' essential member of the Brentwood team who manages and oversees all aspects of the financial and administration side of the business. When not working, Louise enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, ski-ing, reading, socialising & once jumped from a plane at 10,000 feet & has lived to tell the tale!

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Dr. Shoan Mbabazi

Position: Electrical Engineer

Shoan is an enthusiastic Chartered Senior Electrical Engineer, with an enviable knowledge in Electrical building services engineering achieved from 10 years of designing schools, hospitals, power stations and data centres. Shoan is also a keen researcher, having completed a Ph.D. in The Generation and Distribution of renewable energy systems, which has made him an informative figure in renewable energy solutions. He spends most of his spare time considering novel ways of improving rural electrification in developing countries.

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Paul Hutchinson

Position: Technician

Paul is involved in all aspects of building information modelling, linking the designer and the installer. A degree qualified engineer with over 30 years of relevant experience he has worked in a variety of roles in the manufacturing, transport and construction sectors both overseas and in the U.K. Paul believes that effective communication is fundamental to providing deliverables that reach out to all stakeholders in the construction process.

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Gavin Russell

Position: Mechanical Engineer

Gavin joined Brentwood in 2006 after finishing college, and completed both a part time Bachelors and Masters degree in Building Services & Sustainable Engineering. He is a mechanical project engineer and qualified Low Carbon Energy Assessor, producing both Part L assessments and Energy Performance Certificates, focussing on low carbon and energy efficient solutions in all aspects of design work. Away from the office, Gavin enjoys seeing the world, good food, even better beer, and spending a significant amount of his spare time listening to trance music in clubs and warehouses.

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Michael Crozier

Position: Electrical Engineer

A degree qualified Engineer, Michael has experience in a wide variety of projects and sectors from museum refurbishments to new large student accommodation buildings. This has given Michael a large and broad scope of understanding in a multitude of building services applications. Michael is a keen runner, having completed a number of international marathons in the past. He now manages to fit in the odd few miles before work whilst his spare time is largely occupied in his role as a father.

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Steve Manby

Position: Electrical Engineer

Steve joined the practice in May 2008 as a trainee electrical engineer, having formally worked for many years in IT support. Steve obtained a 1st class degree, before completing an MSc in Building Services in 2014. Steve has worked on a wide variety of projects in his capacity as Electrical Project Engineer, and is working towards becoming a Chartered, Senior Electrical Engineer. He is also the practice IT Manager and a junior equity partner. Steve is a family man with three children, and he likes tinkering with cars, a bit of DIY, swimming, or watching films.

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Arron Scaife

Position: Mechanical Engineer

As a Trainee Mechanical Engineer, Arron travels one day a week to study at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). For the remaining four days Arron is expanding his knowledge of the industry by being involved in a variety of design work and making sure that the drawings he is responsible for, leave the office to a high standard of quality. Outside of work Arron likes to enjoy watching a wide range of sports including American football, Basketball & Football, and enjoys watching the latest TV series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

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Joshua Cook

Position: Electrical Engineer

Josh joined Brentwood in 2017 as a Trainee Electrical Engineer, studying a HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering on day release with the aim of becoming a degree qualified engineer. Josh is currently developing his knowledge within the engineering industry, and enjoys learning and incorporating new technologies into the projects that he is involved in. Outside of work Josh enjoys playing 6-a-side football on a Sunday, and is a regular at the gym.

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Ryan Cashmore

Position: Mechanical Engineer

Ryan has worked in the industry for almost 5 years and having completed a HND in Building Services Engineering he is on course to completing his degree. Ryan has a keen interest in BIM and having joined Brentwood in 2017 he works to deliver the best product available by working collaboratively with other disciplines. Outside the office, Ryan coaches boxing and likes to keep active by taking part in obstacle course races and getting out on his Kawasaki Ninja as much as possible.

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Raj Rehal

Position: Creative Marketing Designer

Raj joined Brentwood in 2017 and takes care of all things marketing and design. With a background in Engineering - an MSc in Architectural Engineering in 2013 - and being a keen designer at heart, she is well equipped for her new role. Outside the office Raj best enjoys her time when its craft related or she’s (re-)decorating her house.

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Martin Johnson

Position: Electrical Engineer

As a vastly experienced Electrical Engineer with over 33 years’ experience in the industry, Martin joined Brentwood in March 2018. Martin has an extensive knowledge across all sectors, in particular understanding end-user difficulties, having worked both as an in house design engineer as well as a consulting engineer.

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Sam Weemes

Position: Electrical Engineer

New arrival Sam has over a decade of industry experience, with an initial 7 years contracting (both on site and in the office) before transitioning into design and working for a large multinational consultancy. As a recent Member of the IET Sam is currently working towards IEng status by completing his degree in Building Services Engineering, with a view to attaining chartership.  In his spare time Sam enjoys playing golf and represents Rudding Park in the Harrogate and District Union matches.

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Lee Gunner

Position: Lighting Principal

Lee heads up the lighting group within Brentwood and is a passionate and recognised lighting designer with over 20 years’ experience in the lighting industry. Alongside his passion for the control of light in the natural environment, Lee ensures the use of the correct technologies and light characteristics to enhance a space, to reinforce architectural aspiration and to promote the visual volume. When he isn’t staring at lights, Lee can often be found going for a run, playing football and enjoying family life.

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Ben Darlington-Smith

Position: Mechanical Engineer

New arrival Ben completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 and has since had 3 years industry experience. This has allowed him to develop his extensive skills in Revit enabling him to provide innovative solutions to meet client’s requirements. During his spare time Ben enjoys outdoor pursuits such as climbing and cycling.

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