Last edited 02 Jan 2018

Who We Are

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[edit] Dr Gregor Harvie, Co-founder

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Dr Gregor Harvie is an architect and project management consultant, and co-founded Designing Buildings Wiki in 2012.

He has a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and has published research papers on fabric structures, environmental design and CFD. As well as an impressive academic record, Gregor has had the practical experience of working for multi-disciplinary practices: the PSA, WS Atkins and WYG.

Gregor was the technical trouble-shooter for the government agency which managed the design and construction of the Millennium Dome. More recently, Gregor acted as client representative for a major masterplanning exercise to rationalise building facilities on 200 acres of estate for the University of Southampton.

He is also the director of creative consultancy Ganda Harvie. He has a postgraduate diploma in fine art and has had three solo exhibitions in London.

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[edit] Michael Brooks, Editor

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Michael joined Designing Buildings Wiki as editor in October 2015.

He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying, and worked for Laing O'Rourke on the Manchester Metrolink project. Since 2012, he has worked in the publishing industry; as Publishing Officer for the Energy Institute, and as Product Manager specialising in construction industry publications for Forum Business Media.

Michael has published a number of freelance pieces, written two novels, and interviewed several notable figures including the academic Noam Chomsky and the author Will Self.

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[edit] Simon Baxter, Business Development Manager

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Simon is a marketer and business owner with 27 years experience helping B2B clients build sales and a customer base.

After a successful 11-year marketing career at Nestle, Simon founded the W7 Marketing Communications marketing agency in 2000. As Managing Director, Simon helps large SMEs and corporates create and deliver marketing campaigns.

Simon has a Business Studies degree, a Masters in Marketing, is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

His clients have included The Post Office, Pfizer, Yazoo, Johnson Diversey, Kantar Health, Elavon and Douwe Egberts.

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The Designing Buildings Wiki board is made up of:

[edit] David Trench CBE FCIOB, Co-founder and Chairman

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David Trench CBE FCIOB is one of the UK's leading project managers, and has been awarded a CBE for services to the construction industry. The many projects he has delivered successfully include the construction of the Millennium Dome, completion of the British Library and the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse.

David was a founding Director of Trench Farrow, acquired by WYG in 2006. In 2004, he founded C P Recoveries Ltd (CPR) which provides strategic project management for major construction projects. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.

You can read an interview with David Trench about his career here.

[edit] Richard Winward, CEO

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Richard Winward LLB FCIArb F.Inst CES is a solicitor and a founding partner of Winward Fearon where, until 2002, he was the head of the Construction Law Department and finance partner responsible for financial planning and the management and implementation of financial and regulatory controls.

Richard was pivotal in the development of the business from start-up to one of the leading construction law firms in the UK. He has advised on and drafted procurement and project documentation for major building and civil engineering projects, JV’s, PPP's and PFI's. Project values have ranged between £10 million and £2 billion. In 2004, he co-founded CPR with co-director David Trench.

[edit] Martin Cantor, Treasurer

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Martin Cantor is a chartered banker and finance director. Martin first became acquainted with the construction industry in 1985 when he became one of the shareholders in Trench Farrow and Partners, one of the first dedicated construction project management consultancies. He stayed with the firm until it was sold in 2006 to White Young Green PLC.

Martin now runs his own financial services business – Cantor Atkin – in partnership with Danielle Atkin.