Ainsley Gommon Architects

Simon Venables, Director

Architect

Simon Venables, Director

Architect

BA(Com) DipArch(Com) RIBA

Simon opened the Wales office in 1988, became a Partner in 1989 and Director in 2001. As Project Director on numerous newbuild and refurbishment schemes, Simon enjoys working collaboratively with Housing providers, Schools, Colleges, Health Clients and Local Authorities in Wales and England.

Simon has substantial experience in partnering, traditional procurement and design build projects and enjoys new challenges. He is comfortable acting as Lead Consultant, Design Co-ordinator and Employer’s representative on a wide range of building types and believes sharing ideas and knowledge and investment in training and technology is fundamental to collaborative working.

Alf Plant, Director

Architect / Conservation Architect

Alf Plant, Director

Architect / Conservation Architect

BA(Hons) BArch(Hons) RIBA CA

Alf has been with Ainsley Gommon Architects for over 30 years, with a range of experience covering, masterplanning, community consultation, creative re-use and conversion of listed buildings and urban renewal. He is a affiliate member of the IHBC and a RIBA Conservation Architect, and has vast experience working on many buildings of historical importance. Recent projects have included the restoration of Birkenhead Priory. Alf is also on the register of Architects accredited by the Diocese of Chester to undertake quinquennial inspections.

Alf is also on the steering group for VCAW (Volunteer and Community Action Wirral) which is facilitated by Wirral Council to provide pro-bono professional services to charitable organisations that need help to get projects off the ground.

Mark French, Director

Architect

Mark French, Director

Architect

BA(Hons) BArch(Hons) RIBA

Mark joined the Wales office of Ainsley Gommon as a Project Architect in 1989, became an Associate in 1992 and a Director in 2003. With over 30 years experience, Mark has designed and managed numerous new build and remodelling projects, working closely with Local Authorities, Health Clients and other public bodies. He has extensive experience of Education and Health projects, Housing and Urban Renewal. Mark enjoys engaging with clients, communities and end-users, believing that listening to their requirements and aspirations is the key to sustainable design.

Mark is Director responsible for Quality Assurance, IT and Environmental Management Systems in the Wales office. He has been Mentor supporting many students who successfully completed their Professional Experience and qualified as Architects at AG|A. Mark is keen to promote good design and for a number of years organised the lecture series for the North Wales Society of Architects.

Paul Lester, Director

Building Surveyor

Paul Lester, Director

Building Surveyor

BSc(Hons) ICIOB CMaPS

Paul has been with Ainsley Gommon Architects since 1987, the first ten years of experience was gained simultaneously with part time education. His experience covers new build and concept housing; medium scale residential new build and refurbishment, community and recreational buildings and urban design projects.

Paul is the finance director for the Birkenhead office and is also responsible for several management roles, including leading the company’s Quality Assurance System which is accredited to ISO 9001. As well as being a qualified building surveyor Paul is also a registered Member of the Association for Project Safety. He has provided the services of CDM Co-ordinator and Principal Designer and also acted as a Party Wall Surveyor.

Steve Geary, Director

Architectural Technologist

Steve Geary, Director

Architectural Technologist

MCIAT IMaPS HNC

Steve first joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 1996, his experience with the practice covers large and medium scale new builds, large scale refurbishment, and small to large scale Education projects. His project involvement includes the preparation of working drawings and NBS specifications, and running his jobs on site.

Steve’s previous work experience includes new business park developments, shopping centre refurbishments and commercial developments.

He is a registered Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and a Member of the Association for Project Safety.

Maurice Garnett, Associate

Architectural Technologist, Energy Assessor

Maurice Garnett, Associate

Architectural Technologist, Energy Assessor

HNC OCDEA MCIAT

Maurice joined AG|A in 1997 and was appointed an Associate in 2003. As a Senior Architectural Technician with over 30 years experience in architectural practice, he has worked on numerous new build and urban renewal projects and has considerable expertise in the technical aspects of site layout and building technology. A highly proficient AutoCAD technician with particular skills in construction detailing, he was instrumental in the office wide implementation of BIM using Autodesk Revit and as BIM manager, oversees the continued learning process required to achieve the BIM goals of the practice.

Maurice is a registered On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor.

Arwyn Lloyd, Associate

Architect

Arwyn Lloyd, Associate

Architect

BSc BArch(Hons) MArch(Merit) RIBA

Arwyn joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in January 2019, following two years Project Architect experience in Vancouver, Canada. Previous to this, he gained more than 3 1/2 years experience working as an Architect in the North West & North Wales between 2012/2016. He has worked mainly on a range of residential and educational projects, and fully qualified as an Architect in 2015.

He is a fluent Welsh speaker, born and raised in North Wales before relocating to Scotland to study at the Dundee School of Architecture, gaining a BSc BArch (Honours) and MArch (with Merit). Arwyn has a great enthusiasm regarding low energy construction and sustainable communities, expressed through his MArch research, working on a live build project centred around design constructing the UK’s first energy autonomous Passivhaus, the Macro Micro Studio.

Rachel Johnston

Architect

Rachel Johnston

Architect

BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Rachel first joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 2004 after completing her Part 1 at Liverpool John Moores University. After completing her Part 2, she returned to AG|A full time in 2007 and qualified as an Architect 18 months later. Rachel’s experience covers a range of project types, including; community engagement and consultation, education work, masterplanning and residential projects.

She has a special interest in contractual and legal issues, and is chair of the Contracts & Legislation Focus Group. Rachel is also a member of the Environmental Management System team, helping to implement our ISO14001.

Tom McEvoy

Architectural Technologist

Tom McEvoy

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons) MCIAT

Tom joined Ainsley Gommon in 2005 to complete his industrial placement whilst studying Architectural Technology at Nottingham Trent University. After 2 years placement and completing his degree, he returned to Ainsley Gommon in 2008 qualifying as a Charted Architectural Technologist in 2012. Tom’s experience covers a range of project types, including; conservation, residential, industrial and commercial projects. After a brief time away Tom returned to AG|A in 2020.

Enjoying many aspects of both Architecture and Technology Tom has a keen interest in both conservation and residential projects.

Neil Green

Architect

Neil Green

Architect

BA(Hons) DipArch

Neil first joined AGA in 2007 as a Part 1 student, in-between his studies at the Liverpool School of Architecture and Glasgow School of Art.

He re-joined the practice in October 2021 as an Architect, bringing with him varied experience working on a range of projects that includes bespoke residential, conservation and high-end commercial schemes.

Natalie Male

Architect

Natalie Male

Architect

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

Natalie joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in July 2014 after completing her Part 1 at the University of Liverpool. She remained at the practice part-time throughout the duration of her Part 2 course, before returning to AG|A full time in June 2018. Natalie is interested in all aspects of architecture but has a particular interest in both Conservation and Master planning.

She completed her Part 3 in Professional Architectural Practice to become a fully qualified Architect in November 2021.

Richard Oldham

Architectural Technologist

Richard Oldham

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons) ACIAT

Richard joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in August 2016 after graduating from Glyndwr University with a BSc(Hons) in Architectural Design Technology. Richard has a strong eye for detail and has gained a key interest in sustainability. He also likes to keep up with the latest technology whether it be architecture or in general. Since joining Ainsley Gommon, he has been able to rapidly improve upon his skills in CAD and Revit along with gaining experience in education and residential projects.

Idris Owen

Architectural Assistant

Idris Owen

Architectural Assistant

BArch(Hons)

Idris joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in February 2016 after completing his Part 1 at the University of Lincoln. He is particularly interested in design and the history of architecture. During his time at AG|A Idris has worked on a range of residential and educational projects.

Idris has just completed two years at Lincoln University undertaking his Part 2 and returned to work at Ainsley Gommon full time in July 2019.

Matthew Reece

Architectural Assistant

Matthew Reece

Architectural Assistant

BSc(Hons) MArch

Matthew first joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in September 2017 after completing his Part 1 in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. Following his successful return to Sheffield to complete his Part 2 Masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Matthew re-joined the practice in June 2020 on a part-time basis and has worked on a range of education, social housing and extra care projects.

Matthew is currently working towards his Part 3 in Professional Architectural Practice whilst also working part-time at a local landscape architecture practice to develop his landscape design skills.

Georgia Taylor

Architectural Assistant

Georgia Taylor

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

Georgia was born and raised in North Wales. She is passionate about improving her local area and creating beautifully designed spaces towards a more sustainable future through
architecture.

Georgia completed her Part 1 and 2 qualifications at Manchester School of Architecture gaining a BArch with First Class Honours Award and MArch. She has worked on a range of residential, private domestic, educational, conservation and creative reuse projects. Georgia is interested in all aspects of architecture with a strong interest in design, but has a particular interest in contemporary design within historic context.

Georgia continues her practical training and is currently working towards her Part 3 in Professional Architectural Practice, intending to complete the qualification in the near future.

Alex Press

Architectural Assistant

Alex Press

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Alex joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in August 2021 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant, following the completion of his undergraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield. A keen rower in his spare time, Alex has a particular interest in social housing and creating affordable homes.

Olivia Ryan

Architectural Assistant

Olivia Ryan

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Olivia joined Ainsley Gommon in February 2022, after completing her Part 1 at the University of Liverpool in 2020. Olivia has also worked as an Architectural Assistant in a Manchester based practice prior to joining AG|A, where she worked on a range of commercial and residential projects. While Olivia enjoys all aspects of architecture, she has a particular interest in conservation and regeneration.

Olivia plans on returning to University in September 2022 to complete her Master of Architecture degree.

Allison Venables

Practice & Financial Administrator

Allison Venables

Practice & Financial Administrator

Allison joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 1993 after working for HSBC Bank for 17 years. Last year she celebrated 21 years working as the Wales Office Financial Administrator.

Allison is responsible for managing the practice’s accounts and utilising the most up to date accounting software to produce audits and maintain our financial compliance and VAT records, working closely with our Customers, Suppliers and Company Accountants. She also helps administrate the Practices’ Environmental Management Systems to ensure it achieves ISO 14001.

Sky

Part-time Office Dog

Sky

Part-time Office Dog

Sky joins our team in work three days a week and she has become a regular feature in our reception area. It is interesting how dogs can have a positive impact in the workplace, in particular helping to relieve stress during those busy periods.

Grwndi

Full Time Home Office Cat

Grwndi

Full Time Home Office Cat

Grwndi started to make regular appearances in Teams meetings over the lockdown period in July 2020. Since then she has become a frequent member of weekly office meetings and has become quite popular among the staff. She enjoys sitting on her owner Idris’s keyboard and taking long naps next to the computer screen.