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.

Neil McGill, Associate

Architect

Neil McGill, Associate

Architect

BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Neil joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 1995 and as a design orientated Architect has a wealth of experience in Health and Educational Buildings, with special interest in SEN Schools.

Neil has also worked within the Social Housing Sector and has experience in developing Extra Care Housing for Housing Associations.

He organises the Hawarden Office’s CPD training and jointly co-ordinates AG│A’s Investors in People Standard.

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.

Sarah Davies, Associate

Architect

Sarah Davies, Associate

Architect

BSc(Hons) DipArch MSc(Sust.Build) RIBA

Sarah first joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 2005 whilst studying for her undergraduate degree at the University of Bath. After completing her Part 2 at Oxford Brookes University, she joined AG|A full time in 2009 and qualified as an Architect two years later. Sarah has worked on a wide range of projects across all sectors, acting as Project Architect for a number of key Educational and Residential schemes.

With a strong interest in design, Sarah jointly oversees the production of practice information and the website output. She also has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Building and helps to implement the Practice’s Environmental Management System.

Gethin Jones, Associate

Architect

Gethin Jones, Associate

Architect

BSc(Hons) MArch(Com) RIBA

Gethin has been with Ainsley Gommon since 2009 after completing his Part 2 at Cardiff University and qualified as an Architect two years later. He has a wide range of experience acting as Project Architect for a number of projects which include masterplanning, housing developments, extra care and education.

Gethin leads the North Wales Society of Architects Events Committee, organising building visits and lecture series for all who are interested in Architecture in North Wales. He also curated an exhibition at the National Eisteddfod Exhibition of Architecture at the Arts and Crafts Pavilion at the Denbighshire Eisteddfod which aimed to raise design awareness for exemplar buildings in Wales.

Rachel McHale

Architect

Rachel McHale

Architect

BA(Hons) DipArch MA-DEP RIBA

Rachel is interested in all areas of architecture, and during her time at Ainsley Gommon Architects, has been involved in masterplanning, housing, landscape, urban design, public consultation and participation, including job running as Project Architect for a number of key Educational and Residential schemes. Rachel first joined Ainsley Gommon in 2005 after completing her Part 1 at Oxford Brookes University. On completion of her Part 2, she returned in 2008, fully qualifying 18 months later.

With a strong interest in design, Rachel jointly oversees the production of practice information, the website output and is chair of the design focus group. She has a MA in Development and Emergency Practice also from Oxford Brookes University and has a specific interest in flood risk reduction through design.

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.

Richard Beatson

Architectural Technologist

Richard Beatson

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons) MCIAT

Richard started his career in London after gaining his degree in Architectural Technology and Design. He has a keen eye for detail and has helped to successfully deliver a range of projects from commercial offices, schools, music facilities, banks and Government departments. As comfortable in a pair of site boots as he is in the office Richard has helped to guide many clients through the build process. His technical flair, combined with an appreciation of design has helped contractors to solve issues quickly and efficiently as they arise. Richard has spent time in architectural practice in Mexico and he speaks fluent Spanish.

Tom McEvoy

Architectural Technologist

Tom McEvoy

Architectural Technologist

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.

David Parry

Architect

David Parry

Architect

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

David joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 2013 as a Part 2 Assistant, fully qualifying as an Architect in early 2015. He has a strong interest in regeneration and social architecture, and the way in which the design of environments encourages a desired range of social behaviours. As vice-chair of the office design focus group, David assists in keeping the office up to date with design techniques and changes in planning legislation whilst encouraging design debate.

During his time at AG|A, David has had varied experience on a range of projects, including masterplanning, urban design, social and private housing, public consultation, Design Commission presentations, and job running as Project Architect/Contract Administrator.

Arwyn Lloyd

Architect

Arwyn Lloyd

Architect

BSc BArch(Hons) MArch(Merit)

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.

Natalie Male

Architectural Assistant

Natalie Male

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

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. During her time at AG|A, she has been involved in a wide range of projects including conservation, housing, landscape, urban design, public consultation and participation, including taking a lead role for a number of residential schemes.

Natalie’s studying continues and she intends to complete her Part 3 in Architecture.

Richard Oldham

Architectural Technologist

Richard Oldham

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons)

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.

Mari Evans

Architectural Assistant

Mari Evans

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Mari joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in September 2019 after completing her Part 1 at Liverpool John Moores University. She is interested in all fields of architecture but is particularly interested in urban design and the regeneration of urban areas.

Mari will undertake 12 months of professional experience with the practice, before she returns to University next autumn to undertake her Part 2 course in Architecture.

Branwen Morus

Architectural Assistant

Branwen Morus

Architectural Assistant

BSc(Hons)

Branwen joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in December 2020 after completing her Part 1 at Cardiff University. She is interested in all fields of architecture but is particularly interested in community driven projects, sustainable urban developments that incorporates greenery and heritage architecture.

Branwen is currently undertaking 12 months of professional experience with the practice whilst completing the first year of her Masters in Architecture Course at Cardiff University. Branwen will return to University full time in the autumn for a further year to complete her Part 2.

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.

Poppy

Part-time Office Dog

Poppy

Part-time Office Dog

Poppy joins us in the Wales office every Monday. She has been a regular in the studio for a number of months and creates an air of calm and a sense of fun during the working day.