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.

Maria Killick, Director

Architect

Maria Killick, Director

Architect

BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Maria has an interest in all aspects of architecture, but particularly, residential, masterplanning and urban design, education and community design. As a Project Architect Maria has successfully delivered key projects such as the Visitor’s Centre in the Grade 1 Listed Birkenhead Park and the Birkenhead YMCA.

Maria commenced employment at Ainsley Gommon in 2001, and as a Director based in the Birkenhead office, is also responsible for several management roles, including leading the company’s Environmental Management System which is accredited to ISO 14001 and for securing much of our work through consultant Frameworks and tenders.

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 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.

Mike Pittman

Landscape Architect
Architectural Technologist

Mike Pittman

Landscape Architect
Architectural Technologist

CMLI PGDip-LandArch MCIAT HND

Mike first joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 2007 and is a Chartered Landscape Architect and undertaking the landscape commissions and landscape elements of all project types.

Mike is also a Chartered Architectural Technologist and has gained extensive experience throughout his career in the job running of both new build, conservation work and refurbishment projects. He has technical experience and knowledge of current building regulations and detailing specification.

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.

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

BSc(Hons) MCIAT

Tom first joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in late 2005 to complete his industrial placement while studying Architectural Technology at Nottingham Trent University. After two years placement and completing his degree, gaining a CIOB Certificate of Excellence award for his final year project, he returned to AG|A full time in 2008 and qualified as a Chartered Architectural Technologist in 2012. Tom enjoys many aspects of Architecture and while working at AG|A has been involved in conservation, residential, industrial, landscape and educational projects, including acting as Project Technologist for a number of schemes.

As the chair of the systems focus group within the Birkenhead office Tom is part of the AG|A team managing and implementing new computer hardware, software and procedures etc. He is also a very keen on architectural photography and conservation work and is currently working towards his CIAT accreditation as a conservation Technologist.

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.

Natalie Male

Architectural Assistant

Natalie Male

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Natalie joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in July 2014 after completing her Part 1 at the University of Liverpool. 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 intends to spend an additional year with AG|A before heading back to University to complete her Part 2 and 3 in architecture.

Ethan Schofield

Architectural Assistant

Ethan Schofield

Architectural Assistant

Ethan Joined Ainsely Gommon Architects in March 2017 after completing his Part 1 at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Ethan has an interest in a various areas of architecture looking to broaden his knowledge undertaking work in a variety of sectors. He is keen to learn new software to utilise the most effective techniques for undertaking a project.

Ethan is undertaking 18 months professional development at AG|A with the intention of returning to university to undertake his Part 2, and is currently involved in a range of residential projects.

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.

Lauren Jakeman

Architectural Assistant

Lauren Jakeman

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Lauren joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in June 2017 after completing her Part 1 at the University of Manchester. Throughout her University studies she has gained an interest in urban design, sustainability and continuity in architecture. She is particularly interested in theoretical approaches and computational tools for the design, governance and understanding of future cities.

Lauren is undertaking 12 months professional development at AG|A before returning to University to undertake her Part 2, and is currently involved in a range of projects including housing and community schemes.

Matthew Reece

Architectural Assistant

Matthew Reece

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Matthew joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in September 2017 after completing his Part 1 in Architecture and Part 1 in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. He has a particular interest in relating both architecture and landscape in all designs, never seeing the two as wholly separate disciplines.

Matthew intends to return to University after a year with AG|A to continue his route to qualification as both an Architect and Landscape Architect, and is currently working on a range of residential and community projects.

Patricia Owen

Practice & Financial Administrator

Patricia Owen

Practice & Financial Administrator

Trish joined Ainsley Gommon Architects in 1998 as the Birkenhead Office Practice & Financial Administrator.

Trish 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.

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.