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Alastair Soane (Director, Structural-Safety)

Email: alastair.soane@structural-safety.org


Alastair is the Director of Structural-Safety. Former CEO of Bingham Cotterell consulting engineers with extensive experience on UK and International projects. Former member of Building Regulations Advisory Committee for England and Chair of the Structures Working Party, member of the Advisory Group on Temporary Structures. Lewis Kent award winner from IStructE in 2012, author of numerous publications and visiting professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool. Past president of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers. Alastair was awarded the 2018 IStructE President's Award.

Alastair Soane


Paul Mc Nulty (Lead Structural Engineer and CROSS Scheme Manager, Structural-Safety) 

Email: paul.mcnulty@structural-safety.org


Paul is a Senior Engineer with Structural-Safety. He has design and assessment experience in civil and structural engineering, including completing a PhD on an innovative arch bridge design, and working in consultancy as a structural engineer in both the offshore oil and gas industry and the onshore buildings industry. He has a particular interest in safety and enjoys promoting the best practices from his experience of working across a variety of industries.

Paul Mc Nulty




Bill Hewlett (Technical Director, Costain Group)


Bill Hewlett was appointed Chairman of SCOSS in May 2016. He is currently Technical Director of Costain Group. From 2009 - 2013 he served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2011 joined the SCOSS Committee. He takes a close interest in the education and formation of engineers, with a particular focus on hazard awareness and engineering risk management.

Bill Hewlett


Structural-Safety Members


Thomas Aldridge (Principal Construction Professional, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)


Thomas is a chartered architect with over 25 year of experience in the design and construction of buildings. He currently works in the Technical Policy Division of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Prior to this, he has worked for over 15 years on transport architecture projects with multi-disciplinary consulting engineers Arup, leading the design on a range of complex infrastructure schemes. Thomas is a member of several British Standards committees dealing with buildings and materials.

Thomas Aldridge


Luke Bisby (Professor of Fire and Structures and Head of Research Institute, The University of Edinburgh)

BEng MSc PhD FIStructE PEng (Ontario) FIFireE

Professor Luke Bisby is Chair of Fire and Structures, and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, within the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Educated in Canada as a civil/structural engineer, his research and teaching are now focused predominantly in the areas of Fire Safety and Structural Fire Safety Engineering.

Luke Bisby


Julie Bregulla (Director of Fire & Building Technology, BRE)

Dipl.-Ing., PhD, CEng, FICE, MEWI

Following her studies in structural and fire engineering Julie joined the Building Research Establishment in 2003. She leads BRE’s Fire and Building Technology Group, a multi-disciplinary team employing specialist laboratory facilities to assess construction products and systems. Julie retains a high level of practical involvement in projects and contributes to the development of standards (BS, EN, ISO and ASTM). She advises on UK and EU legislation and regulatory issues. In her work some of the most unique and varied laboratories in the UK are matched to ambitious engineering projects (from infrastructure to high-rise construction) supporting engineering practice and innovation by providing robust experimental data for decision making.

She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath and currently chairs the ICE’s Structures Expert Panel. In the past year she has contributed to key initiatives, including the Hansford report. She is the current chair of TC250’s horizontal, pan-European Eurocode committee developing the provisions for robustness of structures (TC250/WG6).

She has served as technical secretariat to the UK Building Regulations Advisory Committee, has chaired a sector group of the Group of Notified Bodies under the Construction Products Regulation and published over 300 reports, papers and industry guidance, covering various technical aspects of structural engineering and assessment.

Julie Bregulla 


Steven Brunswick (Consultant, formerly Carillion Group)


Steven was with Carillion for 31 years specialising in temporary works design and providing engineering solutions and building technology advice across the Groups companies. He is now working as an independent consultant. Steven is also Chairman of UK CARES, the certification authority for reinforcing steels.

Steve Brunswick


David Cormie (Associate Director, Arup)

MEng(Hons) CEng CEnv FIStructE FICE M.ASCE

David is an Associate Director in Arup’s Resilience, Security and Risk practice and has spent his career to date studying the behaviour of buildings and other structures under extreme loads and beyond-design basis events. As the technical lead for Arup’s blast engineering and structural resilience team, David now specialises in the design of buildings and other structures against counter-terrorist explosive threats. Lewis Kent award winner from IStructE in 2018.

David Cormie


Tony Jones (Principal Structural Engineer, MPA The Concrete Centre)


Tony is a Structural Engineer with over 25 years of experience in design, research and investigation of Concrete Structures. Tony is a Principal Structural Engineer at MPA The Concrete Centre responsible for leading work on the Fire Performance of Concrete Structures in addition to more general concrete code development and implementation activities. Tony previously worked for Arup where he led several significant construction projects and also worked within Arup’s research and development department. In addition to supporting project teams delivering iconic projects across the world, Tony also provided expert technical advice to external clients on various failures.

Tony is the UK Head of Delegation on the European Concrete Code Committee which is responsible for the maintenance and revision of Eurocode 2. He is also a member of the European working group looking at robustness requirements across all the material Eurocodes. He has published widely and contributied to a number of IStructE publications, including their design manual to EC2, the “Standard method of detailing reinforced concrete”, and the “Working Engineers guide to robustness”. Tony chaired the advisory group formed to produce the BRE guidance “Concrete Structures in Fire”.

Tony Jones


Christopher Leadbetter (Senior Associate Solicitor, Clyde & Co LLP)

Christopher acts as a Legal Advisor to Structural-Safety. He is a Senior Associate Solicitor at Clyde & Co LLP in London, working in Transactional and Contentious International Construction and Projects.

Chris Leadbetter


David MacKenzie (Executive Director, COWI)


David is responsible for the strategic and commercial leadership of the UK bridges and special structures group of COWI. He is directly responsible for many of the firm's bridge projects, and maintains a hands-on approach to technical project work. He leads the Design Joint Venture for the Mersey Gateway Bridge project and is part of the Design Joint Venture Board for the C2/C3 stage of High Speed 2.  He is the Project Director for the firm's work on the operation and maintenance works on many long span bridges worldwide including the Queen Elizabeth 11 Bridge at Dartford. He leads the firm's work on special structures, having worked on projects such as Project Boomer, the UK's tallest structure, Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and the BC Place re-roofing project in Canada. He is extensively involved in the codification of design loading for bridge structures, with particular emphasis on bridge aerodynamics and pedestrian dynamic effects. He has also acted as an expert witness on a wide range of structures and carries out due-diligence studies for major international banks. David's project portfolio has taken him across the globe and he has developed in-depth knowledge of aeroelastic effects on bridge decks, seismic retrofitting of concrete structures and complex structural analysis, including dynamic response.

David MacKenzie


Allan Mann (Consultant, formerly Jacobs UK)

BSc PhD CEng FREng FIStructE

Allan is a long serving member of Structural-Safety and has been an active member of the IStructE for over 40 years. He is an IStructE Gold Medal winner and is closely involved in Institution affairs, including their publications. His career has always been technical, where he has worked as a structural engineer on major projects throughout the world and across a wide range of industries, including nuclear and theme park rides. He now works privately on projects requiring specialised technical input and as an expert witness or on dispute resolution.


Steven Odunmbaku (Engineering Policy Manager, NHBC)


Steven is Engineering Policy Manager at National House-Building Council (NHBC) and has over 30 years experience as a civil/structural design engineer having designed buildings and infrastructural works. When Steven left private consultancy, he worked as a Local Authority engineer before joining NHBC to do warranty assessment and Approved Inspector work. Latterly, Steven's time is spent on improving the quality of homes being built through Standards work. Steven serves on a number of British Standards committees for building materials and Eurocodes.

Steven Odunmbaku


Vlad Palan (Principal Structures Advisor, Highways England)


Vlad has 40 years' (32 post-Chartered) private and public sector experience of the construction industry in the UK and Czech Republic. Having worked for major private sector technical and management consultancies, such as Atkins and Jacobs, Vlad has considerable Programme and Project Management experience in leading structures (bridges) design teams on both tender and detailed design on large ECI, D&B and traditional highway schemes, both in the UK and Ireland. For the last 16 years, Vlad has been working for Highways Agency / Highways England. Her main portfolio includes Structures Technical Approval, Structures Policy, and Research & Innovation. Vlad's involvement in national technical committees includes the HE TPB for Highway Structures, B/525/10-WG2 (a BSI national committee responsible for standard writing for concrete/composite bridges), SCOSS/CROSS and CSIC Cambridge.

Vlad Palan 2


Steve Parncutt (HM Principal Specialist Inspector (Construction), HSE)

BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Steve has worked in the construction industry since 1985, in both the public and private sectors. His experience includes municipal engineering, bridge design and the design of highways and highway structures. He joined the HSE in 2008 where he provides support and advice on construction related safety matters and Expert Witness testimony in Criminal courts, Inquests and tribunals. Steve currently leads the HSE's team of Specialist Construction Inspectors covering Scotland and Northern England.

Steve Parncutt


Mark Pundsack (Joint District Surveyor, City of London)


Mark is a Chartered Structural Engineer and a Chartered Surveyor with 20 years experience of building control in the City of London District Surveyor’s Office. Mark leads two multi-disciplinary teams of engineers and surveyors, playing the lead role in the majority of the projects. He has particular experience in the fields of Structural and Fire Engineering. He has been the project surveyor on some of the largest schemes in the City, ensuring efficient working in all aspects of the design and construction process. Mark is also a member of the IStructE Health and Safety Panel and the Business Practice and Regulatory Control Committee. He was also a member of the task group which revised the design recommendations for car parks, and the Committee on Structural Eurocodes.

Mark Pundsack


John Rees (Director, COWI)


John has been with COWI (formerly Flint & Neill) since 1990. He specialises in the design and assessment of tall guyed masts, lattice towers and other wind sensitive structures. John is actively involved in the development of the British Standards and Eurocodes that apply to this work.  He is convener of the evolution working group for EN1993-3-1 and EN1993-3-2 and chairman of the UK mirror committee. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Birmingham where he holds the honorary chair in structural dynamics in the School of Civil Engineering.

John Rees


John Rushton (Partner - Buildings, Stantec)

BEng MSc CEng MICE MIStructE

John joined Stantec (formerly PBA) in 1987 and became a Partner in the Practice’s Structural Group in 1995. John has worked to expand the Practice’s portfolio into residential mixed use, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary service provision in urban regeneration and education. Initially, he worked with Peter Brett, the Practice founder, to develop new forms of structural steelwork, culminating in joint authorship of a manual for design published by the Steel Construction Institute. John has since worked on major projects such as Paddington Walk in London, Sun Microsystems in Farnborough, the redevelopment of Southampton airport and Slough Trading Estate and the framework commission with Oxford University. His current focus is on commercial office refurbishment and building up the firm's experience in forensic and expert witness work, both in the Construction and Technology Court and internationally, where he has been cross-examined before the International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bucharest, and the Dubai International Court of Arbitration.

John Rushton


Mike Webster (Director, MPW R&R)


Mike Webster is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with over 30 years' experience. This includes ten years as a director at three consultancies. He specialises in construction and structural safety, risk and the CDM Regulations and has published widely on these topics. Mike led independent evaluations of CDM 1994 and CDM 2007, and reviewed the use of CDM 2007 in the construction of London 2012. He has been instructed as an expert witness by both prosecution and defence team in cases involving allegations of gross negligence manslaughter and breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the CDM Regulations during construction projects. These cases have involved a range of collapses and hazardous situations on construction sites. Mike has related expertise in the safety and service life of concrete structures. He has worked on the design, site supervision, appraisal and repair of concrete building and bridge structures, led a range of research, and developed asset management guidance in UK, Europe and Hong Kong. He is also a member of the IStructE Health and Safety Panel and the Hazards Forum.

Mike Webster


Steve Williams (Infrastructure Projects Programme Engineering Manager (Buildings and Civils), Network Rail)


Steve is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with over 28 years design, construction, project management and assurance experience.  He has a passion and enthusiasm for delivering innovative and sustainable fully engineered solutions, offering best value for money and achieving client objectives in terms of cost, time and quality. Steve is experienced in major infrastructure as well as building project design and delivery, with programme values of between £1M to £750M. Steve has been the Designated Project Engineer on station, bridge and earthworks programmes for Network Rail, promoting collaborative working. He is currently a Programme Engineering manager responsible for buildings and civil engineering activities within the projects section of Network Rail, promoting safe by design activities. He is a Supervising Civil Engineer for ICE and Mentor for the IStructE, mentoring and training the next generation of Civil and Structural Engineers.

Steve Williams


John Wolstenholme (Principal Nuclear Safety Inspector, Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR))

BEng Hons FIStructE MICE MIExpE

John is a Principal Nuclear Safety Inspector at the ONR and since 2006 undertakes civil engineering safety case assessment for permissioning together with compliance inspections as part of regulating various nuclear licensee's activities. He has a broad experience across the UK Nuclear industry of asset care and modifications of legacy structures together with nuclear new build both on Sellafield Ltd and Hinkley Point C.

John leads as Intelligent Customer for ONR on the use of explosives and provides external technical advice. John is currently the Past President of the Institute of Explosive Engineers (IExpE) and represents IExpE at the Engineering Council and is BSI panel member.

Prior to joining ONR, John worked for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) undertaking specialist accident investigations and acting as expert witness in criminal courts and inquests, for Curtin’s Consulting Engineers and subsequently J Routledge and Sons undertaking explosive demolition of challenging chemical, heavy industrial and nuclear sites.

John Wolstenholme


Structural-Safety Young Members


Victoria Tinney (Structural Engineer, SD Structures)


Victoria graduated from the University of Dundee in 2014 and joined Kirksaunders Associates as a graduate engineer later that year.  In 2016, Victoria joined Price & Myers where she was the project structural engineer on a number of public building and residential projects. In 2019, Victoria joined SD Structures.

Victoria Tinney


Aidan Cahill (Design Engineer, Blyth & Blyth)


Aidan graduated from University College Cork in 2010. Following graduation, he moved to Australia where he worked with The Reinforced Earth Company and Freyssinet Australia (both a subsidiary of VINCI Construction) on a wide range of civil and structural projects throughout Australia and S.E Asia over a 5-year period. In 2016, Aidan moved to Scotland where he joined Blyth and Blyth Consulting Engineers where he has been working as design engineer on a number of commercial and industrial projects.

Aidan Cahill

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