People

HOP is a Structural, Civil & Marine Engineering consultancy with over 50 employees. The HOP senior leadership team is headed up by Jon Orrell, Managing Director and founding partner, alongside five Directors and five Associates. Each team member is considered as important as the next, and our technical and administrative staff are committed to realising the visions of HOP.

Jon Orrell

Managing Director

Jon Orrell

Personal Profile

Jon was a founding partner at HOP and is currently Managing Director.

His initial experience was ‘hands-on’, on site with major contractors (reinforced concrete oil rigs in the North Sea; major town center and river diversion in Kent; coastal power station in Scotland and a military airfield overseas).

Although he studied building initially, when he returned to the UK after six years’ of site work, he did a largely self-funded Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Brighton.

He then worked as a Resident Engineer on a seawall project. After a short spell in a Design Office; he set up Hemsley Orrell Partnership in 1985.

Jon likes to find practical, often different, solutions to both Permanent and Temporary Works. He regularly draws on his early, hands-on, Building and Heavy Civil Engineering experience. He’s a self-confessed ‘reinforced concrete nerd’, but has done a great deal of work on both buildings and maritime structures.

Skills and strengths

Jon is instrumental in supporting initiatives that help young, often disadvantaged individuals, get in to employment in the construction industry.

Jon remains active, playing the blues on his vintage ‘Telecaster’, competing in Tough Mudder and continuing his involvement with British Military Fitness.

Key responsibilities

  • Chartered Engineer & Fellow of the Institution of ICE/IStructE and institute of Building
  • Qualified commercial diver
  • CDM Coordinator/Principal Designer
  • Delivering Principle papers and seminars to learned societies
  • Acting as an expert witness
  • Passionate about instilling a strong Training Ethos at HOP and supporting the local community
  • Chair of Industrial Advisory Board, University Of Brighton & Paddle Round the Pier Trust
  • Previously Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (South of England), Brighton Round Table & Whoopsadaisy children charity
  • Honorary Fellow of the University of Brighton

John Spearman

Finance Director

John Spearman

Personal Profile

As Finance Director, John is responsible for all aspects of financial management and planning for our business, whilst managing our ever-expanding workload and major projects.

Prior to working at HOP, John worked for a couple of large national contractors on major roads, bridges, airports and other building structures. The site based start to his career has enabled HOP’s strong focus on buildability and contractor-friendly designs to be realised, generally to the benefit of the end client as a whole. The company has embraced modern BIM techniques since 2006 enabling greater levels of coordination and technical complexities to be achieved in delivering projects such as the award-winning Amex Stadium.

Skills and strengths

  • Design and Build project procurement from feasibility, planning, through to final construction stages, achieving high levels of sustainability in the process.
  • Sports stadiums and facilities.
  • Power stations and major commercial projects.
  • Conversion & refurbishment/repair of historic structures.
  • CDM coordination.
  • Waterside developments.
  • Chartered Engineer and a member of ICE.
  • Keen hockey player and mountain biker blazing trails across the South Downs and further afield.

Key responsibilities

  • High level practice and major project management across the business.
  • Specialist design of all building forms, high and low rise in various materials, including temporary works.
  • Management and cost control of design and contract stages of construction.
  • Promotion of modern methods in design and construction to achieve optimised valued solutions.
  • A local School Governor.

Alan Taylor

HR Director

Alan Taylor

Personal Profile

Whilst maintaining an active Team leadership role, Alan manages HR and has more recently been responsible for championing and coordinating HOP’s involvement in local educational institutions. HOP is passionate about growing talent from within and particular emphasis can be seen in our work to recruit Apprentices and A level leavers via our Sponsored Degree Programme.  This is driven by Alan’s experience, working and studying part-time to degree level, alongside a natural apprentice route through the Draughting Office and into engineering design.

Alan’s work in the construction industry started early, on site with his father, labouring and developing his construction awareness. Assisting senior engineers and running small works projects, Alan developed keen communication skills with site and fellow professionals, with the distinct advantage of site-based experience and awareness.

Skills and strengths

  • Structural monitoring and remedial works specification.
  • Major refurbishment projects.
  • Report writing and building forensics.
  • 20 years of practical housing developer experience and innovation.

Key responsibilities

  • Acting as Expert Witness.
  • Project Management; CDM Coordinator / Principal Designer.
  • PPC2000 Partnered Contracts (Core Group Member).
  • HR Director looking after our staff, recruitment and training.

Adam Humphrey

IT Director

Adam Humphrey

Personal Profile

Adam is a Director at HOP which he joined in 1998.  He has worked up through the company from a Graduate Structural Engineer, becoming a Director in 2008.  Adam has over 21 years’ experience, is a Chartered Structural Engineer, manages a large design Team and is responsible for IT and BIM at HOP.

Adam’s design experience is extremely varied and he has successfully delivered projects with values from a few hundred to a few hundred million pounds.  Historically Adam has worked for Contractors which has provided him with a good understanding of site activities, which in turn provides further insight to his design knowledge.

He is passionate about building positive lasting relationships with those he works with, by delivering what he promises and adding value to projects.

Skills and strengths

  • Extensive Education, Community and Residential Development design experience having managed Projects with over £1M of fees in the last 5 years
  • BIM Certified Professional
  • Collaboration of Construction Production Information using IT and 3D modelling
  • Complex computer analysis and design for concrete and steelwork structures
  • Good communicator and can explain in simple terms the benefits of a solution
  • Passion for solving complex Structural design problems
  • Innovation – Adam uses historic lessons learnt and successes, on today’s Project
  • Focus on meeting customer requirements, building trust and long term relationships

Key responsibilities

  • Managing a large Structural Team
  • Heads HOP IT and BIM progression
  • Day to day management of Projects ensuring our Civil and Structural design team over-delivers
  • Manages the HOP team to maximise collaboration and coordination with other team members and designers
  • See that HOP designs economic, practical and buildable structures
  • To challenge our decisions and designs by exploring alternatives
  • To overcome and unlock difficult design problems
  • Communicate honestly with the design team

Nigel Hosker

Director

Nigel Hosker

Personal Profile

Nigel is a Director at HOP, a Chartered Civil Engineer and heads the Maritime Team in his role as a Civil / Coastal Engineer.  Nigel has a good grounding in large scale Civil Engineering works, having experience of the whole construction process from initial client contact, scheme design, feasibility and detailing, as well as managing engineering projects, including approvals and licensing, procurement procedures and contract administration.

Nigel is used to managing multi-disciplinary projects including collaborating with experts in fields such as: Hydraulic Modelling, Cathodic Protection, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Engineering Geologists, and Commercial Diving operations.  Nigel frequently works with contractors and is often engaged to design temporary works or to act as the designer in ‘Design and Build’ projects.

Skills and strengths

  • Delivery of civil and structural engineering works through the full project cycle
  • Mentoring Civil Engineers (ICE Supervising Civil Engineer)
  • Design and maintenance of seaside pier structures including preparing refurbishment proposals and inspections
  • Scheme planning and detailed design for residential waterside developments
  • Design of large scale temporary works both on land and in water
  • Contract administration and attendance of construction works including NEC and ICC conditions of contract.
  • Experienced in flood defences, breakwater maintenance, port facilities, land reclamation, RNLI boathouses and slipways, Planning, listed Building MMO, PLA and other licencing

Key responsibilities

  • Leading and Developing the Maritime Team
  • Project Management of Civil Engineering works
  • Principal Designer/ CDM-Coordinator on numerous projects.
  • Civil Engineering, quality and financial risk management

Jennifer Graham

Director

Jennifer Graham

Personal Profile

Jennifer graduated from the University of Bath in 2004 with a degree in Civil Engineering. She joined HOP in 2012 with almost 8 years’ experience as a Structural Engineer, having designed a number of successful projects in the residential, educational, leisure, commercial and ecclesiastical sectors. Jennifer’s experience has broadened into a number of new sectors since joining HOP, including complex domestic projects, challenging river and coastal sites and industrial buildings such as prestigious car showrooms; along with the business tasks associated with her recently appointed role as Director.

Jennifer works in the local community, supporting STEM and WISE initiatives that champion on a national level the application of science, mathematics and technology in the Engineering sector.

Skills and strengths

  • Structured education in mathematics and the sciences.
  • Experience gained as a Graduate Engineer with large London based Consultancy.
  • As a keen artist, enjoys communicating structural solutions via sketches.
  • Presenting and communicating structural solutions to audiences.
  • Innovative designs.
  • Passion for solving complex problems.

Key responsibilities

  • Managing teams of Engineers and Technicians on a variety of projects including residential, commercial, industrial and educational developments.
  • Producing structural information for early scheme designs through to construction.
  • Design of load bearing masonry residential buildings.
  • Structural analysis of multi-storey framed buildings, utilising powerful software to ensure efficient designs.
  • Communication and co-ordination with other members of the design team and Contractor.

Lee Stewart

Senior Associate

Lee Stewart

Personal Profile

Having joined HOP in 1994 after leaving school, Lee progressed through HOP’s sponsored Degree programme; achieving a BEng in Civil Engineering in 2002. He became an Associate Member of the IStructE in 2004, before becoming a fully Chartered Structural Engineer in 2006.

Having watched HOP grow from 6 Technical staff to over 40, Lee has risen from a Trainee Draughtsman to Senior Associate. He is now part of the Senior Management team helping with the day to day running of HOP, as well as being actively involved on a wide range of structural projects from small domestic to large multi-million pound developments.

Lee has over 17 years’ experience in Structural Design from concept to construction stage.  A good understanding of building construction, together with an eye for detail enables Lee to provide creative solutions to structural problems.   As a keen runner, Lee takes the opportunity to be able to think freely about any structural challenges of a project, to enable a well thought through solution to be designed and presented.

Lee is a governor of his daughter’s school, providing a critical friend role to the school management and staff, as well as providing a way of putting something back into the local community.

Skills and strengths

  • A keen understanding of Historic building methods
  • A practical eye to develop simple solutions
  • Repair and refurbishment of existing buildings
  • Temporary structural works designs
  • Belief in Team approach to provide holistic solutions and form lasting relationships.

Key responsibilities

  • Leading a team of Engineers and technicians on a multitude of projects
  • Imparting knowledge and experience of building construction methods to the younger team members to enhance their understanding
  • Early scheme concepts and ideas for discussions with project teams
  • Working schemes through to detailed construction issue
  • Review of work at key stages within the design process
  • Liaising with the greater design team

Adam Ellis

Associate

Adam Ellis

Personal Profile

Adam has over 17 years’ experience in Structural Design and Analysis in all materials from concept to detailed design stage.

Adam graduated in 2000 after completing a MEng and a sandwich year in the water industry.  He has worked at several companies on projects including extensive school development work for local authorities, industrial & commercial developments and housing projects from 4 to 500 units. In addition, he has provided engineering for domestic work of all types.

Adam reached Chartership in 2008 and rose to Associate in 2015.

Skills and strengths

  • Working closely with Clients, Architects, M&E and Contractors.
  • Understanding the Construction process and buildability.
  • Commercial awareness of design decisions.
  • Developing and Maintaining Relationships.
  • Providing site support.

Key responsibilities

  • Running projects and liaising directly with all parties during the construction process.
  • Managing teams of CAD Technicians and Engineers on a variety of projects.
  • Producing structural information for early scheme designs through to construction.
  • Training and developing Undergraduate & Graduate Engineers.

David Jones

Associate

David Jones

Personal Profile

David is a highly experienced Chartered Engineer, member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and Associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

David joined HOP In 1996, having worked 3 years previous as a setting out/section Engineer with a major contractor, including 1 year spent overseas. David has accumulated 22 years experience as a Structural Design Engineer in a consultancy setting within the South East and London area.

Skills and strengths

  • Personal Track Safety (PTS) certified
  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme
  • Refurbishment of existing buildings
  • Repair of historic structures
  • Structural surveys and reports
  • Contaminated land
  • Temporary works design

Key responsibilities

  • New-build projects in steel and concrete frames, load-bearing masonry and timber
  • Projects in the commercial, residential, educational, leisure, railway, airport and retail fields
  • Providing design advice on smaller value, complex projects

Andrew Keen

Associate

Andrew Keen

Personal Profile

Andrew started at HOP in 2007 and heads up the company’s Civils & Infrastructure team tasked with all aspects of roads, drainage and external works design.

From feasibility assessments to construction stage specifications, the Civils & Infrastructure team works to a wide range of briefs on large housing schemes, hotels and schools through to individual properties. This contributes to Andrew and his team’s broad skills set and understanding of practical Civil Engineering with a focus on sustainability.

Sustainability is also an important factor in Andrew’s extra-curricular activities as he is a keen cyclist, happy in the saddle on the school run and commute or climbing Alpe D’Huez.

Skills and strengths

  • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) design & implementation
  • Drainage, Roads & External Works Design
  • Flood Risk Assessments
  • SuDS Assessments
  • S278 & S38 adoptable highways works
  • S104 adoptable drainage design to Sewers for Adoption standards
  • Desk Studies – Phase 1 Contamination Assessments
  • AutoCAD / Civils 3D / Microdrainage (XP Solutions) suite of software tools

Key responsibilities

  • Day to day management of projects to effectively meet the needs of internal and external Clients.
  • Management of HOP Civils team, maximising collaboration and communication. Keeping ahead of the field with knowledge sharing and training in the latest legislative and technological advances.
  • Additional responsibilities for pre-planning liaison with Statutory Authorities and Clients, producing Flood Risk Assessments, SuDS & Drainage Assessments and Phase 1 Contamination Assessments (Desk Studies).

Jon Fox

Associate

Jon Fox

Personal Profile

Jon joined HOP in 2006. He has more than 25 years of experience in structural design and engineering in residential, commercial and industrial projects.   This experience in conceptual, detail design and construction, make him one of our leading structural engineers.  Jon has practised the design of structures for consultants and contractors in various fields, working on prestigious and interesting projects of all scales.  Jon is also keen on DIY at home, he commutes by bike in all weather, and is regularly seen running on the South Downs.

Skills and strengths

  • Concept and detail design
  • Finite element and frame analysis.
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Advanced knowledge in design, fabrication and construction of steel structures.
  • Advanced knowledge in design, fabrication and construction of pre-cast concrete structures.

Key responsibilities

  • Management of Structural Design Team
  • Conceptual and detail design
  • Associate managerial tasks
  • CDM Coordination