Nick Till, Managing Director

Nick Till is pretty passionate about Banyards; the people, the clients and the product.

The company started 30 years ago as a partnership and Nick has built the Banyards brand to be one of the most recognisable names in the marketplace, with some of the most innovative, experienced specialists in the industry.

With offices in the South East, London and Manchester to oversee he has become something of public transport pundit.

As a supporter of UK Green Building Policy and their campaign for a Sustainable Built Environment Nick recognises the importance of including such policies at design stage 

For the last 5 years he has been a member of the ACE Academy of Chief Executives achieving an Inspirational Leadership Silver Award

Nick takes a keen interest in the education of young engineers and as former Chair of the Commissioning Specialists Association was instrumental in making the CSA the benchmark qualification for commissioning, and regularly talks at Foundation4Schools and Entrepreneurs in Business (Launch 22) events at schools and colleges. He has even found the time to mentor post graduate Business Studies students at Surrey University.

When he has some free time, Nick likes to be outdoors; sailing, cycling and shooting which has supplanted golf (too frustrating) as his favourite hobby.

Graham Child

Graham Child, Board Director with Banyards, has a wealth of experience and draws on his ability to advise on conceptual designs, as well as understanding the practical aspects of detailed design. He has diverse experience across the UK construction industry, gained with consultants, contractors and Regional Health Authorities, his project experience includes commercial offices, education sector, leisure, health and pharmaceutical installations.

With strong project management skills, Graham has undertaken projects for GlaxoSmithKline, the University of Sussex, Charterhouse School, St Martins Property, Wokingham Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and East Kent Hospitals. He has a keen eye for whole-life costs and advises on low and zero carbon technologies. Graham is accredited through CIBSE as a Low Carbon Energy Assessor.

David Cocksedge

David Cocksedge, Board Director with Banyards, is responsible for leading our Commissioning division throughout the UK. Based out of our London Office David runs the company’s key client accounts and is focused on driving the business forward by developing strong growth over the next phase of the company’s expansion. 

David has over 30 years’ experience, across multiple sectors. Initially employed as a Commissioning Engineer he quickly progressed to running his own projects before diversifying into Commissioning Management running major projects such as Virgin Atlantic HQ (Crawley), Sanderson Hotel (London) and BP’s campus at Sunbury. From there David progressed his career with oversees work on hotel projects in Cairo and Lebanon; an office refurbishment for a major bank in Moscow and a large mixed development scheme in Poland. His career then diversified further when he applied his skills to Client Commissioning Validation roles which included the Bishops Square development where David was responsible for the Shell & Core contract before being taken across to Allen & Overy where our services were retained on the tenant fit out. 

Over the years David has had an active role with the Commissioning Specialists Association and currently sits on their Technical Committee.

In addition he is a current member of the Academy of Chief Executives and is active in all Banyards fundraising events for our chosen charity the ‘’Rainbow Trust’’. 

Outside of work David spends his time socialising with his friends, family and children and partakes in the country pursuit of clay shooting and from time to time curses his golf clubs despite his claim to fame of driving the 10th Green at The Brabazon Golf Course at The Belfry.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans, Board Director with Banyards, has an in-depth understanding of electrical engineering services and has led his design teams on a diverse spread of projects that include end-user and speculative commercial office developments, airports, shopping centres, data centres and retail parks. Mike understands the intricacies of building in sensitive sectors such as healthcare and education and has undertaken work related to historically important buildings. Mike’s hands-on, jargon-free approach enables clients to fully understand the MEPH brief.

Recently Mike has been embedded in the engineering team for a leading London law firm assisting with project works within their headquarters building and wider estate.

Ian Fordham

Ian can draw on 26 years post degree experience in mechanical building services engineering; many of which were spent on the design & supervision of highly serviced projects in the private sector, such as Bupa & Capio hospitals. He also has experience within the NHS, commercial, education, retail, leisure and residential sectors.

Ian is experienced in working within ‘live’ buildings and minimizing the effect of services amendments to the incumbent occupants, whether in sensitive healthcare premises or high rise offices. He has also undertaken several supervisory roles on a number of refurbishment projects either direct for the Client or for the Main Contractor.

Darren Harbor

Darren Harbor, Associate with Banyards, is responsible for the delivery of our  Commissioning Management, Validation and "Hands On" (Testing and Balancing) appointments in the south of the UK.

Darren joined Banyards in 2010 and leads our teams of engineers in London and the Home Counties, he has over 16 years’ experience, across multiple sectors both in the field and in managerial positions; this means that he is acutely aware of our clients needs.

Darren has been personally responsible for delivering some of our largest Commissioning projects to date, Charter Place (Uxbridge), The UK Border Agency (London), Citi Group (25 Canada Square), Selfridges Store (Oxford Street), Aviva (The St Helens Tower), University of Liverpool (London), Centre Point Tower (London) and No 1 Poultry (London) to name a few.

Darren's passionate about the development of our engineers through the Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) and has taken responsibility for overseeing our training and development program, he sits on the CSA's technical committee and is an active member of the Academy of Chief Executives. Outside of work Darren spends most of his time at home with his wife and two young children (and in his spare time!) enjoys music and clay pigeon shooting.

Neil Burdess, Associate with Banyards, is responsible for the delivery of our Commissioning Management and Validation appointments in the North of the UK.

Neil has over 22 years' experience in the HVAC building services sector; based out of our Manchester office Neil has developed strong commissioning management and validation teams to service in the North of England. Neil started as an assistant commissioning engineer and worked his way through all the Commissioning Specialist Association Grades from 1 to 6 and now sits on the Commissioning Specialist Association’s Training committee.

Neil's ability to identify and understand clients’ requirements from design stage through to final handover allows him to develop strong ongoing relationships and gives him his solid reputation for consistently delivering projects within demanding time frames and budgets. He has been personally responsible for delivering a number of prestigious projects such as Liverpool Football Clubs new stand at Anfield Football Stadium, The Christie Proton Beam Therapy Centre and The Manufacturing Centre at Coventry.

Outside of work Neil helps run a Radio Controlled Model Car Club (Bury Metro RCC) and is an avid Radio Controlled Car Racer. After taking up this hobby at the age of 10, Neil now competes in the UK and Europe at International level. Neil is also part of the 99th Garrison, a Star Wars based costume group that attends events and raises money for a number of charities “Bad Guys Doing Good”.

Rich joined Banyard Consultants in the summer of 2015 and has over 10 years’ experience in the building services industry.  A Chartered Engineer and a member of the IET, Rich heads up Banyard’s Manchester design office. His strategic approach to the design process has been attained through hands on experience working on some of the most energy-efficient buildings in the country. 

With extensive experience of design, cost control and commissioning management of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering services, Rich has worked across many sectors, including commercial, healthcare, domestic, retail and education.

Rich is also a positive and encouraging mentor to teenagers at a local high school, providing guidance and aiding them in their studies.

Ian Matthews, Head of Design with Banyards, is responsible for leading the Building Services design team for our London office. Ian works closely with our established design teams in Tonbridge and Manchester and is looking to expand our services to our existing client base in London and the South East.

Ian is a Chartered Engineer and Environmentalist with over 17 years’ experience in the industry providing environmentally sustainable solutions for a wide range of projects in the built environment. He comes from a technical background in Building Simulation and Analysis that has given him an insight to many aspects of low-energy design, which he is able to apply to all projects.

He also has experience in providing solutions for projects across a range of sectors with emphasis on passive environmental design, optimizing mechanical systems and integrating renewable energy solutions.

In his career, Ian has worked with a number of other leading consultants on a diverse range of projects including several high profile international projects and has spent time working overseas in Hong Kong.

Outside of work Ian spends most of his time with his family and working on never-ending DIY projects. He is a keen cyclist although these days that usually involves commuting to the office on a ‘Boris Bike’.

Alison has been with Banyards since 2009. She leads a team responsible for developing marketing and communication strategies that help reinforce and broaden the company’s impact through our industry. These strategies include client relationships, publications, web and digital marketing, social media, PR and CSR.

As Banyards continues to navigate an increasingly complex communications landscape, Alison’s ability to combine her understanding of, and commitment to Banyards values with strategic intelligence and a creative approach to communications produces powerful results.

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