Phil O'Leary, Senior Technical Consultant


Philip specialises in the condition performance and strength of timber buildings in large structures. He is able to strength grade timber beyond British Standards permissible limits. Philip is also responsible for delivering presentations and training seminars on timber strength grading, including scaffold boards and roofing battens.


Robin Lancashire, Senior Timber Frame Consultant


Robin has extensive on-site experience providing advice on best practice construction to all areas of the timber frame industry. Robin is also a co-author of Timber frame construction 5th edition and regularly provides talks on timber frame construction at exhibitions and conferences. 


Lewis Taylor, Timber Frame Consultant


Lewis provides independent checks on timber frame buildings for architects, their clients, main contractors and building owners. In addition, Lewis provides technical assistance on thermal performance, thermal bridging and low energy building design. Lewis is also a co-author of Timber frame construction 5th edition and regularly provides talks on timber frame construction at exhibitions and conferences.


Hugh Mansfield-Williams, Wood Technology Technical Manager


As a Technical Manager, Hugh’s expertise covers the assessment of solid timber and engineered wood products for use in load-bearing structures as well as fasteners and connectors for joining timber together.


Ben Sharples, Technical Consultant


Ben carries out authoritative and independent timber surveys for companies, local authorities and historic trusts that are or wish to undertake building renovation projects or prepare maintenance schedules for structures and/or structural components. He also carries out independent timber inspections on reported cladding, decking, glulam and flooring defects.


Nick Clifford, Technical Consultant


Nick is one of BM TRADA's Technical Consultants with over 10 years' experience as a timber technologist, consultant and surveyor. Nick has advised architects, engineers, local authorities and conservation bodies, and been involved with projects at sites of historic interest. Nick is a qualified visual strength grader, and has a particular interest in wood flooring and timber species identification.