23 April 2019

TRADA's Advisory Committee welcomes six new members

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This year we are absolutely delighted to announce the addition of six new faces to the TRADA Advisory Committee: John Cosford, Regional Buyer at BAM; Jonathan Roynon, Technical Director at BuroHappold; Kelly Harrison, Associate at Heyne Tillett Steel; Matthew Linegar, Director of R&D and Product Management, Building Solutions at Stora Enso; Rob Foster, Lecturer at Cambridge University; and Steve Cook, Product Improvement & Innovation Manager at Willmott Dixon.


The combination of experience and innovation that they each bring to the committee marks a new chapter on the TRADA journey.


John Cosford

John is currently a regional buyer for BAM Construction and has over 35 years’ experience in construction procurement across a number of sectors and countries. He has recently been awarded the Grown in Britain hero for 2018 and continues to support the good work of this organisation.


He has been a leading advocate of sustainable procurement in the construction sector and was involved in the CIRIA publication Guide to Sustainable Procurement in Construction.


Jonathan Roynon

Jonathan is a Technical Director at BuroHappold with over 20 years’ of structural engineering experience. He joined the firm after graduating from Bristol University and has been involved in delivering projects in all structural materials on projects across the world, but has a particular focus and passion for designing timber structures. He has played a key role in many of their most significant timber projects, including:


  • Cork Airport hybrid timber/steel roof;
  • Savill Building woven timber gridshell;
  • Hounslow East timber lamella roof connections;
  • University of Exeter Forum Project gridshell;
  • Scunthorpe Pods gridshell;
  • Westonbirt Arboretum Welcome Building Douglas fir frame;
  • Westonbirt Arboretum Treetop Walkway; plus
  • Various cross-laminated timber and hybrid/timber commercial office and residential projects.


He leads the firm’s timber engineering community, which is responsible for promoting the use of timber within the firm and developing the knowledge of the engineering teams in the use of timber. He is also visiting lecturer at Bath and Bristol Universities, and provides project support to students of timber engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.


Kelly Harrison

Kelly is an Associate at Heyne Tillett Steel with over 13 years’ experience and a keen interest in the development of engineered timber to provide viable solutions for commercial developments.


Kelly completed the structural design of a CLT double cranked roof extension to 10 Lower James Street, which was Highly Commended at the Structural Timber Awards, won a AJ Retrofit Award and a BCO Regional Award. She is also heavily involved in the development of Republic at East India Dock where existing 1990s RC framed buildings are being extended using glulam and CLT frames. Phase 1 Anchorage House also won a Structural Timber Award in 2018. Kelly is currently working on another large-scale glulam framed office development at Old Gramaphone Works in Kensal Rise, using CLT floors on a 9x6m grid adjacent to and over an existing RC frame. Several of her other early stage projects are now also looking to timber solutions, particularly hybrid steel and CLT frames.


At HTS Kelly leads the in-house timber research taskforce. Primarily they are investigating the behaviour of mechanically fixed composite engineered timber in collaboration with City University, to get the most out of on-site fixings and reducing structural zones. Web openings, acoustics, disproportionate collapse and effects of fire are also topics which the group are investigating.


Matthew Linegar

Matthew Linegar is the Director of R&D and Product Management, Building Solutions at Stora Enso Wood Products where he is responsible for developing engineered timber building components and open source building concepts. He has worked in international construction for over 15 years and prior to joining Stora Enso in 2016 worked with companies including Arup, Techniker, KLH and Lendlease.


Rob Foster

Rob Foster is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Future Timber Structures at the University of Queensland and a post-doctoral researcher with the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge.


Rob’s work explores the role that timber can play in helping meet the needs of a rapidly growing global population while maintaining the quality of the natural world around us. He is particularly interested in the use of timber for lightweighting and vertical extension of existing buildings, and for the design of better tall buildings and urban infrastructure. Rob is Co-chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat working group on Tall Timber.


Steve Cook

Steve is a carpenter by trade and has 29 years’ experience in the construction industry and leads product improvement and innovation at Willmott Dixon Construction.


Externally he is a UK board director of PEFC, Chairman of Grown in Britain, sits on the Construction Leadership Council’s Innovation in Buildings Workstream, the Structural Timber Association Think Tank and the Supply Chain Sustainability Schools Offsite Leadership Group.


Read more about the TRADA Advisory Committee