I am Arup’s global timber specialist, a member of the European timber design code committee, and the Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor in timber engineering at Cambridge University in the UK.
As well as timber, I also specialise in the repair of existing and historic structures such as the oak roof of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Tai Kwun in Hong Kong and the refurbishment of twentieth century buildings in London that do not adhere to contemporary building codes. I am a Conservation Accredited Engineer and a member of Historic England's Historic Estate Conservation Committee.
I believe that structural engineers have a duty to our clients and to society to improve the safety and sustainability of construction. This means not only finding safe and innovative ways to reuse more of our existing building stock, but also building new structures with more emphasis on adaptability and durability to help maximise their life. Mass timber also has a large part to play in reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment and I am working work with my Arup colleagues and industry bodies to ensure the safety and durability of new timber structures.