Chris Owen

Chris has over 35 years’ experience in the delivery of structural engineering services. He has been with MBA since 1994 becoming a partner in 1995.

Chris has a wealth of knowledge in the construction industry having been involved in many of the major projects throughout Devon and Cornwall, for a variety of public and private sector Clients.

He has particular experience in the preliminary and detailed design of structures, the appraisal of existing buildings and development of challenging sites.

As a senior Director, Chris is responsible for the delivery of Structural Engineering Services for MBA.

Chris is a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Chartered Engineer Registered with the Engineering Council.


Mark Powell

Mark began his professional career with MBA in 2003. He became a director in 2017.

Day to day Mark manages the civil engineering office, working closely with project design teams on delivery of information to clients.

Mark has many years’ experience in providing new infrastructure on projects within the residential, industrial, commercial, educational and health care sectors. This often involves working with local authorities and statutory service undertakers on the adoption of new roads and services.


David Stanforth

David has over 15 year’s experience as a structural engineer and became a director at MBA in 2017.

As a Director, David is responsible for managing many of the structural engineering projects in the office. He has experience in a wide range of projects within the residential, industrial, commercial, educational and health care sectors. He has particular experience working on historic structures which often requires a sympathetic approach to the sensitive nature of the buildings having worked on many grade listed and scheduled ancient monument structures.

David carries out many of the structural inspections in the practice, identifying structural defects and specifying appropriate remedial measures, whether the structures are formed in concrete, timber, masonry or steelwork.

David has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Coventry University. He is a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council.


Matt Humphrey

Matt became a director in 2017 demonstrating his competence in the construction industry and his experience in the delivery of structural engineering services.

Matt is skilled at managing the design process for structural schemes, as well as preliminary and detailed designs of structures in reinforced concrete, steel, masonry and timber to conform to the current codes of practice.

Matt has a first-class masters honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Exeter. He is a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council.

In his spare time Matt enjoys mountain biking and exploring new areas to ride around Cornwall.

Consultant and Former Director

David Fergusson

David has over 35 years’ industry experience as a Civil Engineer working on both structural and civil engineering projects. He has a wealth of expertise working in both the public and private sectors for a variety of different schemes.

David has gained considerable experience in the design of infrastructure for projects including, industrial, commercial, and residential with full involvement from conception to construction. His particular areas of specialism include; initial appraisal of schemes for viability, design of roads and drainage, preparing flood risk assessments, preliminary and detailed design of structures to ensure compliance with current design standards, carrying out and reporting on structural assessments.

David is responsible for MBA’s in-house project management to ensure timely delivery as well as being the practice’s Quality Assurance manager. David deals directly with many of MBA’s clients and oversees the financial and day to day management in the office.

David is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer Registered with the Engineering Council.

Principal Structural Technician

Shaun Truscott

Shaun has over 15 years’ experience in the production of high-quality structural engineering drawings having worked with several engineering consultancies before joining MBA in 2009.

Shaun is a Technician Member with the Institution of Structural Engineers which recognises an engineering technician’s competence, who is ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate about structural engineering.

Shaun has extensive technical knowledge in structural detailing where coordination with the design team is key. Shaun has a very keen eye for detail and takes enormous pride in his work which reflects in the quality of his drawings.

Principal Structural Technician

Derek Fieldhouse

Derek joined MBA in 2006 bringing a wealth of construction knowledge with him having worked for many years in the north east on large infrastructure projects before settling down in Cornwall.

Derek is primarily responsible for the production of reinforced concrete drawings which is a specialist field of drawing work requiring a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

In his spare time, Derek likes to go sea fishing, playing golf and going on holiday!

Senior Structural Technician

Richard Paine

Rick is one of our senior structural technician’s with over 20 years experience in the construction industry and has an HNC in Civil Engineering.

Rick is experienced with managing and delivering high quality structural engineering drawings using 2D AutoCad and 3D Structural Revit. Rick is responsible for the development of the drawing standards and mentoring the junior technicians.

During his career, Rick is used to liaising with Contractors, Architects, Services and Site Engineers and checking works on site.

Outside of work Rick enjoys camping, sea swimming and Volkswagens!

Principal Structural Engineer

Stefan Piasecki

Stefan joined MBA in 2021 with over 15 years’ extensive buildings knowledge. He has considerable experience working on high quality structures projects across all the major work sectors ranging from large, complex phased master-planned developments, to single private residences that often require bespoke and sensitive engineering solutions.

Stefan is fully conversant with the design of structures in all materials. He adopts a hands-on approach to all his projects and enjoys collaborating with architects and contractors.

Stefan has a masters degree in Structural Engineering and Architecture which he completed at the University of Sheffield.

Away from the office Stefan enjoys exploring the Coastal Path with his dogs.

Structural Engineer

George Murphy

George joined MBA in 2017 having graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in Civil and Coastal Engineering. George has adapted quickly into the industry and has become competent in the analysis and design of structures in steel, reinforced concrete, masonry and timber, from initial scheme conception through to final detailed design.

George is a dedicated and hardworking individual who is keen to expand his knowledge within the construction industry and hopes to achieve his goal of gaining chartership status within structural engineering.

Civil Engineer

Laura Álvarez Vares

Laura joined MBA in 2016. She became a Technical Engineer in Public Works, specialising in Civil Construction at the Polytechnic School of Burgos in 2002, and graduated in Civil Engineering from the European University of Madrid in 2012.

Her work at MBA involves drainage and road design for housing developments, for both private schemes and those to be adopted under a S104 and S38 Agreement. Her previous experience in Spain was concentrated on infrastructure maintenance for the Council in areas such as roads and water supply.

Outside of work, Laura enjoys outdoor activities such as running, walking coastal paths and kitesurfing.

Structural Engineer

Elliot Parker

Elliot joined MBA in 2017 with a first-class honours Masters degree in Civil and Coastal Engineering from the University of Plymouth. In between graduating and joining MBA, Elliot lived in Vietnam working as a school teacher, teaching English as a second language.

Since his time at MBA, Elliot has become proficient in many aspects of structural design becoming well versed in the use of many structural software packages, including Tekla Structural Designer which uses advanced 3D modelling to generate whole building structures which integrates with the architectural modelling to create a fully collaborative design.

Elliot is a highly motivated member of the team and is keen to progress his professional development as a structural engineer with MBA.

In his spare time, Elliot enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, trail running, rock climbing and whenever possible snowboarding and mountaineering.

Structural Technician

Emma Gaskell

Emma joined MBA in 2018 having had several years experience working for a topographical surveying company where a keen eye for detail was essential for producing highly accurate and detailed site plans.

Emma is efficient in the use of 2D AutoCAD and is developing her skills in Autodesk Structural Revit using 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) to integrate the structural modelling with the architects models to provide a fully coordinated and efficient design.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys running, going for walks and spending time with her family.

Graduate Civil Engineer

Sam Hatton

Sam joined MBA in 2019 having graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in Civil Engineering.

During his time at MBA, Sam has been responsible for the design of civil engineering projects.

Sam has continued to develop his skills in the use of software such as Autodesk Civil 3D and Microdrainage to provide detailed designs for many of the civils projects.

Graduate Civil Engineer

Ethan O'Reilly

Ethan joined MBA in 2021 and forms an integral part of the Civil Engineering team. He graduated from the University of the West of England in 2020 with a BEng (hons) degree in Aerospace Engineering. Ethan has been able to use his skills learnt at university and apply these to the skills required for a Civil Engineer.

During his time at MBA, Ethan has been undertaking Section 104 Agreements to allow newly connected sewers and pumping stations to be adopted by the local sewage authority.

Ethan has been using Civils 3D to produce road and ground models and drainage designs on a number of new housing developments across Cornwall.

In his spare time, Ethan likes to go rock climbing and takes satisfaction in carefully planning and inspecting the routes before reaching the top of each climb!

Graduate Structural Engineer

Charlie Johnson

Charlie joined MBA in 2021 having graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BEng (hons) degree in Civil Engineering.

Since his time at MBA, Charlie has quickly developed his skills and can confidently design structural elements using a variety of materials, including steelwork, masonry, timber and concrete.

Charlie is a highly motivated engineer with excellent analytical and numerical skills. Charlie is keen to progress his career within the industry and is passionate about learning new skills in structural engineering.

In his spare time, Charlie is passionate about music and plays the guitar. He also likes to go fishing and snowboarding when he can.

Graduate Civil Engineer

Tyler Toogood

Tyler joined MBA in 2019 having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Tyler is a dedicated and driven individual and forms part of the Civil Engineering team.

Tyler continues to develop his skills in the use of Autodesk Civils 3D to efficiently develop designs for roads and roundabouts to DMRB standards, undertaking visibility splays and preparing vehicular tracking. Tyler has become well versed in preparing the required drawings and documents for a number of Section Agreements including the adoption of roads for the local highway’s authorities and the adoptions of sewers for the local water authorities.

Tyler is also adept at using Micro Drainage to help with the designs of surface and foul water systems where capacity calculations can also be undertaken. This software can be embedded within Civils 3D to allow full integration to achieve a site wide infrastructure design.

In his spare time, Tyler likes to keep fit and healthy.

Assistant Structural Technician

Taylor Inglefield

Taylor joined MBA in 2020 having completed a two-year BTEC in Engineering at a local college.

Taylor has always been fascinated by the construction and design process of buildings and has adapted well to the industry.

Taylor has become proficient in the use of 3D Autodesk Structural Revit which produces high quality 3D building models. This has the added benefit of being able to exchange the building models with the other professions in the design team and allows early coordination of the model throughout the design stages.

Outside of work, Taylor enjoys playing football and going to the gym.

Secretary and Accounts

Denise Lavender

Denise has been with MBA for over 20 years and is likely to be the friendly voice who answers the phone!

Denise also looks after the day to day accounts should you require any assistance.