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Meet the Team
At Datrys, our team offers an invaluable combination of experienced but approachable experts who have been here throughout the company’s growth as well as newer, dynamic and enthusiastic engineers who offer a refreshing and current perspective.
Being a compact outfit, there’s plenty of opportunity here for progression, one to one guidance and getting stuck into all elements of a project – benefits that mightn’t be as readily available within a bigger organisation.
While we’re a small, tight team, we have built a reputation for leading on significant projects and our overall perspective definitely reflects this. We’ve all taken a different route to and through Datrys – here’s who we are:
Chartered Civil Engineer and Managing Director Paul brings a breadth of experience in both civil and structural engineering and support to the Datrys team. Paul began his career working on building structures including the National Stadium Cardiff. Years spent with MRM (now Parsons Brinckerhoff) included work on flood prediction and river modelling and the design of roads and drainage where he was responsible for the civil engineering design section in the Cardiff office.
As Technical Director with Thorburn (URS) Paul became heavily involved with stadia design including stands for Swindon Town FC, Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City. Following 7 years as Regional Manager of the Royal Haskoning office in north Wales he was instrumental in establishing Datrys through a management buy-out in 2002.
His strong emphasis on design quality has ensured the continuous growth of the company and its reputation since its establishment.
Civil Engineer Adam graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast and over the last five years has been involved in all aspects of Datrys’ key projects from designing and procuring to supervising and project managing.
He led on Datrys’ design and management in the extensive Langwell hydro project in Scotland.
Overseeing the full structural and civil engineering aspects of Bryn Seiont Newydd, an award winning eight-unit 71-bedroom Care Home unit, was particularly rewarding, as staff are given a huge level of responsibility by Datrys, above and beyond the leeway usually given at bigger consultancies.
Adam became a director of Datrys in December, 2017. He is working towards achieving chartered status in the next twelve months.
CAD Technician Adam Vale joined Datrys in Summer 2018 and enjoys designing with this software as well as the varied on-site experience available. His experience on site with a contractor and with a Civil Engineering company have provided him with a great background for working on current projects including a housing development of 38 properties in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd and Caernarfon’s sizeable Cibyn Industrial Estate.
Alicia was initially welcomed to Datrys on a three month placement within her full-time Integrated Masters Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. Nearly nine months later, she chose to continue her studies part time while working with Datrys for four days a week.
Alicia enjoys the team support at Datrys and has been involved in various Section 278 agreements and small housing developments for local housing authorities.
Experienced Senior Engineering Technician Engineer Christian has been at Datrys since 2002 and the variety of his work has included a recent and publicized series of surveys on Colwyn Bay Pier and advising on the construction of award-winning tourist attraction Zipworld, the longest zipline wire in Europe. Christian was key in designing the new £8.5m 40- unit extra care apartment scheme at Hafod y Gest in Porthmadog.
He also recently undertook a survey of Red Bull’s ‘Hardline’ mountain bike track and prepared planning drawing for approval of all course features. Hopefully it will become a permanent competition track at Dinas Mawddwy, Mid Wales, which is now being hailed as the toughest downhill course in the world.
The job meant spending a day trekking down a 700m high side undertaking measured surveys of all course features including huge jumps, ramp kickers and landings. Red Bull hopes that Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) will allow these to be permanent features.
Gareth graduated with a BEng in Sports Science and Engineering at Swansea University. He has been with Datrys since 2015 and enjoys the broad range of work he is able to get involved in from flood modelling and working on Colwyn Bay Pier to contributing to the Hafod y Gest extra care development with Grŵp Cynefin.
Gareth enjoyed a 3 month sabbatical in 2016 which allowed him the opportunity to travel through South-East Asia.
Mold-based Project Engineer Gareth Taylor manages projects, mentors graduates and has vast experience of Eurocodes, which benefits the wider team.
Recent projects have ranged from demolishing and transforming Llys Awelon Care Home to designing Spunhill – a single storey hot rolled steel braced frame retail unit. He has plenty of experience within the residential sector and during four years at Danish consulting engineering firm Ramboll’s Chester-based office, he designed many high-rise concrete structures including seismic analysis in Gibraltar, Cyprus, Nepal and Mongolia and worldwide MOD commissions.
Gareth worked on the restoration of Warrington Golden Gates, which recently won a Civic Trust Award and enjoys leading a project from inception to results and really fulfilling client requirements. He values Datrys’ contribution to both the local economy and a sustainable community.
Gina oversees Datrys’ administration activities and joined straight from school in 2015. Her capabilities were recognised early on and she was given early responsibility with support. Gina has since been developing her accounts skills as well as completing an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Services and enjoys the variety of her office role, as well as being part of a close and lively team.
Jac Gruffydd graduated with a BSc in Geology and Physical Geography from the University of Liverpool and joined Datrys on a work placement at the start of 2018, before being given a permanent role as a Graduate Engineer in June of that year. He enjoys the broad range of work he is able to get involved in, from Flood Consequence assessments to structural design. He recently contributed to the structural design of a three-storey block of apartments at the former Edelweiss Hotel site in Colwyn Bay.
Jac is currently studying a Distance learning Civil Engineering Masters degree at Heriot Watt University, to further his development towards achieving Chartership status.
Trainee CAD Technician Jacob joined Datrys straight from completing his Construction Professional Level 3 at college.
He is currently enjoying working on a large estate in Criccieth and a smaller scale project in Morfa Nefyn as well as Llys Awelon care facility in Ruthin. Drainage drawings, calculations and details play a big part in his work as he works towards gaining his HNC.
He values the support offered by the Datrys team and the up-to-the minute techniques and approach in place here.
Jonathan is Graduate Civil Engineer from Swansea University who came to Datrys in 2015. He enjoys the variety his role offers. From one day to the next he can be overseeing drainage design, carrying out site investigations and designing solutions for various projects. These currently include the redevelopment of two sites on Abbey Road in Llangollen, a Phase 1 and 2 site investigation for the former Grange Hotel and a portfolio of Modern Housing Association projects.
Chartered Structural Engineer Josh is director of the Caernarfon office, where he has overall responsibility for the Structural Engineering projects. He has travelled extensively with his expertise being responsible for high rise projects in Queensland, Australia.
His breadth of experience includes the design of basement structures, transfer slabs and framed structures as well as traditional timber and masonry structures. Josh leads the mentoring and development of the Structural Engineering Graduates.
Patrick graduated last year with a class one MEng in Civil Engineering from Sheffield University. For his Masters thesis he undertook physical modelling of clay core dams using a geotechnical centrifuge. Since working for Datrys he has carried out the structural design for a number of domestic projects, including a new build of energy efficient passivhaus flats for Denbighshire County Council. Patrick enjoys the variety of work at Datrys, which involves designing to a wide range of structural forms and materials. Patrick is now training to become a Chartered Civil Engineer.
Graduate Civil/Structural Engineer Stuart was keen on joining Datrys and taking on more responsibilities and experience than available perhaps within a larger consultancy. His projects have included Grange Hotel Apartments in Rhyl and designing the building foundations for Mile End Service Station.
He has been working alongside Sion Salisbury on structural surveys and design work for the renovation of a grade 2 listed building in Colwyn Bay, commissioned by Conwy County Council He continues to contribute to a number of residential projects, providing structural calculations for new build dwellings and extensions/improvements to existing dwellings.
Stuart enjoys liaising with many clients in Welsh; where he has drawn on experience gained during his sandwich course at university to advise on a variety of drainage-based and flood alleviation schemes, “including the design of the Aber to Tai’r Meibion Advanced Works Package.
Warren oversees processes at Datrys’ Mold office and values the sense of ownership of projects that benefits all Datrys staff. A year after joining Datrys as a graduate in 2004, he was elected a Director of the company.
Warren is currently involved in the refurbishment and extension of a multi-storey building in London; the development of two new-build apartment blocks in Colwyn Bay and the design of new business units on Anglesey.
Previous highlights include the design of and project management for two new dockside gantry cranes for RWE Npower’s operations and maintenance base at the Port of Mostyn for the €2billion Gwynt y Môr wind farm. Warren was the principal design engineer for the Bryn Seiont extra care facility in Caernarfon.
Warren reached Chartered status in 2014.