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.
Adam became a Director of Datrys in December, 2017 having joined us in 2011 after graduating from Queen’s University, Belfast with a Masters in Civil Engineering.
Adam is responsible for the strategic development and growth of the civil engineering team across the business and co-ordinates our civil engineering services across our offices in North Wales. He has experience in managing and designing projects from concept through to construction, with a specialist knowledge in highway and drainage design for commercial and residential developments.
Adam has a particular interest in the need for social housing and has overseen a significant increase in the number and size of housing projects worked on by the team. He also led on Datrys’ design, site supervision and management of the extensive Langwell Hydro project in Scotland and oversaw Datrys RIBA Stage 2 input on various MOD commissions for base upgrades in the South of England.
Adam Vale joined Datrys in 2018 straight from college as a Trainee Engineering Technician. He studied a HNC in Civil Engineering part time in Llangefni College where he graduated in 2020. Following this he went on to study Civil Engineering part time in Liverpool John Moores University and graduated in 2023. Both courses were undertaken as part of Datrys Training Scheme. He has worked predominately in the social housing sector with notable design input relating to the 66 units at Glasdir, Ruthin and the 54 units at Valley, Anglesey where he designed and illustrated the foul and surface water drainage networks for Sct104 and SAB approval, respectively. He has completed numerous highway designs and obtained S38 approvals on new and existing housing developments.
Joined the team at Datrys after returning from being overseas in Canada. Cath brings both financial and administrative skills to the company. She is expanding on these skills with the continued training within both HR and Auditing. Cath works out of the Caernarfon office but supports the running of both offices.
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 has been with Datrys since 2015 having graduated from Swansea University in the same year with a BEng in Sports Science & Engineering. Gareth is a Project Leader working on Structural Projects within the company enjoying a broad range of work from designing and detailing high-end housing to working on projects with the local Councils and Housing Authorities. Gareth’s most enjoyable projects to date include surveying of the Dolagarrog Power Station and extensive waterway systems within the Eryri National Park. Gareth is looking forward to continuing his professional with Datrys with the aim of becoming a Chartered Engineer.
Civil Engineer Ivan graduated from The University Of Sheffield and joined Datrys in early 2023. He has a wide range of experience within the Residential sector.
During recent experience in a former role Ivan gained technical approval for the highways and drainage design of the Phase 3B residential development for Redrow Homes Frenchay Park in Bristol and has also previously shown interest in furthering his knowledge within the Structural Engineering field. Ivan worked on the design of Sandy Cove Hotel Wedding Venue in North Devon consisting of a steel portal frame with a green roof accessible area supported by adjustable pedestal system.
Having previously undertaken detailed design of external works and drainage infrastructure on large complex projects for Bovis Homes, Ivan has gained a strong foothold in working to progress to a senior level with an aim to become a Chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the next few years.
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.
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.
Ryan joined Datrys in 2023 after graduating with a Masters in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Liverpool. Based in Mold, he has been involved with many residential projects and enjoys the process of a project; from meeting with the client at site to drawing up schemes and getting stuck into the detailed design.
Ryan has benefitted from the support offered at Datrys in the form of training and having guidance at hand from colleagues at different levels of experience around him – feeling as one of the team.
Sean started at Datrys in August 2021 having graduated from Coventry University, gaining a Masters in Civil and Structural Engineering where he had a keen interest in Structural Analysis as well as Computational Mechanics.
His area of interest is with sustainable design, with a fondness for designs using timber, engineered timber and masonry because they can be low carbon materials and will be important to help towards our goals of sustainable development.
Whilst at Datrys he has worked across a variety of sectors from Industrial, Commercial, Defence and Residential. His key projects to date has been the involvement in delivering the RIBA Stage 1 and 2 designs for various MOD commissions, input for elements of the new Magellan Aerospace factory, design of an overhead gantry crane that will be used in the decommissioning work at Sellafield, and the design of manual gantry crane which is to be installed at CERN, in USA15 Cavern to help with installation of new equipment.
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.
Will graduated in 2022 with first class honours from Liverpool John Moores University, and chose to further his education by successfully undertaking a Construction Project Management master’s degree, graduating in September 2023.
Having joined Datrys in 2023 as a Graduate Civil Engineer, he works out of the Mold office and relishes the sense of ownership obtained when working on various projects and has been involved with design for multiple social housing developments involving highway and drainage design.
Will aspires to achieve chartership in the future, and with Datrys, believes he will have the optimal chance for support to aid his career progression.
Warren has been a Chartered Structural Engineer and Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers since 2014.
Warren joined Datrys in 2004 after graduating from the University of Plymouth with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has been a director of the company since 2005 and is the manager of the Mold office, having established it in 2015. He is responsible for projects delivered from the Mold office from inception to completion.
Warren has a vast and broad range of experience in all aspects of structural engineering, from small domestic projects, to multi-million pound developments and has a keen interest in bridge design and industrial and commercial developments. He uses his knowledge to mentor and train junior staff members to achieve their full potential.
Highlights include the design of dockside gantry cranes for RWE N-Power’s operations and maintenance base at the Port of Mostyn for the €2billion Gwynt y Môr windfarm and the design of an inclined, 18m span steel girder bridge for Maentwrog Power Station.
Outside of work, Warren enjoys spending time with his family and travelling abroad.
Levente Graduated with BEng (Hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering at Technical University of Cluj- Napoca, Romania. He gained valuable experience working as a site engineer and as a consulting engineer in several countries in Europe before joining Datrys in 2016. He has progressed his role within the company from Engineering Technician to Project Civil Engineer while being involved in many of Datrys’ key projects for various types of clients ranging from private developments and social housing to commercial and defence projects.
Levente has had a pivotal role in progressing the software and BIM modelling capability within Datrys including Autodesk Civil 3d, Revit and Causeway Flow, providing value engineering for our clients and mentoring the junior staff to grow within their role.
He enjoys liaising with clients and consultees throughout the lifecycle of projects to see them progressing from the data gathering stage to construction phase. Levente mentors the junior civil engineering staff in Caernarfon and is currently working towards the Incorporated Engineer status.