Meet Our People

Stephen Brown BSc (Hons) MRICS

Partner

Stephen has been a partner in private practice since 1989 and has extensive experience in all aspects of client management, service delivery, new business development and team management. Stephen delivers financially viable schemes to clients looking at potential projects. His strong, personal approach challenges presented proposals to achieve the most effective outcomes. His experience includes: Commercial offices, residential and mixed use master planning, industrial facilities, student accommodation, schools and further and higher education.

Alan Hepburn MCIOB MAPM

Partner

Alan is a Chartered Builder and member of the APM and an experienced Project Manager. He has a proven track record of delivery, strong leadership skills and a clear ability to drive a project forward. He has worked on projects across many sectors so can deal with challenges irrespective of the scale, location and nature of the project.

Alex J. Walker MRICS

Partner

Alex is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with considerable experience in construction costs and management. A highly effective communicator, he interacts directly with clients and design team members at all levels. Alex brings an excellent working knowledge of contemporary and historic construction materials and techniques to the team. He is a lateral thinker and active team player who produces realistic cost projections and enhances projects, both in terms of minimising cost and maximising potential for clients.

Stephen Cummins MRICS

Partner

Stephen is a highly skilled cost consultant with extensive project experience both in the UK and internationally. His areas of expertise lie in project strategy and set-up, ensuring organisational and project objectives are aligned creating the conditions for success. This includes feasibility budget setting and cost planning, value and risk management services, life cycle costing, procurement and contract advice. Stephen challenges the status quo and drives innovation through our organisation. With a client driven approach, Stephen continues to search for better, smarter, more efficient ways of working that can benefit our clients.

Mark Howard MCIOB

Partner

Mark is a Chartered Construction Manager. His strength is his ability to remain focused on the primary project goal. He has experience across a wide range of education, student accommodation, healthcare and science / research projects, both new build and refurbishment. Mark is also a great team builder, bringing people together and working closely with them individually to ensure everything is delivered on time. Practical and innovative, Mark has an in-depth understanding of integrating IT systems with construction projects and is experienced in Client Move Management

Maurice Land

Partner, Finance

A Chartered Accountant, Maurice has been a Partner in national and regional professional practices. As part of the REAL Consulting team, he advises on the finances of the practice and is responsible for the financial records and other matters. Maurice is responsible for the finance functions within the practice.

Dale Bunting BSc (Hons) MRICS

Associate

Dale is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who achieved professional status in 2006. He has an eye for detail and communicates effectively with clients and design team members, focusing on overall client requirements. Dale has worked on refurbishment and new build projects in sectors including; educational, residential (private and affordable), sports and leisure. Dale is also an APC mentor for the RICS.

Richard Postance BSc (Hons) MRICS

Associate

Richard started his career in 2004, becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 2010. He became a project manager in 2011 working in health, science, industrial, commercial and education sectors. In 2013 he worked as a Contracts Administrator within the oil and gas and renewables industry. Richard is an excellent communicator with a keen eye for detail and integrates well into any team. He takes a pragmatic approach to problem solving, resolving matters quickly and effectively.

Louis Scott BA (Hons) MSc MRICS

Associate

Louis is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who qualified as a member of RICS in 2010 and is experienced across the residential (both private and affordable), commercial, healthcare, education, leisure and infrastructure sectors. He holds a Masters degree in Construction Cost Management from the University of Reading, and also graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Economics. Louis has experience in Real Estate development and appraisal, having spent part of his career working Client-side for a property developer specialising in large, mixed-use schemes throughout the UK. He has an in-depth knowledge of the development process from feasibility through to construction and marketing. Louis develops strong relationships with project teams and is a clear communicator with ability to maintain focus on Clients’ priorities and objectives at all times.  

Julian Giles BSc MRICS

Senior Project Surveyor

Julian is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, primarily in private practice, covering many different sectors. His approach to cost management is methodical and comprehensive, benefiting from his experience. Pre-contract cost planning and procurement is a particular specialism. An enthusiastic team player, Julian is a clear and effective communicator. With his professional oversight in place, clients and design team members can focus on delivering the brief.

Sue Marshall-Nichols

Business Development and Office Management

Sue joined REAL Consulting in August 2018. Sue has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and is responsible for Business Development and Office Management.

Katie Sanders

Trainee Project Manager

Katie joined REAL Consulting in August 2019 as a Trainee Project Manager, Katie is currently attending Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford  part-time studying Construction Management whilst gaining first-hand experience from the REAL team in both Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Employer’s Agent role. Katie is assisting colleagues on various projects which will develop her experience and knowledge within all sectors.

Paul Hamilton

Senior Project Manager

Paul joined the team in September 2020 and is an experience Project Manager having worked throughout his career in both the consulting and contracting world. Paul’s experience spans across many sectors including large scale national and regional projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Overlay, Retail, Commercial, Health, Residential, Science & Research, Education, Industrial, Arts, Infrastructure, Data, Care & Palliative Care. Paul is proud of his proven track record and delivers projects in a collaborative manner with a strong and passionate leadership style that succeeds by building relationships through developing trust throughout a project’s delivery team.