Jonathan never wanted to be anything else other than an architect for as long as he can remember. Born in Sevenoaks, Kent, he qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1988 and has spent the last 12 years here at Reed Holland as Director. He was once complimented by a judge in the London High Court (Technology and Construction) for being a well-organised and knowledgeable expert witness – qualities we benefit from in the studio every day! Jonathan’s job management and contract administration skills are second to none, and the best part of his job is getting to meet new people and discovering the wealth and diversity of business we have both here in Somerset and Devon and further afield.
Jonathan is married to Margaret, a professional portrait artist, and they have twin daughters who are completing their education in Leeds and at Loughborough.
Jonathan seldom leaves the office… but on those rare occasions when he’s let out, he likes to go swimming or walking, and might round the day off with a pasta dish and a glass of red. Delizioso!
Hailing from Scotland, David graduated from Glasgow in 1991 and went on to complete a further postgraduate qualification in Dundee. After working for local practices in Scotland, he joined Albert Speer and Partners based in Frankfurt, Germany and worked on a variety of industrial and commercial office buildings.
Returning to the UK ten years later, David joined Foster + Partners, working on the Gibraltar Masterplan and the Aldwych Hotel in London. Before joining Reed Holland in 2012, he led the Hinkley Point C Nuclear project in Somerset, drawing on his experience gained over 25 years of working in the UK and Europe.
David lives in a picturesque Dorset village with his family.
Jonathan was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and christened ‘Loo Brush’ by the maternity staff, thanks to his distinctive sticky-up hair! Perfectly groomed these days, Jonathan has been a cheery fixture at Reed Holland since the company’s own birth 35 years ago. He holds an ONC Building Construction qualification and also wears the Fire Officer hat at RH. His willingness to help out in the office wherever needed and easy-going nature make him a delight to work with, for both colleagues and clients.
Jonathan likes nothing better than a bit of Wensleydale cheese, and sports the best knitwear in the office. His party trick is managing to avoid having to do a party trick.
Shane grew up and still lives in the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, now with his wife and three young daughters. From a young age he has been practically glued to a bike saddle, but when he could tear himself away he studied hard for his other passion; architecture. He holds ONC and HNC qualifications as well as being an associate member of the CIAT, and has over twenty years’ experience working on projects at all stages, particularly in the residential sector. Shane is exceptional at detailing, and enjoys coming up with cost-effective solutions for our clients to solve technical problems in order to progress a design or a build on site.
Shane cites the hardest challenge of his life as coping with sleep deprivation in the early stages after bringing home his twin girls. The relentless night-time crying, bottle-feeding and changing nappies – and then heading off to work in the morning – nearly killed him, but he lived to tell the tale and wouldn’t change it for the world!
Craig spent much of his childhood dreaming of becoming a bin man, but he did also go through a phase of telling people he wanted to be an architect (phew!). Luckily for us, he pursued the latter career choice and gained an HNC in Construction as well as becoming an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology.
Along with the good coffee available in the office, he enjoys the design critique sessions that regularly take place at Reed Holland, whether formally arranged or more impromptu discussions. Craig says these are a great opportunity to throw ideas around and find a new perspective or solution to something that you may not have come upon yourself. He finds that everyone is very open to suggestions which helps create a good atmosphere.
Outside of the office, Craig is most at home on a bike or a pair of skis, and would love to do a tour around northern Italy, taking in the lakes, mountains, culture, and food – and, of course, tackle some of the most iconic climbs in Europe on two wheels.
A native member of the Summer Set, Helena has been fascinated by architecture since she was a teenager. Helena’s childhood home was designed by none other than founding partner of Reed Holland Richard Holland, so you could say her passion for design within the built environment was inspired by the very studio she now works for! The best piece of advice Helena ever received was to choose academic subjects she enjoyed so that she could get a job she loved and never dread Mondays.
She took this to heart and went on to get her BA in Interior Architecture at Cardiff and has demonstrated her flair for interior design since joining RH in 2011. What Helena loves most about her role is working on such varied projects and seeing buildings come to life on site.
At the weekend Helena can be found chilling out with a G&T in hand, planning her next holiday – a trip to see the architecture of Japan is currently top of the agenda.
Will is the newest member of Reed Holland, having joined us fresh from Plymouth University, where he gained a BA Honours degree in Architecture. Will could not be happier to have started his career in such a varied studio right in the centre of his beloved home town. He is passionate about using his skills and energies to benefit those in his community and is relishing the opportunity to be involved in transforming his local area. The first thing Will does when he arrives for work is roll up his sleeves. It’s comfortably warm in the office, and there’s architecture to do!
Will’s slogan for life is his family motto, ‘perge sed caute’, meaning ‘go forth with care’. He sees it as an invitation to go out into the world and do good, while being mindful of the ripples of your decisions.
A little-known fact about Will is that he is synesthetic – he has already divined which colours represent the names of each of his new colleagues! Will’s own name is a pleasing medley of blues.
Highly organised, if there was a national competition for neatness Sam would win hands down. As a little girl, she wanted to be a secretary when she grew up, and this evolved over time, leading to qualifications in business and administration. Sam was drawn to RH having previously worked for another relatively small company, as she loves how this makes the working environment so much more personal. Sam takes care of all our financial matters and is a wizard on Sage. Her skill with numbers and spreadsheets keeps us in tip-top financial shape.
If Sam were an ice cream flavour, it would be chocolate – she eats so much of the stuff she must almost be made of it by now. Sam is also something of a film buff and if pushed for a favourite would have to say Moulin Rouge.
A stickler for dotting i’s and crossing t’s, Carol has an English degree and is a former editor of both fiction and non-fiction books. She has worked in architectural office management for the past ten years. What she likes most about her role is that it feeds her compulsion for order and improvement, while at the same time allowing her to find creative solutions to business challenges. She even has a geeky spreadsheet listing every new objective that is raised and tracking its progress until it can be ticked off with great satisfaction!
Carol arrived in Somerset via Sussex, but has lived and worked in Canada and Italy, tried her hand at dog-sledding in Norway, and seen the Northern Lights in Iceland (bucket list item one: tick!). These days she is content to have adventures closer to home with her husband and two sons.
Carol is a big fan of tea rooms, and her idea of bliss is an Earl Grey, chocolate cake and a good novel.