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Meet The Team

Meet our dedicated team
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Alan Brough

Alan Brough / Founder & Chairman

Alan formed ABA Consulting in 1974. As Director, Chairman and a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, he provides a wealth of experience of structural and civil engineering projects which both staff and clients, both large and small, can draw upon. He also helps to win new work for the team. In his ever-increasing spare time, he is a sport enthusiast and enjoys cycling, watching rugby, football and motor sport, and keeping a keen eye on the results for Leicester Tigers and Sheffield Wednesday.
Julie Brough

Julie Brough / Director

Julie is a Director with ABA and has been with the company for almost 5 years. She is a Chartered Tax Advisor having worked for PwC for 14 years. She deals with Finance, Business Development, Marketing and manages the business on a daily basis. Her priority is to ensure that clients all receive the excellent client service that ABA has built its reputation upon. Julie has two children, so not much spare time, but enjoys watching live bands, horse riding, keeping fit and getting out into the Derbyshire hills on her road bike.
Max Dyer

Max Dyer / Technical Director

Max has over 40 years experience in the civil and structural engineering field. He started his career with ABA in 1988 having previously worked for the British Coal Board Authority. He is currently the Technical Director at ABA and has a real passion for everything engineering! He has worked across many disciplines in the engineering field and is able to bring valuable expertise and experience to projects. He has extensive experience working in the Stoke-on-Trent area. He has been the Project Director responsible for delivering projects ranging up to a value of £20m. In his spare time, he loves to ride and play the guitar.
Caroline Dyer

Caroline Dyer / Chartered Engineer

Caroline is a Chartered Structural Engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She has been with ABA since 1984. A hands on Engineer, Caroline is very experienced in the structural engineering design of large projects. She is fully competent in the design and detailing of structures in a BIM environment and holds full CPD accreditation. In her spare time, Caroline competes in British Eventing Horse Trials with her two horses.
Alex Payne

Alex Payne / Associate Director

Alex has over 10 years experience in civil and structural design on a wide variety of projects across all sectors. His personable approach with clients, contractors and fellow professionals, coupled with his attention to detail, contributes to successful delivery of projects from conception to completion.
Rachael Friel

Rachael Friel / Engineer

Rachael is a Graduate Member of the IStructE and was awarded the ICE Student Prize for Nottingham Trent University in 2004.  She has been involved in managing and designing a wide variety of domestic, residential, commercial, retail, leisure and rail projects, ranging from small elements to medium sized buildings.  She has had and integral role in organising and evaluating her department’s workload and managing the financial aspect of projects.  Rachael also enjoys mountain walking, skiing and family days out.
Josh Maughan

Josh Maughan / Design Engineer

After graduating from the University of Manchester Josh Maughan joined ABA Consulting in July 2013 and is currently a project Engineer. He has gained a wide range of structural and civil engineering experience including everything from housing developments to warehouse portal frames. Outside of work he is a keen tennis player/club captain and also enjoys a spot of mountain biking.
Gareth Huckerby

Gareth Huckerby / Design Engineer

Gareth joined ABA in 2015 as a graduate engineer with a couple of years experience in the construction industry. Since joining ABA Gareth has been involved in a wide variety of project both structural and civils based for clients such as Bentley Motors, Wildgoose Construction and Pochin Construction. A football enthusiast, Gareth is an avid supporter of Derby County and also enjoys playing in his spare time.
Nigel Edge

Nigel Edge / Senior Technician

Nigel joined ABA Consulting as a technician in 1999. He has worked as a project coordinator for ABA Consulting and has 16 years experience of both Civil and structural works. Nigel has developed mainly from the drawing and detailing side. He has extensive knowledge in Reinforced concrete detailing, steel/concrete framed buildings, drainage design, road design and external works.
Linda Edwards

Linda Edwards / Senior Technician

Linda joined ABA Consulting in 1986 and specialises in Civil Engineering, including the design and detailing of Roads, Drainage and external works schemes of all types. In addition, she has extensive experience in complex Reinforced concrete detailing. She has a wide range of experience across many sectors and is competent in using AutoCad, PDS, Microdrainage and the AEC collection software. In her spare time, Linda can usually be found on the golf course together with her son Matt, who is also a brilliant golfer.
Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor / Graduate Design Engineer

Lawrence gained his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Plymouth University in 2016. Since then he has worked as a Graduate Design Engineer for two consultant engineering firms. He enjoys his work and is currently working towards his Chartership with the IStructE. Out of work hours, Lawrence enjoys building and tinkering with things. He also looks after his two Russian Horsfield tortoises called Tina & Betty.
Ilias Sofokleous

Ilias Sofokleous / Graduate Design Engineer

Ilias holds a BEng and an MSc in Civil Engineering. He has previously worked as an Assistant Engineer for a Main Contractor for 1.5 years on railway infrastructure projects which included bridge reconstruction and design management for Network Rail. He has a keen interest in Civil and Structural Engineering and he involves with ICE East Midlands committees and currently is on another part time MSc at the University of Derby on BIM and project collaboration. In his free time, Ilias enjoys helping ICE committees (Social Secr of ICE EM G&S), watching different kind of sports and when possible volunteer to help local communities. He also enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures.
Ryan Maughan

Ryan Maughan / Apprentice Engineer

Ryan is the youngest member of our ABA team, appointed as an Apprentice Engineer in July 2017 he balances his working time between a degree programme in Civil Engineering (BSc) at Derby University and working for ABA. Outside of work Ryan is an avid sports fan and a serious contender in EA Sports Fantasy Premier League.
Alison Humphries

Alison Humphries / Office Administrator

Alison joined ABA Consulting in 2016.  She ensures the smooth running of the office providing professional front of house reception and administrative duties, including financial and invoicing for the company.  She also provides general support to the directors and staff. She loves to travel and enjoys watching live bands.

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