About Westlakes

Westlakes Engineering was established in Cumbria in 2004 by Andy Hooper to originally specialise in design consultancy to major industrial and energy clients in the UK.  The company grew quickly and opened a second office in Preston in 2005, becoming a diverse engineering practice specialising in design consultancy to property and energy Clients.

In 2009 we expanded, opened our third office in Manchester, which strengthened our design services for the property sector.  The company has further expanded since with the acquisition of an environmental engineering team and a specialist attraction safety team, such that we now offer services to Clients in the following areas:

 

Nuclear

Engineering Design for Nuclear New Build and Nuclear De-commissioning

 

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering Services to for the Built Environment

 

Attraction Safety

In-Service and Pre-Use Inspections of Rollercoasters, Rides and Giant Wheels

 

Geo-Environmental

Specialist environmental and geotechnical services, including site investigation supervision

 

Infrastructure

Engineering services in the public realm, including highways and drainage and flood risk assessments

 

The business has grown from a single member of staff in 2004 to 60 personnel across the 3 offices today.  The senior management team comprises Andy Hooper (Nuclear, Whitehaven Office), Ahmad Saumtally (Nuclear and Utilities, Preston Office), Chris Pratt (Property, Manchester Office), Matt Short (Property, Manchester Office), Ron Dale (Attraction Safety, Manchester Office) and Sue Peacock (Finance Director, Preston Office).  Many of the Directors worked together earlier in their careers and our collective experience goes back over 30 years.

 

Meet The Team

ANDY HOOPER – MANAGING DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
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Andy Hooper is the Managing Director and founder of Westlakes Engineering Ltd and Chief Engineer for all Nuclear sector work.

Andy is a Civil/Structural/Geotechnical Engineer with extensive experience in the concept and detailed design and assessment of structures. This encompasses work within a variety of sectors, predominately Nuclear, but also including Commercial Property, Petro-chemical, and Infrastructure design such as Ports & Harbours and Roads & Bridges. Andy has 30 years’ experience in Engineering Consultancy.

CHRIS PRATT – DIRECTOR
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Chris Pratt is the Director of the Manchester Office and Chief Engineer for Westlakes Engineering’s Property Sector work. He established the team in 2009 when we merged with the Manchester team of Robert West Consulting.

Chris is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with over thirty years experience, both in the UK and abroad. This encompasses work in both the public and private sector for the structural design of buildings. His career has covered many different sectors including commercial property, health, education, leisure, residential, energy and industry as well as defence and secure facilities.

AHMAD SAUMTALLY – DIRECTOR
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Ahmad Saumtally is a Company Director and
SUE PEACOCK – FINANCE DIRECTOR
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Sue Peacock is the Finance Director at Westlakes Engineering. Sue studied Civil Engineering at Imperial College and switched to Accountancy following graduation.

Following her change in career path, Sue worked in private practice in Manchester, becoming Chartered in 1989, specialising in owner-managed and growing businesses. Following a career break Sue joined the team at Muncaster Castle as Accounts Manager until the formation of Westlakes Engineering in 2004.

MATTHEW SHORT - DIRECTOR
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RON DALE - DIRECTOR
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LISA VAREY - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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Lisa Varey is a Technical Director and on the Nuclear Senior Leadership team.

Lisa is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years’ experience in civil and structural engineering from concept through to detailed design.
The majority of Lisa’s experience is in the nuclear sector, but also includes the water industry.

ANDREW BRANTHWAITE - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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NICOLA KILLIP - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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STEVE REYNOLDS - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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HELEN BROWN - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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GARRY EYRES - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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ADAM JENKINS - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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NICK EASTON - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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TOM WALKER - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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OUR Certifications

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OUR CERTIFICATIONS

We’ve been independently assessed by BSI against internationally recognised standards showing our commitment to quality and assurance in the following standards:

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management – Certificate Number FS 509741 View a copy of our ISO 9001: 2015 Certification

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management – Certificate Number EMS 609617 View a copy of our ISO 14001: 2015 Certification

OHSAS 45001: 2018 (SSIP)– Certificate Number OHS 609619 View a copy of our ISO 18001 Certification

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