Technicus Consulting was established in June 2010 by Barry Hipwell, Barrie Burgess and John Clare. The expertise brought by the principals covers more than four decades working in senior roles for consultancy practices in the eastern region. The practice has subsequently expanded to become a cohesive team of qualified engineers, technicians and support staff. Kevin Buttle joined the management team as an Associate in 2014.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2007-2010:
    Associate, Scott Wilson
    Consulting Chartered Structural Engineer.
  • 2000-2007:
    Associate, Cameron Taylor
    Consulting Chartered Structural Engineer.
  • 1987-2000:
    Consulting Chartered Structural Engineer
    Principal Engineer
    Fordham Johns Partnership

Barrie Burgess - Director

Barrie Burgess

BEng CEng MIStructE

Barrie is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry. Structural Engineering experience includes a wide range of projects including schools, residential, multi-storey, theatres, sports & leisure facilities, churches, industrial and commercial premises.

Design experience in all principal structural materials. Extensive experience of preparing defects investigations and reports for a broad range of buildings and structures, including listed buildings, ancient monuments and marine and offshore structures.

Familiar with acting as lead consultant in preplanning studies, e.g. site investigation, geotechnical assessments, flood risk assessments, traffic studies, initial design concepts.

E-Mail: barrie.burgess@technicus.uk.com


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2004-2010:
    Sole practitioner Hipwell Consulting Limited, Consulting Structural Engineer
  • 1994-2004:
    Technical Director progressing to Managing Director of local firm of consulting civil and structural engineers.
  • 1981-1994:
    Technician progressing to Chartered Structural Engineer for local firm of consulting civil and structural engineers.
  • 1975-1981:
    Structural Draughtsman for HM Forces Royal Engineers.

Barry Hipwell - Director


BEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE MInstRE

Barry is a Chartered Structural Engineer with 40 years’ experience, from detail draughtsman through to Chartered Engineer, in the construction industry, in both military and civil environments. Design and detailing experience in all principal structural media. Experience in investigation and reporting with regard to building defects, Expert Witness Reports; Party Wall Surveyor; NHBC-registered timber frame designer; offshore gas platform inspections of secondary and tertiary structural elements.



Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012:
    Senior Civil & Structural Engineer, Rossi Long Consulting Engineers
  • 2007-2011:
    Senior Engineer, Scott Wilson / URS
  • 2006-2007
    Graduate Structural Engineer, Richard Jackson plc
  • 2002-2006
    Structural Technician, Richard Jackson plc

Kevin Buttle - Associate

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MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Kevin is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry covering civil and structural engineering design, structural surveys, condition assessment reports, remedial works, repair specifications, development of maintenance plans and project management.

His experience covers design and review of new-build and re-modelling works for the residential, commercial, healthcare, industrial and retail sectors on both green and brownfield sites. Kevin is also experienced in the design and specification of offshore structures for the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, including offshore interfaces between jack-up barges and fixed platforms, skid frames and panels, hydraulic fluid reservoirs etc. for use on fixed platforms, floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, and turrets. He also has experience in the assessment of offshore deck structures to support additional loading, and design and development of subsea structural installations in steel and reinforced concrete.

He is the office specialist in the design of pressure testing enclosures and protection structures for onshore and offshore projects.

Kevin also provides Due Diligence services to clients in the renewable energy sector for the review and sign-off of Written Schemes of Examination (WSE) for Pressure Systems in accordance with the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR 2000), and lifting equipment in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER 1998).

E-Mail: kevin.buttle@technicus.uk.com


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2011-2013:
    Principal Structural Engineer for local firm of offshore design engineers.
  • 2009-2011:
    Senior Engineer, Scott Wilson / URS
  • 2006-2009:
    Graduate Engineer, Scott Wilson
  • 2004-2006
    Graduate Engineer, Cameron Taylor
  • 2002-2004
    Graduate Engineer, Fordham Johns

Kevin Dunnett - Principal Civil & Structural Engineer


BEng (Hons) IEng MICE

Kevin is a Incorporated Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry covering civil and structural engineering design, structural surveys and concept designs for both onshore and offshore projects.

His offshore design experience covers the design and review of offshore structures, including interface bridges and stair towers, skid frames, panels and fluid reservoirs, flare booms, lifting apparatus and pipe supports for use on fixed platforms and floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessels.  Kevin has experience in the design of subsea reinforced concrete installations for pipe support and impact protection, sea-fastenings for offshore transportation of components, and assessment of fixed platform decks to support additional loading.

Kevin is familiar and competent in the preparation of structural designs in accordance with BS EN 12079, DNV 2.7-1, DNV 2.7-3, Lloyd’s Register, Department of Energy (DoE), Norsok, ISO, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Reports, National Defence Research Committee (NDRC), British Standards (BS) and Eurocode (BS-EN) standards, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Noble Denton and AISC codes of practice / rules.

3D modelling of structures is another specialism that Kevin brings to the team which proves extremely popular with our clients as it allows  clear visualisation of complex structures, connection arrangements and interfaces, and superb clash detection benefits where new structures interface with existing structures, services, environmental features etc.

E-Mail: kevin.dunnett@technicus.uk.com


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2011-2016:
  • Offshore Structural Engineer, ENG-CAD Ltd
  • 2011-2013:
    Civil & Structural Engineer, J P Chick & Partners Ltd
  • 2009-2011
    Civil Engineer, Environment Agency
  • 2006-2009
    Graduate Engineer, Scott Wilson / Cameron Taylor

Nathan Blowers - Principal Civil & Structural Engineer


BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MICE

Nathan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 17 years’ experience working in the construction and offshore industries covering civil and structural engineering design, structural surveys, condition appraisals and specification of maintenance and repair schemes.  He also has project management experience for both onshore and offshore projects.

Having completed his Masters degree in Oil & Gas Structural Engineering in 2015 Nathan spent 3 years working for a local firm as an Offshore Structural Design Engineer.  In this role he was solely responsible for structural design of offshore oil, gas and renewable energy projects undertaken by the company.  Together with knowledge gained from his degree studies, Nathan has built-up a wealth of experience in the offshore sector designing and verfiying structures to many different offshore design codes and rules, including BS EN 12079, DNV 2.7-1, DNV 2.7-3, Lloyd’s Register, Department of Energy (DoE), Norsok, ISO, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Reports, National Defence Research Committee (NDRC), British Standards (BS) and Eurocode (BS-EN) standards, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Noble Denton and AISC.

Nathan is experienced in the design of structural alterations, repair works, extensions and new installations for offshore fixed platforms and vessels.  He also has current health & safety training and certification to allow him to undertake offshore surveys.

As well as his offshore design experience, Nathan also has a sound background in the design and detailing of onshore building structures, roads, drainage systems and other civil engineering structures ranging from small domestic alteration projects, through to new-build housing developments and more complex industrial and commercial developments.

Nathan is also experienced in the preparation of drainage strategies and liason with local authorities, highways departments and utilities suppliers with regard to new developments, and utilities connections.

E-Mail: nathan.blowers@technicus.uk.com


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015-2016:
  • CAD Technician, Pipeshield International
  • 2014-2015:
    CAD Technician, Create Consulting Engineers
  • 2011-2014:
    Draughtsman, Perenco UK
  • 2004-2011:
    Surveyor / Draughtsman, C A Design Services Ltd
  • 2003-2004:
    Technical Assistant, Norwich City Council

Adam Croft - Engineering & CAD Technician

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Adam has over 17 years’ experience using AutoCAD and Revit software to prepare plans, sections and detailing drawings for civil engineering, structural engineering and offshore engineering projects, and 3D models.  He also has extensive surveying experience, including carrying out measured building and topographic surveys, crack width monitoring to assist with building defects surveys and reports, and preparation of detailed survey drawings.

Whilst he has a wealth of knowledge regarding onshore buildings and structures, he also has experience and knowledge in the offshore industry as a result of his previous employment with Perenco UK & Pipeshield International.  This included maintenance and design of topside and subsea structures.

Adam is currently studying for a Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at City College Norwich with support from the company Directors and staff.  This will result in Adam achieving Technician membership (EngTech) with the Institution of Civil Engineers.  As Adams experience and knowledge develops and grows he is becoming increasingly involved in the preparation of structural designs and verification calculations for smaller projects, detailed steel fabrication drawings, and reinforced concrete detailing drawings and bar bending schedules.

E-Mail: adam.croft@technicus.uk.com


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2018 - present:
    Graduate Engineer
  • 2015-2018:
    BSc Physics Degree - University of Hull

Guilherme Dos Santos - Graduate Engineer

Guilherme Dos Santos

BSc (Hons)

Guilherme completed his BSc Physics degree at University of Hull in 2018, and joined Technicus Consulting as a Graduate Engineer later the same year.  Guilherme is a very capable physicist and mathematician as a result of his studies, and has the drive and desire to learn the skills he needs to become a very capable civil or structural engineer.

In a short space of time with Technicus Consulting he has developed the capability to prepare structural general arrangements, sections and details drawing for onshore and offshore projects we get involved with.  He is also getting more involved in site surveys, soils investigations, undertaking small scale structural design projects (with assistance from our experienced engineers), and preparing civil and structural engineering drawings for projects using AutoCAD software.

Guilherme has aspirations to become a Chartered Structural Engineer, and will be commencing a his Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at City College Norwich in Q3 2019.

E-Mail: g.dossantos@technicus.uk.com


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2006-2011:
    PA to Director, Health Protection Agency
  • 2004-2006:
    PA to Chief Executive, SRG Ltd
  • 1989-2004:
    PA to Company Secretary, BACS Ltd
  • 1988-1989
    PA to Equity Partner, Hunters & Partners
  • 1983-1988
    Secretary to Branch Manager, Ellis & Buckle Ltd

Anne Young - PA & Credit Controller


Anne has over 40 years experience working as a secretary, administrator, personal assistant and credit controller for various employers in a range of industries in London and the South-East of England.

Anne's experience and knowledge form a key part of the efficient operation of Technicus Consulting, from provision of secretarial support, project administration, report writing and credit control.

E-Mail: anne.young@technicus.uk.com




John Best - Business Development Consultant

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John is a dynamic leader with an enviable track record in developing businesses and organisations in sectors ranging from energy, enterprise and marine to waste, safety and retail. This has been delivered through commercial, membership, not for profit, associations and voluntary organisations.

His experience encompassed senior roles with a commercial waste operator and an enterprise partnership before he conceived and founded the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and became its first chief executive. EEEGR quickly became the region’s leading membership organisation and lobby group for the energy industry.

E-Mail: john.best@technicus.uk.com