People

PMc is jointly owned by its two Directors – Peter Marsh and Robert Rees. We are based in offices in Winchester and London with clients based across England and in the Channel Islands. We employ a team of highly motivated and talented individuals who share our passion for making a difference.

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Peter Marsh

PGCE, BA(Hons), CPFA, FRSA
Project Director

Peter is an experienced client advisor and project manager, who through his work in the further education and housing sectors, knows full well the difference that decent and inspiring buildings can have on individuals, organisations and the communities within which they are based.

Peter’s senior leadership experience includes being a Deputy Principal in three further education colleges, working as the Deputy CEO of the Housing Corporation and being appointed by the then Secretary of State to the position of Chief Executive of the Tenant Services Authority from 2008 to 2011.  As a Non-Executive Director Peter has served on a range of boards including EC1 New Deal, London Open College Network and the award-winning housing association RHP.

Peter is currently retained by the States of Guernsey, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, a range of FE Colleges and specialist institutions for the expertise he brings to both the development of Estates Strategies and the delivery of capital projects. Peter has helped to secure over £500m in funding for education projects since establishing PMc in 2011, and has directly delivered or advised on the delivery of over £250m of projects in the FE and schools sector including:

  • Delivery of the Brixton Campus fit-out project for Lambeth College and leadership of the delivery of a £45m new-build project at Nine Elms – including securing £20m of GLA grant funding;
  • Delivery of a series of refurbishment projects at the Havant, South Downs and Alston sites for HSDC – including a £1m refurbishment of the Havant Centre of Excellence in 2018 and a £3.5m refurbishment project on the main South Downs Campus in 2020;
  • Client Director for the CEMAST, CETC and Bishopsfield Road campus projects for Fareham College with a total value of £32m;
  • Acting as client project manager for the £4m Future Skills Centre for Hampshire County Council, funded by the Enterprise M3 LEP which opened in 2017;
  • Working as the Project Assurance Advisor to the Solent LEP on the £11m CECAAM project for the Isle of Wight College;
  • A £65m four phased development at City & Islington College, incorporating the highly successful City and Islington Sixth Form College; and,
  • Leading the development of Estates Strategies for a wide range of Further Education Colleges and Universities across England and the Channel Islands.

Peter is both a qualified chartered accountant and a qualified teacher. His tenacity of approach combines forensic financial and commercial negotiation skills with a passion for excellent design and the role new buildings can play in lifting educational attainment.

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Dr Robert Rees

EdD, MProf, MSc, CertEd, Cert HE, FSTL, FRSA, FCMI

Robert is an experienced senior manager with a passion for the life changing opportunities provided by the further education sector. With a successful track record of leadership in curriculum development and quality improvement gained in urban and rural settings, Rob is a highly articulate and personable leader with a robust student- centred approach to his work.

Robert’s entire career has been in the further education sector, starting off as a Lecture/Course Manager in Dance at an outstanding college. Subsequently, he has been a member of a number of college executive/senior management teams as a Director of Faculty, Executive Director (Curriculum and Students) and as Vice Principal (Curriculum & Quality) at large colleges of further and higher education. As a consultant, Rob has acted as an interim Vice Principal (Curriculum, Quality and Students) at a central London college in recovery; as an interim Vice Principal (Curriculum, Quality and Students) at a South West College and is currently supporting one of the country’s largest County Councils, following their inspection in 2016.

Rob is an experienced Ofsted nominee and QAA review facilitator and as a result of working at a college in recovery, has experience of working closely with the FE Commissioner.

In addition, Rob supports and contributes to many educational projects at PMc Ltd, examples of which include:

  • Curriculum review of a specialist higher education institution;
  • Due diligence on a proposed merger between a university and a further education college and a proposed merger between two colleges;
  • Timetabling efficiency review for a further education college;
  • Data and performance analysis for primary and secondary schools across a large county to inform future educational modelling; and,
  • Curriculum scoping and mapping for a recently merged college.

Rob is extremely well qualified. He currently holds two higher degrees (in education and training management and education policy); is a qualified teacher in post-compulsory education and was awarded his doctorate in education from the University of Winchester in 2018. He successfully completed his Senior Leadership and Development Programme (LSIS) and is often invited back as a guest facilitator.

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DR Grace Kenny

Director of Space Planning

Grace is a world-renowned expert in educational space planning.

She worked for the UK civil service for a number of years at the DfE where she supervised national surveys of the FE sector’s building estate and ran the R&D programme for the then Department of Education’s Architects and Building Branch; this involved commissioning research into the planning, design and use of educational buildings, and publishing planning guidance much of which is still in use in the FE and HE sectors in the U.K. She worked closely with the FEFC and HEFCE to establish national space standards and planning methods which are also still in use today.

She has advised the then LSC and dozens of educational establishments at every level in the UK and overseas on space planning.

She was the UK liaison for the OECD’s Programme on Educational Building; she organised and spoke at international conferences for them and other overseas institutions (e.g. Milan Polytechnic, University of Paris 8), most recently contributing to a report on Vocational Education and Training Facilities. She also published many reviews and articles to their newsletter, among which is ‘City and Islington College, in the United Kingdom’, article in PEB Exchange No. 45, February 2002.

Over the past twenty years she has advised on space use and planning for projects involving 20 colleges of FE, 9 HEIs, 5 schools and several other types of teaching organisation.

From conducting baseline space utilisation and optimisation surveys through to assisting in the briefing process, Grace brings an expert yet sensitive approach to help clients with their space planning; she aims to optimise both efficiency and effectiveness.

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Steve J Carter

FCMA, FCT, CGMA
Associate Director - Programme Delivery & Assurance

Steve has extensive board-level experience of property, finance, funding and strategy in the higher education sector and with international PLC corporations. Steve provides depth and resilience to the PMc team in major project delivery, project assurance, stakeholder relations and business development.

As the Chief Financial & Operating Officer at Southampton Solent University Steve developed new finance and treasury strategies, led on land acquisition and master planning and on the delivery of the iconic Spark building. He also had board level responsibility for IT, estates and financial reporting. Steve served as a Board Member at Fareham College during a critical period of estates development. He is chair of the CIMA pension fund, chair of the BAR council audit committee and a member of the investment committee of the Royal College of Radiologists.

Prior to joining the education sector, Steve held a variety of posts with Unilever and Lever Faberge in the UK, Belgium and Greece. This included the client side leadership of a £180m corporate headquarters relocation project, merger and strategic business planning across a number of key subsidiaries, as well as Finance Director responsibilities for treasury, financial performance, pensions and funding.

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Mohammed Poswall

Senior Project Manager (Cost & Programme)

Mo is an experienced Senior Project Manager who joined PMc in 2016, having previously worked for a large multi-national company where he was involved on a wide range of educational, residential and commercial projects with values from c£3m to c£30m.

Mo graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a First-Class BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying. Throughout his career to date he has developed and honed his skills in establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with colleagues, contractors and clients. This has ensured that projects that he has been involved with are progressed with efficiency, on time and on budget.

At PMc, Mo has supported on the completion of an options appraisal for the development of affordable and market housing across a large local authority area; the financial appraisal for a number of mixed use developments in central London; costing of a range of education buildings at both the concept and tender stages, and management of works on site through to practical completion.

As a Senior Project Manager at PMc, Mo is leading on a number of our construction projects in Hampshire and London as well as providing cost consultancy support for funding bids and Estates Strategy work.

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Ben Neville

Senior Project Manager

Ben is an experienced Senior Project Manager with considerable knowledge and experience of fit-out works, commercial redevelopments, and space planning. Having previously worked for a national construction company, Ben worked with numerous clients to re-design and project manage the fitting out of their stores throughout England.

At PMc, Ben has managed the £1 million summer refurbishment project at Havant and South Downs College (HSDC) in 2018, as well the refurbishment works of the reception area on the campus over the Easter break. At HSDC, Ben is also supporting Peter in the release of land for housing development, the Havant site Hockey Club Sports-led development, the transformation of the South Downs Main Building (including the creation of new spaces for T Levels), and the associated travel plan and car parking strategy. In the summer of 2019 Ben led the delivery of the £1m LEP funded refurbishment project for The Henley College – on time and on budget. Ben has also worked with other members of the PMc team in delivering estates strategies for clients such as Birmingham Metropolitan College and HSDC.

From the concept design, contract tendering and on-site works delivery, through to practical completion, Ben has experience of managing projects with values ranging from £10k to £1m+ to tight deadlines whilst maintaining operations.

Since obtaining his degree in Business and Financial Management from Sheffield Hallam University, Ben has also obtained the Association for Project Management Project Management Qualification (APM PMQ). Since joining PMc, Ben has undertaken an AutoCAD course and is now working toward obtaining the full APM Project Professional Qualification.

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Eliana Linares-Gonzalez

MAPM, MCIOB, MSc
Senior Project Manager

Eliana is a Chartered Construction Manager and a qualified, experienced Senior Project Manager, holding a master’s degree in Project Management and an APM project practitioner (IPMA level C) qualification. Prior to becoming a project manager, Eliana worked in architecture; she is a RIBA Part 2-equivalent qualified architect.

Eliana joined PMc in September 2018 after working as Project Manager for the Estates and Campus Services department at the University of Portsmouth for four years. At PMc, Eliana has delivered a number of strategic estates reviews and is currently developing estates strategies and strategic reviews for education institutions in London and the Home Counties. She is also leading a construction project for an acute-needs special school in Hampshire.

Throughout her career, she has worked on new build and refurbishment projects in the UK and abroad in education, hospitality, sports and leisure, and residential sectors. She is used to working simultaneously on small and large projects with budgets ranging from £100,000 – £100m and co-ordinating the work of multidisciplinary teams. Her client-side expertise includes project planning, design coordination, management of construction projects from inception through to completion, and quality management.

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George Kenchington

Project Manager (Research & Policy)

George is an experienced Project Manager, bid writer and research analyst, who has successfully completed capital bids, which have helped secure over £28 million of grant funding for clients.

Since graduating with a first class BA (Hons) in Sociology and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London he has worked in a number of policy areas including environmental policy with respect to e-waste, and more recently, on affordable housing. This includes a report, which he wrote for PMc regarding the rights of leaseholders during estate-wide regeneration projects. He has also acquired quantitative research skills during the three years he spent collecting and analysing project and safety critical data on a £500 million construction project in the City of London; this built upon former experience in the construction sector working on other sites, including the Olympic Park in Stratford.

George is a key member of the PMc team; to date his role at PMc has included bid writing; supporting the delivery of projects worth £55m; project managing refurbishment works with a value of £1m; leading design briefing and client engagement; managing relationships with senior leaders and key stakeholders; project scheduling; risk management; space planning; financial modelling; tender preparation and assessment; supporting the execution of ten estate strategies; conducting estates condition surveys and on-site inspections; snagging; and, photographic recording of works in progress. At PMc, George is currently working with a number of colleges to develop their estates strategies, leading a project to convert existing facilities at Fareham College in order to deliver new T Level provision, and deploying his excellent communication skills to complete a number of bids for our FE colleges and university clients.

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Byran Whalley

Assistant Project Manager

Byran is a focused, analytical and driven assistant project manager providing support to the project team in the delivery of estates and construction related projects.

Byran joins PMc from the telecommunications & infrastructure sector where he worked on a variety of capital projects and developed extensive experience in data analytics to promote efficiency of operations and drive improvement in financial returns.

Byran completed a Certificate of Higher Education in Biochemistry at the University of Bath and has subsequently completed modules in Financial and Management Accounting at the Open University. He joins PMc with a PRINCE2 project management qualification and is looking forward to working on projects with tangible outcomes in a small team in order to gain the breadth of experience necessary to further develop his project management career.

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Herbie Rhodes

Assistant Project Manager

Herbie is a creative and motivated assistant project manager based in the PMc London office. He graduated with a Part 1 degree in BA (Hons) Architecture from the University of Greenwich. He has recently worked in the furniture and interiors industry as a junior project co-ordinator and has run his own successful business up-cycling mid twentieth century furniture. Herbie joined PMc in October 2019 in order to develop a wider project skill set working on tangible projects that make a difference to the users who learn, work and live in buildings PMc is involved in creating or re-shaping. With his background in design and interiors, Herbie brings a creative outlook to projects and a critical eye for design.

Herbie is proficient in autoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and the Microsoft suite and draws upon his training as an architect and his experience working in interiors to support projects through the design development and delivery stages. As a new addition to the PMc team, he is at the start of his career in project management and will be progressing through the APM qualification route.

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Tom Cawte

Assistant Project Manager

Tom is a highly motivated assistant project manager beginning his career in consultancy and construction with PMc. As a recent BEng in Construction Engineering Management graduate from the University of Portsmouth, he is looking forward to putting the skills he has developed into practice.

Through his studies, Tom has gained a sound knowledge of the construction industry including BIM and programme management. As an assistant project manager, Tom will be working with the team on a wide range of projects. Tom aims to develop his knowledge through the APM qualification route and to gain on the job experience in order to become an experienced professional within the construction industry.

Tom’s individual skill set includes strong numeracy skills, critical thinking and communication which he has developed through his studies, through part time employment in the catering and events industry, and as captain of a local football team.

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Michael Paltrinieri

Associate Space Planning Analyst

Michael is a highly experienced space analyst who started his career with PMc following his undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (MSc) studies in civil engineering from the universities of Modena and Bologna. Michael took the opportunity of a six-month placement at the University of Southampton where he wrote and submitted a dissertation on the economic appraisal of the impact of coastal flooding, using Cowes, Isle of Wight, as a case study as part of his Master’s degree. Michael brings to PMc a skillset which includes a high mathematical aptitude, financial appraisal skills and data analysis.

Michael has carried out space planning work for a number of further and higher education clients including

  • Lambeth College;
  • Fareham College – Civil Engineering Training Centre;
  • Berkhamsted School;
  • Havant & South Downs College;
  • St Vincent College;
  • The Henley College;
  • Warsash Maritime Academy;
  • Southampton City College;
  • Capital City College Group;
  • South Staffordshire College;
  • BMET;
  • States of Guernsey; and,
  • Lincoln College.

Michael has now returned to Italy, where he remains a valued member of the PMc team as an Associate, conducting space planning and other analytical work.

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Selin Kaya

Project & Business Support Administrator

Selin is a highly personable and professional business administrator beginning her career with PMC. She uses her outstanding organisational skills to provide first class administrative support to the execution of a wide range of projects. In addition to organising project files, the archive system and supporting project managers in the creation of day/meeting files for the Managing Director, she supports directors and project managers in the organisation of project events and collation of post-event feedback.

As part of her role at PMC, she also helps manage the office and the administration of the business, providing the first port of call for PMc incoming calls, as well as assisting project managers onsite with finalising fit-out and the delivery of furniture.