Robert is a graduate of South Bank Polytechnic, London. He undertook his initial training with the building contractor James Longley & Co Ltd. before spending seven years with them as a contract manager. In 1995 he then went on to join Atkins as a Project Manager and after three years Robert joined CM Parker Browne to head up the project management division. Robert was appointed an associate of the practice in 1998 and a Partner in 2000. Robert is now a founding Partner of Synergy.
Robert is the Partner in charge of Project Management and Marketing. His expertise lie in the education, historic and the sports/leisure sectors.
Currently, among other high profile projects, Robert is working with the MCC to develop the masterplan for Lord's Cricket Ground.
Simon joined Parker & Browne upon leaving school in 1978, working part time to gain his professional qualification in 1985. After a brief spell working with The British Airports Authority, he rejoined Parker & Browne in 1987 as an Associate, was made a Partner in 1991, Finance Partner in 2005 and Managing Partner of Synergy in 2008.
Simon has worked on some high profile legal cases, notably a multi million fraud case at the Old Bailey and was also responsible for the redrafting of the Leisure rating manual which has now been used by over 500 local Authorities.
Simon is currently head of commercial, programming and construction management acivities, as part of the EDF Energy London 2012 Olympic and Paraolympic Games teams, responsible for £300m of infrastructure works.
Anne-Marie joined Arthur Young, Harare Zimbabwe, in 1988 and on completion of her Articles of Clerkship went on to establish her own accountancy practice in Harare, specialising in tax, business management and consultancy, including mergers and acquisitions. The client base was very prestigious including close ties with Ernst and Young.
Anne-Marie immigrated to the United Kingdom with her family in 2001 and joined Lee Associates and then The GBC Partnership, now part of Moore Stephens LLP (Guildford), managing the audit department. It was with The GBC Partnership, back in 2006, that she first became involved in the financial affairs of CM Parker Browne, a founding partnership of Synergy, and in 2008, the LLP asked Anne-Marie to join the organisation as the Finance Partner, a position that she has held since July 2008.
Anne-Marie's strong technical knowledge and broad practical and professional experience is very beneficial to the continued guidance of the growth and development of Synergy.
Rob joined Parker & Browne in 1994 to complement the existing team undertaking the refurbishment of Selfridges in Oxford Street. He was responsible for the successful completion of the Central Escalator project.
Rob was appointed an associate of the practice in 1998, a Partner of the firm in 2000 and following the mergers in 2007, is a founding Partner of Synergy. Rob currently heads up the quantity surveying division within the London office.
Rob has experience of a wide variety of building types, including work in the commercial, education, ecclesiastical, mixed use and leisure sectors.
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Peter became a chartered architect and RIBA member in 1981, having studied architecture at the Liverpool University School of Architecture, graduating in 1980. Peter then worked for the London practice of GMBN architects, and was project architect for the design and physical arrangements at the Papal Mass at Wembley Stadium in 1982, having won a competition.
Peter joined Johnson and Partners in 1984, becoming an equity partner in 1986 and is now a Partner of Synergy following the merger in 2008. He has gained considerable experience in private and social housing developments, educational projects, hotels, and a variety of commercial and residential buildings and refurbishments, including listed buildings. Peter has led the architecture division of Johnson and Partners since 1990.
Paul joined Cook and Butler in 1991, gaining his professional qualification in the same year. He was made an Associate in 2000 and a Partner in 2002. Cook and Butler became a founder member of Synergy Construction and Property Consultants LLP in April 2007.
In this time he has worked across a wide variety of sectors, building types and procurement routes, but currently specialises in education and commercial projects.
Stephen joined CM Parker Browne as an Associate in 2002, having left Cyril Sweett Limited after spending five years seconded to BAA. Stephen was appointed Partner in 2004 and following the mergers in 2007, he is now a founding Partner of Synergy.
In addition to being the Partner in charge of the Government City Academies Programme. He is very much involved in the firms marketing operations and is always on the lookout for new business opportunities both locally and nationally.
An Associate Governor of Christ's College, Guildford, Stephen also takes an active part in the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, the Guildford Business Forum and the Guildford Property and Transport Group.
Stuart graduated from Reading in 1993 with a first class honours degree in building surveying. Prior to joining Synergy as a partner in October 2007, Stuart worked for various commercial property agents including Lambert Smith Hampton and Vail Williams.
Stuart has a broad building surveying background but specialises in pre acquisition surveys and due diligence, defects analysis and fund monitoring roles.
Stuart has actively worked with the RICS APC process, acting as both Chairman of Assessment Panels and Licensed Auditor and is also a member of the Senior Professional Vetting Panel.
Duncan joined Bare, Leaning & Bare in 1990 and progressed within the practice to become an Associate in 2003 and a Partner of Synergy following the merger of the two companies in 2008.
He has gained vast experience in the conservation, restoration and refurbishment of historic buildings, ranging from cathedrals, country houses and town houses to humble cottages.
Duncan lectures on Costs and Contracts for Historic Buildings to students undertaking the Historic Building Conservation course at Bath University.
Paul's construction career started immediately from school, undertaking a four year apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. After working on a number of historic buildings, it wasn't too long before Paul was managing multi million pound projects on some of the countries finest historic buildings.
With proven project management skills and his ability to ensure the highest standards of work is achieved with projects being delivered to programme, Paul joined CM Parker Browne in 2002 and was made a Partner of Synergy in 2008.
His excellent team leadership and relationship building skills are coupled with realistic decision making, good financial and technical understanding. With an MSc in Building Conservation, Paul has developed skills in managing challenging projects within listed buildings, scheduled monuments, historic royal palaces, security sensitive and consular buildings.
Geoff joined Bare, Leaning & Bare in 1980 and was made joint Senior Partner in 2004, before becoming a Partner of Synergy in 2008, following the merger of the two firms.
Geoff has covered all aspects of conventional Quantity Surveying within the heritage sector and is a specialist in historic buildings, conservation, repair and alteration. His vast experience is ranging from timber framed buildings, vernacular dwellings, barns and chapels, through to large country houses, castles and cathedrals. He is currently the named Quantity Surveyor to six Cathedrals including St. Paul's and Winchester
His surveying experience with Historic Buildings has been recognised by the ASI by his inclusion upon their Register of Historic Building Specialists.
Geoff lectures on cost control of Historic Building repairs to the students undertaking the Architectural Associations post graduate conservation diploma course.
Denis originally joined Parker & Browne in 1976, gaining his professional qualification in 1981, he became an Associate in 1987, became a Partner of CM Parker Browne in 1991 and thus a founding partner of Synergy in 2007, following the merger.
Denis has a particular interest in feasibility work and continues to run the Bill of Quantities section for Synergy.
Denis was a contributor to the preparation of Practice Management Guidelines publication by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and within the practice he has ensured the production of our in-house quality assurance and technical procedures manual.
Jon is a founding Partner of Synergy and one of it’s longest serving members, commencing his employment with Parker and Browne in 1991 as an assistant surveyor, primarily to work on a nationwide contract of refrigeration installations for Tesco Stores Ltd.
Jon was appointed an Associate of the practice in 1997 and promoted to Partner in 2003. Jon has in excess of 25 years experience in all aspects of quantity surveying, contract administration and project management. He has been instrumental in forging strong relationships with some of Synergy’s most loyal clients. Jon’s portfolio includes work in both Education and Commercial sectors, with clients such as UK Power Networks on the delivery of £300m infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympics, as well as several Independent schools including Caterham School, Luckley Oakfield School and Walthamstow Hall School.
Tony joined Parker & Browne in 1988, was promoted to associate in 2000 and Partner in 2004. Following the mergers in 2007, he is a now a founding Partner of Synergy.
Within the Practice Tony is responsible for all our work within the Diocese of Southwark Schools.
His expertise is in the education sector, designing and delivering projects in accordance with the DFES requirements for private and voluntary aided schools.
Tony is a Governor of St Mary's Infant School in Frensham.
David joined CM Parker Browne in 1989 and became a Partner of Synergy in 2008.
David is an experienced project manager and has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from bank fit outs and department stores, to acting as clients construction project manager for a number of new school academies.
David is now using his project management skills on the sports surfaces side of the business, where he has broad experience in resurfacing of existing synthetic grass surfaces, to new synthetic pitches for hockey, football, tennis, athletics and multi use games areas.
William joined Cook and Butler as a graduate in 1986 and became a junior member of Synergy following the mergers in April 2008.
William has vast experience in a wide variety of construction projects and in particular educational and commercial refurbishment projects.
He majors in cost planning, cost control, contract procedures and procurement options.
Neil graduated with a Quantity Surveying Degree from The University of Westminster in 1992 and started his quantity surveying career in the Facilities Management department of McBains Cooper in 1993. While at McBains Cooper, Neil gained experience working on two major Public Authority Term contracts for the Court Service and The Health and Safety Executive.
Neil joined Parker and Browne in March 1997 and gained his Chartered certification in 1999, he was made a Partner in April 2008.
Neil has gained experience and knowledge in the procurement and running of a broad range of construction projects, in particular education and residential schemes.
Ron's construction background was firmly rooted in the Main Contractors sphere of operations before joining CM Parker Browne in 2006 . He was made a Partner of Synergy in April 2008.
His experience covers all areas of construction through Education, Leisure, Health and Retail and all aspects of the day to day problems encountered within todays fast moving Construction Industry. This breadth of experience on both sides of the construction fence has been proven to benefit both client and practice alike.
Michael joined Parker and Browne in 1989 as a trainee surveyor and was made Partner in October 2010.
Michael is an experienced Quantity Surveyor having worked on a wide variety projects, including department stores, residential schemes and regeneration projects. Having recently completed the school Academies programme, which he has worked on since 2002, Michael is currently managing a variety of Independent School projects across the country. Michael also heads up the Automotive Team at Synergy working on numerous projects ranging from showroom rebrands to complete newbuilds.
Michael is a governor of East Farleigh Primary School.
Synergy was founded in 2007 as a result of a strategic merger between CM Parker Browne, Cook and Butler and Ottley Morrison. Subsequent mergers in 2008 with Bare Leaning and Bare and Johnson & Partners further complimented the practice. These mergers brought together over 130 years of expertise and have provided Synergy with a depth of knowledge, authority and the reputation which characterises our practice today. We will continue to actively pursue business growth to continue to enhance our practice and promote outstanding service.
CM Parker Browne
Parker & Browne, as the company was first called, was founded in London as a practice of chartered quantity surveyors in 1955. In 1982 a building surveying division was added and project management services followed on in 1989.The practice expanded by merging with JB Marks & Partners in 1999 and Close Morton & Company in 2000 to form CM Parker Browne.
CM Parker Browne had a broad spread of clients and services, developing particular expertise in the retail, education and residential sectors.
Cook and Butler
Cook and Butler were inaugurated in 1961 as a practice of chartered Quantity Surveyors in central London. This firm’s reputation had been built on long established client relationships and repeat business which continues to be part of our strength today.
Prior to the merger with Synergy in 2007, Cook and Butler offered a wide range of consultancy services and had developed expertise in the education, ecclesiastical, hotel, retail, residential and industrial sectors.
Ottley Morrison was a quantity surveying and project management practice. The company was established in Manchester in 1996 and specialised in the private sector working across a wide range of sectors including commercial, high end residential, education and retail.
Bare Leaning and Bare
Amalgamated with Synergy in 2008, Bare, Leaning and Bare still remains a trading name of Synergy Construction & Property Consultants LLP. The practice was founded in 1904 and has grown to be become a well respected cost management practice with extensive experience in the repair, alteration and conservation of listed buildings, churches and cathedrals throughout the UK.
Bare Leaning and Bare have developed expertise in other disciplines including project management and other sectors include education, healthcare, retail, residential and commercial.
Johnson and Partners
Merged with Synergy in 2008 Johnson & Partners still remains a trading name of Synergy Construction and property consultants LLP.
Founded in 1961, Johnson & Partners offers disciplines of Architecture and Building Surveying which combine to offer our clients imaginative design and practical building knowledge. The practice has a wealth experience in working on listed and heritage buildings, including conservation, repair, alteration and adaptation.
Johnson & Partners works across a variety of sectors but specialise in education, historic and residential projects. Johnson & Partners also has extensive experience in social, private and speculative housing, including refurbishments and new residential developments achieving some notably successful planning permissions on the way.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is core to Synergy’s way of working as we are continuously looking to improve and enhance our reputation for veracity and good practice. At Synergy we understand that what we do has an impact on the world around us and we positively engage in activities that look to improve any impact we have on our employees, the environment and our local communities.
We believe that a ‘business is only made possible by its people’. We are proud of our staff retention rate and look to maintain and nurture this. We support and respect our employees and demonstrate this in many ways, from offering continuous professional development to offering compassionate leave in extenuating circumstances.
We actively encourage employees to become involved in activities outside of the workplace that look to support a work life balance.
During 2012 Synergy staff positively engaged in a review of our environmental performance with a view to establishing a formal environmental management system in the very near future. Our environmental policy includes an action plan to be carried out in 2013 and will be driven forward by Synergy’s environmental champion and Green team.
We encourage and support our staff to take a proactive approach to supporting charities. As a result of this we have had a great number of staff participating in charitable activities, anything from feats of endurance, cycle races, sponsored runs and music rock challenges to support medical charities, hospices and youth and education projects. Each year, Synergy makes donations to charitable organisations.
We embrace the idea of inspiring the future generations and regularly engage with school communities, as a result of this have had a number of work experience students from schools/universities spend time in our offices shadowing and working with our staff.
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