Pope Consulting

As a medium-sized engineering practice, Pope Consulting has a simple management structure most suited to its needs. Pope Consulting's board comprises three directors, Neil Champion, managing director, Derrick Pope, consultant, and non-executive director and Richard Abbott, who runs the Maidenhead office. The directors are supported by a number of engineers, technicians, apprentices, CAD operators, and administration staff. Pope Consulting Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.


Meet The Team

Dave Aspden

BEng (Hons) ONC/HNC 

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David is an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Dave is currently applying for Chartered Engineer registration with the Institution. He is an accomplished electrical designer with 21 years’ experience, with particular expertise at internal and external lighting modelling working on numerous private and public sector projects.  He has a wealth of knowledge of many sectors including education, healthcare, residential, and leisure. David joined Pope Consulting as a Principal Electrical Engineer in 2008 from Atkins and will provide electrical engineering design input as required throughout the project.

David Hayes

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David has wide experience in the design and project management of mechanical services.  He is undertaking a Msc Distance Learning Course and will be applying for full CIBSE Corporate Membership and Engineering Council CEng registration in due course. David is a true multi-disciplined Senior Engineer who joined the practice in 2013 being able to undertake detailed designs for either mechanical or electrical services having been in Consultancy since 2006. David has an eye for detail and ensures that his work is meticulously planned and executed.  He has a detailed understanding of both public and private sectors and will provide mechanical engineering design input as required throughout the project.

Keith Heppenstall

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Keith is a very experienced Chartered Engineer with a particularly strong background in technical electrical design, site supervision, and inspection.  Keith is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Keith started his career as a management trainee with British Sugar before moving into Consultancy Engineering. He joined Pope Consulting in 2012 as a Principal Electrical Engineer and is a key member of our team, he has a broad depth of experience across all public and private sectors. Keith will have a key role in the delivery of this project providing technical support throughout liaising with the client representatives and preferred suppliers to ensure that technical standards are maintained.  He is well versed in performing coordination efforts for complex projects while providing high-quality documentation.

Neil Champion 

BEng (Hons) CEng MCIBSE

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Neil is an experienced Chartered mechanical services engineer with responsibility for the strategic and day to day management of the company.  Neil gained a Combined Engineering degree at Coventry University studying both engineering and business management and achieved Chartered Engineer status and CIBSE membership in 2005. Neil was appointed a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant in 2008 and Level 5 Low Carbon Energy Assessor in 2010. Neil is a very experienced engineer with particular expertise in public and heritage buildings with 21 years’ experience in building services engineering design. He is a registered low carbon consultant and energy assessor and is the most experienced operator of our thermal dynamic modelling software. Neil has gained a wealth of experience in the design of building services for a range of projects, he joined Pope Consulting Ltd in 2004 and has overall responsibility for drive our business growth and efficiency to improve our performance for our clients and staff since 2014.  Neil is based in our Chichester office.

Derrick Pope 

MSc (Arch)

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Richard Abbott 


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Richard is responsible for the management of our Maidenhead office.  He is dedicated to maintaining high-quality standards and focused on adding value to people’s lives and business endeavors to make a difference where it counts, building solid relationships with clients. Richard is a mechanically biased Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the Construction Industry, specifically Building Services Engineering Design Consultancy and Project Management.  He joined Pope Consulting in 2015 as an Associate Director. Prior to joining Popes Richard worked as an Associate Director for WSP/Parsons Brickerhoff managing a team of engineers with responsibilities for performance and financial targets. He has extensive experience working with developers, consultants, and contractors on strategy and design on a wide variety of construction project areas, including offices, commercial, custodial, retail, industrial, healthcare, residential, and leisure.  Having a detailed knowledge of building services design, installation, commissioning, and operation. Richard enjoys working closely with clients and other construction professionals during the project, typically attending all client and design team meetings.  He will plan and manage the design delivery calling on specific in-house engineering expertise as required in accordance with the projects

Derrick started Pope Consulting Ltd in 1999 to develop his own interests in designing reliable, low energy building services. Having
studied climatology and the use of computers to analyse the frequency of weather events at Bristol University, he has always had an interest in the use of computers for dynamic performance prediction. These are the very technologies that are in common use now. In the first eighteen months of the company’s formation, Pope Consulting Ltd won the Term Engineering Contract with Southampton City
Council and undertook all engineering works that the Council was unable to resource in house. This included many mechanical maintenance projects for Southampton schools, including boiler replacements and water quality improvements where old galvanised tank water systems were replaced with modern mains only installations. Since then, Pope Consulting Ltd has grown and developed steadily. By assuming the values and standards of client bodies, we have managed to retain clients and engender repeat business. 

Tom Duckworth 

BSc (Hons

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Tom is an electrically biased Engineer with 14 years’ experience in the Construction Industry, specifically Building Services Engineering
Design Consultancy and Project Management. He joined Pope Consulting in 2019 as an Associate Director. Before joining Popes, Tom worked as Senior Electrical Engineer for Cudd Bentley Consulting managing projects with responsibilities for design and financial targets. He has extensive experience working with developers, consultants and contractors on strategy and design on a wide variety of construction project areas, including offices, commercial, retail, industrial, residential and leisure. Having a detailed knowledge of building services design, installation, commissioning and operation.

Ann Salisbury

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Ann is the office manager and bookkeeper for the company with extensive experience in both these roles, ensuring the accounts and office run smoothly.

Sandy Waller

Sandy runs the Cad department using her experience gained from many years in the industry to ensure drawings are produced to the companies ISO9001 standard.