Nolan Associates


Meet the team at Nolan Associates.

Prof. John Nolan CBE

BSc, MSc, DEng(Hon),CEng, F.I.StructE, F.I.C.E

John has over 48 years’ experience in the construction industry initially working as a contractors’ engineer and then as a consulting engineer. He is one of the founders and chairman of a property development company.

John received the CBE for services to structural engineering and the construction industry. He is also a visiting Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Birmingham University.

Nolan Associates has become one of the most respected consultancies in the Midlands, responsible for projects up to the value of £280 million, including almost all elements of the built environment from project conception to handover.

John’s particular interests are innovation, prefabrication and value engineering.

He is past chairman of the Institution of Structural Engineers 2012, Royal Academy of Engineering and past Chairman of the Construction Industry Council.

John is a keen rugby supporter and follows Moseley Rugby Club.

Nick Warwick

BEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE Civil and Structural Engineering

Nick joined Nolan Associates in 1994 as a senior engineer from Cameron Taylor Bedford where he was a project engineer for seven years.   

Nick became a director at Nolan Associates in 2008.

He studied at Birmingham polytechnic before achieving an Honours degree at Sheffield University.

He has been responsible for the design and supervision of an array of projects ranging in value up to £70 million and covering all sectors of the industry. Nick early career was in the refurbishment and design of buildings within the leisure sector.

More recently Nick has completed the first phase of the Paradise development in Birmingham city centre which was a hybrid precast concrete and steel framed structure.
He also designed a new hangar at Norwich airport.

Nick is a keen road cyclist and has completed Lands End to John O’Groats ride in aid of Prostate Cancer UK charity to which he has a close association. He also follows Detroit Lions American football team.

Cormac Kennedy

BE (Civils)(Hons) CEng MIStructE Civil and Structural Engineering

Cormac joined Nolan Associates as a Senior Engineer in 1994, having worked at Cameron Taylor Partners and Cameron Taylor Bedford since graduation in 1983. In August 1998, he bcame a Director in 2008.

Cormac has been responsible for projects up to £100m, across a broad spectrum of building and construction types. Many of these projects have been ‘design and build’ where his drive towards cost effective design has been significant to the success of the project.

Cormac has extensive experience in the alteration/conversion of existing structures for a change of use. On projects of this type, there is generally little or no record information available in the existing structure and it is often then necessary to make assessments of the existing structural arrangement and capacity, based on limited inspection and opening up works. This experience is essential to allow safe but pragmatic judgements to be made.

Cormac is also extremely experienced in precast construction especially in multi-storey frames and cross wall structures.

Cormac enjoys following Ireland’s football team.

Jim Lockley

IEng AMIStructE Structural Engineering
Technical Director Structural Engineering

Jim Lockley joined Nolan Associates in 2004.

He was promoted to Technical Director for Structural Engineering in 2023.

Jim previously worked for WS Atkins and British Reinforced Concrete. He also had his own business at one time.

Jim’s industry wide experience ensures he is proficient in all building materials. He is particularly interested in reinforced concrete and his  knowledge allows him to assess and value engineer designs, quickly and efficiently. Jim is a part time lecturer and mentor at the University of Birmingham. Jim handles a wide range of projects up to £70 million.

Jim is a keen Aston Villa supporter and his knowledge of the history of the game is unrivalled.

Karl Pritchard

MEng(Hons) CEng MICE Civil Engineering
Technical Director Civil Engineering

Karl joined Nolan Associates in 2016 as Associate Director having formerly worked for national consultants and contractors on a broad range of commercial, residential, industrial, government, defence and nuclear projects.

He was promoted to Technical Director for Civil Engineering in 2023.

Karl gained a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham and is a Chartered civil engineer with 28 years of experience, which encompasses civil and structural design, construction management, project management, CDM duties and contract administration.

Karl has wide ranging building, regeneration and infrastructure experience as both consultant and contractor preparing both detailed designs, managing/ supervising internal and external design teams and checking contractor designs in disciplines including building and civil engineering structures, geotechnical engineering, drainage, flood risk, highways, earthworks, utility services, ground investigation and remediation.

Karl has managed the delivery of projects from the perspective of the contractor, consultant and client gaining knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the development process. This enables him to appreciate multidisciplinary dependencies and give clients the right solutions.

Chris Chrysostomou

BEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE Civil and Structural Engineering
Senior Associate

Chris joined Nolan Associates in 2007 as a Senior Engineer and became an Associate Director in 2015.

Chris was promoted to Senior Associate in 2023.

He is responsible for structural design, co-ordination of design and detailing, liaison with clients, the design team and contractors, attending site meetings and inspections.

Recently Chris has completed the design of a 22 storey residential tower block for the University of Birmingham. Chris was also the principal engineer overseeing the temporary seating installation at the Olympic Stadium London.

Richard Williams

MEng(Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering
Senior Associate

Richard gained experience at contractors Morgan Sindall, London office before moving to Nolan Associates in 2014.

He completed his MEng degree at the University of Birmingham.

Richard was promoted to Senior Associate in 2023.

Richard has recently been working on a number of Healthcare projects in Bristol and Wixams, Bedford. He has also recently been working on a number of new swimming pools and leisure centres in Northfield, Stechford and Erdington.

Dan Shevyn

BEng(Hons) MSc(Hons) C Eng MI Struct E

Dan joined Nolan Associates in 2013.

Dan was promoted to Associate in 2023.

Dan has recently been working on insitu and precast multi storey structures.

He has previously completed various steel framed and masonry projects.

Dan studied at the University of Wolverhampton before joining Nolan Associates.

Dan enjoys golf and watching sport.

Robert Williams

BSc(Hons) Exploration and Resource Geology MSc Civil Engineering

Robert joined Nolan Associates in 2010 after completing his bachelor’s degree at Cardiff University and his Masters degree at the University of Birmingham.

Rob was promoted to Associate in 2023.

Robert has undertaken a wide array of projects recently including numerous temporary structures for major sporting events such as The Open Golf Championship , Ryder Cup, Commonwealth Games and Cricket at Old Trafford.

Richard Oldnall

BEng(Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering

Richard joined Nolan Associates after completing his bachelor’s degree at Wolverhampton University.

Richard also worked at Amey.

Richard has also just completed the design of a large school campus in Warwick with Speller Metcalfe and also undertaken a large amount of the design work on Birmingham’s’ prestigious Paradise development.

Richard supports Aston Villa football club.

Andy Williams

BSc (Hons) CEng MIStructE Civil and Structural Engineering
Former Director

Andrew has now retired from Nolan Asssociates. Andrew can still be contacted via the office. Please forward any emails to email address on Contact Us page