Senior Team

Steve Dale - Director

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Steve joined the Practice in 1985 following a background in the electrical contracting industry. Steve commenced at the Practice as a Senior Design Engineer and has progressed through Associate Director to his present position of Electrical Director, gaining ever increasing experience in all aspects of electrical services in wide range development types.

Steve has specific expertise in the areas of specialist lighting, sound systems and stage lighting having carried out a significant amount of developments in a range of prestigious hotels and leisure facilities throughout the country. Steve is currently managing a roll out program for three major private care home providers on a national basis. One leading care home provider has a stated objective of achieving a zero carbon property.

Steve is responsible for health and safety within the Practice, and for our CDM systems. He is also a member of the Association of Project Safety. Steve was also responsible for our accreditation to The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.

David Stafford - Director

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David first joined the Practice as a year-out student in 1983 whilst completing his Building Services Engineering degree course at the University of Liverpool. David then rejoined the Practice in 1986 and over the previous 20+ years has progressed through the Practice to achieve his present position as one of the Directors. During this period David has expanded his knowledge and experience within the Education, Public, Private and Commercial/Industrial Sectors.

During the early 1990s David was responsible for the implementation and our accreditation to ISO 9001 Quality Assurance System and is currently our Quality Director, Financial Director and Marketing Director.

During recent years David has concentrated largely on the commercial and local authority sectors where he has extensive experience in significant developments at Keel University for Keele Park Developments and numerous other major local authority, industrial and commercial developments.

Daniel Madden - Director

Daniel joined S I Sealy in 2004 as a building services design engineer after working 8 years at a national Mechanical & Electrical Design and Build Contractor. Since joining the Practice, Daniel has completed a First Class Honours degree in Building Services Engineering; he became MCIBSE in 2008; a Chartered Engineer in 2012 and also an accredited Low Carbon Consultant shortly after. In 2014 Daniel also became a Fellow member of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM).

Daniel is also our Quality and Environmental Director who ensures S I Sealy follows the procedures detailed in Quality Assurance ISO 9001, and also Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001.

During recent years Daniel has concentrated largely on Public Sector Projects and specialises in the Education and Healthcare Sector. His recent roles include: Parliamentary Estates Directorate Lead Technical Advisor on the proposed £30m Medium Term MEP works at the Palace of Westminster and since 2008 Daniel has also developed S I Sealy’s specialist off site construction design division working in collaboration with a multi-national Modular Building Contractor with a £40m turnover.

Chris Crookes - Technical Director (Electrical)

Chris joined the Practice in 1998 and therefore has in excess of 14 years experience with the firm. His skills and experience is acknowledged through his position within S I Sealy of Technical Director (Electrical).

Chris is particularly interested in developments in contemporary technologies and is particularly knowledgeable in the fields of low energy lighting and ICT systems. He is also one of our experts on HV and LV network design.

Chris has a wide range of knowledge and experience in a variety of development types, including commercial, education and the wider public sector. His recent projects have included major refurbishment schemes for the NWDA, various office and station schemes for Rail Properties, new build office developments for a variety of developers and private clients, major public refurbishments for Trafford Council together with laboratory refurbishment works at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Chris also has extensive experience in major electrical testing and rewiring schemes having undertaken such projects recently at Yale College, Wrexham and Manchester Grammar School.

Philip Murphy - Technical Director (Healthcare)

Philip Murphy joined the Practice in 1975 and therefore has over 30 years experience with the Practice. During this time Philip has become one of the most respected Mechanical Building Services Engineers in the Northwest and his skills include design, procurement and project management. Philip has carried out developments for an extremely wide range of clients in a diverse range of development fields. These include local government, national government, industrial, health and petro-chemical industry projects.

Philip has gained particular experience and expertise in the field of healthcare and carehomes and is our Healthcare Technical Director.

Matthew Pickford - Associate Director

Matthew started his Building Services Engineering Degree at UMIST in 1998. He undertook his year out placement at S I Sealy, and we were so impressed with him that we sponsored him through his final year!

Matthew is a mechanical design engineer, CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant and CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor, which means that he is competent to minimise energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in design and operation; and he goes beyond the current legal minimum for improving the energy performance of buildings.

He has worked on a wide range of projects in different sectors. His key clients include: JD Sports – he has worked on over 200 stores across all the JD Sports brands; Salford University redevelopment; and Salford University Think Lab – this was a complex series of relocations for a number of University departments; BUPA Care Homes – he has worked on a number of new builds as well as over 20 extensions.

Mike Robinson - Principal Electrical Engineer

Mike joined the Practice in 1982 directly from school as a trainee electrical building services design engineer and hence has in excess of 25 years experience. During this time with the Practice Mike has developed to become one of the most respected electrical building services engineers in the Northwest and his skills include design, procurement and project management. Mike has carried out developments for an extremely wide range of clients in a diverse range of development sectors. These include local government, national government, industrial, commercial, public and private sectors, healthcare and pharmaceutical projects.

Mike has particular experience and expertise within the education, commercial/industrial and retail sectors. Mike has recently carried out a number of significant developments for Keele Park Developments at Keele University and numerous projects for the education sector. In addition Mike has been the principal electrical engineer overseeing the national refurbishment programme of in excess of 400 JD Sports retail outlets.

Adrian Bill - Principal Mechanical Engineer

Adrian has over 20 years’ experience of building services design in a wide variety of sectors, including commercial, government, defence, health and leisure. He has a Building Services Engineering Degree which he obtained in 1990. He is an Affiliate Grade member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Adrian is fully trained in and familiar with all relevant Hevacomp design programmes. He has particular experience in providing low energy design solutions to buildings. His most recent projects includes The Co-operative Group Headquarters which is a BREEAM “Outstanding” building with a carbon footprint of minus75KgCO2/m2/per annum. The building included pure plant oil fired CHP units and absorption and prosaic chiller plant with low energy cooling via cooling towers and energy recovery coils in the main supply air plant. Adrian was also the lead Mechanical Engineer on the Welsh Assembly Government Headquarters building in Llandudno Junction. This was a BREEAM “Excellent” building which includes maximisation of natural daylight, natural ventilation, night cooling, biomass boiler plant, rainwater harvesting, pond water cooling, passive cooling, ammonia chiller and auto solar shading.

John Croxford - Principal Engineer

John began his career in 1977 as an Assistant Design Engineer and since then has worked on numerous projects across all sectors, including transport, commercial, retail, hotel and leisure, education, healthcare and extracare.  He joined S I Sealy in 2012.

John is highly experienced in providing the building services design for all types of buildings, including new build, refurbishments of listed and non-listed buildings, and extensions. His communication skills are a particular strength, allowing him to liaise closely with the client, the rest of the design team, contractors and key stakeholders.  This is particularly key when a project is a live building.  He has had a huge amount of experience of working on such projects, which required liaising closely with the client to ensure that minimum disruption occurs during the refurbishment works.

He has recently worked on a number of projects across the parliamentary estate, including the House of Commons and Palace of Westminster. He also worked on a project with Stoke Extra Care which involved the new build of three extra care residential facilities in Stoke, ranging from 75 to 175 apartments. John was responsible for the mechanical services design for all three projects.

Jonathan Blackhurst - Principal Engineer

Jonathan has worked in the building services industry since 1993, firstly as an apprentice heating engineering before working for himself and then joining S I Sealy in 2015.

Jonathan has worked on numerous projects including domestic, commercial and industrial installations of gas, heating and plumbing. He has worked as a sub-contractor to building companies and also directly for clients including schools, colleges and landlords of industrial and office complexes.

In 2010 he started a foundation degree in building services and sustainable engineering at Tameside College and progressed to the honours degree course at UCLAN which he graduated from in July 2015 with BEng (Hons) degree.

Jonathan’s recent experience includes working on a number of education projects, designing ventilation systems, tempered air systems, gas services and boiler room replacements for schools. He has also worked on projects at the Christie Hospital and Trafford Hospital.