The cornerstones of our business centre around our people and our clients.


We work collaboratively with our clients, listening to and understanding their needs.


We encourage creativity and innovation to deliver the most cost effective and deliverable solutions.


We pride ourselves on delivering quality outputs and meeting client deadlines.


Chris Baker-Pearce

Managing Director

Chris co-founded Ardent Consulting Engineers in 2005 and has worked as a Consultant within the Private and Public Development Sector for over 25 years.

His expertise includes providing detailed and strategic infrastructure planning, project management and civil engineering support to clients on a wide range of commercial and residential development projects.

Prior to founding Ardent, Chris was an Associate Director at Buchanan Consulting Engineers where he led the Infrastructure design and planning team in the London office.

Chris is based in our London office.

Tony Foreman


Tony co-founded Ardent Consulting Engineers in 2005.

He has over 30 years’ engineering experience in both the public and private sector, working on a wide range and scale of infrastructure projects. These have included major road and rail infrastructure schemes as well as large residential and commercial development projects.

Prior to co-founding Ardent Tony was an area manager for Waterman Aspen.

Tony is based between our London and Kent offices.

Matthew Last


Matthew is a transport planner and traffic engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the planning, design and implementation of new transport infrastructure, specialising over the past 18 years in providing advice on new developments.

This includes the preparation of Transport Assessments/Statements and Travel Plans to support planning applications; derivation of trip attraction/generation; consideration of traffic impact, including junction capacity assessments; preparation of the Transportation chapters of Environmental Statements; preliminary design of accesses, highway improvements and internal layouts of new developments, including advice on car parking provision and servicing arrangements; negotiation of Section 106 Agreements; and the preparation and presentation of evidence as an expert witness at a number of Appeal Hearings and Public Inquiries.

Matthew is based in our London office.

Brian Cafferkey


Brian is a drainage and flood risk management specialist with over 30 years’ experience within this sector, working on behalf of both public and private sector clients.

Brian has expertise in the feasibility, appraisal, design and implementation of flood alleviation schemes for surface water, fluvial and coastal flood sources as well as in the design of foul and surface water systems for development. Brian has also prepared and given evidence at several Appeal Hearings and Public Inquiries. 

Brian is based in our London office.

Stuart Byrne

Technical Director

Stuart has over 25 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering Industry, having worked for both a private residential developer and a global consultancy for a number of years, prior to joining Ardent in 2009.

Stuart has particular expertise in undertaking the detailed design of residential developments, including the production of drawing packages for tender, approval and construction stages of the project.

Through his extensive experience and knowledge, Stuart is able to provide wide ranging technical assistance to clients to determine workable and cost effective solutions.

Stuart is based in our Essex office.

Gareth Hardwick

Associate Director

Gareth has over 30 years’ experience in delivering both major infrastructure projects and multi-project programmes encouraging development led regeneration.

His career began in the private sector, in construction and evolved through engineering consultancy for both the public and private sector to include the client side of urban regeneration and the delivery of major development enabling infrastructure projects.

For the past 10 years Gareth has concentrated upon both the design and the construction of infrastructure for large scale residential developments including major s278 off site highway improvements and the strategic on-site highways and drainage.

Gareth is based in our London office.

Steve Burton

Associate Director

Steve has over 20 years’ experience working for engineering consultancy practices on a range of projects, primarily focusing on residential, commercial and retail developments.

Steve can provide advice relating to infrastructure planning and design matters including pre-purchase site appraisals, flood risk and drainage assessments and the detailed design of both Section 278 and 38 highway works.

Steve is based between our London and Ipswich office.

Simon Hall

Associate Director

Simon has over 14 years’ experience working for engineering consultancy practices on a range of development projects throughout the United Kingdom.

Simon supports Clients with a range of planning and design advice with the aims of achieving planning permissions, undertaking pre-purchase site appraisals and providing post planning support.

Over the last few years, Simon has specialised on assisting and achieving permissions for a number of large mixed-use developments in Greater London, being involved from initial site review up to the beginning of construction.

Simon is based between our London and Midlands offices.

Steve Field


Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the planning and design of transport infrastructure, specialising in the past nine years in advising on the transport aspects of planning new developments.

Steven can provide advice on transport planning and design matters at the pre-purchase stage; advise on scheme design and access, and parking provision; prepare Transport Assessments/Statements and Green Travel Plans to support planning applications; and negotiate legal agreements with planning and highway authorities.

Steve is based in our Essex office.

David Milligan


David has over 12 years experience in the industry, having worked directly for private residential developers and consultancy.

David specialises in producing, managing and delivering on wide-ranging types of schemes through all stages from pre-purchase, planning, tender and construction work through to supporting on-site.

David is based in our Kent office.

Ben Brooks


Ben has over 15 years’ experience within infrastructure and highway design.

Ben specialises in drainage, flood risk, earthworks and highway design. Ben is able to manage and deliver schemes at all stages from providing pre-purchase advice, to producing planning documents, creating working drawing packages and through to supporting contractors on site.

Kevin Markey


Kevin has over 10 years’ engineering consultancy experience working on a variety of residential, commercial, leisure and mixed-use schemes throughout the United Kingdom. Kevin’s experience includes all aspects of development proposals from pre-purchase through to submission of planning applications, post application negotiations and construction.

Kevin is based between our London and South West office.

Ian Wharton


For the past 11 years, Ian has worked in Transport Planning, working for a range of clients, predominantly within the private sector.

Ian began his career in transport by mapping road networks for a satellite navigation company for two years until deciding to concentrate on the design and planning of roads and travel patterns instead.

His varied work since entering Transport Planning has included working for a number of the largest supermarket chains in the UK on new stores and expansion schemes, residential developments ranging from single units up to 2,000 homes, and the White Rose Carbon Capture Power Station project via the Development Consent Order (DCO) process. Ian is responsible for providing advice to clients from due diligence through to post-planning legal agreements. His core work involves the scoping and preparation of Transport Statements and Assessments, including input into Environmental Impact Assessments, and the preparation of Travel Plans.

Ian is based in our Essex office.

Peter Sparham


Peter has 14 years experience within the private and public sectors. Ranging from all sizes of residential developments, including urban extensions, to large scale business parks and educational facilities. He is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and Engineering Council and possesses excellent teamwork and communication skills aligned with the ability to manage a team and all aspects of project delivery from inception through to construction.

Peter is based in our Midlands office.

Andrew Braun


Andrew has over 12 years’ experience within the private sector, working a variety of schemes across the U.K including residential, commercial, healthcare and mixed-use developments. Andrew provides transport planning advice from initial due diligence appraisals, through to planning applications and post-planning support. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Andrew is based in our Midlands office.

Andrew Dennis


Andrew has over 12 years’ experience in the construction industry, working mainly in engineering consultancy. Andrew has a wide variety of experience from large mixed use developments, residential projects and business projects being involved from initial feasibility, through planning, detailed design and to on site support specialising in civil engineering and flood risk considerations.

Andrew is based in our South West office.

Jonathan Chinnock


Jonathan has over 13 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering Industry having worked for a number of international consultancies on a variety of projects within the United Kingdom and abroad. His experience encompasses commercial, residential, healthcare, leisure and industrial developments within both the public and private sectors.

Jonathan supports Clients in a range of disciplines including highway design, earthworks, drainage, sustainable drainage, flood risk, river engineering and Environmental Impact Assessment. He specialises in the management and delivery of projects at all stages of a development, starting with pre-purchase due diligence and planning support through to tender & construction design preparation and the provision of site support.

Jonathan is based in our London office.

Matthew Richmond


Matthew has 19 years of engineering consultancy experience in addition to being involved in environmental acoustics for the last 15 years.

Matthew is involved at all stages of his client’s project from inception and due diligence through the planning process, tender stages and supporting the client and contractors at the construction stage. His involvement covers highway design, drainage, external levels and finishes, 3d modeling and earthworks.

In addition, in his role as Acoustic Consultant, Matthew has helped dozens of Clients achieve planning permission for residential, commercial and industrial developments providing assessments and advice in relation to the noise requirements of planning permission and associated conditions.

Matthew is based in our Ipswich office.

Lee Dursley

Principal Acoustic Consultant

Lee has over 15 years of acoustic consultancy experience having worked for private consultancies and engineering firms on a variety of projects throughout the UK. His experience covers a range of projects within the residential, retail, commercial, minerals and waste, and industrial sectors. Lee is involved in all stages of projects from pre-purchase through to planning assessments and post-application negotiations.

Lee is based in our Midlands office.

John Macmillan

Head of Business Development

John has over 30 years’ experience in the Construction Industry on both the consultant and contractor side, in the public and private sectors.

His career began as a graduate trainee with the Mace Group when it was a mere fledgling company in the early 1990s. From there he joined BAM to help set up a Private Finance Initiative team and later a specialist Construction Management team.

Later in his career he moved over to the engineering consultancy side, first with WYG where he worked primarily in the public sector, then over to Buro Happold Engineering where he led business development for their London office for nearly 10 years, targeting major regeneration and development opportunities.

John now joins us after a year’s consultancy role focused on London’s University estates with the UK’s leading fit-out company Overbury, part of the Morgan Sindall group of companies.

Flo Kirk- Lloyd

Principal Air Quality Scientist

Flo is an air quality scientist who has worked on hundreds of air quality assessments over 9 years within the air quality industry. She has significant experience in air quality assessments for pre-planning, planning, local air quality management, environmental impact assessment and local plan assessment as well as air quality monitoring, dust and odour assessment. Projects have included modelling of road emission impacts, energy centre and biomass boiler impacts as well as industrial emissions. Projects have ranged in size from a single dwelling in Cambridge to a very large scale energy from waste project in London, via a number of mixed use developments of 100 – 6,000 units both in London and across the rest of the UK, including Scotland and Wales. She is a full member of both the IAQM and the IES.

Flo is based in our South West office.

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