​the team

David Tilley | BA(Hons)  Int.Arch MCSD​

Managing Director

David joined NWD Architects in 1996 following his studies at Nottingham Trent University. The Interior Architecture degree that he gained at Nottingham has allowed David to indulge himself in his passion for detail. Working closely with the team here at NWD he has amassed an extensive knowledge of the existing built form. Many of his schemes involve the adaptation of existing structures and interior spaces. He has an extensive knowledge of retail design, predominantly fashion retailing, and over the last 20 years has created many uplifting interiors. He has worked all over the UK and Europe with some of the leading female fashion retail labels helping to create new concepts and aid their roll-out progams. Latterly he has turned his attention to the refurbishment of Grade one and two listed buildings in Cheshire and Herefordshire and new-build projects all over the Northwest of England and North Wales.

Harvey Davenport  | MCSD ABIID

Managing Director & Company Secretary

Harvey has worked in the design industry since 1984 and has worked extensively in the retail and commercial interiors sectors across the United Kingdom. Harvey is the team leader on a large expansion programme for a number of high profile retail clients across the country. This programme has been ongoing for the last 20 years and continues to roll with new stores and the refurbishment of existing stores. Harvey is also Company Secretary and looks after the administration and accounts team at NWD.

Matt Davenport | MCIAT. CEPH.

Senior Technologist

Matthew joined NWD Architects in 2013 to increase the depth of the practices technical expertise. He has previously worked in small to medium practices in Manchester and Chester having studied and worked in Birmingham. Through his previous employment he has gained significant experience in the retail, care and residential sectors and has held responsibility for multiple projects at any one time. He has a keen interest in both green technologies and modern methods of construction and can advise clients on their merits for both new build and remedial works. His principle role at NWD is to produce tender / construction details and specifications, and over-see projects on site. He is an experienced Revit user, a Chartered Architectural Technologist and is also a Certified Passivhaus / Passive House Designer.


Heather Done | BA(Hons), MArch, Dip.Arch, RIBA


Heather is a RIBA registered Architect who joined NWD Architects at the start of 2017. Having completing her studies at Liverpool John Moores University, Heather has worked in practices across Cheshire and the North-West and developed a particular interest in the residential and mixed use sectors, ranging from renovation and restoration to the conservation of Listed Buildings and new build projects. With a passion for sustainability and natural materials, Heather enjoys creating buildings that work with and compliment their surroundings, to form homes and spaces that are both exciting and pragmatic to live in.

John Pond  
Senior Technician

John is a Senior Technician with extensive experience in delivering projects across a variety of sectors.

His addition to the staff in 2012 has given NWD Architects confidence that completed projects will be quality controlled throughout. His experience of over forty years with some of the country’s top practices means that he can confidently manage the technical day to day challenges presented by a range of different building types, including our Residential, Retail and Commercial work for some of our larger Clients. John’s experience at site level helps to bridge the gap between Client and Contractor, and ensure that the completed building conforms to all relevant legislation including current UK Building Regulations and reflect the Clients brief and aspirations. John is proficient in a number of Architectural CAD and specification packages.

Matthew Staff |

Senior Architectural Technologist

Matthew joined NWD Architects in 1997 and currently works within the retail sector of the practice, specifically with major UK retailer Pets at Home and their sister company, Vets4Pets.  From the initial project brief, Matthew liaises with the client and takes the drawings from feasibility through to construction phase.  Matthew has worked closely with the Pets at Home Development Department on implementing and maintaining a set of  “Construction Design Guides” for the business that covers all aspects of the design and fit out of a store, groomers & veterinary surgery. These guides assist NWD, the Client and contractors to complete new store fit-outs in a timely  manner and to a consistant high quality.

Michael Townsend | BA(Hons) Arch, MArch
Chartered Architectural Assistant

Michael joined NWD Architects in September 2014 joining the retail team. Before joining NWD Architects Michael studied at Leeds Metropolitan University earning a Masters in Architecture. Michael now works closely with Pets at Home and Vets for Pets project managers and other professionals to help deliver new stores across the country, upgrading their existing stores and opening standalone Vets for Pets surgeries and a Vets Hospital. Through this work he has worked to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Building regulations. 

Kate Ashdown  

Architectural Technologist

Kate joined the practise in 2014 and works mainly within the commercial sector. She previously worked in a small practice in the Lake District and relocated to sunny Cheshire to join NWD. Kate has a Honours Degree in Architectural Technology and an HNC in Building Studies and is working towards being a Chartered Member of CIAT. Kate has multiple years of experience in the retail sector and has a great deal of knowledge producing interior drawing details / specifications for both commercial and retail sectors.

Edward English | BA(Hons) Arch, RIBA, RISA
Consultant Architect

​Edward has been a consultant to NWD Architects since 2008. He is a chartered Architect with over 45 years experience since completing his honours degree in 1970. RIBA qualified since 1971, he has worked in the industry as company Architect to a national food chain, a major retirement operation and in private practices up to director level. Eddie continues to work closely with us on live projects, competition submissions and pitches for new projects.

Clive Lacey | BSc(Hons) Construction Management, NEBOSH Dip. APS.
Principal Designer

Clive is a dynamic Principal Designer committed to providing an excellent CDM service to all clients to ensure that all Health & Safety arrangements are fully compliant to CDM Regulations 2015.
Clive graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 1990 with a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. He then extended his studies to enable him to incorporate RICS status and membership. He has since completed a NEBOSH Diploma in Health and Safety in Construction and is is an incorporate Member of the Association of Project Safety. He has over 45 years of experience in the construction sector assuring clients a level of experience and knowledge that few other Principal Designers can match.

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