Meet Our Senior Partners

Professor Lord Robert Mair
Professor Lord Robert Mair

Lord Robert Mair is a geotechnical engineer with more than 50 years of experience in research and practice. He is a founding Director of GCG, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, and a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA). He specialises in geotechnical aspects of many types of underground construction and has advised on numerous projects both in the UK and worldwide. He was until recently Head of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, where he was appointed to a Professorship after 27 years full-time in industry. He founded the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge, which pioneers new techniques for sensing performance of infrastructure.

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Mr Tony Bracegirdle
Mr Tony Bracegirdle

Mr Anthony Bracegirdle is a geotechnical engineer with more than 45 years of experience in practice around the world. His areas of expertise include slope stabilisation, retaining wall design, earthworks, hydrogeology and groundwater flow, soft clay engineering, pile foundations, grout injection and ground stabilisation techniques, tunnel construction, shallow and deep-water ground investigation, and seismic design of earth structures. He has been involved in numerous forensic investigations and in recent years has given evidence to evidentiary hearings in many
different international jurisdictions.

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Dr Chris Menkiti
Dr Chris Menkiti

Dr Menkiti joined GCG in 1992. He became a Director in 2008 and a Senior Partner when the company became an LLP in 2011. He has had wide experience in the UK and
abroad. Dr Menkiti has been involved in and has provided specialist advice on the geotechnical aspects of design, construction and operation of a very wide range of
structures and their foundations. His experience was gained from all components of the supply-chain - owners, operators, consultants and contractors.

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Professor Kelvin Higgins
Professor Kelvin Higgins

In 2019 Kelvin became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Since 2012 he has been a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. Until recently he was Chair of the British Geotechnical Association and Chair of CIRIA’s Geotechnical Advisory Panel. Since joining GCG in 1986 Kelvin has worked on the application of numerical methods to engineering problems, including the design of tunnels, retaining structures, highways, dams, embankments, cuttings, and foundations (offshore and onshore). During his career he has gained practical and design experience of foundations, highway construction earthworks (cuttings and embankments & drainage schemes. He has acted as an expert witness in legal disputes. In addition, he has directed and facilitated research in different aspects of geotechnical engineering.

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Dr Nesha Kovacevic
Dr Nesha Kovacevic

Dr Nebojsa Kovacevic is a geotechnical engineer with more than 38 years of practical experience. He is an expert in numerical analyses of a broad range of geotechnical subjects, such as slopes, dams, embankments, deep excavations, pile foundations, tunnels and various forms of earth retaining structures. He has widely published and presented at many conferences, seminars, and workshops.

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Dr Felix Schroeder
Dr Felix Schroeder

Dr Felix Schroeder is a geotechnical engineer with nearly 20 years of experience. Building on his research work he has developed an in-depth expertise in numerical modelling and has applied this form of analysis to a wide range of projects in the UK and around the world. His extensive experience covers onshore infrastructure and building projects as well as near-shore and offshore projects, including ports and windfarms.

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Mr John Davis
Mr John Davis

Mr. John Davis is an engineering geologist and geotechnical engineer with over 37 years’ experience. He has particular experience and expertise in the following areas: Engineering geology, tunnelling, groundwater, ground improvement, foundations, retaining structures, slope stability earthworks, Quaternary engineering geology, ground investigation and disputes involving unforeseen ground conditions.

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Professor Zeljko Cabarkapa
Professor Zeljko Cabarkapa

Dr Zeljko Cabarkapa is a geotechnical engineer with more than 34 years of experience in practice in the UK and around the world. His area of expertise includes forensic engineering and site characterisation, ground investigation, rock slope stability, slope stabilisation, retaining wall design, groundwater flow, earthworks, embankments over
soft soil, ground improvement, reclamations, foundation design, tunnel construction, seismic design, numerical analysis, and partially saturated soils. He has been involved in numerous forensic investigations and in recent years has given evidence to evidentiary hearings in many different international jurisdictions.

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Dr Gary Choy
Dr Gary Choy

Dr Gary Choy is a chartered engineer with over 22 years of practical experience. His area of expertise includes tunnelling, pipelines, deep excavations and foundation systems, instrumentation & monitoring, and construction impact assessment for third party infrastructure. He has been providing highly specialised pipeline and tunnel expertise to utility companies including Thames Water and Affinity Water to ensure excellent services to customers and operational continuity, and to protect whole life asset value.

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Dr Angeliki Grammatikopoulou
Dr Angeliki Grammatikopoulou

Dr Angeliki Grammatikopoulou is a chartered civil engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in academia and industry. She specialises in soil characterisation, advanced constitutive modelling and numerical analysis of complex geotechnical problems, including foundations (onshore and offshore), retaining walls, deep excavations, tunnels and dams. Dr Grammatikopoulou has worked on prestigious commercial and infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. Her offshore work includes the analysis of foundations for numerous offshore wind farms. She has extensive experience of tunnel and building damage assessments and in recent years she has been working extensively on mine waste disposal.

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Dr Apollonia Gasparre
Dr Apollonia Gasparre

Geotechnical engineer with nearly 20 years experience in research and industry in the UK and abroad. Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Dr Gasparre specialises in the mechanical and geotechnical characterisation of soils and laboratory testing, including the small strain behaviour of soils. Her expertise includes site investigations, shallow and deep foundation design, including the re-use of existing foundations, deep excavations, basement design, retaining wall design, ground movement impact assessments, slope stability and hydrogeological assessments. She provides expert opinion in legal cases.

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Meet Our Senior Consultants

Dr Hugh St John
Dr Hugh St John

Since joining GCG in 1985 Hugh St John has worked with a wide range of clients, advising them on a variety of geotechnical issues from tender stage through to project completion. Much of his early work has drawn on his previous experience in fieldwork with the Building Research Establishment UK, BRE (formerly Building Research Station) and his work experience in Hong Kong.

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Dr David Hight
Dr David Hight

Dr David Hight is a geotechnical engineer with more than 50 years of experience in research and practice in the UK and around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. David specialises in forensic geotechnical engineering, drawing on his background in and knowledge of site characterisation and the behaviour of soils and rocks. He has been called on to investigate the stability and performance of reclamations, tailings dams, excavated and natural slopes, tunnels, road pavements, ore cargoes, retaining structures, and foundations to onshore and offshore structures.

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Professor David Potts
Professor David Potts

Professor David Potts, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), is a geotechnical engineer and academic with nearly 50 years of experience in research and practice in the UK and around the world. David is a world-renowned authority in the development and application of numerical analysis methods to geotechnical structures and soil-structure interaction problems. The finite element code ICFEP, developed under David’s leadership at Imperial for over 40 years, is widely acclaimed as one of the leading specialist geotechnical programs which incorporates many unique features enabling the realistic assessment of complex soil-structure interaction problems.

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Dr George Milligan
Dr George Milligan

Dr George Milligan joined the Geotechnical Consulting Group fulltime in January 1997, having been an Associate of the group since its inception in 1983, and became a Director in 1998. Prior to that, from 1979 to 1996 he was a University Lecturer in the Engineering Department of Oxford University, and a Fellow and Tutor in Engineering at Magdalen College. His research interests were in soil reinforcement(including soilnailing), tunnelling and trenchless technologies (including pipe jacking, microtunnelling and pipe bursting).

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Dr Jacqueline Skipper
Dr Jacqueline Skipper

Dr Skipper is a chartered geologist with 29 years’ experience in ground risk, investigation and interpretation of complex soils and rocks, and peer review and forensic work. She works in a wide range of projects within tunnelling, foundation design of large/tall structures, large infrastructure projects. slopes and collapse features. Her geological expertise includes Tertiary soils of the UK, periglacial soils of UK and Ireland, and complex soils and rocks worldwide.

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Dr Jerry Love
Dr Jerry Love

Dr Jerry Love is a chartered civil engineer with over 40 years experience in practice both in the UK and overseas. His area of expertise includes ground investigation, earthworks, slope stability, embankments, roads, excavations, subsidence, drainage, soft soil, foundations, piling, ground improvement, basements, retaining walls, underpinning, grouting, sinkholes, railways, pipelines, tunnelling, soil nailing, reinforced soil, horizontal directional drilling, and tree root damage. He has frequently been retained as an Expert in disputes and has given evidence in Court both in England and Scotland, as well as overseas.

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Meet Our Associate Directors

Mr Mike Crilly
Mr Mike Crilly

Mike Crilly is a geotechnical engineer with more than 35 years of experience in research and practice. He has extensive experience of raft and pile foundations, the interaction of foundations and basements with existing infrastructure, subsidence and heave resulting from the interaction of vegetation and clay soils, and the impact of tunnelling on buildings.

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Dr Philip Smith
Dr Philip Smith

Dr Smith is a geotechnical engineer with 27 years of experience, including in research as well as practical industry applications. He has particular experience and expertise in site investigation, including for geotechnical and geoenvironmental aspects. DrSmith is also particularly experienced in dealing with issues related basement and subsurface construction, and the effects this can have on existing structures. He also has a specific interest in UXO risk assessment.

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Dr Michael Wan
Dr Michael Wan

Dr Michael Wan qualified as a chartered engineer in 2007 and has worked in the civil and geotechnical engineering industry in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong for over 20 years, with extensive design and construction experience of infrastructure and building projects involving some of the most challenging ground conditions and environments. His areas of expertise includegeotechnical instrumentation & monitoring, structural health monitoring, buildings & utilities impact assessments, and foundations & deep excavations.

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Meet Our Principal Engineers

Dr Chandra Abbireddy
Dr Chandra Abbireddy

Meet Our Senior Geotechnical Engineers

Dr Amandine Brosse
Dr Amandine Brosse
Dr Tiago Dias
Dr Tiago Dias
Dr Riccardo Scarfone
Dr Riccardo Scarfone

Meet Our Geotechnical Engineers

Dr Tom Morgan
Dr Tom Morgan
Ms Serena Che
Ms Serena Che
Dr Benjamin Guo
Dr Benjamin Guo

Associates

GCG’s Associates enlarge our pool of expertise and provide an essential link with leading academic and research institutions in the UK and overseas. Through the Associates, the consulting service draws on the most recent developments in theory and practice.

Professor D. Muir Wood

Professor R.J. Jardine

Professor R.N. Taylor

Professor S. Shibuya

Mr. R.C. Bridle

Dam Safety, UK

Professor S.A. Jefferis

Independent Consultant, UK

Professor J.R. Standing

Professor L.T. Zdravkovic

Professor T.D. O’Rourke

Professor B. Byrne