Our team

Our highly qualified and experienced team is dedicated to providing a tailored, client led service that results in a high quality outcome to best satisfy your specific requirements.

Mark Chandler, Director


Mark is a Chartered Architect and a qualified Interior Designer. He became a Director of Vincent and Gorbing in 1998.

His expertise encompasses office and industrial developments, leisure and retail buildings, civic and educational buildings and interior design. Mark’s special interest includes environmental design and the innovative use of materials.

He also leads business development and marketing aspect of the practice.

Andrew Rayner, Technical Director

Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT

Andrew is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and he became a Technical Director of Vincent and Gorbing in 2001. He has worked as a project manager in a wide range of projects across all sectors.

His particular responsibility is in technical co-ordination across the office and in diverse portfolio of commercial and educational projects.

Jo Grant, Finance Director

Jo is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of post-qualification experience.  Jo joined Vincent and Gorbing in 2020 as the finance manager and became a director in 2023.  She has a background in corporate banking within the Construction and Real Estate sectors and latterly as FD of a leading Hertfordshire law firm.

Jo is responsible for the practice’s financial management, corporate governance and HR.

Claire Newbury, Associate Director


contact: claire.newbury@vincent-gorbing.co.uk

Claire is a chartered Town Planner and joined Vincent and Gorbing as a Senior Associate in 2017.

Claire has worked mainly in the private sector, although has had some public sector experience early on in her career.

She has a comprehensive understanding of planning issues, and has worked on a wide variety of projects during her 15 years as a planning professional, including strategic land, residential, mixed use town centre projects, retail, commercial, education and leisure schemes.

Claire is experienced in providing detailed planning advice and working with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large schemes, including EIA development.

Stephen Chown, Associate Director

BA(Hons), Dip. Arch., RIBA

contact: stephen.chown@vincent-gorbing.co.uk

Stephen is a registered architect and a chartered member of the RIBA who joined the practice in 2007 and was appointed as Associate in 2014.

He has been a key member of the team on a number of projects from conception through to completion. His most notable work includes a number of projects completed for the University of Hertfordshire.

Stephen is experienced in all aspects of the architect’s role, with particular responsibilities for concept design, design development and co-ordinating projects for detail planning applications and tender submissions.

Nadine Cleland, Associate Director

Dipl. Ing (FH) ARB RIBA

contact: nadine.cleland@vincent-gorbing.co.uk

Nadine has more than 18 years’ experience in private practice having previously worked for Haverstock, Curl La Tourelle and DWW Design. Nadine is well versed in delivering a wide range of residential and education developments, from concept stage through to completion and following all main routes of procurement. At Vincent+Gorbing, Nadine is an Associate Director for both market sale and affordable housing developments for new and existing clients.

Nadine also leads the practice’s Quality Assurance and professional accreditation.

Gary Tew, Senior Associate

HND (Construction)

Gary is a qualified Architectural Technologist who was appointed an Associate in 2004.

He has been working as a Senior Project Manager in all sectors of the industry. Gary has a wealth of experience in design and project management of a wide range of construction projects. He also maintains a keen interest in modern technologies and construction procurement methods.

Gary is also responsible for the Architectural CAD Software, CAD Standards and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Jonathan Burstow, Consultant

BA(Hons), Dip Arch, MArch (USA), RIBA

Jonathan is a Chartered Architect who brings to the company his international experience from the UK, Canada and the USA. Having been a Director of Vincent+Gorbing for 13 years he has now reduced his working week and continues to support the practice at senior level.

His expertise includes affordable and private sector housing, site planning and key worker and student accommodation. He has a particular interest and knowledge in sustainability and modern methods of construction.

Martin Friend, Consultant

BSc(Hons), Masters in Town Planning, MRTPI

Martin is a Chartered Town Planner, with longstanding experience of advising private and public clients on a variety of planning matters. He became a Director of Vincent and Gorbing in 2000.

He has achieved Planning consents on numerous strategic housing and commercial schemes and has acted as professional witness on a number of complex Planning cases, working alongside leading Planning barristers. He also appears at Local Development Framework Examinations.

Claire Bennett, Architect

BA(Hons), DipArch, MArch, RIBA

Claire has recently passed her professional practice examination and is now a qualified chartered architect. She is a valuable member of our practice who has brought extensive experience in educational, residential and community projects.

Claire is very proficient in many computer packages: AutoCAD, Revit 2017, Photoshop, Vectorworks, Sketchup, Illustrator, InDesign, Publisher and NBA Create.

Nicholas Keens, Senior Architectural Technologist


Nicholas is a Senior Technologist at the practice and he joined Vincent and Gorbing in 2001.

He is very experienced in resolving detailed technical problems and enjoys developing his CAD techniques using the latest software to produce very accurate and detailed construction drawings. He also successfully uses 3D modelling software to produce life-like computer generated images for presentation visuals.

His particular skills and expertise is using Revit software and BIM.

Ian Drewery, Senior Architectural Technologist

HND (Arch Tech)

Ian is a Senior Architectural Technologist, whose specific expertise includes technical design, coordination and project management.

Ian has extensive experience and knowledge of social housing standards, including Lifetime Homes and Code for Sustainable Homes and is regularly engaged in projects specialising in residential, commercial, educational and community building types.

Joanne Harcourt, Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons), RIBA Part 1

Joanne completed degrees in both Interior Architecture and Architecture and joined the practice in 2006.

She has experience in residential, commercial, educational, leisure and community building types and a good knowledge and experience of social housing standards, including Design & Quality, Lifetime Homes and Code for Sustainable Homes.

Joanne works on a broad spectrum of projects including 3D modelling, presentation renderings and interior design, including selection of finishes and preparing presentation sample boards and visuals.

Hardeep Ryatt, Senior Associate Planner
Jacob Kaven. Principal Planner


Contact: jacob.kaven@vincent-gorbing.co.uk

Jacob is a Chartered Town Planner who joined Vincent and Gorbing as a Principal Planner in 2023. He has more than 8 years of consulting planning experience, managing planning applications and promoting sites on behalf of a wide range of clients across various sectors.

Jacob obtained his Master’s in Environmental Studies (Urban Planning) in Canada in 2012 and qualified as a Registered Professional Planner (Canadian equivalent of MRTPI) in 2017. Prior to moving to the UK in 2021, Jacob practiced as a consulting planner in the Greater Toronto Area of Canada for six years where he specialised in high density, mixed-use development in transit hubs / corridors.

He is a strong project manager with demonstrated problem solving and facilitation ability, enabling him to effectively liaise with Councils and stakeholders to secure planning approvals for clients.

Outside of work, Jacob is busy keeping up with his two young boys and enjoys a round of golf if he’s lucky.

Howard Absolon, Senior Planning Technician

Howard Absolon, Senior Planning Technician

Howard was appointed as a Senior Planning Technician at Vincent & Gorbing in 1988. He is responsible for the provision of graphics support to the planning team.

In addition to producing Planning drawings and exhibition material, Howard is also responsible for the day to day maintenance of the company’s IT infrastructure in his role as IT Manager.

Trish Mead, Office Manager
Hannah Philp, Planning Assistant


Hannah has a MA in Town Planning and joined Vincent and Gorbing in 1997.

She assists the Planning team and has a wide knowledge of Planning projects. Hannah is experienced in application preparation, managing consultants and monitoring application progress and specialises in community consultation.

Zhengyang Zhao, Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons), MArch

Having moved to the UK with his family from Shandong, China in 2011, Zhengyang went on to study Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He graduated in July 2022 with the degree of Master of Architecture, MArch.

As a keen allotmenteer Zhenyang enjoys growing his own food in his spare time, as well as travelling and exploring places further afield.

John Peña, Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons), MArch

Joining the office in 2022 as an Architectural Assistant. John holds a Masters in architecture, completing his Part 2 from the University of Greenwich. He fosters a deep interest in 3D modelling, 3D visualisation, photography, and the traditional craft of hand drawing. John is currently working on completing his final stage of studies to become a registered Architect.  John also finds great passion in fitness and health, often engaging in activities such as basketball, calisthenics, and power-lifting. His role in the practice has been to contribute to the delivery of projects through all RIBA work stages, produce 3D visualisations and animations, as well as being the in-house photographer.

Adam Syzman, Architectural Assistant

George Sellers, Assistant Planner