The Gradient approach is to work with you, not just for you. We’re a friendly, approachable team with years of experience and industry specialisms between us.

Clare Armstrong

Clare Armstrong

Director - BSc (Hons) MSc CBIFM Tech IOSH P405 CIHM

Area of expertise – I am an industry specialist in asbestos consultancy particularly in the housing sector. I work with clients to review their existing service, policies and procedures and develop and implement action plans to achieve compliance. I provide expert advice on legislation and Health and Safety in construction and as well as specialising in programme management for portfolios of property.

About me – With a background in social sciences and facility management, I have 18 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to founding Gradient, I held a number of positions in the public sector team at Owen Williams Consultants managing residential and commercial premises for major clients. With extensive experience across the sector, I have a firm belief that consultancy is all about making complex information clear, concise and relevant. I also manage the day to day running of the practice.

When I can tear myself away from Gradient I enjoy craft and printmaking, eating out and bargain hunting in my home town of Tunbridge Wells.

Memberships – certified member of British Institute of Facility Managers and a technical member of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, committee member of Constructing Excellence Sussex Club

Recent Projects
Paradigm Housing Group – Asbestos Register Project
The Courtauld Institute – Policy Development
Hyde Housing Group – Compliance Contract Management
London Fire Brigade – Asbestos Management
London Borough of Southwark – Contractor Audit
Alexandra Palace – Asbestos Consultancy

Richard Garland

Richard Garland

Director - BSc (Hons) DipBldgCons MBA FRICS MIC AaPS

Area of expertise – I am a Chartered Building and Management Consultancy Surveyor with specialisms in complex problem solving, multi stakeholder projects and works to historic properties.

About me – Having worked for Lincoln Cathedral, Grosvenor and Owen Williams as surveyor through to senior manager, my career has been diverse and varied from project managing works to historic buildings, advising on national repair and maintenance contracts and cost consultancy for asset planning. With sound technical knowledge in construction and expertise in business management I am well placed to solve many property problems.

I have co-authored guidance notes and regularly contribute articles for the RICS website. As an accomplished speaker, I have chaired RICS roadshows and spoken at the National building surveying conference, championing small businesses. I have been re-elected to the RICS Governing Council for the term 2015-2017.

When I am not working, I am a seasoned ultra-marathon runner regularly competing in 100+ mile races and I’m also an active member of Eastbourne Round Table. I have recently been invited to become a Governor of Ratton School in Eastbourne.

Memberships – Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Associate Member of the Association for Project Safety, Elected member of RICS World Governing Council, Member of Institute of Consulting.

Recent Projects
Chorus at The Shard – Contract and Programme Consultancy
Environment Agency – Tranche of 60+ condition surveys
Lansdowne House, Holland Park – Façade repairs

Duncan Tibbitts

Duncan Tibbitts

Associate Director - BSc (Hons) MRICS

Area of expertise – I am an experienced project manager and contract administrator having worked on many residential and commercial projects up to £1m in value. I also specialise in dilapidations, having acted for both landlords and tenants in successfully negotiating and settling claims in excess of £1/4m.

About me – With over 10 years’ experience as a Chartered Building Surveyor I joined Gradient in 2014 having previously worked for large London firms including Cluttons and CBRE. I have developed a broad range of skills and much of my experience has been with Prime Central London property, primarily in managing projects in multi occupied residential buildings. I am also an experienced Principal Designer and can advise clients on all aspects of construction health and safety.

I am also an accredited RICS APC assessor.

I spend my free time exploring London and Sussex with my young family as well as enjoying music festivals, gigs and real ale.

Memberships – Chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Recent Projects
Tower House, Covent Garden, London – Full commercial building survey
Fountain House, Mayfair, London – CDM Principal Designer
Garrick House, Mayfair, London – Project Management of Office Fit-Out
51 South Street, Mayfair– Preparation of 10 year maintenance plan
Park View Industrial Estate, Eastbourne – Preparation of Terminal Schedule of Dilapidations
Neville Road, Hove – Expert Report

Patrick Rego

Patrick Rego

Associate Building Surveyor - BSc (Hons) MRICS

Area of expertise –I am a chartered building surveyor who has extensive experience in undertaking building surveys of residential and commercial buildings, from simple condition surveys through to large scale stock condition surveys to identify defects, recommend suitable remedial work and ascertain budget estimate costs. I have acted as Contract Administrator on numerous projects ranging in value from £100,000 to £1.2m. I am proficient in the use of 2D and 3D CAD design software, including AutoCAD and Google Sketchup. I also provide general party wall advice and services.

About me – I joined Gradient in January 2018, having previously worked for several Sussex based surveying practices providing a broad range of building surveying services in the residential, commercial, secondary and further education sectors for private and public sector clients. Prior to this I started my career in the industry as an Architectural Technician providing various drawing services to support planning and Building Regulations applications, tender and construction issue drawings.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and getting out on road and mountain bike group rides with my local riding club. I can also be persuaded into playing games on the Xbox with my two boys, but don’t tell mummy!

Memberships – Chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Recent Projects
Grade II listed Pub, Litlington – Full building condition survey
Bexhill – Contract Administration of renovation and dry rot works to block of flats
Silverdale Road, Eastbourne – Full building condition survey of large residential dwelling
Southover, Lewes – Damp diagnosis survey of Grade II listed property

Tim Hayles

Tim Hayles

Associate Building Surveyor - Maps, MBIAT, ACIOB

Area of expertise – I am an experienced Building Surveyor/Project Manager with 45 years’ experience in the construction industry. I have acted as a project manager, designer, building surveyor, space planner and contract administrator on construction projects throughout the UK and abroad. I also have extensive experience as a CDM co-ordinator/Principal Designer and in the field of health and safety generally.

About me – I have experience with the MOD, Retail sector, Health sector, London Fire Brigade, Residential blocks, and the Royal Bank of Scotland which has given me the specialist knowledge of the necessity of working within budget and time restraints. This knowledge has been used the client’s benefit in projects nationwide.

For the past 8 years I have run a number of frameworks in the health, banking and public sectors for my previous employer including carrying out site surveys, producing schedules of work, specifications and detailed plans as well as producing tender documents, running the projects on site and agreeing final accounts.

When I am not working I play Cricket, enjoy theatre and eating out, and walking in the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Memberships – Member of the Association of Project Safety, Member of the British Institute of Architectural Technologists, Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Recent Projects
Legal and General -Retail management works
London Fire Brigade –Framework Management
Royal Free Hospital –Project management for various projects

Alexandra Bassey

Alexandra Bassey

Building Surveyor - BSc (Hons) AssocRICS P405

Area of expertise – I am a RICS Registered Valuer and have experience in residential surveying, defect diagnosis and providing valuations for a range of purposes. I have had a successful year navigating my way through the business rate appeals process and numerous party wall instructions.

About me – I joined Gradient in September 2015, having previously worked for a one of the largest providers of mortgage valuations in the country as a residential mortgage valuation surveyor. I am increasingly involved in professional work, including preparing licenses to alter and working on Party Wall commissions.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my partner, our three children, friends and family. We enjoy entertaining, days out, playing games and arts and crafts.

Memberships –Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, RICS Registered Valuer and member of the Pyramus and Thisbe Party Wall Club.

Recent Projects
Large commercial property, Eastbourne – Successful business rates appeal
Cowfold – Building survey of a converted historic barn
Hailsham – Valuation survey for a private client
Meads, Eastbourne – Homebuyers Survey for a private client
London Fire Brigade – Boiler Room Clean, asbestos removal




Graham Harrison

Graham Harrison

Property Compliance Consultant - Tech IOSH P402, P405, S301

Area of expertise – I am an experienced property compliance consultant having worked in the housing, commercial & charity sectors. I have provided property compliance solutions for organisations with large property portfolios such as local authority housing, corporate building departments and housing associations. I have been instrumental in developing compliance programmes in areas such as Asbestos Management, Fire Safety, Legionella control and Lifting equipment. I have also provided health and safety management plans for numerous smaller companies within the private commercial sector.

About me – Prior to joining Gradient I spent 8 years working for (at that time) the UKs largest UKAS accredited Asbestos Consultancy working my way up from Surveyor to the organisation’s Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Manager responsible for maintaining accreditation to ISO standards 9001, 14001, 18001, 17020 & 17025. I then moved to St John Ambulance taking responsibility for health & safety for the South East in six counties.

When not working I enjoy travel, motorcycling and I play a little golf (badly).

Memberships – Technical Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Member of the British Safety Council, Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Health

Recent Projects
Keltbray/Skanska – Auditing asbestos remediation at MOD training facility (Rebuild site total project value 450m).
Waverley Borough Council Housing department– Compliance (Asbestos, Fire, Legionella) Management programme
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames – Health and Safety Compliance for Corporate building portfolio
Wandsworth and Richmond Borough Councils – Management of asbestos removal programme – schools

Jane Armstrong

Jane Armstrong

Finance and Project Administrator

Area of expertise – As Finance and Project Administrator I am responsible for accounts. I also work with the Directors to oversee all major projects

About me – Having worked in a number of managerial roles in the public sector, including City College Brighton I joined Gradient in 2006. My background is in the education sector and much of my career has seen me working closely with the end users of services as well as managing budgets and resources.

I enjoy keeping fit, singing with Rock Choir and spending time with my family including granddaughters at home in Lewes. I am also a member of the Nevill Juveniles Bonfire Society and enjoy spending winter evenings knitting their green and white jumpers.