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Meet the Board Members of the Property Care Association

With extensive background and unparalleled knowledge in the construction and property care industry along with years of served experience in environmental management.

Ben Hickman - PCA Board Member

Ben Hickman - Chair

Company: CSSW London Waterproofing

Ben Hickman has been in the damp and timber industry since 2010 having previously been a contractor member and then an independent surveyor. Ben is now the technical director of CLW and consults on structural waterproofing including defect diagnosis, expert witness and waterproofing design development.

He has a Masters from the University of Cambridge. His research, which was partly funded by the PCA Bursary, included topics such as waterproofing additives for basement concrete and podium deck waterproofing. Ben sat on the British Standards committee revising BS 8102 and has contributed to best practice guidance with NHBC, Premier Guarantee and CIRIA.



Richard Schofield - PCA Board Member

Richard Schofield - Deputy Chairman

Company: Phlorum Ltd

Richard has been an environmental consultant for over twenty years. He started as a contamination specialist and then developed as an environmental manager. Richard co-founded Phlorum in 2003, which became a key player in the knotweed control industry.

Richard’s invasive species experience includes providing specialist advice and services to treat a range of non-native invasive species, including expert witness services for several legal cases. Richard has contributed to the working groups that produced the knotweed guidance for the RICS and numerous documents for the PCA. He also assists with the marking of examination papers for the PCA Japanese knotweed courses.


Mark Edwards - PCA Board Member

Mark Edwards - Treasurer

Company: Timberwise (UK) Ltd

Mark is Chairman and Director at Timberwise, a preservation and waterproofing contractor member of the PCA that operates throughout England and Wales. He has been a director in a number of different companies in a variety of industries over the last 30 years giving him wide business experience and knowledge. He has served as a director and chairman of the Property Care Association in the past and by returning to the Board he will bring new ideas, good leadership and sound guidance to the executive team. He is looking forward to making a difference and to helping the Association achieve its objectives.

Neil Marsden - PCA Board Member

Neil Marsden - Executive Officer

Company: Neil Marsden Independent Damp and Timber Consultants

Having progressed from a time served trade background to a well established independent preservation surveyors for the last 35 years, Neil has achieved various vocational qualifications including HND and NVQ (level 5) in Business Management, as well as various PCA Qualification’s.

In his current roles as a PCA RSO, PCA Trainer, Independent Surveyor/Consultant and Expert Witness all provide Neil with a unique insight into the diversity within our industry and what is needed to drive it forward, to meet the challenges it faces, in an ever-changing world.


John Bradley - PCA Board Member

John Bradley

Company: Cornerstone Management Services Ltd

In 1980 John joined his first ventilation company, Colt International, as a company trainee on a 4-year training programme. Now, over 40 years later, he’s putting the experience and knowledge he has gained over the years to good use as a Specialist Residential Ventilation Consultant.

After leaving Colt in 1992 he spent 14 years with The Nuaire Group, most of which was as Managing Director of their residential ventilation division. He then spent a number of years as Managing Director and major shareholder of a specialist independent residential ventilation company called Positive Ventilation, which provided a full consultancy, surveying, design, supply, installation, commissioning, certification and maintenance service. Prior to joining his current employer, he was Managing Director of Homevent, a division of Elta Fans.

John is a Chartered Building Engineer and has spent the vast majority of his career working in the ventilation industry, primarily focused on residential ventilation. He is currently 'Principal Technical Consultant - Residential Ventilation at Cornerstone Professional Services', which is a division of Cornerstone Management Services.

Robert Tiffin - PCA Board Member

Robert Tiffin

Company: Eco Tiffin

Robert Tiffin is a Director of Eco Tiffin, an expert building solutions company. Robert started his career in the industry 50 years ago as a quantity surveyor, working for large national companies such as McAlpine and Try Group, focusing on housing projects and modular system buildings before joining the family business. He has been on the London Board of the Federation of Master Builders for a number of years and is currently Vice President. An influential figure in the building world, Robert was part of the expert working group set up by the Bonfield Review for the research into Retrofit Standards in 2017. In 2019 he was invited to join the panel of experts on the Exhibition show Grand Designs and in 2020, he was asked to join two other industry experts for a Q&A consultation to the All Party Environmental Select Committee for oral evidence focusing on energy efficiency.


Cormac Rooney - PCA Board Member

Cormac Rooney

Company: MJ Rooney Construction

Cormac qualified as a Building Surveyor in 1998 and has since worked as Construction Manager on a wide variety of projects but specialises in Basements, Temporary Works and Structural Waterproofing. Cormac holds the CSSW qualification, is listed on the Waterproofing Design Specialist Register and is a director of the family business of MJ Rooney Construction.



Adrian Dawson - PCA Board Member

Adrian Dawson

Company: Olympic Construction

With over 40 years of experience in the building, preservation and waterproofing industry, Adrian has a deep understanding of the challenges and concerns associated with members in these fields.

His passion for preserving buildings started in the 80s where he continually gained knowledge and expertise. As a Fellow Chartered Building Engineer and RICS member with various other accreditations, he has shared his knowledge and passion with many PCA members (including his own family) helping many become a qualified. 

He remains very passionate and committed to the growth of our industry alongside the PCA  and will do whatever it takes to help the PCA and the preservation industry succeed.

Emily Walker  PCA Board Member

Emily Walker

Company: GCP Applied Technologies Ltd

As a ‘self confessed waterproofing geek’, Emily has many years of experience within the waterproofing sector and currently works for GCP Applied Technologies Ltd. Emily also draws on experience from working with Mining Engineers in the heavy civils industry. 

Her philosophy has always been that ‘every day is a school day’ and she is committed to the continuous development of skills and knowledge.



Alex Brook  PCA Board Member

Alex Brook

Company: Ebsford Environmental

Alex is the invasive species technical specialist for Ebsford Environmental Ltd. He is an ecologist with over twenty years’ experience, having previously been a research scientist at the University of Reading and CAB International where he was the project manager for the first release in Europe of a classical biological control agent against Japanese knotweed.

Alex’s projects cover a diverse range of invasive species and not just the usual suspects, in sectors such as utility companies, infrastructure, developers and local government. His portfolio is not limited to the built environment, and he takes particular pride in the various projects within our native landscape including sites of special scientific interest.

Alex has also written some of the sections within the Property Care Association publication: Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland. He is currently developing the Invasive Aquatic Weeds training programme for the Property Care Association.

Sarah Garry - CEO - PCA

Sarah Garry - Chief Executive

Company: Property Care Association

Sarah join the PCA in November 2023 after spending 20 years working with membership and trade associations; including for construction trade bodies and in the international medical sector. 

Prior to PCA, Sarah led the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) where she was Company Secretary and responsible for the day-to-day management of all of its activities including delivering the annual strategy, operational and staff management. She led the delivery of the multi-award winning World Congress of Soil Science 2022, and was a trustee of the company set up to manage the delivery of the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Sarah is NOT an elected board member.  As CEO of the PCA, Sarah's role within the elected board is to serve the direction and requested actions of the board.

James Berry - PCA Staff Member

James Berry - Deputy CEO

Company: Property Care Association

James joined the PCA team as Technical Manager in 2016 and later became Head of the Technical Department. He is a graduate of the University of Plymouth, where he achieved a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology but some of his earliest work experience is in the world of preservation, and has held various roles within an industry he now feels proud to represent. James is the lead on the Residential Ventilation Group sector of the PCA and is hugely enthusiastic about the need for improving standards for dampness and ventilation within existing buildings.

In 2023 he joined the senior management team following his promotion to Deputy Chief Executive and is thrilled to begin this next chapter and help drive the association forward into 2024 and beyond.

PLEASE NOTE: James is NOT an elected board member. James' role within the elected board is to serve the direction and requested actions of the board.

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