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Our Team

Duncan – Projects Director

Duncan’s first utilities search was completed from his spare room back in 2004. He came up with the idea of offering Underground Utility Searches whilst managing a small engineering design team in his previous role. They regularly had to contact the utilities for their plans and he soon realised how much hassle and time this took. He quickly turned this idea into action, and with over 57,000+ searches completed to date, has built systems and internal processes that are the envy of the industry. Duncan is still very much hands-on and leads the growing team from their Wirral base. Duncan holds a BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree. He is a keen cyclist, recently having cycled an impressive 201 miles round Anglesey.

Jim – Marketing Manager

Brought in to help take the business to the next level! His role is to improve lead generation and customer satisfaction from over 7,000 registered clients. Jim loves interacting with potential and existing clients and has a wealth of marketing and sales experience through his previous roles at O2, the RAC and TalkTalk. Jim holds a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree majoring in Marketing. A season ticket holder at Liverpool FC and a keen golfer, Jim also loves the gym!

Melanie – Senior Projects Manager

Melanie oversees the operational side of the business having developed great customer-facing skills from her extensive experience in customer service team management roles at O2. Melanie joined the business in 2008 and holds a BSC (Hons) Biology and Psychology degree. In her spare time she likes to read and enjoys a good psychological thriller.

Iain – Projects Manager

Iain decided to forge a career straight from school and joined Cornerstone Projects in 2013. He has recently moved into the Projects Manager role after working as a CAD technician with us for most of his career here. “Deac” is a keen fan of cricket, American football and motor sports.

Fabrizio – CAD Technician

A CAD technician with 20+ years’ experience, Fabrizio has been with us since November 2016. He also has extensive experience in surveying for underground utilities and site management in his home country, Italy, as well as being a company Health and Safety representative. Fab is a part-time drummer for an “avant-garde prog punk” band.

Matt – Projects Manager

Matt has been with us since September 2018. Matt works alongside Ryan at the “coal-face” of the operation – pricing incoming enquiries, processing orders and overseeing the workflow of the team. He graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. Matt uses his artistic flair outside of the office and has produced a couple of commissioned pieces for friends and family.

Nicci – Projects Administrator

Nicci joined the team in July 2019 and since becoming a new mum has reduced her hours to 2 days a week. Whilst her key role is in the ordering, validating and checking plans for our highways customers, she is the office all-rounder and can cover most tasks as required! She is also a keen dog-lover and holds a diploma in Animal Care.

James – Projects Administrator

Joining the team in 2019, James is one of our Projects Administrators, who also provides additional support for our CAD department. James is a gym fanatic, dedicated to his local gym, and enjoys listening to melodic/house techno.

Gina – Projects Administrator

Gina joined us in November 2022 after having worked in Pharmaceuticals for many years. She is in charge of our “Special Projects” portfolio, managing our pre-development enquiries and licence applications. She also works on ordering and checking utility plans. She explores her creative side through upcycling projects for her home and is our resident cake-maker!

Jacob – Projects Administrator

After completing a foundation year in Law at Liverpool John Moore’s University, Jacob opted for a change of direction and joined our team in September 2023. His role is in ordering, checking and verifying utility plans. Outside of work he likes to keep fit by cycling and taking his dog, Rapha, for walks. He is a keen cook who enjoys experimenting with new recipes, particularly gluten free ones.

Helena – CAD Technician

The newest member of the team, Helena’s key responsibility is the delivery of our CAD drawings. She has a clutch of A/A* GCSEs and A-levels, as well as a degree in Product Design. Before joining Cornerstone Projects, her working background was in quality control and design manufacturing. She is an animal lover and has a number of rescue guinea pigs & hamsters that she takes care of.