About Us

Formed as a family business in 2005, Vale Consultancy originally by providing civil and structural engineering services to key clients in South Wales, and to the local community in the Vale of Glamorgan. Since then, Vale Consultancy has established itself as a well renowned and respected engineering consultancy with a workforce of near thirty strong, providing a broad range of engineering services across Wales and much of England.

We are not a corporate entity and the Directors have a hands on approach to design. As the company has grown and continues to undertake larger projects, we will ensure we continue to provide a valued service to local communities and private clients. We enjoy meeting and working with local people, communities and design teams, and the personable approach required for this type of work forms the ethos of our working methods on larger projects.

We opened our first satelite office in March of 2021, in Ruthin, North Wales, with our native North Walian colleague Nedw stepping up as Regional Director for North Wales.

Our goal is to provide practical solutions to often problematic challenges, whilst always having a focus on cost and quality. Vale Consultancy’s Engineers will always be proactive, personable and will provide an economic solution within a timescale to meet our client’s deadlines. We take great satisfaction by embracing challenging engineering projects and providing a solution that enhances the architectural aesthetics of the end product.

We work with private homeowners and business owners, developers, contractors, architects, and the public sector to ensure that their aspirations are achieved.

Our quality assurance procedures are accredited by ISO 9001.

Our Management & Engineering Team

“We pride ourselves in being able to provide the most effective engineered solution, whether it’s creating a residential basement or working on a high rise office development.” - Matt Jones, Managing Director

Matt Jones Managing Director

Matt started his engineering journey at Leeds and Penn State Universities obtaining a degree in Master of Architectural Engineering. Working in both Cardiff and London, Matt became Chartered in first Structures and subsequently Civil Engineering, before moving back to South Wales and re-joining the family business, Vale Consultancy in 2005. As Managing Director of Vale Consultancy, first working on his own from home, Matt has grown the company to the well respected medium sized consultancy it is today.

Matt holds vast experience in the design of all types of building structures, ranging from small scale structural designs for residential extensions, to substantial reinforced concrete and steel frames for larger commercial schemes. In Civil Engineering, Matt has significant experience in sustainable drainage and infrastructure design.

Jon Mathias Director

Jon is a highly experienced structural engineer with over 25 years’ experience in engineering consultancy. He has designed numerous projects both large and small up to a value of £10 million. Jon’s experience ranges from small dwellings, housing estates to hotels, hospitals and apartment developments. He has also worked closely with the design development, coordination and detailing of many governmental building contracts, including the HMPS and HMCS throughout Wales and the south east of the UK.

Leighton Roberts Technical Director

Leighton is a retired Regional Director of one of the UK's leading multi-disciplined consultancies with over 50 years of experience as a Civil Engineer in infrastructure and the built environment. He has run and managed a significant portfolio, including the financial control and outcomes of large projects in the private, public, and commercial sector, with insight beyond his core discipline to deliver the clients vision. He has written technical papers, provided expert witness of urban drainage at planning appeals, and was actively involved as part of the national policy for Sustainable Drainage.

He has created systems and processes to benchmark, learn, and ensure continuously improved performance of the civil engineering business unit.

Chris Newby Associate

An Associate, formerly Principal Engineer, at Vale Consultancy, Chris is an experienced Structural Engineer, having been involved with numerous varied and structurally challenging, innovative projects. Chris provides engineering services within the consultancy sector, leading a diverse team of engineers, and providing detailed engineering solutions. Chris has developed a number of novel design pro-forma for non-traditional materials including GfRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic), Aluminium and cold-rolled steelwork.

Chris has designed numerous high specification and large scale projects with values ranging from £1k-£50M+, and prefers to specialise in large scale heavy industrial structures and high-specification architectural domestic properties.

Chris is currently eagerly anticipating the results of his recent Chartered Professional Accreditation application with the IStructE.

Nicole Freegard Principal Engineer, Structures

Nicole is a Principal Structural Engineer, who holds a Masters with Honours in Civil Engineering from the University of Liverpool. Since graduating Nicole has gained valuable industry experience working on projects ranging from large scale steel and concrete framed student accommodation, steel superstructure, and detailed connection design, to residential projects of varying scale with values of £1.5k to £10M.

Since working with Vale Consultancy, Nicole has been involved in a wide variety of projects such as small bespoke home improvements, to larger-scale designs working alongside Local Housing Associations in the South Wales region, and industry-leading Architects.

Nick Clifford Principal Engineer, Civils

With over 50 years of experience in Civil & Structural Engineering, Nick has designed super and substructures in all the major construction materials, for Commercial, Residential, Educational, Governmental (Police, Prison & Court & MOD), NHS trusts, Transportation (Airports) and WDA projects, both as new build and as alterations/extensions to existing buildings. Nick has also undertaken building surveys for fault diagnosis & repair, assessments prior to structural alterations and change of use.

In addition to structural design, Nick has developed a sound general knowledge of civil engineering aspects, especially those associated with building structures.

Freddy Payne Principal Engineer, Civils

Freddy has been working in highways and infrastructure engineering for over 4 years after attaining a degree in Civil & Coastal Engineering in 2016. He spent a few years in Hampshire working for a large consultancy gaining experience on a variety of small and large civil engineering projects before returning to South Wales.

He is now more focused on sustainable drainage, assisting clients and developers with SAB applications and approvals. Freddy also has good experience with 3D design software and can use it to help develop schemes with proposed site levels, cut and fill analysis, road layouts and alignments.

Robin Powell EngTech TMICE, Civil Engineer

Robin is a technician member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has extensive experience in the production of preliminary and detailed drawings utilising the latest computer technology and software packages. Robin has experience in Civil and Structural Engineering fields and the production of highway and drainage drawings, together with structural steelwork and reinforced concrete detailing.