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Andrew Woods
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Andrew Woods

CEO

Andrew is the founder of Expedite. After enjoying a couple of years ‘on the tools’ Andrew commenced training as a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager and quickly became chartered and promoted to Director at a leading national firm of surveyors. Andrew’s main area of expertise is in Project Management and Design and Build Procurement. Andrew has significant experience in funder due diligence and his expertise is trusted by several major funding institutions. Andrew’s primary objective is to ensure delivery of exceptional commercial results to every client.

Andrew Aust
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Andrew Aust

Director - Design

Andrew is an award winning RIBA Chartered Architect with project experience gained in and around the South, South West regions of the UK and Wales, for both medium sized and large international practices. As the lead Director of Design, Andrew is very experienced in design project management and onsite co-ordination with hand on’s experience delivering a wide range of sector work incorporating environmental design and building techniques including successfully delivery of challenging Historic and Listed buildings and mixed-use commercial schemes.

What was your first car? MG Metro, white… couldn’t fit into it!

Where can we find you outside of work? Fat Dads FC on a Wednesday night is a mid-week must-do, reset and kick off the week again.

Liliana Aust
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Liliana Aust

Finance Manager

Liliana has over 20 years experience in the construction industry and has progressed from technical design to Head of Finance. Together with Andrew Woods, she manages several consultancy companies and three global property companies, with Expedite at the center.

What makes Expedite a great place to work? Expedite is like a family and is full of opportunities for growth. Stick with us, and we’ll make you famous or infamous – you choose.

Where can we find you outside of work? At the beach, on the cliffs and in the woods.

Proudest moment at work? When I’ve remembered to do stuff before Woodsy mentions it!

Ian Carter
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Ian Carter

Director - Development

Ian is Development Director for Expedite and splits his time between Business Development for Group and Project Management duties for Expedite Project Services. Ian is also a Director of our DevCo CollabX. As a chartered Town Planner and Urban Designer, Ian brings nearly 20 years development experience to Expedite.

Where’s your dream holiday destination? I want to walk on Antarctica with the penguins.

What’s your highest ranking on the Peloton globally and within Expedite? Until Mike Lister has a go I’m no.1 in Expedite, luckily he’s a Zwift man. Top 1% globally…!

Favourite Expedite memory? There’s too many and hopefully many more to come.

 

Neil Freeman
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Neil Freeman

Director - Projects

Neil is Director of Project Services for Expedite and provides Project Management and Quantity Surveying services in Devon, Cornwall and further afield.  With over 20 years experience in the industry for both Consulting Practices and Main Contracting, Neil is able to bring a wide range of experience to his projects.

Where’s your dream holiday destination? A Three-month sabbatical in Central and South America (Don’t tell Woodsy), failing that anywhere in Italy.

Describe your career in one sentence? A happy surprise – I never planned to have a career in construction but it’s turned out to be extremely enjoyable and rewarding.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done? 2022 Expedite Ski trip!

Andrew Griffiths
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Andrew Griffiths

Director - Projects

Andrew is Director for Expedite Group with specific focus with Expedite Project Services for delivery. Andrew is a chartered surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Quantity Surveying Institute, Andrew brings over 20 years of experience to Expedite.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Racing Driver

Proudest moment at work? Gaining my Chartership

 

Mike Hallam
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Mike Hallam

Director - Building Services

Mike’s 15+ years’ experience lies mostly within Building Services, having been involved in a number of projects across many market sectors with a particular focus on heritage, sports stadia, residential, commercial, infrastructure and large scale photo-voltaic power generation.

In his career Mike has had some great opportunities to work on large international projects but the highlight so far is working as the lead electrical engineer on the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium which is one of eight stadiums constructed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. More locally he has very much relished his involvement at The Eden Project to plan their future electrical infrastructure improvements to enable them to achieve ‘Climate Positive’ status in the not too distant future!

Describe your career in one sentence? My career up to now has been pretty exciting with opportunities to work in most sectors located throughout the UK and abroad. I’ve also met some very interesting people along the way, which is the best part of the job!

What was your first car? A red Peugeot 106. It lacked style but it could fit in any parking space.

In your team, who is the most likely to buy the first round of drinks? Me… every time!

 

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David Hayes

Director - Building Services

David is a Director of the Building Services Group at Expedite. As a chartered Engineer, David brings nearly 20 years of mechanical engineering delivery to Expedite focusing on technical excellence and modern, sustainable solutions. With a degree in mechanical engineering and an MSc in renewable energy system technologies, David truly understands building performance underpinned by his previous roles as a CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor and BREEAM assessor.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Sadly, an engineer! … albeit working as an engineer in a Formula One team.

Describe your career in one sentence?  Diverse and progressive where I have embraced change and new challenges to improve my knowledge and become a better engineer, manager and mentor to others.

Proudest moment at work? Taking one of the worst performing buildings on a University campus, providing energy improvement measures which ultimately exceeded the project aspirations and led to a building award.

 

Mark Holmes
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Mark Holmes

Director - Tax Depreciation

Mark is Taxation Director at Expedite heading up our property taxation team. Mark brings 18 yrs property and construction experience, with the last 10 years focused on saving clients tax on their commercial property investments through capital allowances, research & development and VAT.

Describe your career in one sentence? Unorthodox.

Tell us one of your favourite quotes. “There are no ordinary moments.”

Proudest moment at work? Winning the first big projects when starting Expedite Tax.

 

Simon Lancaster
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Simon Lancaster

Director - Engineering

Simon is a Structural Engineer with over 20 years of experience in design and project management. He has experience in working on highly complex and sensitive structures in addition to the more traditional and mass housing developments. Project value ranges are between £100M to small scale residential developments.

What do you do too much of? Work! and Eat!

Proudest moment at work? I have to say it right…. stadium design – particularly Exeter Chiefs.

Favourite Expedite memory? “Waking up naked covered in jelly and” ….. wait, is there a PG rating needed for this?

Terry Smedley
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Terry Smedley

Director - Safety

Terry is Safety Director at Expedite and manages the Principal Designer and CDM services as well as general H&S. Terry has over 20 years previous experience as an architectural technician and brings these skills and knowledge to the Principal Designer role, which he has been carrying out since 2016.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Professional Drummer, I dreamt of playing Wembley every weekend…

Where can we find you outside of work? At home with the family or out playing a gig somewhere behind the drums.

Favourite part of the work day? That feeling when you have achieved what you wanted to at the start of the day.

 

Sophie Weeks
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Sophie Weeks

Director - Expedite Interiors

Sophie is the Director of Expedite Interiors. She possesses a variety of skills which have been developed from many years in professional practice including using creativity to deliver inspired, high-quality design solutions for clients, whilst also respecting commercial and environmental requirements.

Describe your career in one sentence? My career has been a total mixture of interior design projects, from massive defence schemes in the Middle East to award-winning fish and chip shops! No two days have ever been the same!

How would your colleagues describe you? I really don’t know, perhaps annoyingly positive!

Favourite part of the work day? Lunchtime!

 

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If you would like to enquire about joining Expedite, please contact Liliana Aust on 01392 691631.

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