Mentors - The North

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Racheal Cadey

Racheal Cadey, Founder & Principal, Edge GB

Racheal Cadey is the founder and design principal of award-winning practice Edge Architecture and Design. An interior architect by training, and an integrator of brand and architecture, she drives connected design expertise across the practice to improve brand perception and business performance. Edge delivers return on design investment for clients across all sectors. As the design principal of The Crown Estate’s award winning headquarters and the first Platinum WELL Building standard certified project in Europe, she firmly believes a Wellness strategy is central in an effective workplace.


Greg Hardie


Greg Hardie, Associate Director, Arup 

Greg leads multidisciplinary project teams and the structural engineering team in Manchester and is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He has led the successful design and delivery of new build and refurbishment projects, temporary structures, and low carbon designs. 

Greg has 27 years of national and international project experience both as a designer and on site. Through his career he has support several engineers through Chartership and is a mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation and One Million Mentors.   

Greg holds a firm belief in the concept of ‘total design’ and the improved quality, economy and sustainability that can be generated through an integrated and truly holistic approach. By aligning client aspirations with technical opportunity, Greg strives to achieve design elegance and excellence through all his work.

Erland Rendall

Erland Rendall, Owner & Director, Atorus Consulting



Gennaro Sarno, Project Director, Overbury

Hi, I’m Gennaro; a Project Director for Overbury Northern. I’ve been with Overbury for over 9 years and my previous employer was Skanska of over 6 years. During my time at Skanska I completed a Construction Management degree at The University of Salford and worked on a number of Government funded schemes. After leaving Skanska, I took an opportunity to work more locally in the Northwest for Overbury. I started as a Site Manager and progressed steadily to my current position. 

I would describe myself as a self motivated, energetic and dynamic individual, passionate about delivering the very best product and service for clients, supply and stakeholders. The projects I generally deliver are of a complex nature for high profile customers. My strengths lie in forming strong relationships and understanding what's important to the client, consultants and colleagues. Combined with a natural leadership style, a personal drive for perfection, continual improvement and a strong technical ability, it allows me to manage and resolve complex problems while always maintaining what good looks like and strong client relationships.

I'm currently working on a large scale refurbishment for a well-known bank in the Northwest, along with a number of smaller fitouts regionally. My day to day role is to lead and support the project delivery teams in successfully delivering on our promises and commitments to our customers.


Jonathan Seebacher

Jonathan SeebacherDirector, Ryder Architecture

Jonathan joined Ryder in 2003 and has a wealth experience across education, masterplanning, civic, residential and office sectors. He has been instrumental in growing Ryder’s portfolio across the UK and was part of the team that established Ryder’s Hong Kong office. Jonny led our portfolio of buildings at Newcastle Helix – an exemplar of sustainable urban development which combines prestigious commercial and residential space with first class research and education facilities in the heart of Newcastle. Jonny leads the Ryder Alliance, an entrepreneurial international alliance employing pioneering research and technologies to redefine architectural practice with our partners around the world. 

Jonny represents Ryder at The British Council of Offices, has been a panel member to the RIBA awards and is a graduate of the Common Purpose Meridan senior leadership programme. Outside of work, he enjoys travel, time with his family and is a keen sports fan.




Alex Stork

Alex Stork, Business Development Manager, Overbury

I’m Alex Stork and I work for Overbury, a specialist fit-out & refurbishment contractor. We have a strong track record of delivering quality office/workspace accommodation. I represent our Northern team in Yorkshire & the North East and am based out of our Leeds office.  

I’m responsible for developing business for Overbury in the region. A large part of what I do is support strong relationships with our client and consultant contacts. I do this through understanding what’s important to our work providers, learning how we can add value and working closely with our project teams to deliver the best experience.  

I look forward to speaking with you soon.   


 Geoff Taylor


Geoff Taylor, Project Director, Almacantar

Geoff is a degree qualified chartered civil engineer (FICE) who, after working in design and construction for nearly 10 years, migrated into property development where he has spent the last 35 years. In 1996 Geoff attended, survived and graduated the assault course that is Harvard Business School. Currently Project Director at Almacantar, Geoff likes to look at the whole complex picture surrounding a property development project and assemble a team to tackle the issues in a methodical and logical manner. Geoff has contributed to the editing of the last two issues of BCO ‘Guide to Specification’ and is a regular attendee at BCO events.

With buildings becoming ever more complex to meet the demands of occupiers and the requirements of legislation the cost of delivering a Grade A asset rises inexorably and Geoff believes it is vital to manage the factors of production as efficiently as possible to optimise returns whilst serving to improve the environment. It is a responsibility to pass one’s knowledge and experience to the next generation as they move to take over the baton.

 Georgina Thompson

  Georgina Thompson, Workplace Design Manager, Government Property Agency

Georgina is a Chartered Architect and Workplace Design Manager for the Government Property Agency (GPA). GPA is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, a key part of Central Government armed to deliver an ambitious Government Hubs Office Programme across the UK. Georgina lead’s the design on a number of new large Government hub projects and ensures the ambitious targets of Inclusive Design, Sustainability, Net Zero Carbon and alignment with PAS3000 are all achieved through the physical spaces they deliver. She is passionate about design and the wish to create brilliant places for people to work. 

She has worked in Government Property Public Sector since 2018 previously working for Newcastle University’s Capital Projects Estates team holding an expert client role for the design of new office and teaching buildings, co-ordinating refurbishment programmes and optimising workspace planning to improve utilisation and efficiency. She has also worked in private architectural practice alongside completing her own residential and charity design projects across a range of scales and budgets.