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Andrew Payne

As one of the founding Directors Andrew has been instrumental in developing the company from being a traditional M&E Services designer to a highly technical consultancy offering integrated Building Physics, Passivhaus and building fabric performance led solutions, alongside innovative M&E solutions.

He has also understood the importance of the business remaining at the front of information technology based knowledge systems and CBG were early adopters of Quality Assurance, Business Support software systems, advanced thermal modelling and BIM.

Part of CBG’s success has been its people and culture in developing staff from graduates to ultimately becoming part of the senior management team. This is something many of our long-term clients have respected and in some cases assisted in.

Andrew is always keen to question the ‘normal’ approach to the design and delivery of projects and is currently working with our building physics team to consider how optimising the fabric design can greatly reduce the M&E loads and whole life cycle costs. He also believes that this knowledge can and should be developed across all sectors including transport.

What Andrew brings to clients is not only technical experience spanning over 35 years but a deep understanding of the importance of defining the project need, finding appropriate technical solutions, reducing complexity and removing risk to successfully deliver the project.

Graham Woodroofe

One of the founding directors of CBG, Graham is a Chartered engineer with over 33 years’ experience and has responsibility for large projects and their delivery across many of the sectors including multi residential, universities and education projects.

Graham’s experience includes schools, universities, student accommodation, multi residential, private residential, hotels, leisure facilities and historic listed buildings. The breadth of Graham’s experience means he know what works and what doesn’t. A champion of the use of BIM throughout all aspects of design development and pushes for full integrated design and modelling on projects. Each time his goal is to engineer services that integrate seamlessly into the architecture and similarly providing easy-to-use building services to create truly comfortable buildings. Graham believes that ultimately creating buildings are about people, they influence the way we behave and interact and producing a great building comes down to the individuals involved.

Leading the mechanical design and building physics/sustainability teams Graham has a keen desire for shaping environmental design including optimising building performance which includes the work on a series of sustainable building exemplars including the application of PassivHaus to large education buildings. A passion for passive design and understanding how buildings respond to their environment has been complemented by an interest in how people interact with the buildings that they occupy. Good design is about being absolutely appropriate to the client, the project and the wider environment.

With a similar keen interest in historic architecture, historic buildings and heritage assets Graham is able to apply experienced environmental design skills and practical knowledge of building services to implement designs that are both appropriate and are optimised for building conservation.

Also responsible for the Quality Assurance and Environmental Management Systems within CBG.

Nassif Bahou

One of the founding directors, Nassif is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience.

He is responsible for complex and challenging projects. His expertise in building services originates from practical experience gained over the years leading on major projects across the various industry sectors both public and private.

Nassif dedicates his time to the development of the business specialising in modern design and contract management covering infrastructure, resilience, emergency services, energy efficiency and client focused solutions.

Working across healthcare, education, defence, industrial and housing sectors, he heads a number of successful frameworks maintaining a wide and varied client base. He is also the strategic leader for CBG’s Rail division, sharing his knowledge and expertise with the team whilst remaining very much ‘hands on’.

His positive attitude towards projects leads to successful completion of projects on time and within budget. He has a record number of repeat commissions and satisfied clients.

Bruce Kirk

Bruce worked and trained in professional theatre lighting for many years before becoming a theatre technician and lighting designer. Due to his expertise, he is a member of the technical panel of the Cathedral’s Fabric Commission for England, and the Historic Churches Committee for Westminster. In addition, he is a consultant advisor to three Diocesan Advisory Committees. He is also a Freeman of The City of London and a liveryman and member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers.

In the early 90’s Bruce formed Lighting Technology Projects, a systems integration company to work in the crossover market between theatre and architectural lighting. In March 2002, he formed Light Perceptions, an independent consultancy practice focusing on the specification and project management of lighting and associated control systems. In 2023, CBG Consultants acquired Light Perceptions and Bruce became part of the board.

His key project successes include project director for £6M of exhibition lighting and controls at the Millennium Dome, London. Due to his extensive experience in ecclesiastical and heritage, he was the project manager for the award-winning lighting scheme at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Ian Law

Ian is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the consultancy environment and leads the Mechanical team within the London office.

He has worked on a variety of projects from commercial Cat A/Cat B offices, hotels, banking, retail, and restaurants throughout the UK including numerous off-shore banking projects in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, along with many projects in Ireland.

As an Associate Director, he has a great understanding of practicality, co-ordination and buildability which makes him a valuable member of any design team. He has also a good working knowledge of electrical engineering, public health and vertical transportation.

Ian is a determined individual who is passionate and diligent about his projects. He has a very approachable, positive philosophy along with a helpful, hands on “can do attitude”.

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Narad Bhandari

Narad, a highly experienced rail professional, heads the CBG Rail sector and acts as Rail Project/Technical Director. He also undertakes Design Engineering management and quality assurance activities, ensuring that competent engineering resources are allocated to the projects. He maintains the Competency Management System (CMS) and ensures that projects are designed to Network Rail and other relevant industries standards and delivers high-quality products and deliverables that meet project scope and requirements.

He has more than twenty years’ of experience delivering rail projects, along with major railway infrastructure projects for Network Rail, High Speed 2, TOCs and local authorities. With his extensive experience within the rail industry and directly worked for Network Rail in various roles e.g. Project Engineer, Designated Project Engineer (DPE), Programme & Departmental Engineering Manager (PEM/DEM) and as a chartered engineer, he will be able to lead the team in delivering high-quality solutions whilst considering value for money to the clients by offering efficient ways of working and streamlining the process and procedures.

Narad has been appointed as PE, CRE, DPE, CEM and Departmental Engineering Manager (DEM) roles managing various disciplines, multidisciplinary coordination, integration, and interface activities under NR/L2/RSE/02009 and acting as lead designer, engineering manager for many projects over the years when working directly for Network Rail and via design consultancy in almost all the Network Rail regions.

Zahid Ashraf

Zahid has over 15 years’ experience and leads the Sustainability team; he has a hunger for innovative solutions which makes him a dynamic asset.

His technical abilities enable him to make valuable contributions in all areas of sustainable design, from low carbon consultancy through to dynamic thermal modelling and energy assessment.

Zahid’s competences as a Sustainability and Energy Engineer include Value Management, Co2 Emission Calculation, Overheating Calculation, Heat loss Calculation, Daylight Modelling and Solar Shading analysis.

Clients appreciate his enthusiasm and ability to always listen and fully understand their requirements. A confident and well-motivated individual, Zahid is a highly qualified Engineer, with the ability to organise work efficiently and meet tight deadlines.

Rob Butt

Rob provides over 8 years of extensive electrical knowledge and dedication to the building services industry in his role as a Associate Engineer.

His career has always been heavily involved in the building services industry, picking up practical site knowledge and driving projects forward to meet client requirements.

Rob is part of CBG’s electrical team, he deals directly with clients and design teams to achieve and deliver practical, energy efficient and engaging designs. He has worked on an extensive range of projects including Commercial, Education, Heritage and Residential. Rob’s knowledge across all sectors ensures he is a highly-valued member of the team whilst providing the highest levels of commitment. His broad experience benefits the CBG in-house engineering teams as he contributes to solving and delivering challenging briefs from our clients.


Adam Grant

Since joining CBG Consultants over 18 years ago Adam has gained extensive experience in all aspects of electrical building services from a wide range of sectors.

In his role as Associate, Adam heads up one of the electrical teams delivering a range of electrical services such as lighting, power and data, fire alarm and security designs. Adam also has gained valuable specialist sector experience and knowledge for Retail, Rail and Defence projects.

His approach to projects is logical and well thought out and he is committed to satisfying targets.

Adam is very enthusiastic and keen to learn. He thrives on challenges and is always willing to explore and gain more experience. A keen interest in listed buildings and heritage assets Adam has worked with many clients and architects across education and private residential country houses.