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Key Personnel

The affairs of the Forum are directed by an Executive Committee consisting of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Immediate Past Chairman and leaders of the Special Interest Groups.

Chairman Ron Mace - Shire Structures
Ron Mace

Ron Mace is a Director of Shire & has been for over 30 years. He is a fully qualified Senior Structural Engineer and member of the Institute of Structural Engineers. Ron is responsible for the overseeing of Shire’s 4 core engineering services, as well as Senior Engineering input into Shire’s more complex engineering projects on a day-to-day basis. Ron is currently serving as Chair of the Subsidence Forum, driving to advance standards, practice, effectiveness and future skill base, while enhancing the profile of the subsidence industry. Prior to that, serving as Vice-Chair in support of the previous Chair. Ron is particularly passionate about developing the skills of the industry through mentoring schemes and apprenticeships to develop tomorrow’s Engineers & improve standards by driving best practice.

Vice Chairman Sarah Dodd - DAC Beachcroft LLP

I am an Associate Solicitor at DAC Beachcroft. I head-up our dedicated subsidence team which is located across 3 of our nationwide offices. I manage a team of lawyers who both bring and defend tree root subsidence claims. I trained in the NHS’s clinical negligence defence team and, on qualification, moved to a role dealing with property damage claims. I have 17 years of experience in dealing with tree root subsidence claims, including managing claims through prior surge years of 2003 and 2006. Sarah is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Subsidence Forum, supporting Ron Mace as the forum Chair.


Past Chairman Mark Scoble - Oriel Services Ltd
Training & Education Group Chair Patrick Isaacs - Sedgwick UK
Tree Roots Claims Group Chair Ian Brett-Pitt - Best Answer Subsidence Engineering Ltd (BASE)
Exec Committee Ian Brett-Pitt - BASE
  Giles Carter - BVS Subsidence
  Gary Dalton - Zurich Insurance
  Paul Duddle - Catalyst Claims
  Clive Edmonds - Peter Brett Associates LLP
  Karl Evans - McLarens
  Tom Griffiths - Constructive Response Ltd
  Liam Hanlon - The Forshaw Group Ltd
  Patrick Isaacs - Sedgwick UK
  Shaun Kelly - Hawthorn Estates (NW) Ltd
  Mark Lacy - Crawford & Company
  Ashley Lowe - BWB Consulting Ltd
  Simon Macauley - Aviva General Insurance
  John Raftery - Helifix Ltd    
  Greg Rees - Claims Consortium Group    
  Steve Wright - Lloyds Banking Group    
Secretary Lauren Fairley


Ruth Wilks
Membership Sarah Starling
Marketing Sophie Hemmings
Events Emma Simmonds


DATES FOR YOU DIARIES 2019- For dates of all of the upcoming meetings and events in 2019 please click here

TRAINING DAY 2019 - This years Subsidence Forum Training Day will be held on Thursday 17 October at Tewin Bury Farm, Hertford Road, Welwyn, AL6 0JB. For more information please click here.

SUBSIDENCE HANDBOOK – A Practical Guide to subsidence in domestic property - 4th Edition available at a cost of £12.95 (inc p&p)



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