Meet The Team

At GIP we pride ourselves on our close-knit, 40-strong team, from our cleaners through to our directors.

Every one of our staff members has an important role to play in the running of our business and in ensuring that our reputation as one of the UK's leading ground investigation companies is maintained.

We operate in two engineering teams, consisting of a management geologist and a team of geoenvironmental engineers, all of whom report in to one of our directors. Together our teams offer many years of geotechnical and geoenvironmental experience and our expertise means we have been serving the contracting community for more than 35 years.

Any member of staff at GIP can be contacted using our main reception (01902 459558), where Tracey or Becky will be happy to transfer you.


Julian Hughes BSc., MSc., CGeol., Eur Geol., CSci., FGS
Managing Director

Julian joined GIP in 1988, with a degree in Geology and was awarded an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering in 1990. Julian's areas of specialist expertise are slope stability assessment and the design of remedial solutions. He also has extensive experience in contaminated land and groundwater risk assessment.

He is a Chartered Geologist and a Chartered Scientist, and regularly acts as professional scrutineer on behalf of The Geological Society to applicants applying for Chartered Status.

Julian became the first recipient of the Midland Geotechnical Society's Les Nichol Award for contributions to geotechnical engineering. More details can be found at Midland Geotechnical Society - Les Nichol Award.


Chris Bullas BSc (Hons), CGeol, FGS, AMICE
Associate Director

Chris joined the GIP team in 1992 and has a range of experience from the design and supervision of ground investigations to the management of slope stability projects, underpinning remedial schemes on residential properties and is a vastly experienced technical expert with particular expertise in complex tunnel investigation work.

He has a first degree in Geology and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Geologist. Chris's main areas of specialism are ground gas and contaminated land risk assessments and remediation planning.


Andrew Mchugh BSc., MSc., CGeol., FGS
Associate Director

With a degree in Geological Sciences from Leeds University and an MSc in Foundation Engineering from Birmingham University, Andy's areas of specialist experience are groundwater remediation strategies, contaminated land and landfill gas assessment.

He has been a valued member of the GIP team since joining us as a graduate engineer in 1995. During his career with GIP, Andy has worked on a wide range of projects, producing factual and interpretative reports, designing, implementing and supervising geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigations and producing desk studies.


Paul Smart BTEC HNC Environmental Science
Laboratory Quality Manager

Paul joined the GIP lab team in 1991 and has in recent years played a large part in our UKAS accreditation and quality audits. Having acted as Senior Technician and then Laboratory Supervisor he was recently promoted to Laboratory Quality Manager.

He is responsible for a team of 8 technicians. Paul's main area of specialism is ensuring the effectiveness and continual improvement of the management system.


Matthew Laws BSc (Hons), FGS.
Principal Engineer

Matt joined GIP in 2005 and has Degree in Geological Science, is a fellow of the Geological Society and is member of the Midland Geotechnical Society (and past Chairman). Matt is an experienced technical practitioner, particularly in the field of slope stability and linear infrastructure investigations.

Matt is assisting with GIP’s current Quality Assurance review with our Quality Manager.


Dave Brown BSc (Hons), FGS.
Principal Engineer

Dave also joined GIP in 2005 and has Degree in Geology, member of the Midland Geotechnical Society and a fellow of the Geological Society of London. He is an experienced technical practitioner.

Dave retains operational responsibility, managing the day to day scheduling of the field crews and directly supervises the engineering teams jointly with Matthew.


Jo Stubbs BSc (Hons), MSc, FGS.
Quality Manager

Jo first joined GIP in 1990 as a graduate until 1991, rejoining as Project Engineer in January 1997. She completed an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, Design and Management in 2002.

From 2006 Jo became GIP's Quality Manager overseeing the company's ISO 9001 quality management system, auditing the laboratory's quality management system and continued development of the company's health and safety accreditations and management of our supply chain.

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