Natalie Hewitt BA(Hons) BArch(Hons) RIBA/Architect

Natalie Hewitt
Natalie is a creative and experienced architect with eight years training together with six years spent working in a busy Stoke-on-Trant based architecural practice. She gained her BA (Hons) in Architectural Design and Management from Northumbria University in 2005, before studying towards her BArch (Hons) at De Montfort University, Leicester. She qualified as an architect with RIBA accreditation in April 2011.

Her creative design flair and knowledge of computer software has enabled her to bring modern architecture and graphic presentation to the forefront of her work, and helped in securing some complex planning approvals.

She has worked on a wide variety of projects across a range of sectors, from residential and commercial to leisure and healthcare. Her work locally in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, most notably on a multi-million pound mixed use regeneration projects, was received by clients, residents and local authorities alike.

Likes: Cartoons
Dislikes: Thunderstorms
Likely thing to say: Is everybody happy?
Favourite building: The Pantheon

Career History

2011 – Present Hewitt & Carr Architects
2005 – 2011 Hulme Upright Ltd.
Summer 2003 RyderHKS International

Mark Carr MCIAT/Senior Architectural Technologist

Mark Carr
Mark gained his MCIAT in 2009 following a valuable 22 years experience working for a busy Stoke-on-Trent based architectural practice.

During this time he obtained extensive experience in a multitude of areas, from domestic projects, extensions, new build and housing developments to the commercial sector, hotels, hospitals and offices.

Born and raised in the market town of Cheadle, Staffordshire, Mark is a family man whose work locally in the Staffordshire Moorlands and surrounding districts, especially in the residential sector, has earned Mark an excellent reputation for a high quality and reliable architectural service.

Likes: Cars
Dislikes: Spiders
Likely thing to say: Could you just.
Favourite building: The Shard

Career History

2011 – Present Hewitt & Carr Architects
1989 – 2011 Hulme Upright Ltd.

Kate Walker BA(Hons) MArch RIBA CR /Architect

Kate Walker
Kate studied architecture at Manchester & LJMU, and has since gained a variety of experience working for practices in the North Staffordshire area. In 2013 she decided to return to university to study towards a conservation degree, before joining HCA in October 2015. She currently works primarily on the practice’s residential and historic building projects.

Kate qualified as an architect in 2017, and is now looking to add to her RIBA conservation registration with full AABC and IHBC accreditation in the coming years.

Likes: Snowboarding
Dislikes: uPVC Windows
Favourite building: Glasgow School of Arts

Stevan Meisler MCIAT / Senior Architectural Technologist

Stevan Meisler
Stevan has joined Hewitt & Carr Architects to head up the small works and residential team, having clocked up 37 years’ experience working for busy architectural practices in Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.

Likes: Port Vale
Likely thing to say: You can only do, what you can only do.
Favourite building: John Hancock Centre (Chicago)

Andrew Baines-Davies ACIAT/ Senior Architectural Technician


Andrew gained 23 years’ valuable experience working for a busy Stoke-on-Trent based architectural practise before joining Hewitt & Carr Architects in January 2013. His area of expertise is in the multi-unit residential sector.

Likes: Running
Dislikes: Laziness
Most Unlikely thing to say: That’s never going to work.

Simon Goldstraw ACIAT/ Intermediate Architectural Technician

Simon Goldstraw
Simon joined Hewitt & Carr Architects in June 2012 after completing a period of work experience while studying for his Foundation Degree in Construction at Stoke-on-Trent College.

Likes: Following Sport
Dislikes: Shopping
Favourite building: Casa Batilo

Emma Morris / Administration Assistant

Emma Morris
Emma started her career in 2003 in a busy Stoke-on-Trent based Solicitors as an office Junior, and through hard work and experience she worked to become a Case Manager in the Conveyancing Department.

In 2011 Emma took time out of work to bring up her children before returning to work in 2015, when she began her new journey here at Hewitt & Carr Architects as an Administration Assistant. Since working for Hewitt & Carr Architects Emma has gained her NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Business and Administration and level 2 Diploma in IT user skills.
Likes: Family Time
Dislikes: Enclosed Places
Favourite Building: Houses of Parliament

Joseph Shenton BA(Hons) / Part One Architectural Assistant

Joseph Shenton
Joe studied Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University and joined HCA in February 2016 gaining valuable work experience towards his part 1 qualification. Joe is hoping to build up his experience in the working world of Architecture before returning to University to complete his part 2.

Likes: Music
Dislikes: Spiders
Likely thing to say: No Worries

Billie Chell BArch(Hons) / Part One Architectural Assistant

Billie Chell BW
Billie studied Architecture at the University of Lincoln and joined HCA in August 2016 gaining important work experience towards her part 1 qualification. She hopes to expand her experience of the profession before returning to University to complete her part 2.

Likes: Art
Dislikes: Deep Water
Favourite Building: Astley Castle

John Sambrook DipArch RIBA / Architectural Consultant

John Sambrook
John qualified as an Architect in 1965 and has since worked at four prominent Staffordshire practices. His most recent appointment was in 1982 when he joined Hulme, Upright and Partners in Stoke-on-Trent, where he remained until his retirement, as a partner, in 2008. he continued as a senior consultant for the company until April 2010.

During his career John has been responsible for many large teams of architects and technicians, carrying out numerous projects for Staffordshire and Keele Universities, various Local Health Authorities and several theatre, the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford and most notable the New Victoria Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Since leaving Hulme, Upright and Partners John has retained many local connections and continues to seek commissions and provide architectural services in the area.

Career History

2011 – Present – Hewitt & Carr Architects
1988 – 2010 – Hulme Upright Ltd.
1982 – 1988 – Hollins, Jones and Oldacre
1972 – 1982 – Horsley, Currall & Associates
1965 – 1972 – Wood, Goldstraw and Yorath

Likes: Cricket
Dislikes: Beetroot
Favourite building: Royal College of Surgeons

David Carr OBE DL MRICS/ Business Consultant

David Carr
David received his professional education at Stoke-on-Trent School of Art and Architecture and SOT College of Building initially pursuing a career in Architecture obtaining a pass at RIBA part 1.
Before concentrating a career as a building surveyor leading to full membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered surveyors in February 2003 as a chartered Building Surveyor.

With over 30 years’ experience of practice management at the highest level David is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

David’s career began in 1968 as an Architectural Assistant with a small Architects Practice and finishes as the Managing Partner of what was at that time one of the largest Architectural Practices in the Region.

Career History

2011 – Present – Hewitt & Carr Architects
2008 – 2011 – J&S Seddon Ltd – None Executive Director
1984 – 2008 – Hulme Upright – Managing Partner
1974 – 1984 – Hulme Upright and Partners – Partner
1999 – Present – Awarded OBE for services to Staffordshire

Likes: Stoke City
Likely thing to say: Is the Kettle on Yet?
Favourite Building: Chrysler Building
Dislikes: Beetroot
Favourite building: Royal College of Surgeons

Rob Duncan BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI / Planning Consultant

Rob Duncan
Rob is an experienced and professionally accredited Planning Consultant, retained by Hewitt & Carr Architects to provide advice and assistance on all aspects of the Town Planning system, including planning applications, appeals, site appraisals, lawful development certificates and more. Having gained a Bsc(Hons) in Geography at the University of Plymouth in 2000, Rob went on to be awarded a Masters in Town Planning from Birmingham City University in 2003. He has been a corporate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2004 and has over 16 years’ experience in the planning sector. Having started his career in Local Authority, Rob has been practicing in the private sector under the guise of Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. since 2011.

Rob has worked on a large variety of development projects, including large and small scale residential and industrial schemes, narrow boat marinas, barn conversions, renewable energy developments, retail schemes, changes of use and householder developments, and has achieved a high record of success. Rob has numerous clients throughout the West Midlands, as well as others further afield, and offers a professional, considered approach to planning issues.

Career History

2000 – 2007 – Lichfield District Council, principal officer and team leader from 2004
2007 – 2011 – Staffs Moorlands District Council, development control manager
2011 – Date – Planning Consultant

Likes: Skiing
Dislikes: Negativity
Favourite building: Chrysler Building