Neil J Dransfield

Chartered Architectural Technologist

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Past President of CIAT                            

Neil J Dransfield
Chartered Architectural Technologist

Curriculum Vitae

A. Examinations, Awards, Achievements and Experience

Ordinary National Certificate in Construction (Staff Prize for outstanding work)

Higher National Certificate in Building

Admitted corporate Member No. M6139 British Institute of Architectural Technologists by Interview (MBIAT)
(now CIAT) October 1971

Building Law Certificate of Supplementary Study (Distinction)

Economics of Industry Certificate of Supplementary Study

Building Regulations Certificate of Supplementary Study (Distinction)

1982 – 1989        Elected Member BIAT South Wales and West Regional Committee

1985 – Date        Member BIAT Consultative Panel

Building Regulations BTEC Unit LevelI V (Distinction)

1987 – 1990       Piloted “Design Technology Project” for Sheffield Polytechnic

1989 – 2003       Elected Deputy Chairman BIAT South Wales and West Regional Committee

1990 – Date        Appointed Admissions Assessor for applicants for corporate Membership of BIAT

1992 – 1998       Elected BIAT Vice President (Technical) and Chairman National Technical Committee, during which :-

                           Introduced and launched Obligatory CPD for members;

                           Introduced and launched the BIAT Open Award for Technical Excellence;

                           Introduced and launched The BIAT Gold Award;

                           Introduced and launched The BIAT Technology Network, and

                           Developed the BIAT Consultative Panel.

                           Provided consultation responses on the draft Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 to
                           both the Health and Safety Executive and the Construction Industry Council.

1996                   Assisted CISC with Construction Industry Mapping exercise for Construction NVQ’s.

                           Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Entry Course and Examination (Pass)

                           Elected Associate Member (ACIArb) October 1996

1997 – Date        Member BIAT Technology Network

1998 – 1999       President Elect BIAT.

1998                   Admitted Associate Chartered Institute of Building

                           Admitted Member No. 15657 CharteredInstitute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
1999                   Admitted Incorporate Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB)

                           Piloted Level 4 S/NVQ “ArchitecturalTechnology” for CISC

1999 – 2001       BIAT President.

                           Undertook national and world tour of membership and educational establishments,

                           Achieved the restructuring of Council (the governing body of the Institute) and representation of the Regions.

2000                   Acted as NVQ Assessor for Level4 S/NVQ “Architectural Technology” for  the Property,
                           Architecture & Construction Services Assessment Centre

2000                   Admitted Member Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)

2001 - 2002        BIAT Immediate Past President and member of the Board

2001 - Date         Member CIC Appeals Tribunal

2002 - Date         Chairman CIAT Documents Taskforce

2003 - Date         Elected Regional Chairman, CIAT South Wales and West Region                       

        CIAT Gold Award
2004                  CIAT Gold Award for services to the Institute, the Construction Industry, and the Region.                       
                          Provided feedback through representation to the HSE on the Construction
                          (Design & Management) Regulations 2007.
                          Took part in Focus Groups organised by the HSE regarding those Regulations.
                          Took part in Focus Group organised by The ODPM regarding
                          Home  Inspector Regulations: Drafting and Defects.

2005                  Further involvement in consultation on the CDM Regulations 2007.

                          Enrolled on Home Inspector Training with RICS                       

                          Elected Member CIC South West  Executive Committee

                          Appointed and trained as RIBA Validation Panel Assessor.

                          Appointed member RIBA Plan of Work Taskforce.

                          Drafted Party Wall etc Act Award in collaboration with RIBA with objective of joint R I B A / C I A T standard document.

                          Admitted as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.

                          Joined “Constructing Excellence” Gloucestershire Club.

                          Provided further representation to the HSE on the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. 

2007                  Trained and qualified as Licenced Eco Homes Inspector

B.  Employment

1965 – 1970      Astec Ltd (Sheffield)

                          Architectural Technician Employee for Design and Build Contractor

                          (Housing, Commercial, Industrial developments and alterations)

1970 – 1972      Gloucestershire County Architect (Gloucester)

                          Architectural Technician Employee

                          (Local Authority Schools, Public Buildings, Tied Houses)

1972 – 1974      Astam Design Partnership, Architects (Gloucester)

                          Architectural Technician Employee

                          (Schools,Housing, Homes for the Elderly, Commercial, Churches)

1974 – 1978      Dancey and Meredith, Architects (Gloucester)

                          Senior Architectural Technician Employee

                          (Housing Association Homes, Houses, Industrial, Commercial, Listed Buildings & Ancient Monument)

1978 – 1987      Dancey and Meredith, Architects(Gloucester)

                          Associate Partner Employee as Architectural Technologist

                          (Technical and Financial Control of the Practice)

                          AutoCad drawings

1987 – 1998      Dancey and Meredith, Architects (Gloucester)


                          (Technical and Financial Control of Practice)

                          AutoCad drawings

1998 – 2001      D+M Architects Ltd (Gloucester)

                          Director and Company Secretary

                          (Controlling the Incorporation of the former Partnership and Technical and Financial Control of the Company)

                          AutoCad drawings

                          Commercialand housing projects from £10K to £15M

2001 – 2003      Director AFA Group Ltd (incorporating D+M Architects Ltd)
                          Responsibility for technical compliance of projects, Health & Safety,     
                          Quality Assurance and providing specialist services of:      

                          Technical Information

                          Health & Safety Director

                          QA Director

                          Project Management

                          Co-ordinationof Office Policy

                          Co-ordinationof Contracts & Warranties

                          Drawing formats and standards

                          Planning Supervisor

                          Expert Witness

                          Party Wall Surveyor

                          Rights of Light Adviser


                          HQI Assessor

                          and preparation and checking of AutoCad drawings on a daily basis.

                          Commercialand housing projects from £50K to £5M

2003 – 2005      Director Meredith & Co Ltd

                          Ditto, and on a personal basis providing Expert Services direct to Clients.

                          Commercial and housing projects from £10K to £30M

2005 -                Director Arctech Associates Ltd

2005 - 2007       Ditto as Chartered Architectural Technologist

                          Developing strategies for Sustainable Construction

                          Expanding the personal services direct to clients as Dancey & Meredith
                          and including daily use of AutoCad 2007 release.

                          Commercial and housing projects from £10K to £30M

2007 -               Neil J Dransfield incorporating Dancey & Meredith:

                         Providing Chartered Architectural Technologist and Expert Services.

2011 -               Memeber CIOB Professional Conduct Committee