Our people

Our People

We have built a first-class team across the business in all disciplines including experts in design management, project management, commercial, planning, health and safety, engineering, and preconstruction. Naturally, our business is completely reliant on the performance and quality of our staff and we are very proud of how determined they are and what they have achieved.

Directors

All of our five directors (Ian Harwood, John Knight, Oliver Driscoll, Richard Harvell and Tim Whittaker) have oversight of the business as a whole and are closely involved in the delivery of our projects. Each of our directors is intensely client and project focused and are totally committed to the wellbeing of our staff and the success of the professional and supplier teams we work with.

Ian Harwood
Co Founder
Bio

Ian Harwood

Co Founder
Whilst studying for a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, Ian started his career at Bovis Construction Ltd, where he remained for ten years. Ian went onto join ISG’s £150M refurbishment division where he moved from financial to project management, eventually becoming the managing director of this successful and dynamic part of the business.

In 2005, Ian founded Knight Harwood alongside his colleague of 20 years, John Knight.

Ian’s skills are wide ranging and aside from his day-to-day role in running the business and overseeing the financial aspects of Knight Harwood, he also thoroughly enjoys being close to the delivery of projects and seeing them being successfully delivered and closed out.
John Knight
Co Founder
Bio

John Knight

Co Founder
John began his career serving a joinery apprenticeship before going onto graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree in Construction Management. He spent twenty years at Bovis Construction Ltd and ISG in the field of project management and rose to the position of managing director. During his career, John has been fortunate enough to spend stints overseas including Osaka, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This has helped to form his rounded understanding of different cultures and ways of working.

John founded Knight Harwood in 2005 with Ian Harwood. His objective, along with the directors, has always been to ensure the business provides a first-class service to our clients and this still remains his focus on a day to day basis.
Oliver Driscoll
Director
Bio

Oliver Driscoll

Director
Oliver joined Knight Harwood in 2007 and progressed through the business before joining the board of directors in 2017. He has a wealth of experience across all sectors of the market and is focused in equal measure on both the commercial and operational delivery aspects of projects.

Oliver takes ownership of all of his schemes and is passionate about taking a project from inception through to delivery and close out. Another key area of focus for him is the continued professional development of Knight Harwood’s staff, and striving to further enhance the business’s brand and reputation.

Oliver started his career at Taylor Woodrow Construction after graduating from Reading University with a BSc Degree in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. During this period, he was involved in number of large-scale building and civil engineering projects.
Richard Harvell
Director
Bio

Richard Harvell

Director
Richard began his career serving an apprenticeship at Taylor Woodrow’s building services subsidiary, Taymech Limited, whilst graduating with a BEng (Hons) Degree in Building Services Engineering.

He joined ISG in 1996 and went on to become the head of engineering for one of their delivery divisions, overseeing a variety of projects including data centres, office schemes, retail and hospitality spaces. He later joined Goldman Sachs as an executive director and worked client side to deliver commercial and critical projects across the globe.

Richard joined Knight Harwood in 2007 as engineering director and is responsible for our building services engineering team with a focus on design, innovation, procurement, coordination and commissioning.
Tim Whittaker
Director
Bio

Tim Whittaker

Director
Tim was one of Knight Harwood’s early founding directors, responsible for the construction delivery of all projects. In the years that have followed, he has spearheaded the company’s focus on certainty of delivery, quality and health and safety.

When Tim joined the construction industry, his initial focus was on civil engineering projects with major contractors such as Kier. This created the platform for one of his main strengths: constructing new buildings and the structural remodelling of existing buildings, which often entail a significant element of demolition and temporary works.

Tim went on to spend twelve years at ISG, where he worked closely alongside John Knight and Ian Harwood and was responsible for delivering a wide variety of projects across many sectors, including retail, office, residential and hospitality.