LCMB Team

Meet the team

People drive successful organisations. LCMB’s team has a wealth of engineering and commercial experience. Importantly, we also understand how the built environment affects people’s wellbeing and productivity, which makes the difference to your organisation’s performance and financial results.

John O Brien

John O'Brien

“I created LCMB in 2009 to make a difference for our clients by ensuring their buildings are more productive for their people, their organisations and society.

Managing Director & Founder of LCMB

Meet the team

The LCMB team have spent their working lives operating and constructing buildings

Senior Consultant

We have the technical and organisational experience to help our clients make their buildings work harder for their organisations, their people, stakeholders and the environment.

Rudi du Plessis

Director of Operations

Jo Hermon

Team Administrator

Paul Ballinger

Director of Operations

Dr Ahmed Alnaggar

Associate Director, Building Performance Improvement

Simon Durrell

Senior Consultant

Harriet Stuchbury

Senior Consultant

Kalyani Koul

Senior Consultant

Kostan Banos

Senior Consultant

Calista Eastwick-Field

Junior Consultant

Innocent Mukondwa

Junior Consultant

Sam Brown

SENIOR Consultant

Dominic Hayes

Degree Apprentice Consultant

Suhayb Manzar

Business growth and innovation lead

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John O Brien
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John O'Brien

Founder and MD of LCMB MBA, B.S.C. (Hons), Dip. Eng, Dip. M

John is an engineer with over twenty years project and general management experience in construction, specialist engineering and Facilities Management (FM). Prior to forming LCMB in 2009, John spent the previous ten years operating as a Main Board and Operations Director within Inviron (formerly ABB Ltd.), a specialist M&E, FM contractor, and Laing O’Rourke, a large construction business. John has led projects and project teams on a range of buildings with values up to £100m. He has also been responsible for annual FM budgets up to £40m and as a Director has managed businesses with an annual turnover of up to £150m. John has delivered traditional, design and build, PPP/PFI, GMP and open book, procured projects, in the following sectors:

  • Retail
  • Education
  • Commercial
  • Hotels and leisure
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Telecoms and data
  • Airports and transportation
  • Process sector
  • Public sector including Police and MOD
John is experienced in all phases of the building project life cycle, from inception to post completion operation and he set up LCMB in 2009 to help clients get the best performance from their buildings, both from a financial and an energy consumption point of view. LCMB specialises in:
  • Getting the best value out of buildings
  • Initiating and managing great project
  • Reducing energy consumption
  • Reviewing and rescuing poor performing projects.
Rudi Du Plessis
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Rudi du Plessis

Director of Operations ND: Civil Eng; PGDip FM; CIWFM

Rudi is an experienced Facilities Manager who holds a postgraduate Facilities Management qualification and is a Certified Member of the IWFM. He also has experience in project managing large-scale capital projects.

Prior to joining LCMB Rudi worked as a senior manager for Jones Lang LaSalle, Capita Symonds and GVA where he was responsible for setting the FM strategy, delivering FM and property operations and managing risk across nationwide property portfolios.

Rudi has delivered FM and property projects across all UK sectors for:

  • Government (Interserve Defence, Homes and Communities Agency and Local Authorities)
  • Retail (Sainsbury’s, British Land, Intu and Jones Lang LaSalle)
  • Commercial Property (AXA, Palmer Capital, Standard Life, Royal London, Aegon, Prestbury, Capita and GVA)
  • Health (UCLH NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Education (King’s College London).

Able to engage at all levels of an organisation Rudi can assist with:

  • FM strategy development and operations improvement
  • Outsourcing and procurement of FM Services
  • Service delivery and value for money improvements
  • Mitigating risk and managing legal compliance
  • Managing building performance
  • Auditing, benchmarking and measuring FM service levels and performance standards
  • Training and developing FM operations teams and driving behavioural change.
Jo Hermon
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Jo Hermon

Team Administrator

Jo joined the team in April 2015 and is responsible for supporting the full LCMB team and ensuring the office runs smoothly.

Jo is responsible for all business administration and is involved with all company activities to make the team function efficiently.

Jo acts as the Administrator for all our clients projects, supporting the Senior members of the LCMB team from Clients Proposals through to Project completion. She works closely with the team to ensure our clients receive excellent customer service.

Prior to joining LCMB, Jo worked in secondary 
education for nine years as an Administrator working with students, parents and staff providing a wide range of services administratively and pastorally.

Previously, Jo worked for a private clinical trials company working in various Oxfordshire NHS and private hospitals.

Paul Ballinger
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Paul Ballinger

Director of Operations - Net Zero Carbon, (NZC) Workplace and Decarbonisation (DCZ)

Paul’s appointment comes in response to the increased interest in NZC and the lifecycle services that are benefitting businesses. The appointment will underpin the ongoing growth trajectory that LCMB has been on through 2023 and into 2024.

Over the past 18 years, Paul has held several senior board positions in the SAAS, IT and the software space. He has worked with Oxford Brookes University academically supporting MBA business lectures.

Paul’s role is focused on delivering quality projects to the key verticals, he has a wealth of experience in, Health, Higher Education, Local Gov, Transport and Retail.

Paul is very focused on driving business growth and overseeing the strategic development of the business.

With a wealth of experience managing high-performance teams, Paul brings a real understanding of process and project delivery, and an added focus to the team that will ensure LCMB is best placed to support its valued Prospects and Customers alike. He has a proven track record of unlocking business benefits that support business growth.

“I am excited about applying my experience with the team at LCMB, having taken two businesses through Sustainability Certifications has allowed me to recognise the desired business outcomes first-hand and identify the real value that LCMB brings to the customers that we partner with on their sustainability plan for now and the future.
The LCMB five step Optimisation Process is easy for businesses to consume, and the benefits are clear from the start”.

Dr Ahmed Alnaggar
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Dr Ahmed Alnaggar

Associate Director, Building Performance Improvement

Dr Alnaggar joined LCMB in February 2023 as “Associate Director, Building Performance Improvement”. He has over 15 years of industry and academic experience in the construction, facility, and asset management industries in a variety of roles, including digital engineering, project/programme management, digital twin, and building automation.

His recent industry roles include working as a Senior Consultant of Digital Twin and Smart Buildings at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and as the Digital Construction Work Stream Lead at the Construction Innovation Hub/BRE, where he led a team that worked towards the UKRI “Transforming Construction” Programme. Before joining BRE, he held several industry consulting and academic positions in digital transformation for the construction and facility management industries, including “Teaching Fellow” and “Research Fellow” at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL. Dr Ahmed’s industry-based PhD research investigated the digital transformation of lifecycle asset management using BIM and the Internet of things (IoT) as a part of a Digital Twin from a Socio-Technical lens. He also has an MSc in “Management of Information Systems” from the University of Liverpool.

Simon Durrell
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Simon Durrell

Senior Consultant

Simon comes to us with a wealth of Project Management, Commercial Management and construction experience and will be based in our new offices at Banbury Business Park. Simon has experience of managing and running projects both large and small.

Simon has successfully delivered many high-end projects for clients such as Stella McCartney, English National Opera, Emma Bridgwater, Value Retail (Bicester Village) and the Blue Cross rescue centre.

He also has a diploma in construction management and is a great addition to our team to help us extend the project management support we can offer our clients.

Harriet Stuchbury
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Harriet Stuchbury

Senior Consultant

Harriet joined LCMB in August 2022 as a Senior Consultant and she has over six years’ experience in Facilities and Project Management.

Harriet joins us from the MOD’s Hard FM contract with VINCI, where she managed projects valuing up £1M, including a number of Spend to Save sustainability projects, reducing the military’s carbon emissions and energy costs in their logistics facilities. She also has experience of Project Management and FM within the Manufacturing and Retail sectors.

She has a diploma in Facilities Management and will be providing consultancy to our clients relating to the provision of FM services.

Harriet can be contacted by email, [email protected] or by phone 01295 576 000.

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Kalyani Koul

Senior Consultant

With expertise in the blend of technical and program leadership, Kalyani is passionate to demonstrate the strength of driving value-adding programs to bring transformative changes in the organisations. 

She has expertise in coordinating and managing globally diverse teams to execute program vision from start to finish to accomplish business goals. With Kalyani’s quick learning and transferrable skills’ abilities, she is thrilled to accept new challenges to drive teams for managing complex milestones. 

Kalyani has demonstrated driving highly resilient cross-functional teams delivering strategic initiatives to improve the processes and bottom-line results.

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Kostan Banos

Senior Consultant - Decarbonisation

Kostan has joined LCMB with 10 years of experience in environmental management and sustainability in Australia. He most recently managed Australia’s voluntary renewable energy certification program and led the design and delivery of the country’s first voluntary renewable gas certification scheme.

Kostan was previously the Senior Environmental Management Officer at one of the largest councils in New South Wales, Australia. He was responsible for delivering environmental programmes relating to energy, water, urban heat and biodiversity. He acted as an internal consultant to coordinate with Facilities, Parks, IT and Procurement staff on projects relating to improving building operational efficiencies, installing renewable energy, integrating asset management software and other utility cost reduction strategies across a large portfolio. His work won the Keep Australia Beautiful (NSW) Sustainable Cities Award in 2019.

Kostan holds a Master of Architectural Science in Sustainable Design and a BSc in Environmental Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales. His experience and education have provided a strong foundation for work in the built environment sector focusing on decarbonisation and net zero strategies.

Calista
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Calista Eastwick-Field

Junior Sustainability Consultant

MSc, she has proven her ability to translate academic theory into tangible industry solutions.

She has previously conducted an in-depth analysis of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions for local SMEs, and has managed energy audits for Oxfordshire County Council to further applications for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. At LCMB, her responsibilities include conducting Scope 1 and 2 Analysis for clients such as Pinewood Studios, the University of Roehampton, Karcher, and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Calista’s diverse educational background also includes a first-class degree in Journalism, Media, and Culture from Cardiff University, and she has worked as an Ecologist, conducting Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA) and activity surveys.

Her blend of environmental expertise and passion for sustainable practices is an invaluable asset to LCMB, as she focuses on sustainability initiatives and achieving net-zero targets for our clients.

Providing:

  • Scope 1 and 2 Analysis

  • Energy audits for Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

  • Sustainability initiatives

  • Net-zero target strategies

  • Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA) and activity surveys

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Innocent Mukondwa

Junior Consultant

Innocent has a MSc Smart Grids and Energy Systems Engineering degree from the University of Bradford and a BSc degree in Fuels and Energy Engineering from the Chinhoyi University of Technology.

Since joining LCMB, Innocent has been primarily responsible for energy reporting, energy monitoring and working with Oxfordshire County Council on initiatives to apply for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme focused on zero-carbon technologies.

Innocent can be contacted by email, [email protected] or by phone 01295 576 000.

Sam Brown
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Sam Brown

NZC Consultant

Sam Brown joined LCMB this October as an NZC Consultant, bringing with her a wealth of experience and passion for environmental policy and sustainability. Sam holds multiple academic credentials including a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Policy, and an MA in Environment, Policy and Society with Distinction.

Prior to joining LCMB, Sam was a Manager in the Regulatory Policy Unit of the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy. In this role, she managed a team responsible for implementing a regulatory programme that required medium to large business energy users in Queensland to assess their baseline energy use and identify energy-saving opportunities. The programme also included a feed-in tariff for micro solar generation and a Renewable Energy Target for Electricity retailers in the state.

Sam has also delivered impactful projects while previously working as a consultant for LCMB, such as the ‘Too Good To Waste’ programme for Oxfordshire County Council. This project aimed at reducing food waste to landfill from the hospitality sector across Oxfordshire. Moreover, she has experience in vegetation management and resource efficiency from her time at the Waste Resource Action Programme (WRAP) in the UK.

If you wish to get in touch with Sam, she can be reached via email at [email protected], or by phone at 07800 803 145.

Dominic Hayes
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Dominic Hayes

Degree Apprentice Consultant

Dominic Hayes has joined LCMB as a Degree Apprentice Consultant, reinforcing our ongoing commitment to nurturing talent and fostering academic growth.

After successfully completing his sixth-form education in June 2022, Dominic initially received an offer to study medicine from a prestigious university. However, upon further reflection, he decided that medicine wasn’t the right career path for him. Opting to work full-time to save money, Dominic took the time to carefully consider his future options. Recognising the benefits of apprenticeships, he chose to apply for LCMB’s degree apprenticeship programme. This choice allows him to gain a degree, acquire invaluable professional experience, and earn a salary, all without accumulating student debt. It’s a pragmatic approach that aligns perfectly with our programme’s aim to provide a financially sustainable route to academic and career advancement.

Dominic is highly analytical and has a knack for problem-solving. His solid numeracy skills make him particularly adept at data analysis, qualities that will serve him well in his role at LCMB. He brings determination, commitment, and the ability to work independently to our team.

In his apprenticeship role, Dominic aims to refine his analytical and problem-solving skills, translating them into real-world applications. He is also keen to enhance his IT proficiency within a professional setting, aligning seamlessly with our technological initiatives.

When not at work, Dominic enjoys playing sports, including football and cricket. His love for sports adds an extra dimension to his personality, contributing both team spirit and a competitive edge to LCMB.

Dominic can be contacted by email at [email protected].

Suhayb Munzar
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Suhayb Manzar

Business Growth & Innovation Lead

Suhayb has an MSc in International Strategic Marketing from the University of Glasgow and a BS honours in Business & Management with Professional Experience from the University of Salford.

Suhayb has experience in B2B Marketing and worked in the IT sector prior to joining LCMB. He has joined LCMB as an mKTP Associate from the University of Oxford Brookes.

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Calista Eastwick-Field

Junior Sustainability Consultant

Calista joined LCMB in June 2023, with a rich background in environmental studies and sustainability practices. A graduate with distinction from the University of Reading in Environmental Management MSc, she has proven her ability to translate academic theory into tangible industry solutions.

She has previously conducted an in-depth analysis of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions for local SMEs, and has managed energy audits for Oxfordshire County Council to further applications for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. At LCMB, her responsibilities include conducting Scope 1 and 2 Analysis for clients such as Pinewood Studios, the University of Roehampton, Karcher, and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Calista’s diverse educational background also includes a first-class degree in Journalism, Media, and Culture from Cardiff University, and she has worked as an Ecologist, conducting Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA) and activity surveys.

Her blend of environmental expertise and passion for sustainable practices is an invaluable asset to LCMB, as she focuses on sustainability initiatives and achieving net-zero targets for our clients.

Providing:

Scope 1 and 2 Analysis

Energy audits for Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Sustainability initiatives

Net-zero target strategies

Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA) and activity surveys

Calista can be contacted by email, [email protected] or by phone 01295 576 000.