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

“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

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

Tom Cudmore

Senior Consultant

Mike Kenny

MANAGING Consultant

Oscar Russell

Senior Consultant

Kalyani Koul

Senior Consultant

Simon Durrell

Senior Consultant

Charlie Watts

JUNIOR Consultant

Dan Kelson

JUNIOR Consultant

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John O'Brien - LCMB
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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​ - LCMB
LCMB - building performance specialists

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 - LCMB
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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.

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Tom Cudmore

Senior Consultant MSc

Tom is a building performance consultant and experienced project manager, with an MSc in Energy & Sustainable Development. Since joining LCMB in 2016.

Tom has been involved in a wide range of diverse projects with a people-centric focus, applying his experience working with high-performance sports and Olympic athletes to looking at how the built environment can improve the wellbeing and performance of building users. Tom has delivered large-scale projects in the public and private sector, and at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, managed the estates department response to hospital transformation at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Tom heads up LCMB’s Thrive Team, which builds on the Innovate UK WLP+ workplace performance research delivered from 2016-2018. The WLP+ project applied indoor environmental monitoring and building performance evaluation in a range of building and business models and since starting the project, LCMB have continuously developed their expertise in this area. Tom’s experience applying the technology to a range of buildings is benefitting an increasing number of clients, as smart building technology becomes a must-have for organisations wanting to deliver optimal building conditions at the lowest operational and environmental costs.

  • MSc Climate Change & Sustainable Development
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • Internet of Things sensors technologies
  • Project management
  • Ventilation and indoor air quality
  • Building performance optimisation
  • Building user feedback and insights
  • Systems integration tools
Mike Kenny - LCMB
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Mike Kenny

Senior Consultant BSc

Mike is professional Energy Consultant, with over 10 years’ experience of energy consultancy, management and compliance.

He has extensive experience in managing and reducing energy and carbon use in buildings, estates and infrastructure.

Mike previously acted as an embedded resource at Birmingham Airport responsible for energy monitoring, targeting and reporting, Carbon Management Plan, CRC compliance, implementation of sub-metering programme and behavioural change initiatives. Project management of energy saving schemes introducing low and zero carbon technologies.

Mike is an accredited ESOS Lead Assessor and managed the compliance process of energy reporting, conducting energy audits and identifying energy saving opportunities for a variety of clients across a wide range of industries including retail, entertainment, warehousing, manufacturing and automotive.

He has previously worked with Thames Water, Atkins and The Carbon Trust.

  • BSc (Hons), MEI, ESOS Lead Assessor, BREEAM Assessor, DEC Assessor
  • Providing energy efficiency advice
  • Energy surveys and audits
  • Carbon management
  • Carbon footprinting
  • Energy monitoring and targeting
  • Energy reporting, analysis and compliance
  • TRAID avoidance and demand response schemes
  • Project management of energy saving schemes
  • Funding advice for energy saving projects
Oscar Russell
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Oscar Russell

Senior Consultant

Prior to joining LCMB, Oscar has spent the last seven years within senior and executive level within the Retirement sector, overseeing the operations (customer services, property services, hard and soft FM, hospitality) of a national portfolio. As well as being strategic lead for customer journey and sustainability, helping to create company strategy and roll out. Before this Oscar worked within the residential property management sector.

Oscar has also worked closely with the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and had been part of their Change Accelerator 2020 programme.

Oscar is currently studying towards a degree in Environmental Studies (BA Hons) with the Open University. Member of the Institute of Residential Property Managers and AssocRICS.

 

Kalyani Koul
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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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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.

Charlie Watts
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Charlie Watts

Junior Consultant

Charlie is LCMB’s first degree apprentice, he has worked with LCMB since September 2021.
He has achieved a Level 3 B-TEC in Engineering at WCG Rugby College and is currently studying towards a Building Services Engineering Degree at London South Bank University.

Charlie has led the installation of indoor air quality sensors at King’s College London, Birkbeck University and Wedlake Bell LLP and is responsible for producing regular indoor air quality reports and research pieces for clients. Charlie is part of the LCMB Thrive team and is currently working on the development of our new Net Zero Carbon module.

dan kelson
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Dan Kelson

Junior Consultant

Dan joined LCMB as a Junior Consultant in March 2022. After graduating with a 2:1 in Business Marketing Management, he worked for Airbus Helicopters as a Customer Logistics manager, which set the foundation for his project management skills.

Since joining LCMB, Dan has been primarily working closely with National Express and supporting them in the Project Management of building a new bus depot in Birmingham.

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