The Team

We are a team of highly qualified professional Engineers 

Barry Honeysett, BSc, CEng, MICE, MIStructE

Principal & Chartered Engineer

In 1993, Barry established this Practice. Following graduation from the Polytechnic of the South Bank in 1980, Barry worked for consultancy practices in the Exeter area. He became a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1987 and of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1989.  Barry sits on the working group of the Devon Earth Building Association (DEBA) and has lectured on the diagnosis and repair of cob buildings for the Centre for Earthen Architecture at Plymouth University

Throughout his working life within consulting engineering practice, he has been involved the design of building structures ranging from small domestic extensions to commercial buildings and developments, dealing directly with clients, architects, etc. on projects from conception, through site investigation and final design to supervision of the works on site. Barry has undertaken a wide range of projects including sports and village halls, medical centres, housing developments often involving the adaptation of existing buildings, as well as the repair or restoration of historic buildings including properties that have suffered severe fire damage, applying conservation principles and philosophy.

Early in his career, Barry developed a specialism in the design of structural timber and an interest in the conservation in historic buildings spurred by acquiring a medieval cross passage farmhouse in need of extensive repair. This led to the investigation of repair methods and causes of defects in cob resulting in his extensive involvement with cob.


Gerard McCarthy, BEng (Hons), MRICS, IEng, AMIStructE

Senior Structural Design Engineer & Chartered Building Surveyor 

Gerard has over 30 years experience within Civil and Structural Engineering. Whilst the majority of projects have been building structures, projects have included temporary works design for a glued segmental pre-cast concrete bridge, site engineer for roads and bridges on the A303 & M20, waste transfer stations and insurance claims for subsidence, fire damage and special loss.

He has undertaken the role of Project Structural Engineer on a broad spectrum of residential, commercial, industrial and public sector works. He has also been the appointed designer for a specialist timber frame and pre-cast concrete cladding manufacturer. As a Project Engineer, he has been principally involved in a number of prestigious conservation projects in the South West including Scheduled Ancient Monuments, period and Listed buildings.

Gerard's duties include the structural inspection and appraisal of existing buildings along with the structural design, detailing and structural specification of works. He fully understands the importance of good communication within the project team and the need for a proactive approach in all aspects of the contract.


Thomas Bell BEng (Hons) MSc

Senior Structural Design Engineer 

Thomas worked for the company for four years, rejoining us following completion of his research studies at the University of Strathclyde. He has a MSc in Timber Engineering and a PhD in the investigation of British homegrown timber in Engineered Wood Products. Tom’s specialism is timber design but he has been involved as a structural engineer across a wide spectrum of projects including conservation, commercial, industrial and public sector work.


Jamie Brockbank TIStructE Eng Tech

Senior Technician 

Jamie began as a structural draughtsman in 2002 working for multi-discipline consultancies Peter Brett Associates and WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff before joining Barry Honeysett engineers in 2016.

Primarily working under Building Structures teams Jamie has experience in a wide range of private and public sector projects varying in size, budget and construction materials.

Generally involved in liaising with and assisting engineers with draughting duties on selected projects, Jamie’s role also includes drawing management, issuing and occasional site inspections.

After gaining a National Certificate and Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering in 2006 Jamie continued his professional development by qualifying for the Institution of Structural Engineers technician and EngTech memberships in 2012.


Dawn Honeysett

Practice Manager

Dawn has worked with Barry since the inception of the Practice and is responsible for the smooth running of the business. Qualified as a town and country planner with a PGDip in Architectural Conservation, she also brings a wealth of knowledge on legal aspects of the planning system plus insight into current research in our understanding of the development of historic structures and their practical conservation.