Meet the Team

Guy Whitehead, Managing Director, GW Architectural

Guy Whitehead (MCIAT), Managing Director

Guy has a passion for both architecture and building technology and relishes the opportunity to manage projects from their initial design conception through to completion.

Guy set up GW Architectural in 2010, following over a decade of working within the construction industry, where he held senior positions at a number of large practices within North East England. Throughout his career Guy has amassed extensive industry experience gained through working on, and successfully delivering, a number of key projects, for example, the award winning St Peter’s Sixth Form College in Sunderland, which resulted in Guy’s promotion to associate at Browne Smith Baker.

As Managing Director of GW Architectural, Guy has successfully obtained membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (MCIAT), following studies at Leeds Metropolitan and Northumbria Universities.

Guy’s successes within the industry have led to GW Architectural being nominated for numerous awards, not to mention recognition in the media for the successful and sensitive restoration of a number of historic buildings. These successes can be attributed to the collaborative and inter-disciplinary approach in which Guy manages the design team, with a strong focus on achieving a high level of attention to detail whilst developing both creative and innovative designs.

Peter Deverell, Design Director

Pete Deverell, Design Director

Pete’s interest in architecture has grown from a lifelong enthusiasm for buildings and the building process. After studying architecture at Newcastle University, he has worked at several architecture practices in Manchester, Newcastle and Wellington, New Zealand.

Pete’s designs have driven the implementation and construction of a diverse array of projects across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, for example bus and railway stations, commercial office and industrial design and refurbishment, domestic house builds, and projects within the sport and entertainment sectors.

He is a strong believer in an environmental design approach which he feels should be at the heart of every project and believes that environmental housing can lead to the most significant changes in the way we lead our lives. Pete has worked on both volumetric and social housing projects, with his involvement being instrumental in winning local and national awards.

Pete brings careful management and an ethical approach to the table, taking time to fully understand the requirements of both client and space, thereby allowing the development of designs that fulfill all requirements, whether they be straightforward or technologically complex.

Jerrard Winstanley, Operations Director

Jerrard Winstanley, Consultancy Services Director

Jerrard leads the consultancy side of GW Architectural which not only supports the wider business, but also offers a range of services direct to the client. With over 10 years of professional experience, Jerrard has held senior positions in a number of organisations in both the private and public sectors, including local government authority, construction contracting and health care.

A graduate from both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Jerrard combined part time study with full time employment and this combination allowed for good career progression and development. Jerrard has experience of operating within highly demanding customer service environments, and specialises in project management, building surveying and property/facilities management.

Jerrard values a hardworking, conscientious and results driven approach and views this as essential to providing a high quality level of service.

Ellen Baines

Ellen Baines, Part 1 Architectural Assistant

Ellen is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant on her placement year after graduating from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Architecture.

Ellen has always been interested in the built environment and chose to pursue a career in architecture in order to combine her love of art with the practical aspects of building structure and engineering.

In particular, Ellen is passionate about architectural design which aids rehabilitation and healing, and benefits those in need. This became evident when designing a therapy centre for her final project at university.

Ellen believes that the design process must begin with thorough research into the needs and requirements of building end users. Combining this with a sensitivity for the context, results in architecture that is both functional and experiential.

Ellen Bains

Angela Richardson, Office Administrator

Angela is the pleasant voice you’ll hear first when contacting GW Architectural.

Angela has gained a number of years experience working and operating within an office environment. Her strong attention to detail, excellent planning, organisation and time management skills help keep the company running smoothly. Angela works closely with all members of the team, supporting them through effective scheduling of meetings, minute taking, reception and general administrative functions.