Team Profiles

Stephen Burrows

Stephen Burrows
BEng CEng MIStructE

Stephen Burrows joined Doran Consulting in 2015 with over 17 years’ experience as a structural engineer and as a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (2007). He has a wide variety of project experience, ranging from local landmark educational establishments to international award winning structures such as the world class auditorium within the King Abdulaziz Centre for Knowledge and Culture in Saudi Arabia. Stephen has extensive experience in providing structural engineering solutions within Retail, Education and Energy sectors and is currently acting as the project lead for the delivery of the Teesside Renewable Energy Plant, in the North East of England.


James Cochrane
MEng CEng MIStructE

James Cochrane joined Doran Consulting in 2007 and has worked on a wide range of Structural Engineering projects over a variety of sectors. He started in the education sector working on University projects providing both research and lecture facilities before progressing to work in the health sector where he has worked on health and wellbeing centres and hospital facilities including the recently opened Omagh hospital. His range of experience also extends to both residential and office developments and includes the City Quays development at Belfast Harbour, having worked on both City Quays 1 and City Quays 2. He is currently a team leader in the power transmission sector of the company having completed the Structural Design of the award winning East West Interconnector which links the British and Irish electrical grids and presently the Caithness- Moray HVDC Link.

Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan joined Doran Consulting in 1996 and was appointed to the post of Associate in 2004. She has over 20 years’ experience in civil engineering design and project management with particular expertise in Principal Designer Services and Health & Safety.  

Karen’s Principal Designer experience ranges from new sports and leisure complexes, new education facilities, new office blocks, refurbishment projects, health estates projects, redevelopment of airports, new port and harbour refurbishment works, public health and infrastructure projects.

Recent key projects for which Karen has provided Principal Designer services include Project Curium London Luton Airport comprising new departures pier and terminal extension, City Quays development Belfast (5 & 7 storey office blocks and 188 bedroom hotel), Omagh Hospital (primary, secondary and community healthcare) and the construction of a new teaching block at University of Ulster Magee, comprising lecture theatres, teaching rooms and hub areas.  

Karen’s civil engineering design and project management experience ranges from project design of water treatment schemes, to design, contract documentation and administration of water supply, sewerage, wastewater treatment schemes, harbour refurbishment and leisure projects.

In addition to providing Principal Designer services to clients, Karen oversees the company’s Health & Safety procedures and provides H&S training to staff.

Sean Douglas
BEng CEng MIStructE

Educated at St. Malachy’s College and Queen’s University Belfast, Sean joined Doran Consulting after graduating in 1988. Sean became a Chartered Structural Engineer in 1996 and was appointed Associate in 2002.

Sean has a particular interest in both the design of new buildings and refurbishment of existing structures. He has worked on many prestigious projects in the public, private, commercial and industrial sectors. Sean has particular expertise in the provision of structural engineering solutions in the fields of education and healthcare.

Geoff Johnston

Geoff Johnston is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of water quality, water supply engineering and wastewater engineering including water treatment plant treatability studies, wastewater treatment plant process design, civil design and feasibility, environmental monitoring and chemical analysis.  

Geoff joined Doran Consulting in 2000 and was appointed to the post of Associate in 2006. Since joining the company, he has worked as part of the Public Health team. Prior to joining the company, Geoff worked for 8 years in the IRTU Water Quality Branch carrying out specialist water sampling, flow measurement and laboratory chemical analysis.  

Key projects in which Geoff has been involved include carrying out treatability studies for Caugh Hill (38MLD) and Glenhordial (8.5MLD) water treatment plants, and feasibility studies for wastewater sludge and backwash management. Geoff has also been involved in the process design for more than 15 wastewater treatment plants, each designed with the capability to provide water treatment services for up to 25,000PE, and civil design for more than 20 capital wastewater treatment plant and sewerage schemes.

Geoff has also provided project management and site supervision services on a range of projects, notably acting as lead site supervisor on a 3 year multi-site project for new wastewater treatment and sewerage facilities.

In addition to providing a range of civil engineering services to clients, Geoff is a member of the Northern Ireland CIWEM committee.

Sean McShane

Sean McShane

Sean McShane joined Doran Consulting in 2002 and currently works as a team leader within our Structural department. He became a Chartered Member of The Institution of Civil Engineers in 2013 and a Chartered Member of The Institution of Structural Engineers in 2015. Sean has gained comprehensive structural experience in a wide range of projects including schools, retail and commercial developments, sports facilities, on-shore marine works, building refurbishment and condition inspections of existing structures. He is currently the project lead on the City Quays Hotel and Multi Storey Car Park schemes in Belfast.

Jonathan Skelton

Jonathan was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1986. He joined Doran Consulting in 1990 and was appointed Associate in 2002.

Jonathan is responsible for many of the company's traffic and transportation projects including Traffic/ Transport Assessments for development proposals, traffic surveys, traffic management schemes, traffic calming surveys, highway improvement schemes and highway infrastructure design.

He has extensive experience of addressing road and traffic issues during the planning process for a wide variety of development types.

David Whiteside

David was educated at Bangor Grammar School and Dundee University. After graduating in 1985, he worked with Farrans (Construction) Ltd and Bullen and Partners in Glasgow. He joined Dr I G Doran & Partners in 1991 and became Associate in 1999.

David specialises in the areas of bridge and highway structure engineering and geotechnical engineering. He has been involved in a wide range of bridge and highway structure engineering projects including bridge inspection, assessment, strengthening and refurbishment projects, many undertaken to major city centre bridges and those associated with the motorway network. He has also been involved in numerous new bridge design projects.

David has particular expertise in the special inspections of post-tensioned concrete bridges. In the field of geotechnical engineering, he is responsible for the preparation and procurement of site investigation contracts for foundation design, earthworks suitability, slope stability and earth retention.

Alistair  Toner

Alistair Toner graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and joined Doran Consulting in 2003. Alistair is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Highways and Transportation and has been a Chartered Engineer since 2013. Alistair works in the Traffic Team and has extensive experience of all things traffic related. This can vary from master planning at the early stages of concept design right through to the detailed design of highways. Alistair regularly provides traffic advice for planning applications with input into site layouts and preparation of Transport Assessments and Travel Plans. Alistair designed and took through the construction of highway layouts for Ebrington, Game of Thrones Visitor Centre and the Wokingham mixed-use and public realm development. Alistair is currently working on the offsite public highway improvement works at the Belfast Transport Hub.

Michael  Basset

Michael joined Doran Consulting in 2022 and is a Chartered member of Engineers Ireland with over 22 years of experience in infrastructure design. Before joining, Michael held the position of Principle Civil Engineer for 14 years, of which 3 years were as an Associate. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Technology in 2000 and BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering in 2008. Michael has led the design for the Regional DVA Vehicle Test centre replacement schemes across Northern Ireland as well as multiple Hotel and residential schemes across UK and Ireland through Design and Build contracts.

He specialises in Design and Build projects, Sustainable Urban Drainage, Industrial developments, Schools, Hotels, Health & Safety and RAMS and is a qualified Road Safety Auditor within UK and Ireland. Michael is currently infrastructure project led on Riverside II Energy from Waste Project, Kintore Substation extension, Old Bushmills Distillery expansion works and Belfast Transport Hub development External works. He is an active member of Engineers Ireland and has been the Chairperson for Engineers Ireland Donegal Region committee since 2019. Within his chairperson’s role, he was nominated to be part of a select team to develop and implement the National BREXIT support scheme across the Engineers Ireland network.

In his spare time, Michael has been a dedicated member of the Irish Coast Guard since 2012 in which he holds the position of Rescue Boat Coxswain, Cliff Rescue Climber / Instructor, H&S Representative and Fire Warden.

Rickard Hulten

Rickard  Hulten

Rickard Hulten joined Doran Consulting in 2014 and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Rickard has extensive experience in the marine and harbour sector with a strong technical focus. He has been responsible for leading design teams in the delivery of the technical design of marine structures for several major projects, including several design and build projects. His range of experience also extends to bridge and highway structure engineering.

Rickard took part in the 2016 ICE Emerging Engineers Award and was awarded the Brennan Cup for winning the Northern Ireland regional final of the competition for writing and presenting a paper on his involvement in the Green Port Hull project.

Philip McManus

Philip  McManus

Philip McManus graduated from the University of Ulster with an MSc in Infrastructure Engineering in 2012. Whilst at university Philip was the recipient of the William Bald Scholarship. Following a year working in Scotland in the hydropower sector, Philip joined Doran Consulting in 2014 and became a Chartered Civil Engineer in 2020.

Philip currently works as a team leader within the Marine and Infrastructure Team and has been the design lead in a wide range of civil engineering projects including the recent redevelopment of the Belfast Harbour Victoria Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Philip has extensive experience in project management and contract administration, primarily using NEC and ICC Conditions of Contract and became an accredited NEC4 Project Manager in 2020. Throughout his career, Philip has developed a keen interest in sustainable development. He is experienced in flood risk modelling and the production of flood risk assessments. Philip has completed assessments for numerous large commercial and industrial developments throughout Northern Ireland for clients such as Lidl, Belfast Harbour Commissioners and DAERA.

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke is an Incorporated Civil Engineer with extensive experience working as part of our Public Health team since 2013. Stephen has over 8 years’ experience in successfully delivering a wide range of projects, predominantly in water supply, wastewater infrastructure, wastewater treatment and civil infrastructure.

Stephen has been responsible for project optioneering appraisal studies, outline design, detailed design, and project management of a range of public health schemes including the design and project management of the Queen’s Bridge, Belfast Siphons Upgrade. The upgrade works involved the rehabilitation of critical sewerage infrastructure within the City Centre which serves 40,000 PE. Recent projects include Clabby WwTW where he provided civil design support to the Contractor on a design & build contract for the construction of a new aerated reed bed WwTW and is currently delivering a variety of high-quality multidisciplinary schemes for a major national utility company on their Professional Services Framework.

Kirk Frame

Kirk  Frame

Kirk Frame graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a First-Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering. Kirk joined Doran Consulting in 2019 and has over 10 years’ experience as a structural engineer in a variety of sectors.

Kirk has led the design of various landmark medium to high-rise commercial buildings in South Africa and the seismic zones of Accra, Ghana. He has also designed and managed the construction of several industrial warehouses, mining, and process structures. Kirk has wide-ranging experience in providing structural engineering solutions while working closely with clients, other designers, and contractors, to ensure that projects are delivered to the highest possible standard. Kirk is currently the lead designer on the Lostock Energy from Waste Project in England.