Team Profiles

Michael Nelson
Managing Director

Michael Nelson joined Doran Consulting in 1994 and was appointed a Director in 2012 and Managing Director in 2024. He has over 20 years’ experience in a range of structural engineering areas of expertise including the design and construction of facilities in various sectors including education, health, industrial and commercial.  He has also been involved in a large number of design and build and partnering commissions both in the private and public sectors throughout the UK.

Michael is a leading structural engineer in the energy sector and has particular niche expertise in High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission links, having overseen several related projects.  Michael also has extensive experience in the design of airport facilities having been involved in major alteration, extension and refurbishment works of several key airports across Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

In addition to his extensive design and energy experience, Michael is also the company’s Health & Safety Director and Director in charge of Construction Design & Management Services (CDM) overseeing a team of chartered CDM Advisors providing Principal Designer services with a substantial portfolio of work in a range of commercial, marine, and aviation locations.

In addition to providing a range of structural engineering services to clients, Michael is a past Honorary CPD Officer for the Institution of Structural Engineers (NI Region).

Lynda Martin

Lynda Martin joined Doran Consulting in 1991 and was appointed a Partner in 2003 (title updated to Director following the company’s incorporation in 2005). Prior to joining the company, Lynda was a postgraduate research assistant at the University of Ulster specialising in shipping navigation channels, where she gained a DPhil in 1987. She continued her work at UU studying compound river channels until joining Doran’s in 1991. 

Lynda has 30 years’ experience in the management of water and heads the company’s Public Health Team. Clients benefit from her expertise in a wide range of water management issues including potable and wastewater treatment, water supply, storm and foul drainage computational hydraulic modelling and appraisal studies.

Under Lynda’s management, the company’s Public Health Team has become one of the leading practices in the region with extensive experience in wastewater treatment, having worked on over 100 schemes at over 20 key sites across Northern Ireland. The team was recently appointed to the Northern Ireland Water Professional Services Support Framework.

In addition to providing a range of water management services to clients, Lynda sits on the Board of Construction Industry Council and is the Director responsible for the company’s British Standards Institute certificated Integrated Management System.

Campbell Davis

Campbell Davis joined Doran Consulting in 1988 after completing a PhD and was appointed a Partner in 2003 (title updated to Director following the company’s incorporation in 2005). He has in excess of 30 years’ experience in a range of civil engineering disciplines with a focus on marine structures, bridges and river engineering.  His areas of expertise include harbour and marine structures, coastal protection works, dredging, underwater inspections, condition inspections, structural and load capacity assessments, concrete repair & refurbishment, heavy civil & structural engineering in association with reinforced concrete and structural steel design, bridge assessment and design, river & canal engineering and Flood Risk Assessments.

Campbell has acted as Project Director on a wide and varied range of major Marine & Port Infrastructure projects throughout the UK and Ireland including Belfast Harbour, Portrush, Kilkeel, Portavogie, Ardglass, Dublin Port, Wicklow, GreenPort Hull, Tilbury2 & Killybegs Donegal.

Campbell has extensive experience in the inspection, assessment and refurbishment of existing bridges as well as the design of new bridges.  He leads the company’s Bridge Team which undertakes work throughout the UK and Ireland.  The team are appointed to several bridge frameworks for Translink, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and numerous local Councils throughout Ireland. 

Paul Keown
BEng PhD CEng MICE MIStructE

Paul Keown joined Doran Consulting in 1999 and was appointed a Director in 2014.  He has nearly 20 years’ experience in a wide range of structural engineering projects, including extensive experience in basements and multi-storey construction, utilising a range of construction materials.  His areas of expertise include retail, residential, office developments, hotels and heavy industrial work.

In recent years, Paul has gained expertise in providing structural design advice in the area of waste handling, recycling and waste to energy facilities across the UK.

He has also been extensively involved in a number of prestigious retail and commercial developments across the UK including shopping centres with related facilities such as car parking and a range of hotels.

In addition to providing structural engineering services to clients, Paul participates in the wider engineering community and has produced a number of award winning technical papers on projects in which he has been involved, including the Bar Library development and Albert Clock Tower stabilisation.

Ciara Lappin
Technical Director

Ciara Lappin joined Doran Consulting in 1999 and was appointed to the post of Technical Director in 2016.  She has over 20 years’ experience in a range of civil engineering and public health projects.  Her areas of expertise include infrastructure, harbour development, environmental improvement schemes & public realm works, leisure and sports projects including mountain bike and walking trails and water & wastewater treatment.

Ciara is an NEC3/4 Project Manager and is an Advanced Accredited NEC4 Contracts Manager.

Ciara has project managed large scale industrial harbour and commercial projects across both Northern Ireland and England and has extensive experience in the design and build of water and wastewater treatment works and sewerage schemes for NI Water.

In addition to providing a range of civil engineering services to clients, Ciara has also lectured on civil engineering contract matters at Queen’s University Belfast. 

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.

Anthony Carr

Anthony Carr
Technical Director

Anthony Carr graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2008, with a First-Class Honours Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, Anthony joined Doran Consulting, having previously undertaken a year in industry and several summer placements within the company. Anthony became a Chartered Engineer in 2015 and was appointed to the post of Associate in 2016.

Throughout his career, Anthony has developed a keen interest in sustainable development and has developed particular expertise in the design, modelling and implementation of large-scale earthworks schemes, road design and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).

Anthony works as a team leader within the infrastructure sector of the company, having gained valuable experience in a wide range of civil engineering projects including the development of harbours, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, waste management facilities, power transmission and Energy from Waste infrastructure.

Prominent projects, working on the Civil Engineering aspects include;

Omagh Hospital | Bushmills Warehousing project | Bushmills Distillery Expansion | Victoria Square Development, Woking | Rookery South EFW Newhurst EFW | Slough EFW | Lostock EFW | Moray East Substation Development

Jeff Meeke
Technical Director

Jeff Meeke joined Doran Consulting in 2000 and was appointed to the post of Technical Director in 2023. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and project management of public health projects and a range of civil engineering disciplines including infrastructure, sports pitches and harbour development.

Within the Public Health Team Jeff has worked extensively on a range of projects including potable water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and sewerage systems. He has produced a range of feasibility studies and taken capital projects for public sector clients through design, procurement, and construction delivery. In addition, Jeff has been extensively involved in a range of Design & Build commissions with contractors.

Jeff has recently been responsible for managing frameworks for the delivery of both Outline and Detail design work for an extensive range of upgrades to wastewater treatment works projects throughout the UK and Ireland.


Roger Knipe
MEng CEng MIStructE
Technical Director

Roger Knipe joined Doran Consulting in 2016, became an Associate in 2018 and was promoted to Technical Director in 2023. Roger works closely with clients, other designers and contractors to ensure that projects are delivered to the highest possible standard and has extensive experience in commercial buildings, industrial and process structures, transportation structures and education projects.

Recent high-profile projects where Roger has led the structural and civil engineering design include the City Quays 3 office development in Belfast Harbour, Rookery South Energy from Waste plant, the new Armagh campus of the Southern Regional College and the new Belfast Grand Central Station.

Roger has had a long-standing involvement with the Institution of Structural Engineers and has served as chair of their Young Members Panel, a member of the Council and Treasurer of the Northern Ireland Regional Group.