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About Us


Craddys is a team of civil and structural engineering enthusiasts, providing engineering consultancy services to a wide range of clients across the UK. Our main activities include civil and structural design, drainage, highways, sustainability, heritage, refurbishments and new buildings. We are large enough to provide a reliable, fast and comprehensive service, but small enough to care about projects of any size. We strive to provide no-nonsense, expert advice, taking care to design quality buildings for our clients and get maximum benefit from their stretched budgets.



Colin graduated from the University of Leeds in 1991 with a first class honours degree. Colin is a chartered civil and structural engineer and he joined the practice in 2002. He is a proud Cumbrian and has been in exile in Bristol since 2000. He says that the move to the West Country was the best thing that he has done, however his time down here has done nothing to dent his Cumbrian accent or passion for Carlisle United.

Colin Davidson
Huw Jones


Huw graduated from Swansea University in 2006 and joined Craddys in September of that year as an enthusiastic graduate engineer. Huw quickly went on to become a chartered structural engineer at the age of 25 (exceptionally young) and at the same time won the national Graham Wood prize presented by the Institution of Structural Engineers, although modesty forbids him from constantly mentioning this achievement around the office. He is a patriotic Welshman and a proud Welsh speaker. When not bragging about his award he can often be found assisting others in the office with pronunciation of Welsh place names or the translation of Welsh road signs. He is a lover of all things sport and his mood will often reflect the performances of his beloved Welsh rugby team.


Nick graduated from the University of Bath in 2004 with a BEng in civil engineering and joined Craddys the following year. Since joining the company Nick has become a chartered structural engineer and has completed a part-time masters degree. After seven years in the Bristol office Nick headed home to Devon in 2012 to lead the new Exeter office. Despite never bothering to learn any of the rules, Nick is a keen rugby player and his frequent black eyes are testament to his knack of sticking his head where it’s not wanted.

Nick Mills
Robin Griffiths


Robin joined the practice immediately after graduating in 2010 from the University of Bath with a first class masters degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering. A West Country boy and now a chartered structural engineer, he can often be spotted in his spare time travelling the region by motorbike, sourcing the rarest cheeses for office hospitality events. Robin started his life in the construction industry as a site labourer, revealing the skills he learned coupled with his passion for engineering by almost single-handedly (ok, with the help of about 15 other members of staff) building the office bike shed.


Anna started her professional career as a ballet dancer – not the usual route to becoming a Finance Director. After retiring from the professional stage, she turned her eyes towards a different passion, money; not the gaining of it but the counting! After joining BSW in 1999, Anna was dubbed “Fairy Godmother”, a name given to her due to her reputation for sorting out any financial and administration problems. When BSW merged with Craddys in 2008 Anna joined the administration team, becoming office manager within a few years and then Finance Director. Anna has never lost her love of dance and continues to teach in studios, churches and conferences around the UK and beyond. Occasionally she can even be found back on the professional stage.


Andrew graduated from the University of Bath with a BEng in civil engineering and joined Craddys in October 2004. Andrew was the first graduate engineer to join Craddys directly from University and became a chartered structural engineer in 2009. Andrew undertook university placements with a large ground worker which certainly provided an insight into of the muddier side of civil and structural engineering. Andrew is a keen sportsman and has/ will try most sports; although, he is yet to find the opportunity to turn professional and is now keenly awaiting veteran status, which may well assist to achieve this.


  • Founded in 1977 by Stewart Craddy, under its earlier name of Craddy and Partner.
  • Simon Pitchers joined Stewart in 1983.
  • In 1999, the name of the practice changed to Craddy Pitchers.
  • Colin Davidson joined the practice in 2002.
  • When Stewart retired in 2004, Colin joined Simon as director of the limited company.
  • In December 2006, the name of the practice changed again to Craddy Pitchers Davidson and Pete Febery joined Simon and Colin as a Director.
  • In 2013 the practice expanded opening an Exeter Office.
  • The practice has continued to grow and in 2015 the name changed once more to Craddys and at the same time, with a growing workforce of over 50, the Bristol office moved into new larger premises on the Eden Office Park site in Ham Green.
  • In 2017 Huw Jones, Nick Mills and Robin Griffiths joined Simon and Colin as Directors of Craddys
  • The practice continued to evolve in 2018 as Simon put down his Director’s hat and became a Consultant, Pete retired and Anna Arnold joined the Board of Directors.
  • In January 2020, the practice expanded further by opening an office in Wakefield.
  • After 16 years at Craddys, Andrew Rees joined the board of Directors in 2020.