The Team


Nick Soady

Managing Director

As Managing Director, Nick combines practice leadership and responsibility for the business across all regions together with the responsibility for business development, whiles maintaining a hands-on involvement on specific Project Management, Employer’s Agent and other consultancy appointments.  Nick also leads on Dispute Resolution.

Since completing an Honors Degree in Quantity Surveying at Reading University in 1985, Nick has now gained over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Surveyor in the fields of Project Management and Construction Cost Control, primarily representing Clients in the procurement of major building projects in many sectors including Commercial, Residential, Retail, Leisure, healthcare, across both the private and public sectors.

Nick has also been involved in a number of projects within the renewable energy sector where we have provided Cost Consultancy services and seconded staff into specialist construction providers of Photovoltaic Parks and Wind Farms across the UK.

Tudor Butler


Tudor joined RPA in 2003 as a Trainee Graduate Surveyor, since then Tudor has gone onto complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying from the College of Estate Management and became a Chartered Surveyor in 2013 on qualifying as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Tudor leads on Social Housing, Elderly Residential, Retail and CDM PD functions and is also responsible for Health & Safety at RPA.

With over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry covering a wide range of sectors from housing to commercial, Tudor has gained particular experience within the retail sector having spent 18 months secondment to a national retailer’s property department working as part of the value management team.

Ben Smith


After deciding on a career change, Ben joined RPA in 2012 as a Graduate Trainee, whilst also enrolling on the Post Graduate Quantity Surveying course at the University of the West of England, graduating 2015.  Ben became a Chartered Surveyor in 2016, on qualifying as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Ben is lead on Social Housing, Private Residential and Bank Monitoring services and has responsibility for IT and HR functions at RPA.

During his time at RPA he has gained specific experience in delivering residential housing schemes throughout Wales and the South West of England – from one off bespoke private dwellings, substantial projects for a range of Housing Associations, elderly persons schemes, and large multi-story apartment blocks.  Ben has also undertaken a number of channeling refurbishments and fit out schemes. Further, he has specific experience in Funder Due Diligence having acted on behalf of a number of banks and funding institutions.

Ben values long term client relationships, always thriving to fully understand clients’ needs and requirements, and recognizing that achieving successful projects involves a tailored approach

David Reeves


David initially joined RPA in 2007 and trained with us for two years as a Graduate Trainee before joining a Bristol based PQS practice for four years, David re-joined RPA in March 2013 to help further develop RPA’s presence in the South West of England, and is now the Director responsible for the day to day running of our Bristol office.  David’s professional qualifications include a degree in Law and Business and a Post Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying from the College of Estate Management.  David’s is a Chartered Surveyor having qualified as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2014.

David leads on Residential, Commercial and Bank Monitoring services and has responsibility for the day to day management of our Bristol office.

With over ten years’ experience in the Construction Industry, David has also gained wide experience covering various other sectors including, Healthcare, Education, Retail and Renewable Energy.


James Christian


James joined RPA in 2006 as a school leaver to embark on a 5-year part time Quantity Surveying degree as a Trainee Surveyor, graduating in 2011 with a degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management from the University of the West of England.  James is a Chartered Surveyor having qualified as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2014.

James leads on Private Residential, Commercial and Health sectors and has responsibility for ISO/quality control and training at RPA.

James has nearly 15 years’ experience in the Construction industry, during this time he has gained UK wide experience across a wide array of sectors including, Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Retail, Primary Care and Sustainable Technologies providing Quantity Surveying, Employer’s Agent and Project Management services to Clients in both the public and private sectors.

James also has considerable experience in providing Due Diligence and Fund Monitory services to a number of Banks and Financial Institutions.

Deborah Bolton

Business Development Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in the Social Housing and Construction Sector, Deborah brings a wealth of experience to RPA. Having completed an honors degree in Housing Management in 1998 followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in 2006, she has since worked for Local Authorities, Housing Associations, National and Regional Building Contractors and Builders Merchant’s, Deborah has a sound understanding of winning bid propositions, having sat both Client and Contractor side.  During her career she has worked extensively across all aspects of Business Development including Consultative Sales, Bids & Procurement, Stakeholder Engagement, Marking, PR, Community Development and Board Management.

A people focused person; her skills lie in developing successful partnerships to deliver a strong offering that sectors work winning opportunities.  In addition, Deborah works with the Directors to develop and deliver high quality outputs that facilitate the growing presence of the business across Wales and the South West.

Leanne Coombes

Office Manager

Since joining RPA in 2013, Leanne has played a pivotal role in the smooth running of the office and is very much the glue that holds RPA together.  Leanne oversees the operational and facilities aspects of the office ranging from managing reception; invoicing and achieving timely payments’ coordinating IT related matters, right through to liaising with the team and Directors, to ensure effective document control and compliance with Construction Line, CHAS, ISO etc. In addition, Leanne is instrumental in coordinating events and marketing including bidding and proposals.

Leanne recently completed her City and Guilds NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration Level 4.  In keeping with RPA’s strong training continuous development ethos, Leanne is currently embarking upon and ILM Performance Management Course.  This will see her take on additional role in assisting with HR and Staff inductions as well as mentoring the Graduate & Trainee Surveyors across the business, as part of their personal development and well-being.