Here at Thomas Consulting we pride ourselves on the quality of our staff and recognise that our staff are our business. We concentrate on ensuring that each new member will work well with the existing team and have the abilities and personality to work with our existing client base.

Our latest member of the Shrewsbury team has been no exception to that rule; Sophie Davies has returned to her Shropshire roots and has joined as a Principal Engineer. Earlier in the year Sophie began the process to become a Chartered Structural Engineer and sat the rigorous Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) exam.


The IStructE exam is not an ordinary exam; it is a test of both knowledge and endurance. The exam lasts around 7 hours and has a pass rate of around 35%. The exam is in two parts and both parts must be passed. There is then a further interview panel consisting of two Chartered Engineers.

Due to the current pandemic the interview section of the two-part process to become a Chartered Engineer was delayed until earlier in November, and as is becoming the norm, was conducted remotely online.

Sophie had to wait until Christmas for the results; but has recently been advised that she has scored the highest mark of all the Midlands Counties Region candidates who sat the examination in 2020 and has earned Sophie the ‘Bob Fisher Award’. This is an amazing accolade and signifies Sophie’s commitment and passion for Structural Engineering.

In normal circumstances, Sophie would be presented with her certificate and award at a formal awards ceremony; again, this is going to have to be done virtually (unusual I hear you cry…). Professor Nethercot, who is a Past President of the Institution and who knew Bob Fisher well, will announce Sophie’s award prior to his virtual talk on “Progressive Collapse of Buildings” to the Midlands region, this will take place on Tuesday 26th January 2021.

We have no doubt that Sophie we be confirmed as a Chartered Structural Engineer in the next few weeks and am sure you will join us to raise a glass to Sophie’s success.

Stay safe and well from all of us at the Shrewsbury Office: 01743 237940.

A message from Thomas Consulting

2021 - New Year, New Office

Here at Thomas Consulting we are on the move….

Exciting times after nearly 20 years in the current office at Friar Street the team are moving to a brighter, bigger accessible office at 21 China Street, Lancaster.  

The building has been part of a development undertaken by JMP Architects at their existing site.

The new office space has access directly off of China Street giving on-site parking for the Team and visiting clients; a rarity in Lancaster city centre.

As soon as COVID-19 Security and Government restrictions permit, we are looking forward to inviting all our associates and clients to enjoy a little cheese and Wine event at our new home.

We will be raising a toast to a healthy, safe and prosperous year for all.

Should you need to contact any member of our team the following numbers are available during working hours of 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

01743 237940 (Shrewsbury), 01772 299040 (Chorley) and 01524 846022 (Lancaster)