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Mark Powles

Managing Director

My favourite thing is good food.

One day I hope to complete a round of golf in double figures.

From walking through the doors of RRA as a Part 1 student at the age of 21 and becoming a Director at 27, Mark is now the owner and Managing Director of the company. He strives to ensure the ethos of the business is that of Quality, Integrity and Value. And, that as an architectural company RRA can be relied upon to deliver good design that is functional, achievable and exceeds expectations.
Out of work Mark is an 1873 season ticket holder at Gloucester Rugby, enjoys skiing, golf and spending time with his young family.

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Oliver Smith


My favourite thing is exploring the countryside with my cocker spaniel.

One day I hope to see Aston Villa win the Premiership title.

Oliver has worked for RRA since 2014, having qualified from the University of West England in 2012, where he studied Architecture and Planning for 4 years. Oliver has become an important member of the team, being a key figure on many projects. Oliver is developing his understanding of the various sectors further within his role as an Associate.

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Tom Froggatt

Associate Architect

My favourite thing is a weekend without DIY.

One day I hope to have a runner in the Cheltenham Festival.

Tom has worked across a wide range of different sectors including ecclesiastical, retail and community projects whilst maintaining a particular interest in residential and commercial architecture. His diverse portfolio includes overseeing a number of renovation projects for one of the UK’s largest restaurant and public house companies, design and development of an aircraft control tower as well as numerous successful residential remodels and new developments.

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Alex Gibbons

Associate Architect

My favourite thing is spending time with my family

One day I hope to build my own house.

Alex qualified as an Architect at the University of Birmingham in 2011, where he then spent the next 7 years working in London on projects ranging from large scale urban regeneration & masterplanning to individual dwellings and offices. Following the arrival of his daughters, Alex was keen to move back to Worcestershire to be closer to family and to work on more local projects.

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Steve Graves

Senior Project Designer

My favourite thing is rock climbing.

One day I hope to visit Mount Fuji.

Steve joined RRA as a Part II Architectural Assistant after completing his Masters degree in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
In professional practice Steve has worked across a variety of sectors both public and private, including work on ecclesiastical, community and residential projects.  Passionate about Hereford, Steve was eager to move back following his studies to work on local projects and help shape the city for the future.

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Sarah-Jane Bonner

Project Designer

My favourite thing is an Espresso martini.

One day I hope to be fluent in French.

After studying in London and setting off to explore South East Asia with just her backpack as company, Sarah-Jane was ready to start her career in Architecture. And since joining RRA, she has been involved in a number of residential projects across Cheltenham and Gloucester. In her spare time you can find Sarah-Jane walking her dogs along Quedgeley’s canal path, admiring her favourite art galleries and planning her next tropical adventure as a qualified PADI diver.

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Rebecca Jenkins

Project Designer

My favourite thing is going for long walks on the beach with my family and dog, Ella.

One day I hope to visit Machu Picchu.

Rebecca is a Part II Architectural Assistant based in both Gloucester and Hereford offices. Having recently graduated with her masters degree from Cardiff University, Rebecca is excited to apply her knowledge while working on a range of projects at RRA Architects. Rebecca’s interest in Architecture developed while travelling and exploring many different cultures. She is passionate about flexible architecture and community regeneration projects, as well as, restoration projects that combine new and old. Outside of work, Rebecca competes in national dance competitions, jumping into dance classes at any given chance.

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Tom Bale

Project Designer

My favourite thing is developing new designs in a workshop.

One day I hope to attend the Monaco Grand Prix.

Tom joined RRA after completing his Masters and Undergraduate Degree in Architecture in Cardiff. Tom’s interest in Architecture developed after being involved in a variety of renovation projects to a historic cottage. He is passionate about the sustainable use of timber in design and exploring how to minimise material waste through carefully considered design. In his spare time, Tom can be found in a workshop crafting furniture or repairing something mechanical, as well as attending the rugby and exploring the countryside.

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James Lovering

Project Designer

My favourite thing is going to the pub.

One day I hope to travel around Europe.

James joined RRA to gain experience prior to his third year at university in 2019 and has been a part of the team ever since. Having finished his degree, James can be seen in the Gloucester office working on projects big and small, whilst also beginning his Masters degree at UWE. In addition to having a passion for architecture, James is a keen Sheffield United fan, avid technology enthusiast and enjoys long walks in the countryside.

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Rhys Bennett

Architectural Assistant

My favourite thing is a Saturday afternoon beer.

One day I hope to follow Liverpool FC in their games across Europe.

After recently completing his bachelor’s undergraduate degree at the University of Liverpool we are delighted to welcome new Architectural Assistant, Rhys Bennett, to the RRA team. Before university, Rhys worked on various construction projects gaining an innate interest and understanding of architectural design.  An agricultural upbringing has also defined his aim of connecting a building to its surrounding landscape, rural or urban.

He has a keen interest in creating practical and pragmatic proposals that offer buildability alongside aesthetic value.  Rhys’ final Undergrad project focused on fusing the traditional materiality of Welsh oak with a contemporary modular structure; a combination of two very different architectural principles.  

Outside of work, Rhys enjoys following Liverpool Football Club (a key driver behind his attendance of Liverpool University).  He also relishes returning home to the Mid-Wales family farm, a welcome break from urban life! 

Administration Team The ones who keep the wheels on the bus.

Rachel Palmer

Marketing Director

My favourite thing is my family.

One day I hope to live in a finished house.

Following a successful 20 year career in product and graphic design for a number of companies, Rachel made the move to Marketing and co-ordinates RRA’s marketing activities and assists in the day to day running of the business behind the scenes. She recently returned to university to attain a Masters distinction in marketing. When not at work Rachel spends her time juggling her young family, two dogs and a number of house renovations.


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Jane Cooke

Group Business Manager

My favourite things are shoes.

One day I hope to take a road trip across the USA on Route 66 with the family !

Having spent 30 years as a manger in the hotel industry, in four and five star hotels – front office, events, reservations and project management, Jane decided it was time to utilise her skills and importantly, attempt to find a way to have a better work/life balance. She brings with her a wealth of customer care, organisation and hopefully just a bit of fun!  Jane loves going to the theatre, fine dining and all the lovely things in life and her family are a very special part of her life.

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Steffany Hancock

Office Co-ordinator and PA to the Directors

My favourite thing is going for long walks with my family and Parson Jack Russell.

One day I hope to live by the sea.

Administrator, Steffany Hancock joined the Gloucester office team to work closely with the Business Manager, supporting the team in the essential day-to-day running of the office. Steffany has always been a ‘home bird’ and although lived in London for three years, whilst gaining administration experience across a range of roles in the hustle and bustle of the city, she naturally couldn’t resist returning back home. Joining RRA from a background in the education sector and hotel industry, she hopes the broad range of administration and hospitality skills she has learnt will be an asset to the rest of the RRA team. Outside of work Steff enjoys Cornish breaks with her family and is a self-confessed stationery geek.

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Claire Davis


My favourite thing is exploring the Cotswolds with my partner and Polish Lowland sheepdog.

One day I hope to see the cherry blossom in Japan.

Since returning from teaching English in Colombia and Italy, Claire has enjoyed a varied career working across finance and internal audit. However, she wanted to move to a different role where her skills in organising and administration could really shine. She hopes to use these skills to have a positive impact at RRA and add to the smooth running of the company. Outside of work, Claire is a keen baker and enjoys running and taking part in charity walks – to hopefully offset eating all the baked goods!


Head of Well-Being

My favourite things are meeting new people and going for walks.

One day I hope to be a fully trained therapy dog.

Bear joined RRA in 2019 as a mere pup of just 11 weeks. He is mainly responsible for making people smile and offering cuddles wherever needed. Bear is also particularly good at stealth and can pickpocket a sandwich from a lunchbox almost entirely undetected. Out of work Bear likes to play with his toys and empty tissue boxes.

Consultants – experts in their specialist fields and jolly nice people.

Robert Kilgour

Conservation Architect (consultant)

My favourite thing is going for walks.

Having studied at Birmingham School of Architecture, Robert became a Registered and Chartered Architect in 1992 following successful completion of the SPAB Plunket Scholarship. He developed an interest in historic buildings after a part time placement with Michael Reardon & Associates where he worked on repairs to Hereford Cathedral and Keble College Oxford. Since this time, he has built a strong reputation for conservation repairs and has undertaken works on Grade I, II* and II listed structures as well as Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Robert is currently the inspecting Architect and surveyor of fabric at Hereford, Lichfield and Derby Cathedrals together with several smaller churches and National Trust properties.

Mike Harris

Heritage Consultant

My favourite thing is visiting art galleries and exhibitions

One day I hope my team will win the town’s Pub Quiz League

Having gained a Geography degree, followed by a Master’s in Civic Design, both from Liverpool University, Mike spent 18 years in various Local Planning Authorities in Hertfordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, mainly as a Conservation Officer. He achieved a further Master’s degree in Historic Building Conservation from Oxford Brookes University. Since 2005 Mike has worked in the private sector on a wide variety of development projects, most involving heritage issues. Heritage Statements and Planning Appeals are the focus of his professional efforts.

Emma Thomas

Financial Controller (consultant)

My favourite thing is counting beans.

Emma is a qualified accountant and has been responsible for RRA management accounts since 2012. Her role has been pivotal in the growth and development of the business. Emma has always loved counting beans and immersing herself in spreadsheets. She loves all things excel. Outside of work Emma enjoys seeing live bands and looking after her extensive menagerie of pets.