March 6, 2021


BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, has appointed two senior executives to its Building Services team. James Chorley and Graham Furness take on the newly created roles of Head of Mechanical and Head of Electrical respectively.

In his new role James Chorley will be the mechanical engineering lead for BakerHicks, overseeing the delivery of its trademark sustainable building services designs. A Chartered Building Services Engineer and BakerHicks alumnus, James re-joins from QODA Consulting where he led and managed a range of mechanical, electrical and sustainability designs. He has proven experience of working on major projects, including transport and pharmaceutical facilities.

With more than 45 years’ experience, Graham Furness joins BakerHicks to lead the electrical engineering team. A member of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Chartered Building Services Engineers, he has worked across all sectors of engineering, from the rail and transportation sectors to nuclear power stations and oil and gas installations. Prior to joining BakerHicks, he was Associate Director at WSP, and has managed data centres across Europe for clients including Goldman Sachs and Barclays Bank.

Commenting on his appointment James said: “The Building Services team at BakerHicks are industry leaders in using 3D modelling technologies to create low energy systems that deliver real value to clients. I’m excited to join the team and looking forward to working on projects that will continue to push best practice design.”

Graham added: “The cross-sector capability of the teams is one of the things that attracted me to BakerHicks. The role provides the opportunity to take this and, working alongside the Nuclear and Defence teams, move into new marketplaces within the regulated industries. There are plenty of great opportunities out there where I believe our skills will be valued.”

Simon Steed, Director of Building Services at BakerHicks, says: “I’m delighted James and Graham have joined the business. They both have proven track records in complex environments and will bring an even tighter control on design quality, as well as new skill sets to the team.”