Meet our people
We strive for excellence in client service, through partnership, design and construction and our values and commitment are reflected by the number of clients who return to us for repeat projects and additional work.
Our experienced, dedicated and hardworking team are fundamental to our success.
John Paley – Chairman
Emma Wynne – Company Director
Vikki Sykes – Managing Director
Laura Mepham –Director of Planning and Design
Lee Brown – Director of Urban Design
Thomas Sellers – Architect
Rich Nicholls – Senior Associate – Architectural Design
Steven Duquemin – Senior Associate – Architectural Design
Kieran Mapplebeck – Senior Associate – Technical
Louis Smith – Architectural Designer
Jack Payne – Architectural Assistant
Russell Robinson – Architectural Designer
Amy Tomsett – Graphic Illustrator
John founded the practice over 48 years ago and under his continued leadership the company has steadily grown to be one of the leading award winning architectural design practices in the north of England. John is involved in the design of schemes on a day-to-day basis, working with other members of the team to pass on his experience. John has extensive knowledge of residential layouts, new build, conversions and renovations.
As a chartered Town Planner with over 15 years of experience of planning, design and development, Vikki has now been appointed as Managing Director of JRP Associates. Before taking on this role Vikki worked as an Associate Director at JRP, managing projects through all aspects of the business with a proven track record of delivering successful outcomes through skilful negotiation and presentation. Projects include individual bespoke dwellings, public houses, industrial and commercial developments through to large mixed-use schemes. Vikki therefore has extensive experience working with a variety of clients ranging from National volume house builders, landowners, agents and smaller individual clients. Vikki has demonstrated excellence in client relations and is looking forward to driving JRP forward into this next era.
Director of Planning and Design
Laura is a Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years’ experience and has recently been appointed Director of Planning and Design. Laura joined JRP in 2004, prior to which she worked for a volume housebuilder where she dealt with all aspects of land and planning. Laura provides planning, design and development advice to a diverse Client base ranging from public bodies, through to landowners, developers and house builders. Laura’s extensive portfolio includes major residential schemes and large mixed-use development through to individual bespoke dwellings. Laura takes schemes from initial feasibility through to on-site construction and ensures she meets and exceeds all of her Clients expectations.
Director of Urban Design
Lee is a Chartered Landscape Architect and an Urban Designer and has recently been appointed Director of Urban Design at JRP. Lee joined the company as Landscape Architect in 2003 and has since combined a portfolio of landscape work with masterplanning on larger developments. With over 20 years’ experience Lee’s focus is on balancing site opportunities with client requirements to create sustainable, vibrant and healthy places to live and work. He has built strong relationships with many valued clients including national housebuilders, regeneration companies and individuals.
Tom is a RIBA & ARB Chartered Architect with experience across multiple sectors including residential, industrial, and commercial. Since joining the practice in 2017 he has worked on a variety of projects from large masterplans to small house extensions working from the initial conception through construction and to handover. His work involves a wide range of clients including national housebuilders, regeneration companies and individuals. He is dedicated to understanding each clients own specialist requirements to provide the best possible outcome for their projects.
Senior Associate – Architectural Design
Rich joined the practice in 2004 and as such he is one of the longest serving members of the team. His role includes producing feasibility sketch layouts, planning layouts and construction drawings.
Senior Associate – Architectural Design
Steven joined the practice in 2015 having previously worked in architectural practice on a range of residential projects.
His role includes producing feasibility sketch layouts, planning drawings, construction drawings and marketing graphics.
Senior Associate – Technical
Kieran joined the practice in 2005 adopting the role of architectural technician to coincide with undertaking a part time degree in Architectural Technology. Kieran is qualified as a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor.
Louis joined the practice in 2018 with over 8 years’ experience of working for a practice specialising in commercial, industrial and private residential schemes.
His roles include producing feasibility sketch layouts, planning drawings, construction drawings and accompanying graphical information.
Jack joined the practice in 2019 after completing his placement year working in the residential design sector. He is currently working towards his part 3 qualifications, having previously completed a master’s degree in architectural design at the University of Huddersfield.
Russell joined the practice in 2020 having worked for AJ top 100 practices in both London and Sheffield designing, detailing and delivering quality buildings for blue chip clients in the commercial, healthcare, hospitality, retail and residential sectors.
Amy joined the practice in 2014 having previously worked on large scale retail feasibility schemes and more recently producing architectural drawings and marketing graphics for Urban Design and Residential Developments.