Ball & Berry Ltd are a leading Corporate Approved Inspector in England & Wales.

The company was founded in 2007 to deliver a first class service with a team of fully qualified and experienced RICS Building Control Surveyors, with unrivalled knowledge and experience of the Building Regulations.

Operating out of our offices in Manchester & Preston we are licensed by the Construction Industry Council to provide an Approved Inspector Service.

We have in place the relevant Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurances, as required by Government.

Meet the Team

Paul McNeill
Paul McNeillDirector - 07808 804146 / 01772 706118
Paul joined the company in 2010 as a Director, and has over twenty years of experience in the construction industry, predominantly in Building Control.

Paul is the type of person who enjoys and thrives upon a challenge. He has a positive, pragmatic approach and outlook, together with being organised and innovative within the work place.

David Clarke
David ClarkeDirector - 07702 807291 / 01772 706119
David values the importance of effective working relationships and the provision of a high level of service to clients on all types of building project. He believes this is key to ensuring a building not only complies with the Building Regulations but that the Building Control function can actually add value to the final product.

Outside work, David’s proudest achievement was to build his own house – something which David not only found to be a hugely rewarding and difficult challenge, but something that helped him learn a great deal more about the practicalities involved in the building process.

David Hodgson
David HodgsonDirector - 07545 424953 / 01772 706117
David joined Ball and Berry Limited to become one of their Directors in 2011. He brings to the practice almost thirty five years of experience of working in the construction industry.

David is a confident and self-motivated professional with proven leadership success, he also has a track record for identifying and subsequently implementing many new initiatives aimed at maximising business potential

Karen Simons
Karen SimonsAdministration & Finance Manager - 01772 706110
Karen is an experienced and organised office manager who has been with Ball and Berry since 2012. Karen has implemented a new finance system, manages the administration team, and keeps the technical team on their toes.
Mathew Banks
Mathew BanksAssociate Director - 07734 858903 / 01772 706120
In 2014 Mathew took the decision to further his professional career by moving into the private sector by joining Ball and Berry Ltd.

Mathew brings with him extensive experience working on a wide range of projects across health, education, commercial and industrial sectors along with domestic schemes of varying scale and complexity.

Michael Ashworth
Michael AshworthAssociate Director - 07515 285568 / 01772 706121
Michael commenced work in Building Control in 1992. Having worked for three Local Authorities he decided to enter the private sector in 2006 for a national approved inspector. After three years he returned to the public sector rising to the position of Head of Building Control at Blackpool Council. In March of 2015 Michael realised his ambition of returning to the private sector he said “Ball & Berry ticked all the boxes of an expanding, customer focused and forward thinking company”. Michael has dealt with numerous major projects including mental health units, large hotels and football stadia developments. Outside of work he is a keen golfer.
Paul Holden
Paul HoldenAssociate Director - 07808 870851 / 01772 706121
Paul is a Building Control Inspector who has worked in the industry for numerous years at both public and private institutions. He joined Ball and Berry in 2016.
Lee Donaghy
Lee DonaghyAssociate Director - 0161 8269298 / 07921887575
Lee began his career in Building Control in 1988. After becoming fully qualified he spent 20 years at Wigan Council progressing to Principal Building Surveyor. Always customer focused Lee made the decision to continue his career in the private sector. With the recent addition of a Manchester office and continued growth Lee felt Ball and Berry Ltd would be the ideal company to take his career in an exciting new direction.

Lee has extensive experience in domestic and commercial work including new housing, apartments, retail, industrial and football stadia.

Phil Berry
Phil BerrySenior Building Control Surveyor - 07762 579852 / 01772 706115
Phil began working in the construction industry in 2006 as a Trainee Building Control Surveyor. He was granted full membership of the Chartered Association of Building Engineer’s in 2014.

Phil has a proactive and flexible approach and understands the value of forming good working relationships with customers, architects and contractors. His aim is ensure his role as a building control surveyor helps the construction process to run as smoothly as possible from commencement through to completion.

Jim Brown MRICS
Jim Brown MRICSSenior Building Control Surveyor - 07525 864330 / 01772 702022
Starting his building control career as a fresh-faced teenager, a not so fresh-faced Jim joined Ball and Berry in October 2017 from neighbouring local authority, Wigan. Having slotted into the team well, he has successfully achieved corporate membership with RICS whilst being with us.

He is a keen sportsman and an avid Wigan Warriors supporter.

James Oliver
James OliverBuilding Control Surveyor - 07921887574 / 01772 706116
James Oliver graduated from UCLan in 2015, achieving a First in Building Surveying (Bsc Hons) and was the recipient of the RICS Graduate of the Year Award. As a former Electrician and Property Developer, James has years of experience working the in the construction industry, including a Year Placement working at a leading North-west Building Surveyors. James is currently working towards Chartership on the RICS APC program.
Daniel Vaughan
Daniel VaughanAssistant Building Control Surveyor - 07730020922 / 01772 706113
Dan has a Building Surveying (Bsc Hons) degree and two years Building Control experience working at the LABC. Dan joined Ball and Berry in 2016, and is currently working towards Chartership on the RICS APC program.
Jill Berry
Jill BerryPart time Administrator
Jill joined the company in 2011 and enjoys her administrative role within the office and is a valued member of the team. Working mainly on finance and general admin Jill works both in the office and remotely at home.
Kerrie McNeill
Kerrie McNeillPart time Administrator
Kerrie joined the company in 2011 to provide much needed administrative assistance. Kerrie predominantly assists the Directors with their administrative burden and tends to work remotely from home.
Abbie Holt
Abbie HoltAdministrator - 01772706111
Abbie joined Ball & Berry in the summer of 2017 when looking for a new challenge. Abbie was the stand out candidate at interview and quickly became a valued member of the team providing support to the technical surveyors whilst also getting to grips with credit control. Abbie enjoys the variety of work, has a great enthusiasm, and always has a smile on her face.
Amy Robinson
Amy RobinsonAdministrator - 01772 706112
Amy started in March 2016, initially as maternity cover, and quickly established herself as an important part of the administration team.
Amy loves her summer holidays, with a trip planned to Majorca in July.
Amy is often seen getting an ice cream from the passing mid afternoon ice cream van whilst dreaming about proper sunshine !!

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