Portland Consulting Engineers have a talented and experienced management team in place.  One which has accumulated many years in the fields of Civil & Structural engineering.  

We are led by our Managing Director Lee Barr and Director Mark Grant.  They are supported by Civils Associate Stephen Hunter.

Responsible for the day-to-day running of Portland’s operations is Office Manager Allison Donnelly whilst our Marketing and Business Development Co-Ordinator Sharon Shaw is tasked with growing the business. 

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Lee Barr IEng, AMIStructE -  Managing Director

From a background in structural engineering and the skills of transformational leadership, Lee inspires his team initiating the path to success, to deliver a consistently innovative high level of service to clients

With a unique personal approach to all staff and clients, Lee’s inspiring leadership has gained many valued relationships within the industry. The hands-on philosophy from the management supports a close daily relationship with the clients and those working with Portland’s designs.

Lee’s overall contributions have acknowledged a successful and valued growth to the business and has developed a robust business plan to provide clients with a quality service working collaboratively to meet the client's objectives and providing innovative solutions.

Tel: 0191 461 9770

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Mark Grant BEng (Hons) MICE, MIStructE. CEng - Director

Mark is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Structural Engineer committed to innovative and commercially engineered solutions.

Mark began his career undertaking bridge designs and assessments before moving to national contractor. A subsequent spell with a fabricator preceded his move to Portland in June 2004 as one of its first employees.

Mark has been a Director since 2006 and has become well known within the North East construction industry for providing a sensible, commercial approach to structural design, leading to economic design solutions in a wide range of sectors.

Mark has built up extensive retail, industrial, process and manufacturing experience with an impressive portfolio, giving him the ability to approach each project from a fresh perspective.

Tel: 0191 461 9770

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Stephen Hunter HNC - Associate

Stephen is an experienced Civil Engineer recognised for retaining an economical approach with an over benefit to schemes.

Considered a safe pair of hands by Clients who trust him to deliver their expectations on time, within budget and to a high standard.

Stephen was promoted to Associate where he has quickly excelled in the role and exceeded all expectations. Stephen is a resourceful and confident Engineer with a vision for professional development.

Tel: 0191 461 9770


Allison Donnelly  - Office Manager

With over 30 years' of experience working in a design engineering office, Allison is the glue that holds Portland together.

Managing and supporting the smooth running of the office, from handling cash flow to answering the telephone.

Allison strives to successfully provide Portland’s endless list of administration responsibilities - assisting the directors with financial operations and development meetings, including the maintenance and implementation of the company’s HR, Health & Safety, Quality Management and Environmental policies and procedures.

Tel: 0191 461 9770


Sharon Shaw  - Marketing & Business Coordinator

Sharon is an experienced marketing executive, committed to achieving the aspirations of Portland’s marketing strategy and promoting business development. 

With over 30 years’ experience gained in the North East Construction Industry, Sharon provides in-house marketing, design solutions and targets business opportunities.


Tel: 0191 461 9770