Meet The Team

Established in 1986, RRA Architects is recognised for its work in architecture, heritage, conservation, design and strategic thinking. Today the practice has absorbed Garland Cornelius Architects, to form a combined studio of architects and designers in London, Hereford and Cheltenham.

Mark Powles

Managing Director

My favourite thing is 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.

Jonathan White

Director

My favourite thing is heading off to the coast in my VW Campervan with my family and dog.

One day I hope to live by the coast with my VW Campervan, my family and dog.

Having grown up in Northern Ireland, Jon moved to Gloucestershire in 1999, after studying Architectural Technology in Edinburgh. A keen family man, Jon manages to remain an avid rugby fan even though he has two daughters. (Gloucester, Ulster and Ireland in no particular order). He appeared on The Weakest Link in 2003, but, sadly, the video has been lost forever.

Rachel Palmer

Marketing

My favourite thing is my family.

One day I hope to live in a finished house.

Following 20 years working in product and graphic design, Rachel now co-ordinates all RRA’s marketing activities. When not writing for magazines and networking Rachel spends her time juggling her young family, working life and house renovations. She has recently completed studying for a masters in marketing, where she achieved the highest mark of distinction.

Jane Cooke

Office 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.

Emma Thomas

Financial Controller

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.

Lucia Milone

Project and Conservation Architect

My favourite thing is being at the seaside.

One day I hope to build my own house.

Lucia brings 6 years post part III experience across a variety of sectors, with a particular passion for innovative house designs, small scale redevelopment and repairs and conservation to existing historic buildings. Outside of work Lucia is a member of Cheltenham’s local running club Almost Athletes and enjoys exploring new places both locally and internationally.

Tom Froggatt

Architectural Assistant

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.

Oliver Smith

Architectural Assistant

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 and his role as an architectural assistant within RRA through recently beginning his Part 2 at Oxford Brookes University, where he is progressing well studying for his Master’s Degree in Architecture.

Alex Astley-Jones (AJ)

Architectural Assistant

My favourite thing is Netflix.

One day I hope to backpack through Asia and South America.

Alex joined RRA in 2017 following a successful degree in Architectural Technology, where he was awarded the Degree Show Design Award and the East Midlands Student CIAT award for his final project. With a keen interest in integrating sustainability into modern landscapes, Alex has a broad portfolio encompassing a diverse range of projects, focusing on the finer details in both design and technical packages. In his spare time, Alex enjoys an active lifestyle, playing a couple sports competitively, socialising with friends and depicting a convincing couch potato in front of a good Netflix series.

Sarah-Jane Bonner

Architectural Assistant

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.

Kiera Willis

Administration Assistant

My favourite thing is shopping.

One day I hope to be a bridesmaid.

Kiera has joined the company after recently completing her A levels in English language, Psychology and Health and Social care. She is currently working towards her Level 3 qualification in Business Administration. Kiera loves being surrounded by her friends and family

Lizzie Wharton

Architectural Assistant

My favourite thing is crocheting little animals.

One day I hope to live somewhere sunny and build my own house.

Lizzie recently joined the Gloucester office to gain experience prior to starting her architectural studies at UWE in September. In her spare time, she enjoys practising violin and tending to her bonsai trees, as well as crafting little toys to sell in a local café.

Robert Kilgour

Conservation Architect
(consultant)

Peter Taylor

Conservation Architect
(consultant)