Rund Partnership | Directors and Senior Management
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Directors and Senior Management

Rund Partnership is a specialist surveying and construction consultancy, providing services in London and the south of England, with vast experience in all sectors of the construction industry.

Richard Mussell
BSc (Hons), Dip Surv, MRICS
Managing Director

Paul Deakin

Paul Belfield
BSc (Hons) MRICS

Nikki Rolfe
Non-Executive Director

Martha Slade
Associate Director

Philip Smith
BSc (Hons) PGDipSurv MRICS
Associate Director

Sarah Witchell
BSc (Hons) MRICS
Managing Surveyor

Colin Barrett
Managing Clerk of Works

Nima Shamsipour
Principal Design Manager

Richard Mussell BSc (Hons) Dip Surv MRICS

Managing Director

Through Richard’s personality and hands-on approach, Richard leads Rund Partnership as Managing Director in a highly engaging and proactive manner.

With over 20 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, Richard’s experience extends across the commercial and residential sectors as a building surveyor and employer’s agent.

Richard has previously spent part of his career as a Development Project Manager for a leading registered housing provider, meaning that he has first-hand experience in managing both refurbishment and new-build projects.

Paul Deakin BSc MRICS


Paul manages our Southampton office, and is directly involved in running projects on behalf of a variety of clients across the South of England to provide his in-depth knowledge and experience to ensure a successful project.

As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Paul leads our cost consultancy services and works with clients, and other professionals, from initial feasibility through to project completion.

Paul has a wealth of knowledge with over 25 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, with particular expertise in commercial and residential developments.

Paul Belfield BSc (Hons) MRICS


Paul leads our London office creating the strategy and vision for its development and growth. Paul’s attention-to-detail benefits clients from his involvement in small residential schemes to multi-million pound initiatives involving multiple stakeholders, phasing and elements of developments. Paul believes in working as a team to utilise strengths and resources to overcome challenges, providing continuity of service and ultimately a successful project.

As a Chartered Building Surveyor, Paul has extensive experience in both new-build and refurbishment works, including acting as project manager, designer and contract administrator on projects within the commercial and education sectors. Paul is well-versed in planning, coordinating and managing construction projects from their inception through to completion.

Nikki Rolfe

Non-Executive Director

As a highly experienced Human Resources Director, Nikki has multi-industry experience and extensive corporate Board experience, including as Group HR Director for Rexam, an FTSE 100 Company. With her many years of international experience in corporate change, operations and strategic growth Nikki brings to Rund Partnership a deep understanding of building truly winning organisations and companies committed to the development of their people.

Martha Slade BSc (Hons) MA MRICS

Associate Director

As well as having worked as a Building Surveyor on a wide range of projects for both local authorities and housing associations, Martha has over 10 years’ social housing development experience. Martha is an experienced Project Manager and Employer’s Agent and coordinates the company’s quality assurance and compliance processes under the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 standards.

Philip Smith BSc (Hons) PGDipSurv MRICS

Associate Director

Philip is a Chartered Building Surveyor with wide-ranging experience across the residential, education and healthcare sectors.

In conjunction with colleagues, Philip provides Employer’s Agent and Project Management services for multi-million pound mixed-use residential schemes. Philip is experienced in managing complex development sites and overcoming the challenges of site abnormals, phased delivery and engagement with multiple stakeholders.

His background, as a Building Surveyor, ensures that Philip is well-versed in neighbourly matters and he is able to provide a keen focus on build quality.

Sarah Witchell BSc (Hons) MRICS

Managing Surveyor

Sarah is a highly experienced Chartered Surveyor with a thorough skill set and over 10 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. Sarah’s attention to detail comes to the fore with respect to procurement, contractual matters and cost control over a diverse portfolio of developments.

Sarah is highly knowledgeable in both pre and post contract consultancy for developments across various sectors, development models and tenures. Sarah is instrumental in achieving best value and optimised cost solutions, with clients greatly benefit from her risk management and value engineering expertise on projects.


Managing Clerk of Works

Colin manages our Clerk of Works team overseeing new-build projects as quality control and assurance for the client, checking compliance with specifications, snagging and handing over of completed properties. Colin has over 27 years in the construction industry as a works foreman, trade supervisor and Clerk of Works.

Colin has achieved a trio of accreditations, including being a Chartered Construction Manager, a CABE accredited Chartered Building Engineer and he is also NEBOSH accredited. Colin has also recently passed the Fire Stopping Inspection Diploma, a diploma accredited by The Institute of Fire Safety Managers and recognised by the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Nima Shamsipour MCSD CMaPS

Principal Design Manager

Nima heads our team of Principal Designers, managing the design of buildings and with an industry-leading process, directs health and safety principles that underpin safe construction and use. Nima is experienced in procurement, design development, risk management and further provides executive-level legal advice to all our partners ensuring mitigation strategies are implemented.

Having achieved Membership of the Chartered Society of Designers and an active board member of design management committee – DIOHAS, Nima has extensive experience in Urban Design, Project Management and BIM. Together with his team, Nima leads to benefit our clients, on a commercial and legal standpoint, offering a truly innovative approach to secure duty holder liabilities ensuring the team collaborate in designing out risk.