Karl Elliott 



As well as leading the Practice, Karl’s personal experience sits in interior design and refurbishment, with over 30 years experience in both. Karl has also worked on major commercial projects including 130,000 sqft new build office development at Estuary View in Whitstable and 60,000 sqft of industrial units in Faversham.

Karl is responsive to clients’ needs, they approach him and he enjoys bringing their projects forward. He brings the right resource to each, enabling his teams to deliver them to a successful conclusion.

He is keen on bringing spaces back into use, reviving these areas and delivering change. This can be clearly seen as Karl leads the team in the redevelopment of both the Nasons and Debenhams sites in Canterbury.

When not working in the Practice, Karl is also a Canterbury BID board member and has a deep understanding of how towns and cities work, with a vested interest in making them fit for purpose and futureproofed.

Clare Butterworth



Clare leads our Harpenden Studio. Her passion for injecting personality into design has made her extremely popular with her clients. She brings a can-do mentality and strong attention to detail to all her projects, with nothing ever being an insurmountable problem.

Clare enjoys working on bespoke private residential commissions, getting to know families to create a home that works for each of them. This has previously included unique features such as bowling alleys or basement entertaining spaces.

Clare also delivers exclusive bespoke multi-unit residential schemes for local developers and where possible, enjoys bringing influences from the past into her
designs. Hotel, hospitality & leisure projects also form part of Clare’s portfolio, many of the properties she works with are listed and her conservation expertise enables
her to find architectural solutions to these often complex and challenging projects.

Pat Mills



Pat is vastly experienced in delivering a complete design service to his clients. His strong technical delivery, along with his desire for functional yet creative design, enables him to deliver a bespoke and caring service. Pat has had the pleasure of working on most types of residential project from smaller scale conservation schemes to larger urban regeneration projects.

Even though Pat is a Partner at Clague and spends time managing the business, he is proud that he continues to practice his craft and enjoys being part of projects and being the client point of contact.

In the early stages, Pat understands the importance of getting to know what it is the client wants and defining this with them as soon as possible to enable a smooth transition to design. Pat is diligent and a good mediator and uses these skills to good effect not only with clients, but when acting as Contract Administrator too.

Lee Batten



Lee strongly believes in delivering projects that make a difference to the end users and communities they benefit and this can clearly be seen through his work. His approach is one of pragmatism and robustness and he cares passionately about detail, making his projects buildable.

Lee works with spaces, not fighting them, to deliver the optimum result and isn’t afraid to get stuck in to tricky or problematic issues, resolving them with aplomb.

Lee’s experience is wide ranging, having previously worked for the Metropolitan Police Department and Kent County Council where he helped to deliver many public and civic buildings.

Tim Wolfe-Murray



Tim’s warm personality and creative approach has enabled him to design successfully for a variety of clients, from private homeowners to major developers and registered charities. His passion for places is clear as he works through the design process, creating buildable solutions and problem solving.

Tim has an enviable success rate on planning applications, having achieved consent on difficult sites for one-off houses and larger strategic masterplanning projects.

Tim enjoys delivering projects that make a difference. He is experienced in designing homes that provides specialist facilities, including adaptable and flexible spaces, which enables residents to live their lives to the fullest.

Paul Osborne



Paul has always had an interest in historic buildings, studying cities and the history of spaces. He brings this knowledge into his projects, aiming to not only learn from the past, but bring the best from it into the new.

Paul is an exceptional draftsman who’s evocative hand drawings are much in demand. Using this design process, he brings a sensitive approach to design, taking time at the beginning to listen to the client and develop a robust brief which then when combined with his experience and knowledge, translates into a well considered project that progresses through the design stages smoothly.

In his role, Paul considers it important to collaborate with all parties whilst also being a voice that can ultimately drive a project forward. He is resilient and adaptable and will work to make every project a success.

Mayler Colloton



Mayler’s approach to architecture and placemaking draws on the traditional buildings and places that have stood the test of time, outlived changing fashions and continue to be where so many of us love to inhabit. 

He has over 20 years of experience working in the UK & Ireland primarily on residential and heritage projects. An understanding of the underlying principles of traditional buildings and places continues to inform Mayler’s interventions in historic contexts as well as when creating new places of distinctive character. 

As well as being a qualified Architect, Mayler holds a Masters in Architectural Conservation from the University of Kent. He is a former Chair of East Kent Branch of the RIBA,  a current member of TAG (the RIBA’s Traditional Architects Group) and regularly provides voluntary advice to local civic preservation & amenity groups around Canterbury where he lives.

Stuart Bonnage



Stuart is a forward thinking and open minded architect who enjoys pushing the boundaries and bringing forward new technologies. He is pushing our sustainability agenda in education, with net zero carbon in use the aim from the start. Stuart brings this approach to his projects, using it to develop education buildings that exceed the basic standards.

As well as designing, he encourages collaboration between all parties, harnessing the latest data sharing tools to deliver schemes that are efficient, well resolved and suit the site constraints in a way that can be enjoyed by all users.

Stuart strongly believes in delivering projects that provide stimulating environments which students can benefit from and grow in, not just exist in. Key to this is listening to all stakeholders, including the School’s team to ensure their needs are being met.

George Esdaile

PARTNER – BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA


Specialising in historic building work, George’s goal on his projects is to carefully bring buildings back into use, adapting and giving them new uses, whilst also appreciating their history. George achieves this with a bespoke strategy for each of his buildings, giving the client a clear understanding of the work that can, or cannot, be undertaken to deliver the desired end result.

George is used to working with a variety of different stakeholders, including developers, private clients and community groups. He listens to every one of them and brings them on the journey of the project, involving them in decisions and advising on opportunities.

Seb Willett

associate – BA (Hons) PgCert


Seb is a natural designer who thrives on bringing projects to life through his design work. As an elected member of the Society of Architectural Illustrators, he has a passion for drawing by hand (traditionally and digitally) and using all forms of visual media to communicate with a variety of stakeholders. This approach has proven invaluable in Seb’s extensive work with local authorities, where clear and concise visual communication is a vital skill.

Seb has served as a Parish Councillor and understands how communities can respond to development in their area. He brings this experience to his process and remains conscious of how to communicate complex ideas carefully and clearly through various media, whilst working within the confines of a commercial brief. He has worked with most national housebuilders and a great many regional developers, and remains conscious of the need for collaboration and coordination throughout the design process.

Seb is deeply passionate about architectural education and enjoys mentoring his studio team at Clague, as well as sharing his experience to encourage the next generation of architectural students into further education.

Malcolm Parfitt

associate – ACIAT


Malcolm has worked on a multitude of projects across the industry with a focus on residential new build. He is also experienced in delivering retrofit, refurbishment and commercial schemes.

Malcolm takes his projects positively through the technical stages, delivering designs with buildability and understanding the importance of collaboration to achieve successful outcomes. Malcolm is focused on the detail, is a practical designer with a flair for problem solving.

He takes the brief from his clients and ensures the design not only meets the vision, but reflects the budget with his Principal Designer knowledge, providing a robust and safe long term solution.

Cheryl Warwick

associate – ACIAT


Cheryl is an experienced Architectural Technologist who enjoys working with clients and the project team to deliver well thought out, detailed schemes. Cheryl is experienced in Revit and is adept in the use of BIM to deliver projects using collaboration to resolve buildability issues and solve problems prior to projects starting on site.

Cheryl enjoys taking on projects and developing them to make the most of the available footprint, with consideration given to providing successfully functioning rooms and spaces that flow and work technically. She is well versed in the Building Regulation requirements and has an ability to interpret designs and point out potential issues the end users may have, such as access/egress, maintenance, environmental impact and sustainability.

Cheryl is a personable and communicative person who enjoys building relationships with all involved, both on and off site, with the view that good communication between all parties is essential for the success of the project.

Gareth Butterworth

associate – ACIAT ACIOB


Gareth is an experienced Architectural Technologist who enjoys delving deep into his projects. He is able to provide project management as well as his design capabilities and enjoys combining these skills to facilitate smooth delivery of projects.

Gareth can add value through his contractor background which enables him to see projects from a site teams perspective and facilitate technical designs that are deliverable. When possible, Gareth takes the opportunity to be located on site, at the heart of the project, developing a close relationship with the contractor, handling technical co-ordination locally and offering quick resolution to any problems.

Gareth has worked on a variety of projects including hotels and leisure but enjoys working on private residential projects where he delivers bespoke living spaces
for clients that meet their needs.

Andrew Reader

associate – RIBA ARB


Andy enjoys inspiring those around him, whether that be his clients or students at the University of Kent, to see things differently. He enjoys finding opportunities for change in design and getting to a solution that develops new life into the building or community around it.

Andy has extensive residential and historic experience, having delivered work at the Parliamentary Estate, Fort Nelson, several museums and theatres. He enjoys breathing new life into existing buildings through sensible interventions that consider sustainability and long term futureproofing.

He knows there are often perceived constraints on projects but feels his role is to take those and see the alternatives, bringing forward diverse options and getting to a solution.

James Ford



James is experienced in delivering historic building projects and relishes taking on the challenge of
restoring these structures. He especially enjoys finding new uses for them in today’s society. James
ability to collaborate and listen to the client is what enables him to anticipate what they may need and
he can often bring something to the project they are yet to imagine.

With many years of experience in  conservation and fabric repairs to some of our most precious heritage assets including in his role as Inspecting Architect for many listed and ancient Parish Churches.

James has delivered projects for numerous Parishes, community groups, rural estates, the
National Trust and the MOD. He believes that change to these historic places is possible and
he is able to inspire clients and make the process enjoyable for all. James sits on the Canterbury Diocesan Advisory Council (DAC)

Chris Sherlock-Scougall

associate – Dip ARCH RIBA


Christopher has a masterplanning and residential background and enjoys developing creative solutions for clients. Christopher’s ability to take a holistic approach to schemes enables him to manage competing aspects and deliver a design that ticks the boxes of all stakeholders.

Christopher relishes taking a landscape led approach to his masterplans, creating green spaces and focal points. He also seeks to work with, rather than against, existing constraints such as these, enveloping them into the project. Christopher has worked on small and large scale mixed-use strategic masterplans, with the latter requiring an ability to deliver a design can be adapted to accommodate any future developments or changes.

Christopher has also delivered private residential projects and enjoys working with these clients to create designs that add value to their daily lives.

Michelle Sweeney



As part of our Harpenden team, Michelle has a natural enthusiasm for collaborating with clients which in turn, enables her to deliver bespoke architectural responses to every project she works on.

Michelle is experienced in delivering projects from feasibility through to completion in both residential and hospitality sectors. At Clague, she takes pride in guiding our clients through the feasibility and planning stages, and has a particular interest in responding to heritage properties so that they meet the needs of contemporary lifestyles.

As the elected Chair of the Hertfordshire Association of Architects (RIBA Herts), Michelle has an interest in the wider context of the built environment, regularly engaging with local authorities, community groups and the local university, which inspires and informs her work in practice.

Philip Baston

associate – BA(Hons) march riba


Phil is a personable and measured architect who enjoys delivering across all the RIBA Stages. Phil enjoys working on challenging schemes and has worked on many conservation and traditional projects, restoring and bringing back into use many complex and significant buildings.

Phil believes in adding value to his projects, designing in details which makes the architecture sing and delivering something truly tangible to the community. Phil enjoys working with his residential clients to develop designs that meet their brief and he takes pride in delivering new and improved homes.

Phil believes that the key to successful projects as a lead consultant is bringing a patient approach which enables a careful collection of opinion and information and drives a positive design result.

Owen Darby

associate – BA(HONS) MARCH RIBA


Owen has a friendly and easy-going demeanour which belies a dynamic creativity and rigorous attention to detail. He has several years experience working across all RIBA Stages on a varied range of projects including residential, heritage and mixed-use urban regeneration.

Owen’s clients range from private home owners to large developers and everything in between and he was appointed an Associate at Clague in 2023. He is a good listener – his approach is to take on board the views of all the stakeholders, agree the brief before developing a range of options that deliver solutions before moving forward with an agreed approach which has the buy-in of all involved.

In his spare time Owen’s inventiveness sees him creating electronic sound landscapes, performing as a DJ both in the UK and abroad and producing his own albums and records which can be found on Spotify and other streaming services if you know where to look!

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