Ben Sharples is a Technical Consultant carrying out surveys, assessments and inspections for BM TRADA’s Timber Consultancy team.

With a degree in Property Studies and a background in building control surveying and air leakage testing, he joined BM TRADA in 2013.

He has since developed in-depth technical skills and knowledge about the British and European standards governing timber product testing and certification, visual timber strength grading, construction techniques and maintenance protocols for the benefit of architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, local authorities and other construction professionals.

Ben advises at all stages of the construction process, from design and construction through to the building in use, producing authoritative independent condition surveys, visual strength grading assessments and inspection reports on all aspects involving timber. Expert witness reports are also provided for litigation purposes.

He has a particular interest in historic timber buildings and is able to advise on the most effective and technically appropriate solutions for renovation projects and/or maintenance schedules.

Ben is a regular public speaker and trainer, delivering bespoke CPD style seminars around the UK offering guidance and educating professionals on the use of timber.