Who we are

Mark Watson

Mark Watson


Mark studied at the University of Northumbria, graduating in 1994 with an honours degree in Building Surveying, and gaining Chartered Building Surveyor status in 1998.  He joined Wakefields in 2001 and became a Partner in the practice in 2007.

Primarily involved in building surveys, and building pathology, he regularly undertakes building surveys on a wide range of property types, from dwelling houses, churches and public houses, through to larger scale industrial and commercial premises.

Mark is also an RICS Registered Valuer and has a wealth of experience in construction contract administration, the implementation and updating of planned maintenance schedules for both individual buildings and larger property portfolios, along with dilapidations and party wall matters.

Outside of work, Mark has recently completed the renovation of his home and is enjoying some well deserved free time, mountain biking and hill walking with his wife and mischievous border terrier. 

Andrew Lorimer

Andrew Lorimer


Andrew obtained an honours degree in Information Management from Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh in 2000 and went on to become a Senior Business Analyst before deciding upon a career change to Building Surveying.  He subsequently obtained a Postgraduate Diploma, with Merit, in Building Surveying from the College of Estate Management in Reading and qualified as a Chartered Member of the RICS in 2008.

Since joining Wakefields in 2005, Andrew developed his role within the company and became a Partner in 2011.

He has particular expertise in; architectural design and specification, construction contract administration, party wall matters and boundary disputes.  Andrew also provides professional surveying services in relation to defect analysis, planned maintenance, condition surveys, schedules of condition and dilapidations.

Andrew lives in the Tyne Valley countryside with his family and in his free time enjoys outdoor sports and fitness. 

Heather Butterfield

Heather Butterfield


Heather joined Wakefields as a placement student in 2008 and returned following graduation form Northumbria University in 2010 with an honours degree in Building Surveying.  Since, she has developed into an integral member of the Wakefields team, gaining Chartered Building Surveyor status in 2012 and becoming a Partner of the practice in 2016. 

Heather is primarily involved in defect analysis, dilapidations, acquisition surveys and the preparation of planned maintenance schedules and programmes of work for long-standing Clients.  In more recent years, Heather has gained experience as an Expert Witness and continues to develop in this role.

Away from work, Heather takes part in HIIT exercise classes, sewing, snowboarding and enjoys regular holidays.  

Mark Bodger


Having graduated from the College of Estate Management, Reading University with a Postgraduate Diploma, with Merit, in Building Surveying in 2011, Mark went on to run his own business for three years until joining Wakefields Chartered Building Surveyors in January of 2017.

Having worked on the design, refurbishment and restoration of some of the region’s best-known buildings, his experience further enhances our highly skilled architectural team; while more recently, he has also helped to develop laser scanning and topographical surveying services within the practice. 

In his spare time Mark enjoys cycling, running, photography and any other good excuse to get outside with his family.

Sam Nicholson

Building Surveyor

Sam Studied at the University of Northumbria, graduating in 2010 with an honour’s degree in Building Surveying prior to joining a multinational consultancy working and leading projects within the sustainability sector. Following a slight change of course back to his original degree, Sam started at Wakefield’s in 2019, Primarily involved with defect analysis, dilapidations, architectural design and specification.

Sam lives on the coast and in his spare time enjoys surfing, competing in triathlon and volunteers at his local RNLI lifeboat.