About Us

Award Winning Quantity Surveying Practice of Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Who Are We?

Construction Q are a small private quantity surveying practice based in the Northwest, with offices in Cheshire and Lancashire. Working on Schemes from £100,000 to £50 million the team at Construction Q can ensure that your project comes in on time and budget.

Fiona Hull


For the record… 20 years working for some of the biggest and best names in the construction industry and a successful and respected Quantity Surveying consultancy tells its own story. Educated at Loughborough Universty Fiona graduated with a first class honours degree in Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying. As an MRICS Surveyor and an Assessor for the RICS Fiona loves nothing more than educating others and often lectures on Quantity Surveying at Manchester University. Responsible for Business Development, Fiona loves meeting new clients but still has involvement with the Dispute Resolution side of our business and the day to day running of several of our luxury homes schemes. Fiona is married to Joe and they have two sons – Tom & Jack. All avid football fans (the blue half of the City) even the family dog is named after the little magician himself – Silva!

Steve Hooker


Stephen joined the Business in 2018 and has been responsible for a significant period of growth in turnover over the last 18 months. As an experienced Commercial Director with over 30 years of experience within the built environment, Steve has an ability to deliver exceptional results in several challenging business roles and sectors. Skilled in Negotiation, Dispute resolution, Bid Management, Value Engineering, Cost Management, Tender Planning and Effective Win Strategies. Steve is keen that we all work to his ethos - providing clients with cost effective solutions to their requirements, and ensuring we add value to their existing provisions, both professionally and financially, at all times. Away from the office Steve is a keen Liverpool fan. The CQ office certainly has lively debates on Monday mornings, with both Directors following the opposing top 2 teams in English Football!

Catherine Tinsley

Chartered Quantity Surveyor

Catherine is an MRICS Quantity Surveyor and provides the training to the younger members of our team. She joined the team following 12 years at one of the industry’s largest multidisciplinary practice and brings a wealth of experience to our commercial schemes. Catherine specialises in cost planning and managing post contract cost control in numerous sectors which include higher education institutions, private developers and blue chip clients, local authorities and HMCTS. She has worked on various project procurement routes ranging from design and build, management contracts and traditional in numerous new build and refurbishment schemes. Her team work approach and ability to work well with others mean Catherine helps drive the project to success and helps ensure best value for the client.

Jo Ormiston

Head of Contracts

Jo joined us at the start of 2018 having worked for 14 years as a commercial solicitor, specialising in employment law but with contract and property law experience. Jo is utilising her legal background to prepare construction contracts and assist the team with contractual dispute work. Jo is re-training to be a Quantity Surveyor and is currently keenly shadowing and assisting on a range of commercial and luxury domestic projects. Having completed 3 home renovations of her own, Jo enjoys reviewing and measuring drawings and watching the scheme unfold on site. Jo attends site to carry out monthly site visits and valuations and can often be seen on the roof checking the tradesman have done all they have claimed! Jo is also a keen music fan and loves the boys’ choice of radio in the office as with two young children, she is limited to Disney tunes and The Greatest Showman soundtrack at home (which she secretly loves!!).

Mark Shakespeare


Mark is our resident Estimator and Cost X software expert with over 10 years of experience. Cost X is renowned world-wide as a leading BIM estimating solution and the estimating team, headed by Mark, use it daily to streamline our measurement processes. Mark holds a degree in Quantity Surveying and is working towards becoming Chartered. Mark specialises in tenders for many of the Contractors that we work with and has a wealth of industry pricing knowledge. When he’s not number crunching Mark spends his time drumming in a band. He’s also renowned for rustling up delicious lunches for the office (although we all know it’s really his lovely wife Ana!).

Matt Gough

Assistant QS

Matt joined us several years ago as an Apprentice and is now a fully fledged Assistant Quantity Surveyor. Studying day release at Stockport College Matt is looking forward to furthering his career and particularly enjoys the domestic projects we are involved with. Having spent time on site as a joiner before switching to a career in Quantity Surveying, Matt excels in reading drawings and understanding the details at a site level. Matt also has music in his blood and woe betide anyone who switches the office radio when the boys are not looking! Matt also makes a mean brew (although we can’t say that now he’s been promoted!).

Danny Pretten

Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Daniel is our newest addition to the team at Construction Q, joining in Summer 2019 having completed an HNC in Construction and Property. He is now working towards his degree in Quantity Surveying by attending Salford University. Danny is keen to strive to climb to the top of the industry by achieving chartership status and becoming a well-established member of the RICS. We are all looking forward to helping him achieve his goals. Away from the office Danny keeps us all on trend with his impeccable fashion sense and love of music.