Making the Difference


Meet your team…we are here to support you every step of the way

Our primary resource is our talent of chartered consultants who provide dedicated services on an as needed basis. Our employees and our alliances with other key individuals and organisations allow us to support clients in matters involving all divisions of engineering and construction. We believe in demonstrating a ‘one team’ attitude and this ethos is supported by our management team.

Phillip Holden BSc MRICS MCInstCES MACostE

Principal Director

Phillip is a Chartered Surveyor and the founder of the Company. He has over 20 years experience working within Contracting and Client / Developer / Govt. Organisations in commercial/claims and project management roles in the United Kingdom and the Middle East on a wide range of projects including infrastructure, mixed use developments, power and renewable energy and marine schemes.

Robert Tacey BSc (Hons)

Senior Commercial / Contracts Consultant

Rob has joined Diafora after a long career within the construction industry, with over 25 years of experience he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise. After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying in 1996 from Leeds University he has spent his career excelling in all aspects of the commercial and contracts role, working as a Commercial Manager for a large company specialising in civil engineering, earthworks, remediation and infrastructure.

We are honoured to have such a wealth of knowledge join the Diafora team and be able to share his skills in supporting our valued clients. Robs work ethic is impeccable. He always strives for the best possible outcome and is committed to providing help and support to all members of the team, passing on his vast experience and range of knowledge.

Rob joined Diafora in 2021 as a Senior Commercial Contracts Consultant.

Baltej Sidhu MSc MEng

Commercial / Contracts Consultant

Baltej has a Master’s Degree in Science specialising in Construction Management & Economics and a Master’s Degree in Engineering specialising in Civil Engineering & Sustainability. He will be supporting our clients nationwide on a number of Civil Engineering projects and claims settlement negotiations, and will also be helping Diafora to grow and become established in the South East Region.

Donald Ward BSc (Hons)

Senior Commercial / Contracts Consultant

Donald has many years of experience within construction, including Rail, Nuclear and Civil Engineering and quickly become an integral part of the Diafora team. Donald joined us as a Senior Commercial Consultant in 2020 and has worked with a wide range of our clients since. With his dedication Donald has really added value to the team and has been sharing his skills and experience with the junior members. Donald fits well with our ethos of ‘making a difference’.

Kyle Bestwick ACIArb MInstRE

Business Development Manager

Kyle has joined Diafora as Business Development Manager after 8 years serving with the British Army in the Corps of Royal Engineers. Kyle has gained experience in the design of Building Services and currently has a BTEC from his studies at The Royal School of Military Engineering. To further develop his knowledge, he completed a BSc Surveying course at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Kyles role as Business Development Manager is primarily to oversee tender applications, meeting and supporting new clients and developing our webpage, accreditations and social media feeds.

Jodie Holden BA (Hons)

Director and Company Secretary

Jodie graduated from the University of Derby with a BA Honours, she is a Director and Company Secretary and responsible for the marketing, business administration, training and accountancy functions of the Company.

Tom Mellor BSc (Hons), ACIArb

Commercial / Contracts Consultant

Tom brings an excellent attention to detail and robust contract administration and communication skills to the Diafora team. He is currently supporting our clients in the Midlands on a portfolio of Building and Civil Engineering Projects, and our clients in Scotland with dispute resolution negotiations.

Leena Kale BSc (Hons) ACIArb

Commercial / Contracts Consultant

Leena is a skilled Quantity Surveyor/Civil Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in civil engineering with a keen interest in bulk earthworks and ground remediation. Leena qualifyied in India in Civil Engineering and worked up to Senior Engineer delivering high rise developments in Mumbai. After Moving to the UK she was awarded a First Class Honours in Quantity Surveying while gaining experience working in ground remediation. Leena has a wide range of skills, and has proven to be a valuable member of the team since she joined us in late 2020.

Reece Allen BA (Hons) MSc ACIArb

Commercial / Contracts Consultant

Reece currently holds a degree in Economics and Finance and has many years of experience within the lettings market. He has recently completed his masters degree in Quantity Surveying at Nottingham Trent University and will be based from our office at Ransom Wood whilst supporting our existing clients on Civil Engineering and Earthworks projects.

Tony Allen MRICS MCIArb

Associate Partner – Senior Contracts / Commercial Consultant

Tony is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Arbitrator with over 30 years experience on major international projects comprising Rail, Heavy Civil Engineering, Infrastructure, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Marine and Residential developments. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Contracts expert.