Message From Our Founder

A Message From Our Founder


My career in the Construction Industry spans almost 30 years. I have worked the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, within Europe and in the Middle East on some of the most fascinating and challenging construction projects.

When I look back, I consider myself to be fortunate to have worked alongside some of the most talented individuals from all different disciplines, countries and cultures.

Unfortunately, I have also worked alongside some with more questionable values, and have seen time and again the contentious nature of our industry and how “the little guy” at the bottom of the food chain loses out on what they are rightfully due.

In my experience, this is primarily because they don’t have the knowledge or experience within their business to achieve the success they are due. Despite generally being excellent at what they do, they often don’t have the skillset to understand the contracts they are signing up to or the confidence and negotiating skills to challenge their paymasters when things go wrong. This has to change.

After a period in Qatar working as a Claims Manager on Mixed Use Developments and FIFA World Cup infrastructure Projects I returned to the United Kingdom and established Diafora. With the problems of our Industry fresh in mind I wanted to establish a consultancy that was accessible to those that needed help and support the most, those that would reap massive benefits and value from such support, a consultancy that would make a real difference to them and their business success.

Our Company is named after the Greek word Diafora which means “the difference” and this was precisely what we were striving to achieve. We have since established ourselves as a reputable and trusted team of first class professionals that achieves real results for our clients and remain committed to supporting those that need us most.

Since our incorporation in 2016 we have seen our team grow and flourish, we have established our office base in the Midlands and are fortunate to have established a loyal and growing Client base that entrusts us to provide the skills, knowledge and experience that makes the difference to them and their business success.

Our people are supported with an excellent training programme and dedicated mentorship to help them achieve Chartered Quantity Surveyor status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor. As an RICS regulated firm we are fully committed to developing our team to be the best professionals they can be. As an Individual I am also committed to support the RICS in representing the Profession in a way that is relatable to its current members and attractive to new Surveyors and Project Managers entering the industry.

To see the growth and progression of the Company over the last few years, including through recent periods of Covid, is both rewarding and humbling. We are incredibly proud of what Diafora has achieved so far and are excited to see what we will achieve as a team in the future.

Phillip Holden – Managing Director

Our Core Services

Our consultants have assisted a wide range of clients within various sectors and on a diverse range of projects throughout the world. From front end planning and project management to construction claims and litigation consulting, Diafora professionals provide proactive and cost-effective project support in one or more of the following disciplines: