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Meet the team

Meet the team

From Concept to Build, understand and support the product, technical, performance and
design needs of our internal and external customers with energy, up to date knowledge and
impact. This is an exciting team for Ibstock in terms of how we are joining the dots, from Concept to Build with, technical knowledge, product design, sustainability and digital support

Supporting people is at the heart of everything we do and our everyday goal is simple – understand and support the product, technical, performance and design needs of our internal and external customers with energy, empathy, up to date knowledge and impact. This is an exciting team for Ibstock in terms of how we are joining the dots from Concept to Build with technical knowledge, design, build, sustainability and digital support”

Mihailo Simeunovich, Group Head Technical, Design & NPD Services

The scope and range of experience within our team
is what truly sets Ibstock’s offering apart.

Learn more about our expert team below:

MIHAILO
SIMEUNOVICH

Group Head Technical,
Design & NPD Services


After studying Civil Engineering at University, Mihailo has spent 25 years in the construction product industry supporting a wide range of sectors within the built environment and providing technical leadership and expertise for a multitude of masonry, landscape, infrastructure and drainage products. People are at the heart of everything we do and Mihailo passionately believes that by unlocking the potential and development of his team, we support the progression of the individual and add value to the level of technical and design service we can offer. Mihailo has experience in developing successful teams alongside product innovation, digital processes and tools. This ensures that we support the product and service needs of our customers for now and the future. To keep in touch with legislation and changes particularly linked to masonry and the UK Construction, Mihailo is a member of the Building Alliance and Futures Group.

E: mihailo.simeunovich@ibstock.co.uk

CLAIRE
STUDHOLME

Technical and
NPD Manager


After studying Law at University Claire has been with our business for over 10 years and has developed her care of people and product skills initially working in customer service through to managing our technical service and remedial team. Latterly Claire has managed our new NPD Growth Engine process for both our concrete and clay divisions and is currently reshaping the special brick shape office and service to support the product needs our specification and design customers. Claire is also responsible for the management and maintenance of our brick technical database and to support the importance and prioritisation of our product innovation, Claire is responsible for processing, managing and protecting Group Intellectual Property.






E: claire.studholme@ibstock.co.uk

MATTHEW
PRICE

Design
Manager


Having studied a product design degree at University, Matt has worked in Design, Construction and Manufacturing for 14 years and manages our Design Team who support requests ranging from product detailing, product specification, product schedules and manufacturing drawings. The Design Team specialise in design support for our brick specials and brick support systems such as Nexus, Arches, Chimneys and MechSlip – working together to solve problems is at the heart of what they do. Matt has a passion for design technology and is inspiring his team to have a diverse level of technical and design skills to ensure that we have the best brick design support offer available to UK Construction. Matt is also responsible for managing and maintaining our BIM process and brick BIM model library.





E: matthew.price@ibstock.co.uk

STEPH
HAYWOOD

Technical
Advisor

Steph has spent over 25 years within the construction product industry, developing her skills and experience over various periods within Quality, Product and Material testing and finally Customer Technical Services. Steph has built up a rich technical knowledge bank and it is safe to say that there is not much Steph doesn’t know about the make-up and performance of our brick range and their associated design, testing and manufacturing standards. Steph has a strong belief in offering the best technical assistance to go with our extensive range, particularly in the ever-changing world of construction. Steph keeps in tune with the changes to Brick standards by sitting as a member of the BDA (Brick Development Association) Technical Group.

E: technical@ibstock.co.uk

ROB
JOYCE

CAD Technician and
Digital Champion

After working in the housing sector for over 12 years, Rob has developed a strong technical skillset and healthy understanding of brick products, brick arrangements and brick support systems. Rob provides support for daily project requests ranging from product schedules to manufacturing drawings. Rob is passionate about digital design and has been instrumental in developing new design tools to aid our brick design processes, product training and certification. With his new role as Technical Digital Champion Rob is also key to the implementation of our technical and design Digital roadmap to drive day-to-day efficiencies and support the needs and requests of specification and design customers.

E: designteamleicester@ibstock.co.uk

IRINA
HUGHES

Design Advisor
South

After studying an Architectural Technology and Innovation degree at University Irina worked in Architectural practice for over 15 years where she developed a wide understanding of architecture, design standards, design process and customer design needs especially when incorporating brick, brick components and systems. Irina is the Design Advisor for the SW, SE, Midlands and London and in her role ensures that we provide the best up to date design and technical knowledge for the architectural and construction community. This is done through the delivery of our CPD content and 1:1 project consultation advising on traditional brick design, brick façade and component systems such as MechSlip and Nexus. Irina is our product champion for MechSlip.

E: irina.hughes@ibstock.co.uk

ROB
SAUNDERS

Design Advisor
North

Having studied a Product Design Degree at University, Robert has spent the last 7 years within the construction industry specialising in designing brick faced systems. Rob’s application of his skill and knowledge as allowed him to plug into our new product Growth Engine process supporting the launch of our new brick faced soffit systems for above 18m – Nexus XI. Rob is the Design Advisor for the NW, NE, Midlands and London and in his role ensures that we provide the best up to date design and technical knowledge for the architectural and construction community. This is done through the delivery of our CPD content and 1:1 project consultation advising on traditional brick design, brick façade and component systems such as MechSlip and Nexus. Rob is our product champion for Nexus.

E: robert.saunders@ibstock.co.uk

TRACY
AXON

Brick Special Technical Sales Team Leader

Tracy has been with the business for over 15 years and leads our team of brick special coordinators. During her time within the specials department Tracy has worked hard to build a high standard of technical knowledge combined with strong customer service – which she passionately believes in. This combination enables Tracy and the team to specify the correct brick special product or range to help realise the vision of a project. Knowledge building and sharing is key to ensure that team of coordinators can offer the best expertise to help make buildings unique. Tracy and the Specials Team specialise in both standard and non-standard special shapes, glazed brick, tile brick and eco products.




E: ikspecials@ibstock.co.uk