Aidan started his career in the building industry more than four decades ago, initially setting up his own business in Oxfordshire in 1980, specialising in historic building restoration, before joining a large established, family owned company where he rose to Chief Executive.
During his career Aidan has managed a wide range of contracts in the UK, Europe and America, including major refurbishment projects for Oxford University and colleges, large private residential schemes and a series of construction projects for the chef Raymond Blanc at the Michelin starred restaurant and hotel, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Aidan has a wealth of experience working with notable architects including Quinlan Terry, Adam Architects and Yiangou Architects, as well as delivering historic building projects for the National Trust and at the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, on The Royal Opera House in London and also for commercial clients, including Dunhill and Burberry.
In his role as Director at Knowles, Aidan is part of the central leadership team that manages and advises on contracts, and when needed, advises on Historic Building work; a resource that Knowles is proud to be able to offer to our clients.
A keen historian with a passion for architecture, Aidan is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Society of Arts. He sits on the judging panel of the Prince of Wales’ ‘Building Craft Apprenticeship Scheme’ and is a Governor of the Building and Crafts College in London.