Welcome to Manchester South

Welcome to Manchester South branch on Interact. We are a well-established regional property networking group with members including clients, contractors and property professionals. We meet at least four times a year with guests to make introductions and share knowledge and opportunities. For more information, please contact the current Branch Chair, details below.

Branch Chair

Chris Birch


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Chris is a Director responsible for the day-to-day management of the Infrastructure & Environment group at Hilson Moran. Chris has extensive expertise in sustainable masterplanning, environmental impact assessments, green building design, renewable energy, air quality and human health risk assessment. He is also an experienced planning inquiry expert witness and has given evidence in support of many planning appeals on missed use developments and infrastructure schemes. Chris has been in the industry for in excess of 25 years and has worked in a number of international environmental engineering consultancies Entec UK and WSP Environmental before joining Hilson Moran in 2002. At Hilson Moran, he was promoted to Divisional Director in 2007 before moving into his current Director role in 2012. He has now been with Hilson Moran for 20 years and is a shareholder in the company.  Hilson Moran is an international multidisciplinary practice offering design consultancy services for the built environment. Chris manages a experienced team of infrastructure, energy and environmental consultants. During time at Hilson Moran, Chris has built strong relationships with a wide range of developers, architects, planners and legal specialists.  His project experience has been extremely broad ranging from providing early stage planning advice on residential developments, commercial offices, infrastructure developments, shopping centres and mixed use masterplans.   

Manchester South Members

Chris Birch

Hilson Moran


Chris Munro

Bell Munro Consulting Ltd

Chris Podmore

DEP landscape architecture



Emma Williams

Morgan Sindall Construction

Giles Burton

Shepherd Gilmour (Leeds)

James Valentine

Spring & Co

John Ashall

Spring & Company

John Roberts

AFL architects

Justin Cove

Hive Land and Planning

Nick Lee

NJL Consulting LLP

Oliver Cavaliere

Oltec Group

Paul Boyfield

Lexington Communications

Paul McGarry

PFM Management Solutions Ltd

Managing Director

Paul Moulding


Phil Taylor

Shelby Group Ltd

Ruth Lowe

Vita Group

Sean Langton

Building Services Design

Simon Hewitt

First Title

Tahreen Shad

Lovell Partnerships