About Us

We are lift and escalator consultants who provide innovative technical and cost-effective solutions to improve the operational standards, quality and safety of your vertical transportation by working collaboratively with our customers on and off site.

Our team of lift and escalator consultants has considerable experience working in the lift and escalator industry in the UK and internationally. All of our partners have worked for industry leaders holding engineering, technical and management posts in the UK and abroad.

By being part of the Lerch Bates Inc. family of companies, Dewar partnership has access to resources all over the world.

Steve Fall

Managing Director | stephen.fall@dewarpartnership.co.uk

Managing Director Stephen Fall, has over 38 years of experience in the field of vertical transportation, serving in a number of capacities. Steve has developed a detailed and broad level of experience in the installation, project management, modernisation and maintenance sectors while working on a wide variety of vertical transportation equipment.

Steve has significant experience in vertical transportation and management, including both technical and senior managerial roles. He has been a managing vertical transportation consultant since 2001.

Steve has recently overseen continued growth and development of a number of regional offices, both in the UK and Europe. Steve holds a master of business administration degree from the University of the West of England.

Chris Manning

Director, New Development | chris.manning@dewarpartnership.co.uk

Chris Manning is a senior consultant with nearly 30 years of skilled expertise in designing vertical transportation systems for all sectors including commercial, residential, hotel and retail. From initial traffic analysis to final acceptance inspections, he works closely with world-class architects and design teams to ensure the systems meet each client’s requirements as well as compliance with all relevant codes and standards. Chris joined Lerch Bates in 1996 as a project engineer and was promoted to director of new developments where he managed an expert team that worked on many prestigious projects in Europe, Middle East and Asia including The Shard in London, Rondo 1 in Warsaw and Trump International Hotel & Tower in Baku, Azerbaijan. He earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) in mechanical and production engineering at Middlesex University.

Stuart Beard

Consultant, Vertical Transportation | stuart.beard@dewarpartnership.co.uk

Stuart Beard has over twenty-six years of experience in the vertical transportation industry. He developed in-depth knowledge of all aspects of vertical transportation as he worked his way up from the apprentice level. Experienced in engineering, sales, project management, cost accounting, and general management, Stuart’s specialty is project management in live environments and he deftly addresses all the unique requirements for successful project management in places such as railways stations, retail, construction sites, hospitals, and universities. Successfully delivering safe lift projects on time and within budget with minimal disruption to the tenants and building users is his highest priority.

Stuart has been involved in managing branch and regional operations. This work requires recognition of customer needs over many sites. Stuart understands all the roles lifts play as part of the essential infrastructure and delivers projects with the highest standards for workmanship and safety.

David Doyle

Consultant, Vertical Transportation | david.doyle@dewarpartnership.co.uk

David Doyle has over twelve years of experience in the vertical transportation industry in diverse roles including Development Manager and Sales Manager with global vertical transportation contractors.

These experiences provided David with skills in portfolio management services for a broad range of equipment and clientele. David delivers a client-focused experience, and his knowledge of the lift industry allows him to help clients with development of vertical transportation portfolios, modernisation, and maintenance services. Detailed understanding of maintenance contracts, the vertical transportation marketplace, and service providers allow David to negotiate proper requirements of vertical transportation equipment. David’s knowledge of the UK market sectors allows him to assist clients in understanding their regulatory obligations and duty of care provisions, and he continues to stay abreast of technical developments on behalf of his clients.

David has a strong background in sales and sales leadership as a qualified ISMM member, partnering with clients to get the best from their vertical transportation equipment by understanding both the equipment’s suitability and the client’s needs.

John Thompson

Consultant, Vertical Transportation | john.thompson@dewarpartnership.co.uk

John Thompson has over thirty-five years’ in the vertical transport industry with a wide range of experience including testing, installation, service, training, quality assurance, codes, standards, NVQ assessment and accident investigation. John devoted four years to the Lift and Escalator Industry Association Quality and Technical Committee, where he provided unbiased professional advice to association members on technical issues and he helped develop standards through BSI, CEN and ISO that affect the vertical transport industry worldwide.

Throughout his career John has worked with many high profile clients such as Marks & Spencer, Asda, Pennine Acute, Skanska, Gwynedd Council, Kirby Council, University of Worcester, University of Plymouth, Spire Healthcare, Axa Insurance. Recently he has taken on many projects in the healthcare sector.

His twelve years’ experience as a Technical Manager and experience as a Branch Manager enable John to communicate at all levels and ensure the client is given clear and detailed information about their vertical transport equipment. John is strongly committed to safety and has developed regimes for safe systems of work as well as delivering Health and Safety training company-wide.

John regularly attends CIBSE lift group seminars and industry events to stay abreast of important new regulations, changing standards, and new technology. Helping clients understand their regulatory obligations and duty of care provisions and keeping up to date on technical developments are his highest priorities.

Nick M. Del Borello

Administrative Manager | nick.delborrello@dewarpartnership.co.uk

Nick Del Borrello has enjoyed a successful 45 year administration career focused on systems development, financial management, sales, and maintenance oversight.

Nick began his career in 1971 at The Express Lift Company working on major UK firsts including the double decker lifts at Tower 42 and the exterior scenic lifts at Lloyds of London. In 1982 Nick became an operations administrator at Schindler, responsible for maintenance routes in the UK, and creating maintenance databases to effectively manage maintenance and increase production time.

These manual maintenance database systems became the basis of a worldwide maintenance management mainframe system. Nick was a part of the team that built and implemented the new mainframe system and he trained all staff to use this new system in the UK Belgium and Holland.

Nick also has many years of experience managing financial reporting, as a Credit Controller along with meeting with clients and managing leasing. Nick’s client focused approach and in-depth knowledge of administration and systems is a welcome asset in supporting our customers and consultants.