Our Team

All our senior personnel are, of course, supported by our all important intermediate and graduate engineers, together with our auto-cad technicians.

Our loyal and long-standing secretarial staff have developed a considerable understanding of our services enabling them to assist our engineers with many administration tasks.

Michael van Klaveren, IEng AMIStructE, AMICE (Managing Director)

Email: mike@vkhp.co.uk

8-mvkHistorically Michael’s experience is in structural engineering with experience in many different construction techniques and specialist knowledge relating to subsidence matters. In recent years Michael’s main role has been to drive the practice forward and to develop good working relationship with many of the industries significant players.

Michael has considerable pride in his long working relationships with clients that are still standing the test of the time, some 25 years after he first set up on his own.

Away from work Michael enjoys spending time with his family and has a passion for rugby, sailing and golf.

Christopher Phillips, CEng, MIStructE, MFPWS (Director)

Email: chris@vkhp.co.uk

6-cpChris has a wide range of experience across the spectrum of structural engineering, from small domestic projects to heavy off-shore structures and enjoys the challenge in finding the engineering answer to complex problems.

Chris is Director in charge of structural engineering in our Dorking office and has a particular expertise with complicated London basements.

From his previous experience in the Oil and Gas industry Chris also assists with the heavy industrial structural designs throughout the company. Chris is a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and can provide expert advice on the Party Walls etc. Act.

Waldo Zaragoza, MEng, CEng, MIStructE, MSc (Director)

Email: waldo@vkhp.co.uk

9-wzWaldo has historically been involved in the design of large scale residential and commercial schemes working both in the UK and abroad. In 2011 he set up his own small consultancy practice WZ Engineering in West Sussex.

Waldo has developed specialist expertise in earthquake/wind engineering, deep basement construction, waterproof structures and reinforced concrete design.  He lives with his young family in the South East and as a result of successful joint collaboration and assisting on VKHP projects agreed in 2014 to merge WZ Engineering with VKHP and become Director of our Tunbridge Wells office.


Karen van Klaveren (Company Secretary)

Email: karen@vkhp.co.uk

Karen has shared the excitement involved with the expansion of the company since Michael set up in 1982,  she has been a major support in our takeover periods changing our administrative and financial systems to cope with our expansion.  Karen continues today to oversee accountancy matters and general company administration that is undertaken from our Dorking office.

Paul Merriman, IEng AMIStructE, MFPWS (Associate Director)

Email: paulM@vkhp.co.uk

5-pmPaul has been with the practice since 1991 and has at some stage worked in each of our offices, and is now currently based in Tunbridge Wells.

Paul’s work is split between structural engineering works and insurance claims and has specialist knowledge in the diagnosis of structural defects and appropriate remedial repairs. Paul heads our structural defects department in our Tunbridge Wells office.

Paul is a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and is our Tunbridge Wells contact for all Party Wall matters.

Andy Shaw, BSc(Hons) CEng MICE, (Associate Director)

Email: andy@vkhp.co.uk

7-asAndy trained and spent many years working on mainstream civil engineering projects, but in more recent years has concentrated his expertise investigating structural defects, preparing reports and overseeing rectification works following insurance claims. Andy heads this department in our Dorking office.

He also receives instructions from loss adjusters to provide technical advice on insurance claims involving liabilities arising after damage to Third Party property’

Paul Boorman, IEng, AMIStructE, AMICE (Associate Director)

Email: paulB@vkhp.co.uk

1-pbPaul joined Douglas Rose and Partners in 1978 and benefited enormously from the diversity of the practice at that time.  As a consequence his wide experience enables him to tackle more or less anything.

Paul is particularly valued for having extraordinary patience and is therefore, our main negotiator with Statutory Authorities.

He heads our civil engineering team and overseas all drainage projects in the company. He also specialises in structural refurbishments and historic building work, throughout the Southeast and in London.

Away from work, Paul enjoys all forms of motor sport, painting, reading and gardening.

Paul Ford, IEng, AMIStructE (Associate Director)

Email: paulF@vkhp.co.uk

2-pfPaul first worked for Michael at our Dorking office in the 1980’s before transferring to help set-up our Sussex office. Paul moved to pastures new, but returned to join us again in 2007 in a senior capacity. Paul brings with him a wide range of design and administration experience.

Outside of the office Paul is a keen football supporter and enjoys his regular breaks caravanning along with his keen interest in post-war classic cars, drawing and leisure walking.

Paul Lee, BEng (Hons), CEng, MHKIE (Associate Director)

Email: paull@vkhp.co.uk

Paul has over 20 years’ experience3-pl in Structural Engineering design and project management, including project administration, and relocated to join vkhp-consulting.

His experience has been split between working in the UK and Hong Kong, on a considerable variety of projects from small scale residential to high rise buildings and deep foundations, for residential developments, commercial buildings, railways stations and shopping malls.

Leisure time is enjoyed with a relaxing game of snooker, swimming and family events.