Chris Northey
Urban Systems Design
Associate Director

Chris is an apprenticed served and experienced Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience within Building Services Engineering Design and the specialist field of Public Health Engineering.  Chris began his career in 1987 as a plumbing apprentice within the family business before progressing onto University to study a Building Services Engineering Design and Management Degree at the University of Reading.  Chris has worked for leading Engineering Consultants during his career.  Chris is currently a Design Director at Urban Systems Design and utilises all of his engineering, management, environmental & architectural design as well as urban design and planning skill sets.


Chris has extensive experience working on residential, retail, mixed use, commercial, educational, historical/heritage, stadia, healthcare and pharmaceutical developments. Chris has acquired leadership skills during his career which enables him to manage multi-disciplined teams of engineers and consultants within the MEP and environmental services departments for various projects.


Chris is a Public Health Engineering Ambassador and has given many technical presentations relating to Public Health Engineering Issues both within and outside of the UK. Chris has and is continuing to serve on a number of other high profile and important industry committees, where he offers key strategic advice.


Chris was also one of the Founding Members of The Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) in 2001and served as the 1st Honorary Secretary from 2002 – 2010. In 2010 he became Chairman of SoPHE which he served for 5 years. He was also one of the Founding Members of CIBSE’s Young Engineer Network (YEN) and also served as a Member of CIBSE Council from 2006 - 2015. Chris is also an active Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

From 2011-2014 Chris was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Board of SummitSkills. In October 2014 he became the President of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM) and Chairman of Council, where he served for 2 years. In 2018 he was elected as the National Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and in 2019 Chris become National President of CIPHE. He is also a professional review interviewer with the IET for Chartered Engineer registrations and is also an Engineering Council Liaison Officer for Professional Engineering Institutions (PEI’s) in the UK.

Chris has also received a number of industry awards for his outstanding technical, leadership and industry involvements. In 1992 he was awarded the Worshipful Company of Plumbers Gold Medal for achieving the top advanced craft plumbing student in the United Kingdom. In 2004 he was awarded the Career Achievement Award by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) for his outstanding career development and achievements to date.

In May 2011 Chris was awarded the Prince Philip Gold Medal from City & Guilds’ President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Chris was awarded the Medal for his outstanding leadership, ability and enthusiasm he has shown throughout his career in the Engineering industry.


In October 2015 Chris was awarded a CIBSE Silver Medal for outstanding service to the Institution. In October 2017 he was awarded with Fellowship of City and Guilds for his outstanding personal and professional development and his invaluable support he has given to young people throughout his career.

Chris is a strong advocator for supporting young people particularly within the Building Services Industry.  Chris is also very much an ambassador in promoting the full career path for young people at the start of their career from apprentice through to professional registration with the Engineering Council at all of the associated grades, i.e. Engineering Technician (Eng Tech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng).