At PorthouseDean our mission is to be “best in class” in our field for every conceivable metric.
Whether this is the standard of our customer service, achieving the best value design for our clients, or career progression and the happiness of our engineers – whatever it is, we aspire to be the best.
The best businesses in this world are those that strive to understand the needs of their stakeholders. That is why PorthouseDean’s staff are trained to see things from the customer’s point of view – even when we may be subject to criticism – and to heed any concerns that may have been raised…
But our staff are also our stakeholders, and that is why we want to do as much as possible to ensure that they become well-rounded professionals who are equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
Our objective is to be here in the long term for our partners in the hope that they regard us as not only dependable, but indispensable to their ways of working, and intrinsic to their life objectives.
Meet The Team
Sam Dean CEO / CPO
Sam graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2006 with an upper second class honours degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Following his graduation Sam was employed by Steve Hunt Partnership in Warrington as a trainee structural design engineer, where he worked with Chris.
Sam moved to global engineering leader, Atkins, in 2010 where he worked on nuclear projects, carrying out seismic finite element structural analysis and managing station improvement projects among other roles. Sam became co-owner and director of PorthouseDean in May 2012 and has since acted as the technical lead on around 1000 small to medium scale residential and industrial projects.
Chris Porthouse COO
MEng CEng MIstructE
Chris graduated from Leeds University in 2005 where he obtained a 1st Class Masters Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. Chris has a wealth of experience; having lead the design of a number of large scale commercial and residential developments for a leading northwest consultancy.
Chris has worked on a number of large scale commercial and industrial developments, but the bulk of his experience is within the residential
sector which has provided him with excellent understanding of the requirements of the current Building Regulations.
Chris is a fully qualified chartered structural engineer with the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Guy Marshall CTO
MA (Cantab.) MSc CMath MIMA
Guy graduated from University of Cambridge with a 2.1 in Mathematics, continuing his studies at Kings College London with a MSc (Distinction, top of the year) in Theoretical Physics. He joined Tesco’s Technology Leadership Graduate Scheme in 2010, before moving to Ocado Technology as an Organisational Catalyst, helping reshape the international software development capability.
Since 2015 Guy has been an independent technology consultant, and is finalising his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Manchester. He retains links to academia, including as a Turing-funded researcher at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research.
Guy joined PorthouseDean as a co-owner in March 2022, looking after key client projects, supporting engineering team growth, and building the technology and R&D capability.
Structural Engineering Team