About us

The Survey Association, known generally as TSA, is the trade body for commercial survey companies in the UK.

The association was formed in 1979 to give a focus for private sector businesses in land and hydrographic survey.  It is important to realise, however, that it is not a regulatory body.

The role of TSA is to promote best practice amongst its members, provide a forum for members for discussion, debate and continuing professional development and, to the wider audience such as engineers and architects, provide guidance on new methods and techniques and a list of suitably qualified and experienced companies.

Today, the association has over 170 companies in membership as full, associate, supplier, affiliate or academic members directly involved in the survey business.

TSA is also heavily involved in lobbying Government and other agencies such as the Environment Agency regarding policies likely to affect or involve the survey industry.

TSA meets regularly with RICS and ICES on a range of issues and has established a group called the SLG, or Survey Liaison Group. This body convenes at regular intervals to examine matters of mutual interest and to ensure that there is little or no duplication of effort by the three bodies.

The Secretariat

TSA has a dedicated Secretariat to look after the day to day running of the association and has seen substantial and sustained growth over recent years.

Rory Stanbridge MRICS, FCInstCES

Secretary General

Rory Stanbridge was a director of Photarc Surveys, the company he formed in 1974 and with whom he was employed until 2006. During this period Rory served on TSA Council for more years than he cares to remember and in that time he chaired both the  Finance and PR committees. He also served three years as TSA President from 1999 – 2002. Rory has worked in both the United Kingdom and Zambia as a photogrammetrist, and, in the case of Zambia, a police reservist.

Rory is a fellow of Chartered ICES for whom he serves on the F&GP committee, a fellow of the Photogrammetric Society and a member of the RICS. He became Secretary General of TSA on the 1st July 2006.

Rachel Tyrrell

TSA Manager

Rachel Tyrrell brings a varied background in PR, marketing and design to TSA. She worked in the European Headquarters of Sony’s Marketing and Communications department and also spent 18 months developing a software programme for use by Scene of Crime Officers.

Rachel has been employed almost solely on TSA business since 1998. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Secretariat, a vital role as TSA took charge of its own affairs on the 1st July 2006, plus also the management of TSA’s wider promotion and social media profile.

Susan Murphy

Office Manager

Susan Murphy has been with TSA since 2010, and just like Rory and Rachel, she lives and breathes TSA.  Her enthusiasm, organisation and communication skills all contribute to the smooth running of the Secretariat and she particularly enjoys working directly with the members.  Susan administers the Technical Committee, which covers Above Ground and Below Ground areas of surveying.

Susan previously worked as Secretary to the Chief Executive of the Holmesdale Building Society in Reigate, Surrey, for 23 years and one of a few societies which still remains mutual today.  She also spent five years in France living the “good life” before moving back to England in 2009.

Laura Lynn

Accounts Manager

Laura is a qualified accountant, having gained AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting.  She has extensive experience of working in both private and practice, mostly in a small business environment, and joined the TSA team in October 2015.

Laura brings an array of new skills and talent to the Secretariat, ensuring the Association continues to be as efficient and as organised as possible.  She is looking forward to the unique challenges and opportunities that running a successful trade association brings.

Council members

TSA is governed by an elected Council comprising twelve member companies. The Council is subdivided into four core committees: Public Relations (PR), Membership & Internal Affairs (MIA), Technical and Finance. The role of the Secretariat is to efficiently run the day-to-day operation and liaise with the membership.

Adam BradleyJacobs UK Ltd

President

I was first elected to Council in 2012. However, I have been actively involved since 2008 as a co-opted member onto the Technical Committee and have contributed to and written Read More

Nick HampsonMalcolm Hughes Land Surveyors Ltd

Vice-President

I have worked within the land survey profession since graduating from Newcastle University in 1983, working for twelve years for instrument manufacturers Carl Zeiss and Geotronics before joining Malcolm Hughes Read More

Graham MillsTechnics Group

PR Committee

I completed the Higher National Certificate in Building Studies and CIOB computing and surveying courses during the Mid Eighties. I started Sitechnics Ltd, a general surveying company in 1989 and Read More

Oliver VineyAtlantic Geomatics

PR Committee Chairman

Oliver became Business Manager at Atlantic Geomatics in January 2012. Although he has no formal survey experience he has grown up with a father who is a land surveyor, and Read More

Mike HopkinsStorm Geomatics

Technical Committee Chairman

Mike has taken the mature entry route to his professional qualifications with the CICES. He started as a school leaver with a construction company; taking the post of assistant land Read More

Tony RogersAPR Services Ltd

MIA Committee

Surveying graduate from the now University of East London in 1985 Worked for several years with UK Survey Companies and as technical manager for a housing developer. Established a surveying Read More

Adrian HalliwellM&A Surveys Ltd

MIA Committee

I have been employed in civil engineering and land survey for nearly 30 years, having worked for a major contractor, a large metropolitan authority, and both large and small civil Read More

Peter MarshSUMO Services Ltd

Technical Committee

David WatterstonCD Surveys Ltd

Technical Committee

David has been an ‘active voice’ since the company joined in 2004. He also knew one the founders, Bill Johnson when at Engineering Surveys Ltd (ESL) and later was a Read More

Stuart DimondMK Surveys Ltd

MIA Committee Chairman

Stuart joined MK Surveys in 1984 as a trainee surveyor.  Training to HNC level in both Civil Engineering and Land Surveying, he has been delivering high quality Land, Engineering and Read More

Nathan SpencerCSL Surveys (Stevenage) Ltd

PR Committee

Sam RobertsMet Geo Environmental Ltd

Technical Committee

Our Aims

To provide a vehicle for members to act effectively together on agreed courses of action

To promote the interests of the profession to all those who determine the economic and social conditions in which the industry operates;

To identify and represent the views of the industry