Dan O’Connor

Daniel joined TFT in March 2006 and is a Director based in the Guildford office. Daniel is the Head of Education at TFT and specialises in Project Management, Development Monitoring, Contract Administration and Funding Advice. He has 23 years of experience in managing and overseeing various sized projects in the private and public sectors. He is currently involved in a wide range of projects for various education clients including project management of two rationalisation and refurbishment schemes for the Girls Day School Trust, contract administration schemes and professional services for Academy, Local Authority and Diocesan Schools and project monitoring a student accommodation development for an investment fund. Daniel manages a team of surveyors and project managers to support and provide professional services to the Education Sector, these include project management, contract administration, Technical Due Diligence, condition surveys, planned preventative maintenance schedules, historic building advice and Reinstatement Cost Analysis Reports.

Over and above the work carried out in the Education Sector, Daniel has also carried out refurbishment and repair of residential properties to a Decent Homes Standard, office refurbishments, dilapidation and party wall advice, refurbishment of historic buildings, condition surveys, and financial advice for clients. He has also project monitored the construction of a new build bank incorporating a retail park management suite and warehouse developments in Poland for large investment funds.

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I have been proud to have managed many different sized projects for TFT; however the project I am most proud of was project managing the rationalisation and redevelopment of Streatham & Clapham High School. The works included the construction of a new sixth form centre and a new school kitchen and dining room. The project took over three years to complete on site and was full of interesting issues to resolve and more importantly it was the first project for TFT with GDST. It was successfully completed and has won a number of prestigious design awards.

I have been happily married for ten years and have two beautiful daughters, who keep me entertained all of the time. I find it relaxing (most of the time) and fun (all of the time) being with my family and especially spending time watching them grow up. They both have a wonderful take on life and they are the focus of my personal life.

I really love playing football for a local team and have done so for 26 years (I’m sure I’m due a testimonial or two by now) and attend a local health club to keep me in some sort of shape! However, my proudest sporting moment was completing the Snowdonia challenge in 2014 which consisted of cycling, canoeing and climbing Snowdonia with a team of colleagues, hard work and great team spirit especially getting the second best time canoeing around the lake!