about us

Johnston & Mather has a background in architecture stretching back 30 years.  The senior team still practices, but our focus is now firmly on education and training.

Through our strong links with the University College of Estate Management, the University of Reading, the Royal Institute of British Architects and using our skills and experiences as architects, we have developed a broad range of Project Management training courses.

Our Project Management training courses are for those involved in property design, construction and development. 

Our flagship course is the Advanced Professional Certificate in Construction Project Management.

Our mission is to improve the management skills in property design, construction and development.


Dr James Mather

jamesJames Mather is Principal of Johnston & Mather, a chartered member of the RIBA and holds an MBA. Alongside Laurence Holt, James leads our training courses and also manages our architectural and CDM coordination businesses. He is an author and associate tutor at the College of Estate Management and was also recently appointed by the Church of England as a Quinquennial Surveyor for their properties, advising on church buildings of all ages. James is an Incorporated Member of the Association for Project Safety and a member of the Association for Project Management

James Mather is the author of the RICS Guidance Note on Managing the Design Delivery, and of Construction Project Teams - making them work profitably.

Laurence Holt

laurence-holtLaurence is a civil engineer who has specialised in management training programmes for many years. He has had a long association with Reading University and more recently with Regent University Centre for Entrepreneurship in the US and the Steinbis MBA (Germany). He joined Team-IT in 2000 and, alongside James Mather, is our main course leader. He was lead author of the Project Management Handbook and You Can Start a Business, a study and mentoring initiative in China with over 35,000 students to date. Laurence has designed and delivered training for Arup, Atkins and Cranfield School of Management.

Peter Knight

peter-knightPeter's background is in human resources and business psychology. His speciality is organisational development. He has his own consultancy practice, and has had long-term associate relationships with P.A. consulting Group, London Business School, IMD Switzerland and UK National School of Government. He has designed HR-focused organisational development interventions including project management, process improvement and management skill development. Peter assists James and Laurence in leading our courses, particularly our international courses.

Jumoke Ogunbekun

jumoke-ogunbekunJumoke Ogunbekun is a qualified Telecom Engineer and certified Programme / Project manager with over 15 years combined experience as a Telecom Consultant and Project Manager. She is a certified Project Manager with MSc, PMI, Prince2 and MSP qualification and an experienced Prince2 trainer. She has worked within many industry sectors in UK and Japan. She is well travelled and serves as a missionary to Rwanda where she has used her management experience to develop charities and churches.

Professor Colin Gray

Colin Gray

Professor Colin Gray was Head of School, School of Construction Management and Engineering, Reading University, now retired.

Colin lectures in advanced construction management for large, fast-build projects, based on detailed analysis of the processes of design and construction, their refinement and improvement and their improved management. Particular interests include production engineering, computer simulation, knowledge-based planning and construction production organisation design. His research interests are advanced computer planning tools for site operations, construction plant and design processes utilising Intelligent Knowledge-Based Systems (IKBS); site management practice; project productivity; specialist trade contractors; and design management.

Professor Brian L Atkin

Brian Atkin

Professor Brian Atkin has a long association with Reading University, School of Construction Management and Engineering, culminating in a Visiting Professorship (1995-2010).

Currently, through his work at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, he is involved in the design and delivery of corporate education courses for Royal Dutch Shell in project management on a global basis. These courses are accredited by the APM.

Brian is also Professor, Department of Construction Sciences, Lund University, Sweden The appointment has focused on, among other things, contributing to the development of the Department’s research strategy and plan in construction management.

Member of British Standards Institution Advisory Committee, CB/70 (2010-)
Member of British Standards Institution Technical Committee, FMW/1 (2010-) Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building

Shirley Douglas


Shirley joined Johnston & Mather in 2002 as our Office Administrator, responsible for the day to day running of the office, managing the accounts and personnel. She also organises the training courses arranging venue hire, advertising, sending out literature and taking bookings.

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