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We are committed to maintaining and developing a strong, responsive and well trained team of professionals, who understand our clients’ needs, take pride in our Practice and who will carry the business forward into the future. We have a team of highly skilled designers and administrators available to meet clients’ needs.  

Randall Thorp was established in 1986 by Edward Thorp and Pauline Randall. Both Edward and Pauline had previously worked as landscape architects for Greater Manchester Council. Dick Longdin joined the practice in 1989 and became a partner in 1996. Lindsay Cordall joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2010. Nicola Jacob joined the practice in 2005 and became a partner in 2014. In 2011 Edward retired as a partner, and in 2017 Pauline also retired as a partner, however both continue to work for the partnership as consultants.

Our team has now expanded to include other chartered landscape architects, landscape assistants, graduates, technicians, graphic designer and administrators with a range of skills and expertise to assist our clients in the creation of sustainable, high quality, robust landscapes.

We were the first landscape practice to achieve Investors In People status and we focus on developing both quality and breadth of team skills. By expanding our team’s skills base we are able to offer our clients a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist them with their projects. The three partners are very much part of the team. They provide direct input to clients’ projects, acting as design facilitators, team co-ordinators, project managers and overseeing quality control.


Dick Longdin


Dick is an expert in the design of residential masterplans and green infrastructure planning for large scale schemes. He became a Fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to the profession as a designer, lecturer, mentor, and professional practice examiner. He oversees the practice masterplanning work.

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Lindsay Cordall


Lindsay is meticulous in his approach to detailed design and high quality workmanship which has ensured the smooth delivery of numerous landscape schemes. He currently leads the Randall Thorp Beaulieu landscape design team and oversees the practice landscape implementation work. 

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Nicola Jacob


Nicola comes from a background of studying Landscape Architecture with Town Planning. Her broad strategic approach to landscape coupled with a good eye for landscape detail enables her to deliver high quality design and LVIA services for planning applications and site promotions for a variety of clients.

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Pauline Randall


Pauline is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute and an experienced expert witness with an informed interest in the close relationships between landscape design and town planning. She specialises in landscape survey and assessment, and strategic landscape masterplanning, and oversees the practice’s LVIA work.          

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Joanne Folland

Senior Associate

Joanne has extensive experience in preparing LVIAs which can withstand close scrutiny at planning appeals in addition to a broader range of design skills, all of which benefit from her careful and considered approach to landscape design. 

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Ben Hendry

Senior Associate

Ben is an accomplished detail designer with a love of plants. He manages a wide range of projects at both detailed planning and implementation stages and has a particular role within the practice in mentoring less experienced professionals. 

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Danielle Bentley

Senior Associate

Danielle graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University. She worked on a variety of projects in a Merseyside practice before joining our team in 2013. Danielle became an Associate in 2017, and Senior Associate in 2019.

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Steve Butcher

Senior Associate

Steve joined Randall Thorp in 2012 from a practice in the Midlands after attaining a distinction for his Postgraduate Diploma and a first class honours degree in Landscape Architecture from Birmingham City University. Steve became an Associate in 2017.

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Sean Rushton

Senior Associate

Sean joined us in 2012 having achieved a distinction for his Masters of Landscape Architecture course at the University of Sheffield. He has relocated from Dorset where he was working in a practice specialising in natural play. Sean became an Associate in Autumn 2017.


Laurie Sangwin


Laurie is a talented landscape architect who specialises in urban design and residential layout, and is also a skilled designer of natural children’s play spaces. He currently manages a number of projects through the early planning stages for established clients.

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Cassandra Wheadon


Cassandra joined the team in 2015 after 7 years in practice in the North West. She gained her BLA in Landscape Architecture in 2007 from Manchester Metropolitan University. Cassandra became an Associate in Autumn 2017.

Alexander Horabin

Landscape Architect

Alexander joined Randall Thorp in 2014 with a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield. He graduated from Sheffield with a BA in Landscape Architecture and Town Planning in 2012.


Ella-May Mold

Landscape Architect

Ella joined us in 2015 from the University of Sheffield, where she gained a Distinction for her Masters in Landscape Architecture following her BSc in Landscape Architecture with Ecology in 2012.


Charlotte Dew

Landscape Architect

Charlotte joined the team in August 2016. Charlotte has had 3 years experience working in the private and public sector, after obtaining her masters from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015.




Miryam joined us in July 2016 having previously worked in London and Italy.  She graduated from the University of Genoa with First Class Honours in 2014.

Yuan-Yin Hsieh

Graduate Landscape Architect

Yuan-Yin joined Randall Thorp in 2017 with a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield. She graduated from Fu Jen University, Taiwan with a BA in Landscape Architecture 2014.


Hannah Brooks

Student Landscape Architect

Having enjoyed a spell of work experience with us prior to university, Hannah came back to our team as a Year Out Student in 2017 after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an undergraduate BA in Landscape Architecture with Planning.


Anita Lomas

Senior Graphic Designer

Anita returned to Randall Thorp in 2016, as our Senior Graphic Designer after 13 years designing for large multidisciplinary companies. Anita was originally part of the Randall Thorp team from 1988-2003 and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 with a first class honours degree in Graphic Design.

Alison Forsythe

Practice Manager

Alison joined our team in 2003 bringing with her a unique mix of administration, IT and graphic design skills and special ways to stay calm in a crisis!

Dog Friendly Office

Office dogs:

Roobarb, Buddy and Jack are three friendly dogs that often visit the Randall Thorp office.