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Design management, BIM, digital, work winning, proposals, strategy, coaching and process.


Looking out across the sea to the horizon ~ what do you see?
What do you feel?
What do you wish for?
That’s where I’m going!
Maybe we could walk together for a while, and learn from each other?

Greetings earthlings! ~ Dear people, we are in the midst and truly on the cusp of the greatest transformation in the Built Environment since the First Industrial Revolution.The onslaught of digital is everywhere, even slowly invading the construction industry! Whatever your role, function, business or organisation, and in this case size doesn’t matter, no-one will remain untouched by this revolution. Sooner or later this will catch up with you! Irrevocable, inevitable, invincible.A data driven industry, transforming the environment and the legacy we leave for future generations. There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in our industry! Best wishes, J. :o)


John is a journeyman architect, design manager, BIM champ, writer, blogger, speaker, lecturer and facilitator/enabler.

You can catch up with him at his blog, Zen and Design Management

He lives on the south coast with his wife Anne Marie, a menagerie of pets and three children.



  • Class Of Your Own – Chair of the Board (Non-Exec) and Facilitator
  • UK BIM Alliance – Engagement Lead and Exec team member
  • BIM Regions UK CIC – Chair and Director
  • Open Water Consulting Ltd – Owner/Director since 2012
  • University of Loughborough – External Lecturer on Design Management
  • University of Westminster – Guest lecturer on Design Management
  • Digital Node – Consultant trainer and coach

John is author of the Design Manager’s Handbook, published by CIOB/Wiley Blackwell in 2013. #UKBIM2, a short guide to level 2, self published 2015. The Construction Manager’s BIM Handbook, published 2016, also by Wiley. He is currently researching a PhD related to BIM and Design Management at Leeds Beckett University.


John qualified as an Architect in 1981 and became Chartered RIBA the following year. His experience spans over 40 years in the Built Environment, in various roles for differing organisations, ranging from project architect, to site architect, design manager, design director, trainer, coach, facilitator, author and lecturer/speaker.
Building types John has worked on include schools, colleges, historic buildings, prisons, churches, retail, offices, residential and one off houses.

For the last 21 years John has specialised in construction design management with major contractors, both in pre-construction, work winning and site delivery. Also more recently BIM and digital consultancy and support.


A consistent feature of my career has been my pro-bono activities supporting charities in the CSR field and organisations that in my opinion align with the goals of industry transformation for today and tomorrow, to create and sustain a better world and built environment.

Organisations I am currently involved with and/or aligned and/or support are:

  • Class Of Your Own
  • UK BIM Alliance
  • BIM Regions UK
  • Women in BIM
  • Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service
  • Behaviours4Collaboration
  • Sussex Wildlife Trust
  • The Badger Trust


Clients I’ve worked with over the last 6 years:

Bouygues UK, Cadnet Ltd, CIOB, Class Of Your Own, Constructing Excellence, Council for Aluminium in Building, Digital Node, Fawkes and Reece, Leadbitter &Co Ltd, Morgan Sindall, Propeller Studios, Purcell, RICS, The Door and Hardware Federation, Third Bridge, University Of Bath, University of Brighton, University of Loughborough, University of Reading, Vinci PLC, Wates Group, Willmott Dixon Construction.


Company details – Open Water Consulting Ltd – Registered in England and Wales No 07931064.
Registered Office Address: Unit 11, Hove Business Centre, Fonthill Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6HA, United Kingdom.

Copyright 2018~JOHNEYNON.~Open Water Consulting Ltd

Just contact me anytime to discuss your ideas, and anything else!
+44(0)7702 126 362

Open Water Consulting Ltd
Sussex House, 190 South Coast Road
Peacehaven, East Sussex