Tom Sangster

Tom Sangster is a professionally qualified Civil Engineer with 35 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and underground pipe networks and is Managing Director of Downley Consultants, an internationally renowned consulting engineer specializing in trenchless technology projects. Mr. Sangster gained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Surrey in 1978 and became a chartered civil engineer in 1983. He also holds an MBA from a leading UK business school. His early career was spent in design of water supply and wastewater systems and in geotechnical and foundations contracting. He also gained senior sales and marketing experience with companies manufacturing products for civil engineering applications.


He has undertaken and managed many water and sewer pipe inspection, condition assessment and rehabilitation projects throughout the world. His experience in underground infrastructure encompasses innovative installation, assessment, and rehabilitation and in developing strategies for managing rehabilitation programs including QA and risk management. He is recognized internationally as an expert in this field. Tom is based in Geneva, Switzerland and is a former Chairman of the UKSTT Technical & Education Committee and a past President of the Swiss Society for Trenchless Technology, CHSTT.