Northrop Consulting Engineers have not only come on board as Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club’s Silver Sponsors, but they are also filling the surf boats with their people.

Surf life saving has been a long-term passion for Gareth Evans, Boatie and Northrop Structural Engineer | Coffs Harbour Manager.

“I grew up in Coffs Harbour and joined the Surf Life Saving Club in 2009. An active member, I competed in surf boats and did patrols for many years.”

After a stint in Newcastle, Gareth moved back to the area in 2020 to establish a Northrop office.

“It’s been exciting building the business and being able to better service our local clients.”

“I’ve also had the opportunity to get back in the boat with some of my original crew. And Thomas Duffett and Ross Jeans, my Northrop colleagues, have also joined in the fun!”

Gareth and team thoroughly enjoy the sport – from a team perspective and the thrill of competing and catching waves.

“It’s really fostered our teamwork and we all know that a healthy lifestyle supports our well-being,” says Gareth.

“It’s also great to be able to give back to the community and serve as a patrolling member.”

“At Northrop, our purpose is to help realise the potential of our people, projects, clients and the community,” says Gareth.

“This is achieved by encouraging our people to follow their passions, as well as building longstanding partnerships with our clients and incredible organisations like the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club.”

We are very proud to be a silver sponsor and to continue to support and give back to our local communities.

If you would like to get in touch with Gareth, please contact him at or (02) 5603 3053.

Northrop Consulting Engineers

Established in 1976, Northrop is a successful consultancy, locally owned and managed by engineers who work in the business. The company employs over 450 people with ten offices across NSW, QLD, VIC and the ACT. Highly experienced in structural, civil, building services and sustainability, we also have extensive expertise in emerging and niche engineering services.