Management

Michael Balla Goddard
Director & Co-Founder
Michael is an Architectural Designer who invented the Panablok technology, and has been closely involved with its development and use for the past 25 years. He studied at the Liverpool School of Architecture, and cut his teeth working for the Building Design Partnership on Clasp System Specialist Schools for the Severely Handicapped and the Albert Dock Project in Liverpool, which was transformed into a Polytechnic. Thereafter, an obsession with housing in all its forms (from inner-city redevelopments, warehouse adaptations which rescued the centre of Manchester after the bombing, commercial & housing association estates, and individual apartments and villas) led to the invention and development of a new building form - stressed skin panels. With a small dedicated team, this patented invention emerged 20 years ahead of its time as the Panablok Panel. During the 1990’s, Michael worked for Martin Sorrell’s short-lived but highly successful flirtation with Architecture in the form of BDGMcColl, where he had a key role in delivering the Bluewater Retail Park’s Entertainment Village in Dartford, UK (working closely with Bovis Lendlease), followed by more success with the BayStreet retail, social and education centre in Malta; retail developments in Swindon; as well as the first retail development for a French supermarket for Carrefour. After Martin Sorrell shed his Architecture & Interiors involvement, Michael worked on the resurrection of the Drivers Standard Agency Redevelopment in Cardington, and then returned to private practice to develop the second generation of the Panablok Panel, advancing its use from a structural walling system to a total structural waterproof envelope incorporating walls, floors and roofs.



Alex Panko
Director & Co-Founder
Alex has a 25 year background  in investment banking and fundraising. He has been closely involved with Panablok in an advisory and funding capacity for 8 years, and raised £1.5 million for third parties who were looking to commercialise the Panablok panel. After these parties ultimately failed to secure construction contracts, Alex decided to use his detailed knowledge of the Panablok product and construction system to form Panablok International with Michael, in order to patent and commercialise both the improved second generation Panablok panel and the complete structural envelope building system, and take advantage of the enormous and ever increasing opportunities caused by the chronic shortfall in meeting the demand for affordable housing. Prior to this, he used to head up or hold senior positions in the mining finance teams of several global investment banks, including Barclays Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Rothschilds, EBRD, and WestLB, where he was directly responsible for several mining “deals of the year”. He has gained broad experience through visiting more than 40 countries in the course of advising on, arranging, and participating in some US$14 billion of debt, equity and related finance for natural resource companies.  More recently, he co-founded gold mining companies in the Philippines and Australia which were both successfully sold by the seed investors,  and was a director of a UK-listed gold mining company in Latin America.



Andre Morrall
Director, Business Development
André is Panablok’s Director of Business Development and has taken a leading role in helping re-launch the Company. Following a ten year career in HM Armed Forces, André left to manage the AGIGAZ family office overseeing investments and business development across a range of sectors including mining, oil & gas, aviation and commodity trading through MW Mercantile Ltd. André is currently engaged in the development of property interests across Germany. With the re-launch of Panablok, André will be devoting his time to the strategic development of the Company through his contacts across local authorities and housing associations in the UK. 



Ken McBride
Construction & Contracting Manager
Ken’s involvement with Panablok goes back to 1996 when his company, Building Concepts, became agents for the system in Ireland. He could see the enormous potential for the speed and flexibility of this method of construction., and a wide variety of projects for a diverse range of clients were completed using Panablok, including: Student Accommodation at Newtownabbey, later utilised by University of Ulster, which consisted of two 28 room buildings; The Galway Bay Hotel at Oranmore, Galway which consisted of 152 rooms and was the biggest single structure using Panablok, and which was engineered to 4 stories; Two Nursing residential care homes at Lisburn and Donaghadee; A Private dwelling at Wicklow, Dublin, which was a three story 6,500sq ft construction; A mews house in Holywood for a private client; And an equipment store for Carrickfergus high school. More recently, Ken has been involved with The OpenSide Partnership, which was formed after he and a colleague who had worked together in Saudi Arabia as consultant project managers, decided to work together on a more formal basis.



Agnieska (Aga) Butkiewicz
Architectural Assistant
Aga is our Architectural Assistant and provides general design and costing support. She obtained an Engineer's degree in Architecture from Warsaw University of Technology’s Faculty of Architecture (diploma in Urban Planning). Thereafter, Aga obtained a Master's degree in Architecture at École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville (Diplôme d'État d'Architecte). She has worked on a wide range of projects including: Studio "K2 Katarzyna Kaniewska'' in Warsaw, specializing in luxury interior design, and furniture and detail projects; ''Atelier-D Architecture & Dévelopement Durable'' in Paris, specializing in durable and ecological architecture, working mainly in Africa, South America and France; and Special Cours "Architectes de l'Urgence" (Emergency Architects) regarding different aspects of construction in zones susceptible to natural disasters.