Our Company at a Glance



New England Surveying & Engineering is a Land Development consultancy based in Armidale, New South Wales. We provide Surveying, Engineering, Town Planning and Project Management services to projects located throughout Northern New South Wales. We have a long history in Armidale being established by Jim Hawkins in 1955. In 1994 we became Hawkins Hook & Co, later moving into our current premises at 27 Marsh Street, Armidale. Over this time we have Surveyed nearly all of Armidale, and have been involved in most of the town’s major projects.




In 2013 we became New England Surveying & Engineering, reflecting the diversified range of services that we now provide. Our aim is to provide our clients with a full suite of Land Development services under one roof. This results not great efficiencies as well as the convenience of only having to deal with a single consultancy.

Rural Survey

In the field our Surveyors are equipped with modern Total Station and Real Time GPS technology, while in the office we utilise the latest CAD packages for processing Survey data, drafting and design.


Rowan Donnelly
Partner / Director
BEng. (Geomatics)

Rowan is originally from Glen Innes. He attended the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering with honours. Since then Rowan has worked throughout New South Wales in both the public and private sectors, working in Surveying and Engineering roles. In 2006 Rowan brought this experience to Hawkins Hook & Co. where he became a partner in the business with Jamie Hook. Since that then he has completed many projects across the New England regions in roles varying from project Surveyors through to project manager.

Sean Doodson
Partner / Director
Registered Surveyor

Sean is originally from Kentucky, approximately 50km south of Armidale. Sean attended the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, graduating with a Bachelor of Surveying in 2006 after which he worked for a private Surveying firm on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. During this time he travelled throughout Queensland working in the resource and energy sectors and on various land development and infrastructure projects in South-East Queensland. In 2012 Sean returned to Armidale to join Hawkins Hook & Co. and is now a partner and director of New England Surveying & Engineering.

Sean is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, reflecting his interest in Town Planning and Land Development.