How did you get into the industry?
After leaving school at 16, I started work as an apprentice carpenter in a local joinery company. After gaining my qualifications I moved on and worked my way through many disciplines of the construction industry, gaining a wealth of experience. I came to realise that my strength was in management so I decided to commit to this path which led me to where I am today.
What skills do you need to be good at your job?
Good communication and motivation, being a team player, having empathy and understanding, the ability to engage with others and always being open to change.
What advice would you give someone starting out in construction?
The construction industry has certainly changed over the many years that I have been part of it. It is vital that anyone coming into it now learns how to listen and embraces the ever-changing scope of the industry. There are now so many sectors within construction that a carefully considered choice needs to be made to ensure a successful and rewarding career.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spending weekends in Wales with my wife, where we are fortunate enough to have a home. When we’re not carrying out renovation works we enjoy long walks with our dog. Although not a sports fanatic, I enjoy watching cricket whenever possible. Also, I have three grandchildren and love spending time with them (but it’s always nice to hand them back at the end of the day!).