I entered my first builders yard at 07.45 on the 24th July 1976, and apart from the times I had spent in higher education I have been in the construction industry ever since, I did joined the Territorial Army, Royal Engineers and after my apprenticeship was complete in 1980, I joined a regular unit, unfortunately while on leave in 1981, I lost the sight in my right eye that effectively ended that part of my life.
Although I had lost the sight in my right eye it has never really stop me, I have achieved CGIL certificates in Plumbing and heating, Carpentry and Joinery both approved and advanced craft certificates.
I have come through the trade route into construction management, starting from trade person, finishing foreman, general foreman, site manager, construction manager to senior construction project manager.
I have managed projects ranging from £200k to £30m as the senior construction project manager, heading the design and construction teams before and during the construction stage. I have also held various positions within a projects which were valued from £200m to £400m.
My university career started with an HND building and construction, BSc building and construction, LLB (Hons) Law and more recently a MSc construction project management where I specialised in construction law and construction contract.
Throughout my many years within the construction industry I have gained knowledge through my experience of the building process not just the design, planning applications, building control, the evolution of the design, the process through the construction stage, the changing technologies and materials, the diverse personalities of the construction professionals and trades people, also my own personal experiences at work and at university.
This industry has a great mix of different personalities and attitudes which come together to form a team, which for the most part have never work together before and may not again in the future, it is generally a bespoke team, although, this is generally the case you may come across members of ta team again. This is one of the great things about construction, the ability of an unknown group to come together and complete a project.
During my time in the industry I have been fortunate to have been involved with a project which received a LABC Building Excellence award by Powys County Council, the South Wales Building Excellence award and the all Wales Building Excellence award for a Commercial Project over £6 million.
I have worked with many good people and learned from many of them over my many years within the industry. I was also fortunate to have mentored some very good young people in the work place and through university that have went on and achieved great things in their own careers. This was something I found to be very satisfying.