I have been in the building and construction industry for almost 40 years, with the exception of attending college and university, where I achieved a HND building and construction technology. BSc Project Management and more recently a LLB(Hons) in law. All of these where achieved as a mature student.
I have worked through a trade back ground into management, from trade person, finishing foreman general foreman, site manager, construction manager to senior Project manager, in control of projects ranging from £200k to £37m as head of the design and construction teams, I have also working within teams on projects from £200m to £400m.
This has given me a great grounding and knowledge of the building and construction industry but, not just the industry and technology but the trades people and the professional that work in, and those that are on the periphery, the industry is a great mix of different types of people and attitudes which must be considered while creating the best team to take forward and complete a project on time and in budget.
During my time in the industry I have been fortunate to have received a Building Control, Building Excellence award by Powys County Council, the South Wales Building Excellence award and the all Wales Building Excellence award, which gave us entry into the national building awards where we came third, this was for projects over £6m.
I have worked with many good people and learned from many of them over my many years within the industry, and I was also fortunate to have mentored some very good young people that went forward and have created their own careers. Most but not all of these young people where graduates, this was something I found to be very satisfying, and because of my experiences with them I mentored three young students during my last period in university, who all went on to complete their respective degrees.