The thinking civil engineer with an eye for an angle and a mind to the human dimension.
I think it's in my genes. My maternal grandfather (who I never met sadly) was a chartered civil engineer but that didn't really enter my conscious mind until I was already set on my career path.
I was a creative kid who liked to build things (and demolish and burn them!) and find out how things worked, which was encouraged by my dad and older brother (not the demolition and burning bit you understand). So, the only real question was which avenue of engineering. That I think was sealed by witnessing at close hand the construction of part of the A64 York bypass, which included a temporary bridge over the River Ouse that provided a short cut to school.
Passage through school was a painful affair that I really didn't enjoy, aside from cycling through the bypass works and over the river! Something must however have told me I wasn't done with education, although I don't recall an epiphany moment. Once I was set on a path of study that I could relate to as leading somewhere career wise there was no looking back.
A stint in contracting followed academia, up in the Lake District - memories of persistent rain on a big tin static caravan come flooding back! The search for design experience to help me on the path to chartered engineer status led me to the public sector and some happy years at Nottinghamshire County Council. Buoyed by the confidence of the new found letters after my name, it was back to the private sector and the great outdoors as a site based engineer with Scott Wilson, then on to Capita Symonds (Travers Morgan) before the move to BWB where you find me now.
Nottingham Eastside, no question. The most enjoyable hard work: enlightened client(s), inspirational consultancy team, a great home team at BWB and regulatory authorities all pulling in the same direction (well roughly at least!) on a project that would have delivered huge regenerative benefits to a forgotten quarter of Nottingham. The stuff of project dreams.
All things outdoors - riding my bike(s), skiing, hill walking. I also quite like the satisfaction of an occasional DIY project, so there you go, still building things (and demolishing them). The outlet for my pyromania is these days confined to barbeques (I like my food too), open fires and fireworks.
Now that would be telling!