Loyal and dependable person who likes to see things done properly.
I suppose I have always liked building things from an early age. I had Meccano as a kid and used to spend hours building dams with friends in the local woods.
After finishing my O levels at school I stayed on in the 6th form to do A levels and wasted 2 years getting very mediocre results. I initially applied for a sponsorship with a local building company to do a sandwich degree course in Quantity Surveying, but had a lucky escape as I was turned down.
I then saw a job in the local paper for a Technical Officer with the Divisional Civil Engineers office for British Rail based in Nottingham. I got the job and spent the next 4 years learning a lot about Permanent Way design and maintenance and also maintenance / refurbishment of railway buildings & bridges. During this time I completed my ONC & HNC in Civil Engineering.
In 1983 I was sent down to London as part of my indentured training to work at the design office of the Regional Civil Engineers near Euston station. After 2 years the office was relocated to Birmingham and I continued to work there until 1989, working my way up to MS1 Management Assistant level.
Privatisation of British Rail was starting to take place with rumours that the design office would be bought by private consultants, so I decided that the time was right to leave and try something different. I got a job offer from Kenchington Little in Nottingham but a recession was starting to take hold and within 2 years I was made redundant.
I contacted Malcolm, who along with Chris and Cliff had not long left to set up BWB and was taken on as a contract senior engineer and 22 years later I am still here !
During 22 years with the company there have been numerous projects of all types and size but 2 stand out. The Boots Library for Nottingham Trent University and the Cornerhouse leisure complex in Nottingham
In my spare time I like to play golf (my wife would say I was obsessed) but I am slowly realising that after 40 years of playing it is looking more and more unlikely I will ever achieve my ambition of a single figure handicap.
I also like walking in the Peak District and fishing although since golf and fishing are two of the most time consuming pastimes you can have then golf takes priority.
Hopefully preparing for retirement. The changes and advancements I have witnessed in our Profession over the last few years with computer software and BIM are staggering and it has been difficult at times to keep up.