Role: Director, Forensic Expert Witness
Office location: London
Joined the team: February 2020
I have several ex-colleagues that now work at Base Quantum and I liked what they told me about the company culture.
Where did you work previously?
I worked for HKA for the past 7 years with a number of excellent experts and had the opportunity to travel and relocate abroad for a while.
What skills and qualities do you feel you bring to Base?
I have varied experience in construction dispute resolution – both nationally and internationally – which I am sure will complement the already experienced team of experts at Base.
What would you like to achieve in your first year at Base?
What’s important to me in the first year is not only buying into Base’s culture but becoming a key player in contributing to that culture and the growth of the company.
What are your career aspirations for the future?
To continue to grow as an expert whilst working on exciting and varied projects and, importantly, to help those who assist in those projects to fulfil their career aspirations.
If you were given a soap-box to give a speech on any industry-related topic, what would it be and why?
When I was an apprentice carpenter/joiner, companies were reluctant to invest in training, believing that once the student had achieved their qualifications, they would leave the company. That may or may not be so, but the industry as a whole should take responsibility. Companies cannot expect somebody else to invest in training their staff. The number of quantity surveyors that are currently going through their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) at Base and the number of employees we have that are APC assessors themselves is something that impressed me about Base’s culture.
What was your biggest non-career based accomplishment and why was it important to you?
Apart from my wife, children and grandson (obviously), riding from Essex to Scotland and back on my 1959 Lambretta.
Base is a growing company – not knowing what I’m going to be working on and where is exciting.
How do you see the industry changing in the future?
I think that modular construction will continue to grow, and the issues surrounding the environment are increasingly important. The future of the construction industry will be driven by technology, requiring individuals and companies to retrain to adapt to the changes.
Do you have an accomplishment that has shaped your career?
Living and working abroad took me out of my comfort zone and I gained experiences I may not have done had I stayed in the UK.
I like to ride my two Lambretta scooters; I have both a 1959 and 1963 model.
What would be your biggest piece of advice to those starting in the industry today?
Construction/Engineering is a vast industry. You can work around the corner from where you live and do the same job for the whole of your career, or you can work around the world at any level you are prepared to train for. Your career will be whatever you want to make it but, importantly, enjoy it!
How would your family and friends describe you?
I dread to think!