Role: Quantity Surveyor
Office location: Tunbridge Wells
Joined the team: September 2018
I had recently relocated from Greece and was looking for job opportunities in the UK. Base was a fast-growing company with an international presence, and I felt that it was a good space for somebody with experience outside of the UK.
What is your favourite thing about working for Base?
In the year that I’ve been with Base it has grown a lot, with staff joining the team from a range of different backgrounds and cultures, and of a variety of ages. Everybody brings something individual and special to the team, which the rest of us can learn from.
Where did you work/what were you doing previously?
I’m a civil engineer and worked for 17 years in construction in Greece.
What do you feel you bring to Base?
My enthusiasm and my experiences from both a different country and different working environment.
What would you consider to be your area of expertise?
I have worked mostly in civils and highways but also have experience in building construction. My last project in Greece was the renovation and conversion of a listed Tobacco factory into a residential and commercial property.
I’m keen to share and utilise the experience I’ve gained over my time in the industry and increase my experience of working with UK Contract Types. My goal over the next couple of years is to become Chartered.
What was your biggest non-career-based accomplishment and why was it important to you?
So far in my life, my biggest accomplishment has been moving to another country – quite literally leaving my comfort zone, in every aspect of life and settling with my family in a new home and work environment.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Base so far?
Having worked in the construction industry in Greece for 17 years, I had to adjust to new processes and contracts when settling in the UK. Language and technical terminology were also a big challenge for me initially, but I have worked hard with the internal and external training to pick it up quickly.