How long have you worked in construction?
I’ve worked in construction for a major part of my life. My father, grandfather and great grandfather were all plasterers, so I first stepped onto a construction site aged just nine. There were no health and safety rules back then, so I would help out by carrying buckets of water and knocking up plaster with a batten and bucket.
What attracted you to a site manager role at LST?
I’ve always specialised in commercial building work, so LST was an ideal fit. I also knew the company had good reputation in our sector and been established for a long time.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
A lot of our work is on challenging sites, so I really enjoy being able to handover a project to a client on time and having achieved the highest quality standards.
What is the best/most enjoyable project you’ve been involved in and why?
The construction of a new building for St John the Baptist School in Woking really stands out for me. It involved the demolition, design and rebuild of the school’s sports facilities including a link bridge to the school, which was all carried out within a live environment.
It was a complex job which really tested and honed my skills as a site manager with lots of support from the team in the office. To see it delivered on time and meeting all quality standards gave me great satisfaction.
What are the biggest challenges you face as a site manager?
LST has very high standards both in terms of quality and health and safety. I have to ensure that these standards are met by all contractors on a daily basis. It’s always achievable but can be challenging.
Tell us something that people may not know about you
I get great enjoyment from keeping tropical fish and have two aquariums, which are home to around 50 fish in communities. They range from 20mm long through to 200mm and all live together. I find it really interesting to study their behaviour and have managed to breed some which is very rewarding.