How long have you worked at LST?
I’ve worked for LST for nearly three years and prior to that I spent 25 years working as a plasterer.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I really enjoy working with the LST family. The support, training and guidance is amazing. I also enjoy working in the healthcare sector. Delivering facilities for the NHS is very demanding but also extremely rewarding.
What’s been your biggest achievement / proudest moment at LST?
My biggest achievement was being part of the team that handed over a £7.3m 27 bed oncology ward at Southampton General Hospital within six months. The project began when the first lockdown hit and became more and more difficult as a result of the restrictions and impact of the pandemic. Everyone in our team and wider supply chain pulled together to get the work done.
What skills do you need to do your role?
One of the most important skills is communication. My role is to work closely with our client to listen to their needs, take on board their requirements and ultimately, make their job easier. I also have to manage a number of subcontractors and suppliers.
Receiving the correct training in health and safety is crucial as this knowledge is essential to all projects. Patience and a keen eye for quality are further beneficial skills.
What advice would you give to others who want to be in your position?
Spend as much time as possible with the trades associated with the construction sector. Seeing a job through from start to finish will provide you with the best understanding of how the industry works and that’s something a drawing could never achieve.
My experience as a tradesman gave me a huge amount of confidence and knowledge that has been very beneficial to my role.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
Many moons ago I spent time learning how to fly hang gliders. I travelled around Europe with friends flying from mountain tops! I also lived in Indonesia and travelled Asia for a few years before starting my family.