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Names & Faces - Jonathan Goring

New group managing director of consultant Capita Symonds Jonathan Goring is going all out for growth.

Whether is it climbing glaciers, sailing around the world, running a business or making a sandwich Jonathan Goring gives it 100%.

Perhaps this is why Goring's division of Capita Symonds, Capita Symonds' Management, is outperforming expectations and has earned Goring promotion to group managing director.

fiWe have seen strong growth in the past three years in the area I was responsible for and it is an area we want to continue to drive forward, fl he says.

This, and growing the local government business, is 44year-old Goring's main priority.

Which means getting to know the clients better. fiThe biggest challenge is focusing people's minds. Not just our staff but clients too.

fiPersonally, I will be talking to our top clients to get a better feel for what they want and how I can help. fl Understanding clients' needs and building strong relationships are big parts of Goring's past.

He began his professional life at Bovis Construction where he became its youngest-ever senior project manager while still in his early 20s. From there he lectured at South Bank University while undertaking an MSc in project management and property development.

A spell at construction manager RGCM followed and then at 32 he joined Mace. It was here that he led the £350M BA World Cargo Centre project, securing planning consent and acquiring the land for the new facility.

In his free time Goring can be found competing in international sailing events, climbing mountains, kayaking or mountain biking - pastimes he is con-dent he will be able to keep up despite the heavy workload that being MD incurs. fiIf anything I will have more time: being MD means standing back more, fl he jokes.

Q&A Jonathan Goring

Career highlight: There are two: -nishing the £350M BA Cargo project on 1 January 1999 - the day we said we would. It was a challenge, working airside at Heathrow. There were no consents and we didn't own any of the land when we started. The second was winning the Rolex Commodores' Cup - a world championship sailing event where Great Britain was very much the underdog.

Career Lowlight: Losing the Olympic delivery partner role. I really thought we were offering something special.

Interesting fact: I like to spend my weekends up to my neck in mud. I do adventure racing, which involves offroad mountain biking, cross-country running and kayaking.

Favourite food: Seared scallops on a bed of spring onions inside a pitta bread.

Scariest moment: Spending -ve days climbing a glacier in Chile with two friends, when I was 21, and then not knowing how to get down.

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