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Career in contracting

Mike Casebourne began his career as a contractor back in 1963 immediately after he left school, with four A levels. He was at Harrow - the co-ed County grammar near the Met Station, not the place at the top of the Hill. The start was a gap year with Costain on Balderhead reservoir.

While at Nottingham University he clocked up four months site work each in British Columbia and Queensland before he secured his civils BSc in 1967 and rejoined Costain for six years, two of which were spent in Dubai on the first deepwater harbour there.

In 1973 he moved across to Trafalgar House as a site agent with Cementation Construction, becoming a regional director in 1984 and by 1990 was responsible for all the company's operations. Work ranged from the QEII bridge substructure to a radar station on Shetland, pounds 70M worth of work at Stansted Airport, and a cluster of motorway contracts including the big M25/M4 interchange.

A move to be director of Wimpey Engineering & Construction UK came in 1990, along with a slight change in emphasis to multi-disciplinary engineering, contracting on projects such as power stations and process plant as well as pure civils construction. With the contracting-for-housing asset swap between Wimpey and Tarmac early in 1996 Casebourne became a Tarmac man. He was almost immediately appointed managing director of the new company GT Railway Maintenance which took over a British Rail maintenance operation.

He became a Fellow of ICE in 1984 and a member of Council last year.

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