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Name: Andy Fewtrell Age:37 Occupation: managing director, the Up and Under Group

Route to the job: After being thrown out of university as a failing chemist, I studied civil engineering at Trent Polytechnic and gained an HND.I lived in a VW beetle for five weeks in the car park of the M25 Bell to South Mimms contract before deciding to work as a self-employed site engineer.I did this for the next two years, with a six-month sabbatical selling skis and climbing equipment, before establishing Up and Under in 1987. It started life as a fledgling consultancy working where no-one else could, or dared to.Today the Up and Under Group still retains a civil and structural consulting engineering division together with a specialist contracting division, and has several regional offices.We work in areas where roped access or confined spaces working techniques are required.

Typical day: Although I now have to deal with the paper trails and audit requirements of management, I try to maintain my passion for engineering and to stay sharp in the field of specialist access.I try to interact with as many of the people in our offices as I can, and to spend some time on site.I love to have a pet project on the boil and am developing a lightweight drilling system for cliffs and steep slopes which will be useful for rock and soil stabilisation projects, removing the need for hand drilling and its associated risks.

Highs and lows: Highs include working with other enthusiastic and knowledgeable people, inspecting Tower Bridge and working in Ethiopia.I enjoy instilling an interest in engineering in anybody - especially younger people - rock climbing and riding my bike.I don't enjoy filling in forms, personnel matters, financial disasters, or failing to inspire others with my love of engineering.

Ambitions:To continue the development of the Up and Under Group to a stage where I have enough spare time to develop more of my ideas and spend more time 'playing'; there are a lot of mountains in the world that I have not climbed yet.

Advice:Believe in yourself, ignore people who say it can't be done, learn from everything you do, and get to know your bank manager.Well!

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