Name: Mike Sainsbury
Age:33 Occupation: project director, Zetica
Route to the job: I studied geology at RHBNC University of London, graduating in 1990. I then worked for a year in Stanger Consultants' geotechnical department. In 1991, I moved to Laing Technology Group as an environmental engineer. Two years there gave me an excellent base, from which I joined the Property Unit at Royal Ordnance (now BAE Systems) as a geoenvironmental engineer. The experience I gained there related particularly to military sites and environmental problems. I left BAE Systems as a senior project manager in January 2002 to join Zetica as project director.
Typical day: Like most people in the site investigation/ assessment industry, what you plan is never what you do. It's no different in Zetica's field of geophysics and ordnance services. My main role is to plan and track projects as well as increase the company's overall capability. Much ofthe day is taken up ensuring customers get what they want when they want. This means a lot of time is spent talking to clients and contractors while trying to tap out the odd email. I have also been drafting new procedures and documents to assist the company's expansion, particularly in the field of bomb detection.
Highs and lows: Low points are when the coffee machine is empty. The biggest thrill has been the speed ofreaction to innovative ideas. It's a very comfortable environment too - the team has a good knit ofpersonalities and thinking away from a strict set of procedures is actively encouraged.
Ambitions: My main ambition is to increase Zetica's profile and capability. I would like to make it a household name for non-intrusive investigation techniques and bomb detection.
Advice: Ifyou see a project or task you think sounds interesting and will give you a new experience, volunteer for it. I may be more selective now, but my willingness to go where no man has been before has stood me in good stead in being able to talk to clients with some degree ofexperience. You have to keep that spark going, and when you see it fading, look for the next challenge.