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Name: Andy Barwise

Age:33 Occupation: manager, cone testing services, Lankelma CPT

Route to the job: After graduating from Reading University with a BSc Hons in building surveying, I spent two years split between voluntary work in Africa and travelling. When I returned, I undertook a MSc in marine geotechnics at Bangor. After graduating I worked for Fugro for seven years running onshore, nearshore and offshore site investigations. Fifteen months ago, I left to join Lankelma CPT as manager of cone testing services. My responsibilities include quality management.

Typical day: Every day is different and brings new and exciting challenges. My responsibilities include tendering, client liaison and marketing. I also ensure results are prepared and sent out on time. I spend time visiting clients, developing new equipment and lecturing on CPT testing. You can never really tell from one week to the next where I am likely to be or what I will be involved with. I'm always looking for new possibilities.

Highs and lows: The highs are the reward of seeing the company develop and grow and provide a quality service to its clients. I enjoy client contact and meeting people as well as the opportunity for worldwide travel. It is exciting having access to the best CPT equipment available and to help promote CPT technology.

Lows are being stuck on the M25 and missing time at home with my wife and children.

Ambitions: I'd like Lankelma to become synonymous worldwide with CPT testing.

Advice: Take every opportunity to learn from those with more experience. Try to overcome every problem: the harder you work on it, the more rewarding the success. Take any opportunity to travel and work overseas - the experiences will set you up well for life.

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