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Names & Faces - Folk singing Paul Scott brings a cool head to Faber Maunsell's fire and risk strategies.

When he's not climbing mountains with his two sons or folk singing in Irish pubs, Faber Maunsell's newest director is working towards his latest ambition to create a first-class fire and safety consultancy.

Paul Scott joined Faber Maunsell as regional director late last year but is only now pressing ahead with his vision by networking the re and risk departments in all of Faber Maunsell's parent company AECOM's consultancies.

Fascinated by the developing space programme throughout his childhood and encouraged by his 'great teachers' at grammar school, Scott was destined to join the science and engineering community.

After A-levels he studied chemical engineering at Loughborough's technical college, but realised towards the end of the course that it was not for him.

Instead he joined the Fire Service 'hoping I could use my technical knowledge', says Scott.

His 14 year stint in the Service included 'two excellent years' in the Fire Service College carrying out field exercises and management lectures.

Then, in 1991 he set up his own consultancy, Scott & Associates Fire Safety & Risk Management, which he successfully ran for two years before being lured away by Baesema to become its head of re engineering.

'I worked on various defence projects for the Ministry of Defence and on major power stations. I was also involved with important re ghting and safety management developments.'

In 1995 Scott joined Arup as its principal risk consultant, working on such high-pro le and complex projects as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. 'I was on secondment to CTRL as safety manager for the long tunnels shortly after the Channel Tunnel fire, ' says Scott. 'It was a major challenge trying to understand all the safety procedures of working in a very long distance rail tunnels, ' he says.

Q&A

Paul Scott Career highlight: The CTRL long tunnels project was a tremendous technical and communications challenge.

Career lowlight: Realising I had to leave the Fire Service and do my own thing after 14 years' service.

Hobbies: Always been a keen sportsman. I love walking on the hills with my sons. Also play guitar and sing folk songs.

If I didn't have to work: I would work.

One thing I would save if my house was burning down: After my cat and dog, my parents' 1950s set of 78s, saved from when they were young.

Icon: Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell - the mission that got into trouble and depended on true engineering problem-solving.

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