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On the spot

Name: John Laverick

Age:54

Qualifications: CEng, FICE, MIStructE, FIMgt

Company: British Waterways

Current job: Kennet and Avon Canal Partnership Project project manager

Best thing about the current job: Definitely the variety. The engineering problems and solutions, and the people I deal with

... and the worst: Not being able to demonstrate the bigger picture to the complaining public

What is the most useful lesson you have learnt as an engineer? To work with the forces of nature rather than against them

Anything else: I own a steamboat which I take out as often as I can - on the canals. This means I can see the results of our work from the customers' point of view!

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