Route to job
As a kid I always took a keen interest in watching large civil engineering projects, particularly bridge construction and earthmoving. On reaching Strathclyde University I was disappointed not to be on site.
During my vacations I worked for AJ McLay & Partners in Glasgow on various structural and military projects in the West of Scotland.
I joined Tarmac Construction - Special Projects as a site engineer.
I was seconded to Ove Arup Scotland for one year in 1989 working on a structural designs, returning to Tarmac in 1990. I became chartered in 1997.
During a nine month period at head office I was part of Tarmac's Team 2000 change programme. I then returned to site as a project manager on Trafford road improvement Stage 2.
In 1998 I joined Ringway as a commercial and business director of Ringway Roadmarking. At the end of 1999 I was made a director of Ringway Highway Services (Northern) and led the joint Babtie, Ennstone and Ringway Managing Agent Contractor applications, tenders and resultant implementation for BEAR Scotland on the Scottish Executive trunk road contracts.
Appointed managing director of Ringway Specialist Treatments at the beginning of 2001, I took up role full time in June 2001.
As a child and later at university I had ambitions to run my own civil engineering contracting business, and I always harboured the dream of being heavily involved in the construction of a major new bridge that would push design limits further.
Two viaducts, six road bridges, four bridge demolitions later, that famous bridge crossing, as yet, eludes me! My career has been extremely varied and I have been fortunate to work with many skilled individuals throughout the UK, who have enabled me to learn continuously about construction and maintenance. I gained an excellent training with Tarmac, which gave a solid grounding in all facets of construction.
Ringway has given me a great opportunity in appointing me to run one of its contracting businesses.
Ringway is part of Vinci, which has opened up access to the considerable internal R&D. The 'exchange of worldwide best practice' is essential for our industry to move forward and I enjoy my part in this.
Rigorously plan and programme - always try to consider 'buildability' and put yourself in the position of the people creating your design or delivering your programme.
Trust your intuition and always have a controlled fear of failure. This leads to more thorough planning and safer construction. Try to 'make a difference' in all you do.