How did you get into this industry?
“I started off as a site engineer and after a winter working outside in the snow, I decided that wasn’t going to be the right line of work for me. I then got an HND in Quantity Surveying from Nottingham Trent University and began my career as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor.”
What has been your career path so far?
“The first 15 years of my career were more focused on schools and government work. I also worked on some cut & carve and fit-out projects, including supermarkets and offices.
After a few years as a Quantity Surveyor, I became Principal Surveyor and had the opportunity to run the biggest job ever done by the company I was working for, Harringay Sixth Form Centre worth £25 million. Then I moved on to become Commercial Manager somewhere else, where I was running four or five jobs at once.
In my next role, I became responsible for £50 million of turnover. The work was across a variety of sectors, including offices and education.
I later moved into high-end fit-out, working on a residential project in South Audley Street, Chanel’s head office in London and penthouses in Holland Park, among many others.”
Tell us about your BECK journey.
“I joined BECK four years ago continuing my journey in high-end fit-out works. I started as Senior Commercial Manager on The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, an incredibly prestigious project which has created one of the most luxurious hotels in London.
I then went on to become Project Commercial Director for one of our current projects, creating the first Six Senses hotel in the UK. This will be part of The Whiteley in Bayswater, which is being transformed.”