Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a chartered civil engineer and I work with a team that designs infrastructures for developments. That infrastructure might include roads, sewers, sustainable drainage systems and other civil engineering structures.
What or who inspired you to be an engineer?
I loved engineering drawing at school and got a job as draughtsman in a civil engineering consultancy. After a few years of drawing what engineers told me to draw, I decided that the way forward was to study to be a civil engineer myself. I left work to study Civil Engineering at Newcastle University and learnt amazing stuff that I never thought I could learn – such powerful knowledge! That inspired me.
What made you decide to join Cundall?
I was in a role delivering major water and waste water treatment works as part of a large capital works programme in the water industry. Those major works were coming to an end with the emphasis shifting to small works and operational improvements. I thought it was a good time to move and saw the opportunity at Cundall with scope for a diverse range of interesting and challenging engineering projects.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Mentoring people in civil engineering design – developing their skills.
What are you most proud of in your career to-date?
It has to be two things. First off, after a chequered academic background, it was gaining a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from Newcastle University. Secondly, it was being instrumental in the design of the Olympic white-water canoe slalom venue for London 2012 and its legacy.
Tell us the most interesting thing you have learnt or experienced in your time at Cundall
I love sports, civil engineering and hydraulics (and the wife and kids of course – mustn’t leave them out). The Olympic canoe slalom design was an amazing experience as it brought all three together and it was fascinating to go through the whole Olympic venue development process from feasibility through construction, the Games and into legacy.