Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jonnie and I lead the Business Development and Marketing team for the global business.
What or who inspired you to be an engineer?
I suppose that my career just led me to this area of work. I completed an undergrad degree in economics which developed my interest in, and understanding of, markets and actors within markets. I have always been interested in businesses, what makes them succeed and fail, culture, innovation and leadership. Finally adding to this mix an enjoyment of being around people, getting to know them and understanding their needs and drivers and you realise that you are well suited to be working in business development and marketing.
What made you decide to join Cundall?
Everything about Cundall felt right from the very start. The people I have met throughout the business (and I deal with all the offices regularly) are friendly and great to work with. My beliefs align with those of Cundall, I strongly believe in sustainability and ethical working and it is very important to me to be working for a business that is striving for excellence
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the diversity of the role. I lead a team that works across 19 offices, 18 services and 11 sectors. We are trying to help the business to succeed in all these areas so this might mean working on growing our data centre business in Asia or our commercial fit-out business in Melbourne. Within all of this, it is always great to work with amazing teams and fun, enthusiastic people across the business.
What are you most proud of in your career to-date?
I am most proud of the projects we have won when we have thought of every detail so that we wow the client. When there is a team of people that understand the client and their needs (sometimes better than the client themselves) and can inspire the client about what can be achieved, it is a great feeling.
Tell us the most interesting thing you have learnt or experienced in your time at Cundall
Travelling around the Cundall offices is always fascinating and inspiring. So far I have been to all the UK offices, Dubai, Doha, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne. There is always a warm welcome and you learn more about the great things that we are doing in each office such as Olympic venues (London 2012 and Rio 2016) being designed in Newcastle, projects for crazy tech companies in London, theme parks in China, mixed-use schemes in Sydney or CFD models that help a stadium’s grass to grow in Singapore. The more people I speak to the more inspired I am and then it is a case of shouting about these stories so that we get to help more clients that have the need of some clever thinking from some friendly people.