How long have you worked at Hargreaves Land and can you describe your role within the firm?
I started at Hargreaves Land in April 2016, and my role is Head of Project Management. My current focus is as project lead on Blindwells – a £93million development at Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, which is a significant commitment for the plc and our flagship development. I also mentor two other project managers who look after projects across our diverse portfolio.
What attracted you to a career in the property sector?
I sort of stumbled into a career in property. After leaving school I had considered a career as an architectural technician, but following a three year spell at Newcastle Polytechnic I started out as a site engineer with Tolent Construction, spending 13 years working on design and build projects.
What have been the biggest changes in the property industry since you started?
The biggest changes for me have been in terms of health and safety, particularly the welfare of workers within the industry, which are changes for the better.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Problem solving, as you never face the same problem twice, every project has its own unique challenges. Also being able to think on your feet, working as part of a much larger diverse team.
What projects are you currently working on?
My current project is Blindwells, East Lothian, which is a development of 1,600 new homes with circa 10 acres of commercial and retail, we are effectively creating a new town.
Which three famous people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?
Sir Elton John, Sir David Attenborough and Martin Luther King.
Describe your dream holiday
Staying in a villa in Italy with the family and the dog.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that people may not know…
At the age of 16, I was one of a small number of junior BJC black belts in Judo in the UK. At the age of 17/18 I entered the national competition to compete for a place on the national squad of which I missed selection by one place.
When you’re not at work what do you like to do?
Boot camps, mountain biking, skiing and walking in the Yorkshire Dales