How did you get into this line of work?
I qualified as an Engineer at Canterbury and went off to Aussie as many of us do. There I had a terrible accident and broke my legs which brought me back home. As a result, I volunteer a bit of my time to help educate people in the Construction industry about safety – after 11 femur breaks, 5 weeks in hospital and 3 months in a wheelchair, I know first-hand how important it is to plan works and stay safe.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Over the last 30 years I’ve worked for Fulton Hogan as a Construction Manager and managed big projects for Hawkins, as well as run my own business. All were incredibly rewarding. and I’ve learnt so much along the way.
What are some of the big construction projects you’ve done in your career?
I controlled the Construction at the Milton prison, directed the Christchurch Town Hall restoration (which was a fantastic heritage project) and of course next time you are sitting at Forsyth Barr here in Dunners, I’ve had a hand in that too. I also get asked to be an independent expert at times and offered advice on the Sky City Convention Centre Fire and how to re-mobilise the project after the fire.
What do you enjoy about working on the New Dunedin Hospital project?
Everything. Literally. It’s doing everything I know and am passionate about.
What’s your advice for people wanting to get into the industry?
Get on site wherever you can. I worked on remote based locations in Western Australia as a summer student whilst still studying engineering. When I graduated the same company hired me as QA on site and I operated various drill and crane-based rigs as the need arose. It was great experience and helped shaped my career.