What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
Construction is an incredibly dynamic business environment with new challenges being faced every day. Being a part of a company that successfully manages the rate of change, while at the same time pushing new boundaries, is exciting and often very rewarding.
Professionally, I am passionate about delivering excellence and ensuring performance that exceeds expectations and delivering results that are better than ever before. There is no better environment than Suffolk for this.
What book has helped you most in your career?
One of the first people I worked for gave me a book called “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck. The most profound part for me as it relates to my career has been identifying and confronting problems constructively: “Problems don’t go away.” The important part of that statement is acknowledging that not everything is going to be easy, but we should embrace the opportunity to face a challenge and grow from it.
Where do you see the opportunity for further innovation?
The convergence of robotics (specifically 3D printing) and carbon dioxide consumption and resulting development of the carbon economy. The construction industry is one of the greatest consumers of CO2-producing materials in the world. New developments in CO2-consuming techniques, such as www.carbonbuilt.com, will transform the way building materials are produced, the way we build, and impact the construction industry in a positive way for future generations.
What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?
Rugby. My most valuable lesson learned from playing rugby was that you cannot achieve anything without supporting one another. A great team is always better than the sum of the individual contributors. I also enjoyed being involved in fierce competition and then afterwards reflecting on the performance, good or bad, and learning something new from it.
If you could have lunch with someone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
There would have to be more than one. I would invite my wife, her eggplant Parmigiana and Caesar salad, together with Richard Pryor and my dad. I never had the opportunity to introduce my wife to my father and given our collective love of comedy and the fascinating person Pryor was, I know we would end deeply engaged in great conversations and laughing so hard I would cry.