Tell us a bit about how you got into surveying…
My background is in marketing and I had reached a stage where I wanted a change of career. I always felt I was somewhat lacking by not having studied for a degree when I was younger, so at the age of 35 I decided to go and study. I struggled for ages as to what I would study, and whilst I was having a clear out and going through all my books, it occurred to me how much I loved buildings and architecture and I remembered that I always wanted to be a property developer.
I decided to study construction so that I would understand property development. This was at a time when the banks were throwing money at developers (before the crash of 2008). Whilst studying I realised that I would have to specialise, so I chose Building Surveying and at the time I had no idea about the APC or what becoming chartered was.
What attracted you to apply at SW?
I knew another Building Surveyor in the London office of SW, and so I messaged him via Linkedin to ask him what he thought my chances were of getting back into surveying (I had taken some time away to realise a business idea) and he said he would hire me ‘tomorrow’. Luckily for me they were actually looking to hire at the time. So I really just walked into the job. I was very lucky as I love it here at SW.
What is your favourite building and why?
I don’t have a favourite building but I was reduced to tears the first time I visited the Notre-Dame Cathedral. I was blown away by the fact that humans had constructed such a masterpiece using primitive techniques. I also love Victorian architecture, especially the industrial buildings. There’s nothing like an enormous brick wall.