What lead to you join Bond Davidson?
I joined Bond Davidson in 2007, having previously spent 12 years as Managing Partner for a building surveying practice in Marlow.
I’d met Malcolm and Matt at many business and social events, and established that we were competing for many of the same banking clients! Over the course of a few years we agreed the terms to merge. It felt like the right step to optimise and create a stronger practice in a difficult climate, and I’m pleased to say we’ve been able to grow and thrive since.
What about your earlier career?
I joined the property department of J Lyons , based in Kensington , straight from university. They had a big and diverse portfolio of commercial, leisure and manufacturing, throughout the UK, as well as a development venture. As the youngest trainee, I usually got the jobs furthest from London, but it was a great founding.
What are your career highlights?
One project that really stands out as a highlight was during my time as Director of Property for an American bank. I was handed the complete project to site find, manage the build, fit out and staff relocation for a 8,800Sqm office and 350 staff, from start to finish – every last design, brick and person! It took around 4 years to complete and gave me invaluable experience of how to manage a complete end to end project and it took me beyond construction management.
After over 40 years in this industry, what motivates you to keep going?
I still love the broad scope and variety of projects that come across my desk, we have such a diversity of clients that no two days are ever the same. We also have a really enthusiastic and hardworking team , which makes it easy to get up in the morning.
I also get a buzz out of mentoring the young recruits in the practice. We offer a very comprehensive support through the qualification process, and I take a particular interest in helping the guys and gals progress and achieve their goals.
How do you switch off from work?
I’m manager of the London Irish Amateurs first team, The Wild Geese. The team of 19-37 year old guys train 3 times a week. It’s a great experience, even when we lose a game, or the season is not going to plan, it teaches you resilience and some key lessons in how to get it right the next time!
I also try and stay fit, to keep up with the younger ones!