I’ve been at Fichtner for around three and a half years.
I’ve got a long history in the power industry, and by chance I was looking for something new while Fichtner were looking to diversify from energy from waste projects into the power sector more generally. There’s a good fit, so I was brought in to support that development.
It’s a stimulating mix. I act as a project director on a large construction project, so that takes up a significant amount of time – providing leadership and guidance to a team of ten people.
Sustaining the company’s values and making sure the client is satisfied, I also contribute to development of our engineering design services, and I also contribute to business development in a wider sense, creating proposals, giving presentations to clients and generally contributing to strategy and winning new work.
I think Fichtner’s main strength is the people. There’s a great mix of people here who are highly skilled, thoroughly motivated and focused on the job they want to do. It’s a very collaborative environment, no one worries about who gets the credit, people are more concerned with working towards what’s best for the business.
I’ll have to be diplomatic here. Every project is different and has it’s own challenges, generally the ones that remain memorable are the ones which have contained challenges that required teamwork to overcome and allowed us to exceed the expectations of the client.
I think my biggest achievement is getting to a point in my career where I can assist others who are starting their career to flourish. From organisational development to personal coaching, I find it rewarding to help younger members of staff build brighter futures.
I think the film that has had the most striking impact on me recently is the film version of Les Miserables.