Why did you choose construction as a profession?
Because buildings are simply everywhere and if the construction is done well, it can be very rewarding, both individually and collectively. If you are a result-oriented and improvement-oriented person, the build is perfect.
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
See the shift in focus from what we do to how we do it and watch the skeptics begin to take ownership of sustainability and social value. Living the emotion of having improved the life chances of people in the communities where we work is very rewarding.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career to date?
Persuade people that sustainability and financial priorities are not mutually exclusive.
If you could change one thing in the industry, what would it be?
I would disrupt the way construction is purchased and delivered to enable the delivery of longer lasting assets to benefit more people.
What is the most helpful piece of advice you have been given?
Talk less, listen more and stay true to your purpose.
Name your favorite building in the world?
The Colosseum in Rome.
Which famous building do you hate the most?
What famous building would you have liked to work on?
The Coliseum. Its purpose may have been questionable, but it brought communities together and it was designed to last for over 60 years.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your profession?
Identify what drives a business to succeed and link it to your personal strategy.
Who do you admire most in the construction industry?
The industry is full of construction heroes who go the extra mile every day to make life better for everyone. I most admire those who enable others to be the best people they can be.
How does it feel to be you (and do your job)?
Exciting and exhausting at the same time – however far we’ve come, we still feel like we’re at the start of the journey.
Do you have a philosophy of life?
Only regret the things you didn’t do.
What do you think is your best quality?
What trait do you hate the most about yourself? And in others?
My constant need for feedback. In other people, dishonesty.
Name three things you like
Pasta, champagne, Italy.
Tell us about a secret skill we don’t know you have
I speak three languages (to varying degrees of proficiency).
What is your most valuable asset?
My kids but I don’t really own them so I’ll say my garden.
Early riser or night owl?
Both, but by nature an early riser. Staying in bed once you’re awake is like lying in a bath once you’re clean.
What is your favorite food?
Pasta, of course!
What would be your superpower?
Empowering others (or maybe stealing would be nice).