In 1997, I was working in Brighouse and I wanted to come back to Hull. But there was only one company I wanted to work for – Sewell.
It was their attitude and the way they worked that attracted me, and I wanted to build a career.
I joined Sewell as a quantity surveyor in construction services and I’ve stayed because of the culture and the people.
If you work hard, you get results and you are rewarded.
To me, our culture is about everything we do and how we do it.
It’s excellence, delivery, timing, quality and getting it right.
In getting there, it’s about professionalism, teamwork, and hard work, as well as having that freedom to make decisions.
While I can make a difference, I will be here.
Sewell used to be a traditional contractor aspiring to be different.
Now, we are much more than that and construction is part of what we do.
Our culture is driven throughout all of that and we keep reinventing ourselves, keeping it fresh.
Looking back at my career so far, my proudest professional achievement was at BAE Systems, which was a £400,000 a year contract.
It started to grow and I was the commercial manager on it, so helped to set it up.
I was a small part of it at the beginning. But, as it developed over 16 years, it turned over £60 million for the business. This came from little beginnings to building relationships, trust and honesty.
One fact you may not know about me: On the day I was born, I was given a jacaranda tree because I was born in Jacaranda Hospital on Anzac Day (April 25) in Australia. Everyone born on that day was given a tree.