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12 October 2015

Mark TambiniOur spotlight this month falls on Mark Tambini, a Senior Building Control Surveyor for HCD Group at their Head Office in St Mellons, Cardiff.

Q: Can you tell us about your education and qualifications?
A: BEng(Hons) in Civil/Structural Engineering

Q: What can you tell us about your career so far?
A: Following completion of my engineering degree I gained a consultancy role within HCD Group.

During this time I was also able to gain an appreciation of the various professions within the company, one of which was building control. I was attracted by the holistic overview of the industry and subsequently took the opportunity to diversify by moving into the building control profession. During my time at HCD Building Control I have worked on a variety of schemes covering a range of sectors including: Healthcare, Education, Residential, Workplace, Leisure and Retail.

Q: Have you worked on any unusual or high profile projects?
A: I have worked on a PFI rollout of nine new fire stations in central London. These included a watermist suppression system plus bespoke testing.

Q: What attracted you to becoming a Member?
A: I have always been keen to develop my knowledge and improve as a construction professional on a day-to-day basis. CABE is a recognised professional body that promotes advancement of knowledge plus good working practice, conduct and sound ethics, something I felt would be an important accolade in achieving my career goals. 

Q: How was your experience of the Professional Interview?
A: The professional interview was a very positive experience.I was a tad nervous to begin with, but once in the room I was warmly greeted by the interview panel who invited me to talk a bit about myself to get proceedings underway. This was followed by a series of questions that were very broad in nature and allowed me to convey my professional attributes and approach to building engineering.

After the discussions were closed I was asked to leave the room for a few minutes, before being called back in to be given the excellent news that I had been successful. I found it particularly useful that I was then able to give feedback to the panel, as well as receive feedback on my own performance.

Q: What advice would you give someone considering professional registration with the CABE?
A: I would certainly recommend anyone considering applying to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

The experience is very educational, encourages you to develop a broad and holistic outlook plus it allows you to positively reflect on your career to date.The CABE staff have been incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. This was particularly evident in the lead up to my submission deadline in helping with any of my queries, plus on the day (helping to ease any nerves I had before my interview!)

Thanks to Mark for sharing his experiences. Do you wan to be featured in our Spotlight On series? Drop us a message to let us know and you could be featured next month. 
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