Spotlight on.....January 2018

1 January 2018


Q: Please give details of your education and qualifications:
• BSc (Hons) Economics and Politics with The Open University
• Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector withCanterbury Christ Church University
• Diploma in Planning Lifting Operations
• Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice.

Q: Where are you based?
A: I live in Worthing, West Sussex, and am often site-based. Our training centre is in Ashford, Kent, and I’m usually there once or twice a week.

Q: Please describe your current role:
A: I’m responsible for the running of our construction training centre in Ashford, Kent, which specialises in construction plant and lifting operations training. I run our onsite vocational learning programmes, which range from Level 1 to Level 7 and our Chartered Construction Manager programmes. Additionally, I carry out Temporary Works, lift planning and Health and Safety consultancy. I also sit on the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Education and Qualifications Board and am an External Verifier for the CIOB’s supervisory and management awards.

Q: Please provide a brief outline of your career so far:
A: My family have a long history as a subcontractor within groundworks and civil engineering and I followed suit. I like to say that I used to dig holes for a living and now I teach people to dig holes!
I worked with my family from a young age and was running multiple projects up until the Credit Crunch caused me to look at diversifying. In 2008, I became a construction and plant trainer for the British Army at the Royal School of Military Engineering, and quickly progressed to running my department and the school’s vocational qualifications centre for construction and plant.
In 2012, I established Innov8 Training with a fellow trainer and we haven’t looked back. Our accredited course  offer has continually increased and the business has seen sustained growth beyond our expectations.

Q: Have you worked on any unusual or high profile projects?
A: I recently trained and assessed the lifting team working on the Great Blue Whale display at the Natural History Museum in London. It’s fair to say that this was one of the more high pressure circumstances in which I’ve completed workplace assessment on my candidates!

Q: What attracted you to become registered as a Member of the CABE?
A: CABE membership is perfect for me, owing to the wide range of different roles I undertake. It’s particularly pertinent to my roles in Temporary Works Design and Co-ordination, as well as my lifting operations planning as an Appointed Person.
I was keen to join CABE in order to show my commitment to continued professional development and working to best practice.

Q: What advice would you give someone considering professional registration with the CABE?
A: I love the diversity of professional occupations that the CABE embraces, so I’d encourage anyone in a leading role in building design, planning, maintenance or repair to get in touch with the CABE and get involved. There are multiple routes to membership and joining will see you demonstrate competence at the highest level.

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