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Staff Feature - Alex Mark - Contracts Manager

Duncan Ross Graduate Engineer

After leaving school at the age of 16, I gained employment as a chain-boy with a civil engineering firm in the West of Scotland. This was a shock to the system as a school leaver standing in a wet muddy field on a wintery day in February in East Kilbride, thinking, do I really want to be doing this? Fortunately, I braved that day and, as they say, the rest is history!

I joined I & H Brown in 1993 as a Trainee Engineer, carrying out a HNC in Civil Engineering at Stow College. My first project was on a large earthwork project in Blantyre where I was the main engineer - my first real job on my own. During this time, I continued my engineering studies on a day release basis with I & H Brown and gained my HNC qualification in 1994.

Many contracts later in 2000, which included opencast mining, remediation and landfill, I progressed from Site Engineer to Site Agent. Those years saw me involved in a broad range of civils projects such as remediation, waste management infrastructure and new road infrastructure and it was the start of a period of working away from home allowing me to see some beautiful parts of Britain. I moved around the Islands on the West Coast of Scotland on landfill contracts for Argyll and Bute Council, the North of Scotland carrying out remediation projects and eventually ending up in London.

It was when I was in London in 2010 that I was promoted to my current role, Contract Manager. This varied and enjoyable role involves overseeing contracts, liaising with the client and attending progress meetings along with supervising and developing the Company Health and Safety and Quality and Environmental Management Systems on contract sites.

Away from the work-face, I like to participate in a game of golf most weekends although some people would say it’s a waste of a good walk!

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