Brief description of the job and key responsibilities
I manage the technical aspects of the British Council with a global remit for all things mechanical and electrical. I also handle the security for all the sites in the UK. The new strand to my job is the management of space with the cost, pressures and new flexible ways of working.
What attracted you to the job?
The challenge of a global portfolio, but the real bonus is the places I have seen and the people above all which are now friends.
Any interesting tales to tell?
I met Sir Gerry Robinson when he was CEO at Granada TV – a great guy and my guru for change. At Prudential we used to have functions and famous DJs from Capital Radio would come over including the late, great Kenny Everett and Chris Tarrant.
If I wasn’t in facilities management, I’d probably be…
a scrap dealer
What has been your biggest career challenge to date?
Managing the maintenance contract for the Prudential Assurance, working with mixed religion operatives in Nigeria, outsourcing the hard and soft services in New Delhi and developing building management plans for the South Asia portfolio.
If you could give away one of your responsibilities to an unsuspecting colleague, what would it be?
Nothing because I collaborate with them so easily I encourage people to move into and out of our areas of responsibility.
If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?
I think FM should be introduced at school.
Do your friends understand what facilities management is? What about strangers?
No I don’t think they do, they just say, "oh yes, they just look after things."