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With over 15 years of industry experience, leading civil and structural engineering projects Martin holds the position of Office Head of our Glasgow office.

When did you first become aware of the possibility of a career in engineering?

I was in high school picking my standard grades and we had a ‘Meet the Professions’ event. A Civil Engineer came to our roundtable and spoke about how everyday was different, every site a challenge on its own and I just thought it would be a fantastic career.

What inspires you about Engineering?

Teamwork both outside and within the organisation. There is nothing better than working with Clients, Architects and Contractors to bring an idea to fruition and then to physically manifest that idea in a living breathing development.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Always communication. There are so many tools nowadays to help us connect, but often life is so fast that we don’t take time to talk to each other or send a message. The earlier and more frequent we communicate, whether in person, over Teams, in emails or messages, the more we connect to the person and the more collaborative we can be.

What is your favourite project and why?

Obviously, there are several projects I’m working on with JNP that have their challenges and successes, but my zeitgeist project would be working with Gama Aviation and The Kerr Practice about 9-10 years ago, on the aircraft hangars in Glasgow (you can see it out of the right-hand window as you taxi for take-off) and Aberdeen Airport. I learned so much about the industry from working closely with the Client, Architect and the Contractor on those series of projects, that the lessons learned will stay with me always.