I commenced my career as a property portfolio manager where I worked in two predominant roles, managing a portfolio of residential/commercial properties in London and the surrounding region. These roles gave me exposure to several different areas, including, Health & Safety compliance, contractor management, budgeting, contracts, and site inspection/survey. As part of the second role, I worked I worked with others as part of the development team managing the conversion of B1 office space into residential properties. My interest in this area led me to complete an MSc in Quantity Surveying at SHU and once graduated I commenced work as a PQS at Turner & Townsend. At Turner & Townsend I had a broad exposure to several different projects in a variety of sectors including, health, education, defence, residential and leisure with schemes ranging in value up to £6 million. Further, I played an active role as part of the delivery team responsible for the Digital Transformation programme that sought to fundamentally change the core processes of how projects are managed and reported to clients. It is the varied nature of my industry experience and recent Quantity Surveying experience that I bring to SHU and aim to place theory into practice offering context to the students learning. I am a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and actively mentor a number of candidates as well as guiding students on the benefits of Chartering with the RICS and the process of how this can be completed.
In my role as placement coordinator across the Built Environment courses I work with students and colleagues to manage the process whereby students apply to complete their year in industry as a sandwich placement and are supported whilst on it. This is a vital aspect of the courses offered at SHU which offer enhanced graduate outcomes for students in their degree and employment prospects. I aim to broaden student’s horizons into the options open to them with a career as a Quantity Surveyor working within the Built Environment and look to ensure students receive tailored support according to their needs.