Trinity First School / Oakfield School / Frome Community College /
City of Bath College / University of Salford
I was a pupil back in 1985 – 1989. My days at Oakfield were happy and productive days. Form tutors included Mrs Gregory, Mr Hicks, Miss Turnbull and Mr Davis. The four years spent at Oakfield included some great memories such as Charterhouse, a French Trip to Normandy, Bastille Day celebrations and using modern technology such as the cutting edge BBC B micro computers in the computer room. I joined in on school productions with minor parts as one of Fagins boys in Oliver, and a father to the bride in Peer Gynt. Other highlights include dressing as a Vicar in the RE room on a hot summer day and then passing out!
Following Oakfield, I ventured on to Frome Community College and achieved an average set of GCSE results consisting of a number of B and C grades.
Whilst looking to take on some A Levels, I also wanted to learn about Surveying, as I wanted to have an outdoor type career. As a back-up, I applied and successfully gained a place on a BTEC National Diploma in Construction. During the 2 year course I became more interested in Construction Technology and, due to being a keen drawer, I found preparing technical drawings of buildings hugely rewarding. I then opted to undertake a Building Surveying degree at the University of Salford and achieved a 2:1.
During the degree, I spent a year in industry assisting McDonald’s Restaurants Project Managers with the development programme of opening 100 restaurants in a year and building restaurants in 48 hours and then 24 hours.
Following completion of the degree, I was focused to gain a Building Surveying role and was successful in gaining a graduate role at a Private Practice in Epping, Essex with Stace LLP. I successfully gained sufficient experience and passed on my first attempt the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence in 2000. Whilst having worked at a number of practices in Essex, I am now a Senior Associate at Stace LLP. My work is varied and fulfilling including recent roles of managing and undertaking a building survey programme for the Royal Household which included surveys of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Other surveys undertaken during my career include Silverstone Race Circuit, convenience stores, public houses, old peoples homes, industrial buildings and residential properties. As a Building Surveyor, I also manage construction projects in the role of Employers Agent. In the role of Employers Agent I have worked with a team of other professionals in the construction of a new campus for the City of Westminster College and other large developments schemes ranging from £2m to £60m. Other professional work I undertake includes defect analysis, neighbourly matters and the role of Surveyor in accordance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
I am lucky to have a rewarding 20 year long (to date) career and am extremely grateful for the support that Oakfield provided me whilst I was a pupil.