Meet a member - Emma Brennan MCIOB
The bid & framework manager at Farrans Construction talks to CM.
Congratulations on becoming chartered and also attaining your masters degree. Why construction?
I grew up with the industry surrounding me: my father started, and still runs, his own successful contracting business. I always loved visiting his sites and spending my summers in the work yard and hearing stories about the industry.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to work within construction. If it wasn’t for that exposure to the industry I'd have possibly spent years in university studying a subject I didn’t really have the heart for.
What motivated you to become so involved with Novus?
Novus is a great initiative from the CIOB. I know from talking to my more experienced colleagues that when they entered the industry it was very much a case of 'do what you're told and not question the reason for doing it'.
Thankfully that has passed and the CIOB recognised that and formed NOVUS, the chance to develop the industry for our future, to have a say and to be listened to. That is what motivated me and I am really enjoying it!
What would you like to see happen in the industry?
I would like to see a long-term pipeline of public sector schemes were delivery is key and budgets aren’t under threat. I want to see bold, innovatively designed buildings being built showcasing the best of what our industry can achieve when the key driver isn’t money.
How do you spend your spare time?
Construction! When I’m not at work, I’m thinking about work, reading articles online, catching up on linkedin, etc. When I do manage to switch off I enjoy cooking and going for long walks with my mother and sisters.