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CIOB member on becoming a chartered environmentalist

6 October 2019

The partner with GSS discusses his 20-year career in construction.

Tell us a little about your career in construction to date and why you chose it as a career? You’re CEnv too

Having studied quantity surveying, I began my career in construction at a regional main contractor as a buyer where I was responsible for the procurement of sub-contractors and materials. While I enjoyed the role, it wasn’t the career path I had originally set out to follow. 

An opportunity arose at a local multi-disciplinary practice, GSS, for an assistant quantity surveyor, and I was fortunate enough to secure the position. That was back in 1998 and I am still at GSS to this day. I have progressed through the business and I am now a partner.

“Sustainability and the environment is such a large part of the construction industry these days and plays a big role in almost every project I am involved on in one way or another.”

Paul Vega

Having worked for a contractor and consultant, I have the privilege of experiencing the industry from both sides, which gave me a much more rounded understanding.

I chose construction as I had an interest in buildings and felt that it would enable me to have a career that allowed me to spend some time in the office while also providing the opportunity to get out and visit sites.

As part of my CPD I have expanded my knowledge with regards to sustainability by becoming a chartered environmentalist.

Sustainability and the environment is such a large part of the construction industry these days and plays a big role in almost every project I am involved on in one way or another, from the specifying of sustainable products, though to industry initiatives such as BREEAM.

By having a good knowledge of the issues around the environment I can advise clients more confidently as to the effects these may have on the costs and programme of a project.

What would you like to change about the industry?

I would change the perception of the industry. Improving the image of construction has come a long way over recent years and I do feel it has improved. However, in order to attract bright new talent it needs to promote itself as an industry that can provide a career that is diverse, interesting, exciting and secure.

Sometimes young people appear not to be aware of the opportunities available to them and the number of different roles available to them on the professional and managerial side of things.

What do you do in your spare time?

I have always had a passion for music so that plays a big part in what I do in my spare time. I also keep fit by running. I joined a running club three years ago and enjoyed it, so I like to enter a few races during the year. I have got a half marathon coming up soon, so will be training for that.

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