Meet a member: Dean Kelly, project manager at Mace
Tell us about your professional life
I began my career in construction as an apprentice carpenter in 2005. In 2011 I then became a construction site manager and after five years was offered my current position at Mace.
In parallel with my day job I gained my construction management degree via the higher apprenticeship route.
I am also involved with the CIOB at numerous levels. I am the Novus chair of Truro, the European Novus vice chair and I also represent Novus on the Education, Qualification, Standards & Practice Board.
My time on the EQSP board is extremely fulfilling as it gives Novus a voice within CIOB at this level. The opinion of Novus members is extremely valued by the CIOB and I think this sets it apart from other institutes, giving young professionals opportunities alongside our careers.
Why did you choose construction?
My interest was sparked from woodwork at school but I had no idea of the paths I could take or where this could lead. Consequently, I opted for an apprenticeship, choosing carpentry. I was (and still am) of the opinion that it would form a good basis for my career as I would obtain practical knowledge and experience.
What change would you like to see in the industry?
I would like to see a shift in how construction is marketed to the next generation of tradespeople and professionals. I work closely with schools and universities to highlight the roles that are available in the industry. However, I believe the key to encouraging emerging talent into construction is through increasing both their teachers’ and parents’ understanding of the industry and the opportunities available.
What do you do outside of work?
I enjoy going to support Arsenal (I believe this highlights my commitment to even the most challenging causes). I enjoy scuba diving and spending time with my three-year-old son, Leo.