Future Leaders : Our nationwide pipeline of management talent
16/8/19 : TClarke plans ahead and then delivers according to plan. In 2017, TClarke set up a nationwide Future Leaders programme to bring capable young leaders together from across our business in a programme of education, training and professional development. Group MD Mike Crowder has led the programme and now, as the second cohort begins and the first cohort has ended, he reflects on progress so far.
Future Leaders has delivered in a number of ways which matter to our business.
Firstly, from our own resources, we have created an efficient and productive talent development programme that creates opportunity for our people and the pipeline of excellence we need in TClarke.
Secondly, we have linked people on Future Leaders across the TClarke Group into an ongoing network of connections and expertise – so that they can reach out across the group to find solutions and share thinking. This gives Future Leaders working onsite, anywhere in the UK, a powerful and permanent resource to help them whenever they need it.
Thirdly, we have achieved these two business critical objectives rapidly, efficiently and in the TClarke Way. Everyone who has been part of Future Leaders has emerged with a stronger and clearer sense of what this business represents, our values and our ways of working.
Everyone on Future Leaders is driving their career forward – and if you take a look at where they are working right now, you can also get a good sense of the reach and scope of our work across every area of the UK.
As we begin work with the next 2 year cohort of Future Leaders, this is a great signal of the ongoing strength of our business, our commitment to high quality engineering jobs in Britain and this company’s confidence in our next generation.
Where are our Future Leaders working now?
We asked our first cohort of Future leaders a simple question: “where are you working now?”
I am currently estimating a large scale office development for a local authority. My roles during estimating include reading and understanding all documentation sent by the principal contractor, compiling take offs and inputting the information into the estimating software, requesting subcontractor quotes and assessing the received quotation to ensure compliance with the specification documents and completing the quotation and covering letter before sending them back to the principal contractor.
As an estimator, I am currently working on a complete design and build project for a new urology department within Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington. My role is to price all materials and labour, also to attend design team meetings with specialist sub-contractors.
I’m based at 22 Bishopsgate helping to deliver the electrical Shell & Core, CAT A & reception/viewing gallery space packages. While also currently studying for my HNC in Construction & Building Services
I am working on Hanger 85 at Hullavington Airfield(Dyson). My role is Mechanical Project Manager. I am responsible for the delivery of the D&B contract from a mechanical perspective. We achieved handover to the client in mid July and are currently closing out snags. I am also working towards becoming a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with the IMechE.
I have moved away from Infrastructure and am now working on the Oxford House Project based in Oxford Street for Lendlease as part of the M&E Contracting Division. The scope of my work includes electrical, fire, BMS and security systems.
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I am currently working on the Marina Gardens, Portishead Project, the development of 126 luxury 1 and 2 bed apartments for Pegasus Life working with Midas. We are currently in the last stages of the project with testing and commissioning well under way. I am also undertaking a Design Managers role working in preconstruction on two healthcare projects under the Designed for Life Framework with Willmott Dixon.
I am currently part of the team working on Hadrian’s Tower and my role on the project is Contracts Engineer. This development is a new 162 bedroom apartment building in Newcastle City Centre.
I currently have one live project – It’s a £2.1M M&E Cat B fit out on the Cambridge Science park. The building is for WorldPay. I am managing both the mechanical and electrical services.
Building Services Engineer
I am currently working between a High end Fit Out in Kings Cross (details of which are under a non-disclosure agreement) and Battersea Power Station. My role on both projects is Building Services Engineer where I am responsible for the specification, technical approval, procurement & coordination of all products & materials to be used by TClarke.
My role on the fit out is mainly focusing on the specialist lighting & lighting control system where we have developed numerous bespoke luminaires with our supply chain to give the client the most aesthetic, best engineered solution.
At Battersea I have been heavily involved in developing our LV Switchgear (£5m switchgear package), attending factory tests ensuring technical & mechanical compliance. As well as producing our weekly progress reports, labour forecasts & programme droplines.
I am currently working as the Contracts Manager for the Battersea Power Station Phase 2 (Basement Package) Project.
I’m working at Greenhall Village, Blantyre for Avant Homes. On site today I have made a measure of works completed for submitting application and projecting for future works. I have made a stock check, uplifting additional materials to be returned for credit. I have had a short meeting with the contract supervisor and site manager regarding customer support works and future works on site. I then returned to the office to action items reviewed on site.
Project Quantity Surveyor
I’m currently working on the Peninsula Hotel Project alongside a senior QS. It is a large, fast-paced project with the goal of providing 186 hotel rooms along with extras such as a rooftop restaurant, swimming pool, ballroom. I am currently 2 years into an Open University quantity surveying degree and once that is complete, my aim is to become a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
I am currently working on the Northstowe Educational Campus in Cambridge. The campus consists of a new Secondary School, a Special Educational Needs (SEN) School and a community sports area. We are under a D&B contract to carry out the full electrical installation. Project value is £2.9 million and runs to April 2020
I am currently working on the major Triton Square M&E project where I am the Electrical Project Manager
I’m currently working on a fast track fit out for Royal Bank of Canada at 100 Bishopsgate. Overbury are the principal contractor and we are currently in the process of getting non sacrificial mock up’s completed and accepted to ensure the client is content with the aesthetics and finishes. We are also working on completing the Main Comms Rooms (MCR’s) and Floor Comms Rooms (FCR’s) completed for the sectional completion 28th October 2019.
My role on the project is Contracts Manager so I am the main point of contact with Overbury and the Royal Bank of Canada. I am also responsible for the health & safety, procurement, installation through to testing and commissioning and subsequently successful completion.