At Careys, we care about our employees and strive to create safe, supportive and happy places for everyone to work. Our long-standing employees are a testament to the great environments we create and the significant milestones we continue to achieve. Celebrating his 25th year with us in March, this week we spoke with Managing Estimator - Trevor Emberlin - about his career with us. Trevor gave us an insight on his favourite projects, changes he has seen first-hand and what has kept him enthusiastic and passionate throughout the years.
I started with Careys in March 1995 as a site Quantity Surveyor (QS).
My day-to-day responsibilities
I’m currently working on a number of large waste to energy schemes. As Managing Estimator, I supervise the team and assist in producing budgets and full tender submissions on projects up to £115million.
Deciding on a career in construction
When I left school at 16, I was certain that I wanted to work as a surveyor. I started a full time BTEC Ordinary National Diploma (OND) course thinking I would become a building surveyor, but it was quantity surveying where I eventually found an opportunity.
My career path
Back in 1987 I started as a trainee QS for a building contractor called G Percy Trentham. This is where I first met Steve Smith and Keith Radnedge – two long-standing employees who have been with Careys for many years too. We worked as a team whilst I was studying for my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) examinations.
I went on to work for other companies where I had a chance to work on the Camberley Town Centre redevelopment and several refurbishment projects on Windsor Castle following the major fire that occurred in the early 1990s. When the recession hit at this time, like many other people I found myself seeking new employment.
I called up Steve to see if there were any opportunities where he was working and in 1995 joined Careys where I found myself back with Steve and Keith again.
What I enjoy most about my role
I enjoy being able to get involved in a project from the outset and to use my experience to advise and guide others in the best way to tender and cost a project.
My advice to anyone looking to pursue a similar career
The construction industry is still one of the most varied industries and offers so many different opportunities. Most projects are a few years long so there is always something new just around the corner.
With new IT solutions, the role of QS has changed somewhat from the 1980s, but you still benefit from being involved with all construction operations from management, planning, estimating and commercial control. I don’t regret my career path at all.
My favourite projects to date
Fairford Leys Infrastructure in Aylesbury which started in 1999. This was a large earthworks, civil engineering project with both road and rail bridges. There was a great team of managers, foremen and of course Tom Carey ever present with his great jokes.
Another memorable project was the BMW plant in Oxford in 2011. We were working in and around an operational production facility, liaising with the client teams and coordinating works to avoid disruption, often during restricted shut down periods.
Although we’ve executed our sincere approach to care and deliver exceptionally since 1969, this was before our Carey Way approach was clearly defined. Evident from the team and the Carey values shown, they’re the same now, just as they were 50 years ago.
The culture at Careys
Family orientated. The core values that were there back in 1995 are still here now.
People care about their projects and there is teamwork and a commitment to deliver high quality projects safely and on time.
It’s because of the people around me that I have been here for so long. The Carey family, individuals like Steve and Keith, plus so many others. I like to think that I have been loyal to Careys and they have reciprocated that.
My proudest achievement
Pricing and securing a development for the QUINN Group. It was a full design and build project for a large warehouse manufacturing facility which we saw delivered through from start to finish and completed on time.
How Careys has changed
In the days I joined there were just two offices, Wembley and Milton Keynes. The Wembley office was much smaller and not as open plan than today, with all departments in their own separate offices off one long central corridor.
There was no IT as such. We used fax machines and asked the secretaries to type letters for us. Subcontract payments were written out by hand and sent to the accounts department which consisted of about 6 people.
My most memorable moment
Apart from meeting my wife Angela who worked then as a secretary in the surveying office in Wembley, there are too many to list!