Niall was a Young Speaker at the Institute of Water’s 2008 Conference shortly after he joined Black & Veatch. Niall’s recent move from Aberdeen to Redhill will surely provide opportunities for further progression.
What was your first job?
My first job was actually as a paper boy, rising at the crack of dawn six days a week to pick up a lowly wage packet of £10 a week!
However, my first taste of the water industry was when I worked with a local company in the summer after leaving school prior to starting my university degree. During my time with the company I worked on the upgrade of a small water treatment works located near Corsock, in South West Scotland.
How did you come to join your company?
I joined Black and Veatch after completing a year of secondment with the company and developing a growing desire to continue to develop my ‘hands on’ experience in designing, procuring, installing and commissioning M&E equipment for water and waste water treatment.
How long have you been with them?
I became a Black and Veatch employee in February 2008, although joined the North East of Scotland construction team in February 2007. So effectively I have been employed by my company for just less than four years.
What has been your best achievement since joining?
Gaining acceptance of the new waste water treatment works and sludge treatment centre built for the Alness and Invergordon catchment ahead of schedule in the face of a very tight programme.
What preconception about your company did you find was most wrong?
The largest preconception which I had prior to joining my company was mainly related to working for a construction company, which I thought was predominantly civil engineering based. I was, however, surprised to find out that the company had a large Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Control and Automation contingent, to align with the ‘one stop shop’ delivery approach.
What is your message for the industry?
Companies should continue to invest in young talent and provide the platform for professionals to develop and stay within the industry.