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Q&A: Ian Martin, Hughes and Salvidge

The technical director of Hughes and Salvidge discusses Ian Botham, Paul Weller and the firm’s win at the Construction News Specialists Awards 2013.

Who would you most like to shoot with a paintball gun?

The person responsible for the banking crisis (may need a few paint pellets).

You’re God for the day. What’s the first thing you do?

Ensure everyone goes home safe from every workplace, every day.

Who is your hero?

Ian Botham: worked hard, played hard and followed on after his illustrious career to make millions for charity.

What has been your worst business decision?

Taking on a project manager role on a motorway job at 20. I was totally out of my depth and it was the worst six months of my life.

And best?

Deciding to take the plunge and work in the demolition industry.

Who or what are you enjoying listening to?

Paul Weller from the Jam to current.

What is your favourite book or film?

12 Angry Men (reminds me of many a contract meeting).

What would you take with you to a desert island?

Would have to be Sky Sports.

What characteristic do you most dislike in others?

Lateness.

If you were blessed with the necessary talent, what would your dream job be?

It would have to be a professional golfer (I am a true 28 handicap).

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Never be a Pompey fan (I ignored it completely – a true blue).

What should the construction industry be doing to help itself in the current climate?

Ensuring payment terms are improved to stimulate cashflow and confidence.

What’s the best work-related thing you did recently?

Help to make profit for the company in very tough times over the past four years (it was a team effort).

How would you like to be remembered?

For being a genuinely good bloke.

What it mean to win a Construction News Specialists Award?

It meant a great deal as we are in an industry that fails to get the recognition for its excellent safety and recycling records.

Ian Martin is technical director at decommissioning and demolition specialist Hughes and Salvidge

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