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Q&A: Trevor Bamber, Celtic Technologies

Celtic Technologies’ UK health and safety manager talks Blackadder, cups of tea and what it means to win a Specialists Award.

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

The guy who shot me last during paintball.

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

I’ll give a Miss World-style answer of: world peace, bring an end to poverty and a solution to global warming.

Who is your hero?

My wife (she knows why).

What has been your worst business decision?

Can’t think of one at the moment – I have been very lucky so far (fingers crossed).

And best?

Ask me again in 12 months – but also see above.

What is your favourite book or film?

LA Confidential (the film).

What would you take with you to a desert island?

Boxset of Blackadder Goes Forth (audio version) and, of course, an audio player and power supply!

What characteristic do you most dislike in others?

Selfishness, unthoughtfulness or laziness.

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

A professional sportsman in rugby, football or cricket, or a professional adventurer or explorer.

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

Never turn down a cup of tea when offered, as you never know when it will be offered again – from my dad, a self-employed builder!

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

Be more high-profile in current affairs – civil engineers should appear as experts on TV news to raise the profile of the industry and awareness of the importance of engineers and the industry.

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

My presentation to the judging panel at the Construction News Specialists Awards 2014 – what a buzz after me and a colleague left the room. Also, passing my recent exams.

How would you like to be remembered?

Hardworking, considerate, Trev.

What did it mean to win a Construction News Specialists Award?

To have our project win a category was a great honour and a huge recognition of Celtic’s and the project team’s hard work, high standards and achievements.

This was particularly satisfying to me and the rest of the project team, as it is acknowledgement and appreciation of our work and standards of working by our industry peers.

To be compared against such a high-quality list of companies and projects and to be rewarded by winning is a great achievement.

Winning the award has highlighted Celtic Technologies’ capabilities to a wider client base within the industry, with several potential project leads and new client contacts coming directly from this greater awareness due to winning the award.

Trevor Bamber is UK health and safety manager for Celtic Technologies

Specialists Awards 2015: enter now

Celtic Technologies’ project, Mersey Gateway Advance Works Remediation, won the award for Project of the Year (subcontract between £500k & £2m) at the Construction News Specialists Awards 2014.

Entries for the 2015 Specialists Awards, taking place on 18 March 2015 at the Hilton Park Lane, London, are open now.

Entry is free, fast and online, and the deadline for entries is 7 November 2014.

For more information and to view all 18 categories, visit the Specialists Awards website.

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