After years of experience in the UK construction industry Alan Flood has been appointed managing director of Galliford Try's investment division, Galliford Try Investments. He talks to Paul Thompson about Building Schools for the Future and helping the NHS raise its service performance.
You have been promoted from your previous role as general manager to managing director of Galliford Try Investments.
What is you r industry background?
I studied construction at school and have been in the industry nearly 40 years. During this time I have been specifically involved in PFI and PPP since it started in the UK.
What are the key areas of work for Galliford Try Investments?
The primary role is to provide investment and construction opportunities through PPP and PFI routes.
One of your highestprofile successes was the £93 million Birmingham Schools PFI. Who are your main clients?
Because of the nature of the work our main clients are ultimately the National Health Service through its Local Improvement Finance Trust projects and local authorities for PFI schools and the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Galliford Try Investments has worked on Lift and BSF projects throughout the UK from its three offices. Are development plans limited to the UK or are projects in foreign countries coordinated from the UK?
We have three ma in offices based in Edinburgh, Warrington and Wolvey near Coventry. Each of these serves the entire UK and we have no plans to work abroad.
Dividing time between those three offices must be difficult. Where do you actually live?
I am a born and bred Londoner but now happily live in the Cheshire countryside with my wife and daughter.
You have been involved in PFI and PPP since their inception. What are your goals for the future of Galliford Try Investments and how will you deliver that vision?
My vision is for us to become the partner of choice and play our part in transforming the delivery of both education and healthcare services to the construction industry.
I think that, following on from Galliford Try's acquisition of Morrison Construction and Investment Divisions earlier this year, our business has expanded to such a point that we are now able to offer a broader range of services to our partners. We can do this from all our offices working across the UK within our key sectors and areas of expertise.
What are the key issues the sector has to address?
Currently we have a complicated and lengthy bid process that can lead to high bid costs.
That is one area we have to look at.
And Galliford Try Investments' next major challenge?
As always, the next bid!