THE TERM 'chain boy' might not be understood by everyone in the construction industry these days, but that's what John Frankiewicz started out as.
Brought up around Bedford, his sister worked for the finance director at local firm Marriott ? then, as now, part of Kier ? and Mr Frankiewicz signed up after leaving school.
'I was told I had three important jobs, ' he says, 'and they happened at 10, 12 and th ree o'clock ? and that was to make the tea.' When he wasn't busy brewing cuppas, Mr Frankiewicz measured sites with a chain and studied part-time in Northampton for first a national certificate and then a higher nat ional, both in building.
'There is always someone who inf luences your life and that was Peter Hulme, who was then Marriott's chief executive, ' he says. 'He persuaded me to go into project management.' Mr Frankiewicz took this advice, but left in 1980 and moved to Kyle Stewart, where he worked on projects such as clean rooms.
He left the firm seven years later.
With a family on the way, he was not keen on travelling ? despite supporting Manchester United ? and took a project management job at Willmott Dixon that he describes as 'a bit of a sideways move'.
By 1999 he was chief operating officer ? a job he is still doing six years later ? and lives north of Bedford with his wife and two teenage children.