We would like to introduce Mark Lee, the latest addition to our team. Mark has joined Booth Welsh as a Quantity Surveyor. We caught up with Mark to learn more about his role and his life outside of the workplace.
Tell us about your background?
Shortly after leaving school I completed an HNC in Aeronautical Engineering with a view to gaining entry to the engineering/aeronautical industry. Whilst looking for a job in this field I was offered the opportunity for a short-term (3 month) contract with Doosan Babcock based at GSK Irvine. I managed to make myself useful and ended up staying with the company, based mostly around the pharmaceutical industry with occasional ventures into other areas, for just under 10 years. During this time, I was fortunate enough to be approved for further education and completed a degree in Quantity Surveying. As I was mainly involved with mechanical projects, I felt that I needed to gain experience in other areas so I managed to obtain a job with Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick which gave me the opportunity to develop my knowledge into the E&I area of the industry. As part of a TUPE agreement I joined up with Wood and gained additional experience with SIP (Scaffold, Insulation & Painting) works so I have been fortunate in that I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of works during my career so far.
An opportunity then came up to join Booth Welsh and I was keen to come onboard at this exciting time in the company’s history. I’m hoping to use some of my experience, along with learning new skills, to help everyone in the team along in this journey.
Tell us about your role within Booth Welsh?
I’ve joined Booth Welsh as a Quantity Surveyor and I will also be taking on some projects in a Project Manager function. My role involves understanding the contracts that we have signed up to, or are reviewing, and ensuring that, whilst the clients needs are met, Booth Welsh’s interests are also protected as part of the same contract. My background is primarily with installation works so reviewing progress, productivity, spend vs. budgeted, change management etc… in this area will also be a key part of my role.
What’s life like for you outside of the workplace?
I’ve been married to my wife Lisa for just over 6 years and have a 4-year-old son Jaxon who is just about to start school so there isn’t much peace and quiet in my house just now! I also volunteer as a coach for my son’s football team a couple of times a week which, along with swimming lessons keep us busy. When I do get some free time, I go along to Kilmarnock FC games, play some 5-a-side football and enjoy family days out at the weekends. I am a regular at the gym (once every 6 months at the moment) so I’m hoping to increase this going forward but easier said than done!
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I have jumped out of an aeroplane, albeit attached to a sky diving instructor, and survived, DJ’d on a boat in Loch Lomond and appeared in an episode of Pawn Stars filmed in Las Vegas (my Granpa nearly fell out his chair when I told him about the last one as misheard me and had never saw the show!).