Country Manager - India
Stuart Robinson made the move from the UK to the Middle East in 2005 and hasn't looked back - though he's certainly racked up the air miles travelling to Bahrain, Macau, Saudi Arabia, London and everywhere in between. Now he's set his sights on India, where he's taken up the challenge to lead our operations.
- How did you get in to what you do?
- I followed a traditional route to become a civil engineer. I was sponsored by a large construction company to complete my engineering degree and then joined their graduate programme. I stayed there for 12 years and became a chartered civil engineer. Having worked on the contracting side for so long, I was interested to try something new. When I saw the job in the Middle East with Mace, I thought 'that looks like me'. I interviewed with one of Mace's founders and then got the phone call I'd been waiting for, an offer to join the team.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
- My family and I originally based ourselves in Bahrain, but my work took me to Macau, London, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and now I'm in India. I started as a project manager working on a shopping centre in Bahrain and since then I've worked on hotels and casinos, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and post-Olympic regeneration, skyscrapers and numerous other projects in between.
“I’ve been involved with mentoring and helping young people into construction, and that’s what I’m most proud of.”
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
I've been involved with mentoring and helping young people into construction, and that's what I'm most proud of. I remember one particular intern we had on the London 2012 Olympics who was from a local college in east London - he started off at the bottom and now his career has really grown. I'm proud of him and proud of my involvement.In terms of projects, at the start of my time on the London 2012 Olympics, my team and I worked on a car park that wasn't as glamorous as the stadium and didn't get any of the glory, but we were hugely proud of it. I still say it's the best car park in east London!
- What big trends do you see for your specialism at the moment?
- A bid that we recently worked on in Nepal included a question that asked us about our approach to educating and training women and local people to work on projects. It really drove home for me that when we think about sustainability, we shouldn't just think about recycling and targets. We should also think about initiatives like this, building up communities and getting people trained and into work. I can only see this becoming more and more important across all areas of the industry.