Tom Wint Associate - Quantity Surveyor

05 February, 2021

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What is your role within Pick Everard?

My role at Pick Everard is an Associate Quantity Surveyor. I am based in Essex County Council (Chelmsford) working under the Bury St Edmunds office.

Day to day activities in my role typically include meetings with Essex County Council, providing fee proposals, checking valuations, keeping in touch with the team. Generally, just sorting out any queries or issues the client has and delivering projects.

How have you got to the career you’re in now? Tell me about your career development at Pick Everard.

I have wanted to be a Quantity Surveyor since I was about 16 years old. I gained work experience at a local Quantity Surveying practice whilst completing my A Levels, they then offered me a full-time role and funding of my University fees, which I completed over five years part-time.

Having spent fifteen years with the practice, I then joined Pick Everard in early 2018 as Principal Quantity Surveyor working on the school projects in Essex County Council. Following on from the work at Essex, I was asked to take on the role of Framework Manager, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

You recently won a Being Pick Everard Award. Tell us about what you won, why you won it and what it means to you.

I won the regional award for ‘Being Compassionate’. I do feel shocked to have won this award but touched that my colleagues think of me in this way. It means a lot to be recognised for this award, although I do feel it is only really part of my nature to treat others how I would like to be treated.

What inspires you most in your role/any projects you have worked on that you are proud of and/or favourite buildings you wish you had worked on?

I am a sociable person, so I have found the last ten months difficult. I enjoy meeting clients, and potential new clients at events throughout the year. Not having the connection has been difficult, but that is also what inspires me, to meet new people and work on new projects.

I am very proud to have worked on several of our projects that have won RICS awards over the last few years. Especially Lexden Spring School, as I know some pupils and staff who work there.

There’s not necessarily a building I wish I had worked on, but I would love to have worked on some of the big infrastructure projects we are currently working on in the UK, such as Crossrail or HS2. I love to see those projects get constructed.

 What top tips would you give for a graduate or trainee starting their career now?

If I were a trainee Quantity Surveyor now, I would probably do as I did and undertake my degree on a part time basis. However, my cousin is currently completing her degree and has had the opportunity to study and travel to Kuala Lumpur and Venice for a year at each, whilst also completing her course. So, I would say if the opportunity came up to grab anything that comes your way. My Uncle is an Engineer and he spent time in Tokyo, New York and Canada working in construction, so our skills can be taken all over the world.

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