David Gardner
Head of Project Management

David is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the North East built environment. Passionate about the development of skills, opportunities and networking within the Tees Valley. Strong professional skills in Project Management and Commercial Management in private and public sectors.

What’s the proudest moment of your career?

Being able to look around the NE region and see all the diverse and interesting projects I have been involved with either at the work face or supporting my teams. These projects cover education, manufacturing, petrochemicals, civils, sports and leisure, ports and transport.

 

What’s your personal philosophy?

My philosophy is simple really – lead from the front, never ask someone to do something you aren’t prepared to do and support you team. If you are prepared to manage, respect and support people, they will do the same for you.

 

What motivates you?

Getting the best out of the people I work with and helping them to achieve their goals and ambitions.

 

What are your passions outside of work?

Simply my family. During my early career my focus was very much on my career and as such I missed out a lot with my children. Quality time with my wife, children and grandchildren is very important to me now.

 

What do you enjoy most about the industry?

The diversity of projects you get involved with and the people you meet whilst undetaking them.

 

 

 

 

How did you get into construction?

It was in the blood. My Dad worked for Shepherds Construction and my Mum was a secretary for a local architect. When I was young, prior to the current health & safety standards, I would go with my dad to building sites. It used to be great fun watching buildings grow.

 

Do you have a favourite building?

There are so many stunning buildings and structures in the world, how can you pick one?

 

Who inspires you?

Recently I watched Mr Bates v the Post Office. Now there was a couple who showed dedication, perseverance, and commitment to fight a miscarriage of justice for other people over a ten-year period. That was truly awe-inspiring dedication and leadership against a gigantic corporate entity.

 

What’s your best career advice?

Life is a balance between home and work. The best outcome is that both are enjoyable and inspiring. Therefore, you must find a job or career that you enjoy doing. If you aren’t – change it.

 

What skills and characteristics do you look for in people?

I have spent a large proportion of my career build or developing teams. You can train most people, so the key is whether they fit with and compliment the other members of the team. A diverse team who gets on is crucial to being successful.