He started his career with Roberts Construction as a naïve young quantity surveyor at Iscor Vanderbijlpark in 1977, having little idea of what the construction industry was all about.He was moved to Head Office in 1987 to oversee the quantity surveying function in the old Eastern Transvaal, with sites extending from Springs to Komatipoort.
Two of the highlights of this period were being part of the team that got Sappi Ngodwana up and running again in 23 days after a devastating explosion, and the Columbus Stainless Steel Expansion Project Joint Venture where the challenge was to put a Rolls Royce engine into a Mini Minor's body while the Mini kept on running!
Most quantity surveyors graduate from site based to office based, from focusing on measurement and certification to more weighty commercial and contractual matters, and his journey was no different.
He became Commercial Director at Murray & Roberts Gills-Mason in 1998 and, after a number of operating entities were amalgamated, Commercial Executive at Murray & Roberts Construction in 2002. He joined Basil Read in 2006 with responsibility for group legal, commercial, risk, compliance, insurance and SHEQ.