Staff Profile – Ben McGrath

Staff Profile – Ben McGrath 2021-05-12T17:23:51+01:00

Ben McGrathWhat made you join WA? Waterman Aspen was recommended to me by a friend when I was looking for a new role. He recommended that I look up one of the directors on LinkedIn, after that I received a message from the director a few hours later and following a brief exchange of messages I had an interview set up for the following week. Before all of this I had not heard of Waterman Aspen or the type of work they do. I was initially wary of the secondment model with worries about job security, but now over 6 years later and working in the management team, I can confidently say that I feel more secure with Waterman Aspen than I have with any of my previous employers.

Interestingly, I have now hired that friend that introduced me to Waterman Aspen in the first place and he is working for us too.

Have you been involved with education and training? After starting with Waterman Aspen I became a reviewer of EngTech with the ICE. I then initiated a program with Leicestershire County Council to help around 24 client staff members gain EngTech MICE. I have gained my IEng with the ICE (and now review at this level as well) along with my fellowship through the IHE and CIHT. Using my experience as a reviewer, I help both Waterman Aspen staff and client staff with their work towards gaining professional qualifications.

In 2018 I was asked to teach masters level Transport Engineering and Sustainable Design at the University of Derby as an Associate Lecturer which Waterman Aspen supported. This has progressed and I have since taught Flood Risk Engineering and written for the online version of the Transport Engineering module. This has help us form a really good relationship with the university where a number of our staff are studying. I’m involved with reviewing course success and content with both the University of Derby and the University of Wolverhampton on their Industrial Advisory Boards.

What secondments have been most interesting and why? I have had 3 secondments in my time at Waterman Aspen:

Leicester City Council – designing the upgrade to St Nicholas Circle which included work on a Grade 2 listed bridge

Nottingham City Council – undertaking the 3D design for the Eco-Expressway (electric bus route)

Leicestershire County Council – here I have worked on multiple highways and flood risk schemes, HS2,  as well as designing and supervising on Leicestershire’s busiest road as part of the Lubbesthorpe Strategic Employment site works.

What are the best aspects of working for WA? Early in my career I wanted to concentrate purely on engineering, but at Waterman Aspen I was encouraged to think about management as an option. I put this off for a number of years but eventually joined the management team and progressed from Area Manager to Associate Director quickly. Doing this with Waterman Aspen has allowed me to continue working in engineering on the design work that I love as well as developing the business and our staff.

With staff working at most local authorities, this has given us an unparalleled view of the work that is taking place across the region and country which I have found invaluable, especially with working on various committees with the ICE.

Why would you recommend working for WA? Waterman Aspen has allowed me to work for a variety of clients on numerous schemes, all while keeping the same employer. Waterman Aspen are seriously committed to training and ongoing professional development and do everything they can to make you the best version of yourself. In management, I have flexibility and independence to work on making Waterman Aspen the company I (and hopefully others) want to work for. Along with a decent renumeration package, good choice of company cars, flexible holidays and benefits packages, company share options and when COVID-19 isn’t a thing, a fantastic range of events to reward staff, including industry leading Christmas parties.

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