Rhys is an Associate Director in the North East Region
Starting work with Waterman Aspen in 2015, has enabled me to officially progress in to Management; as an Associate Director in the North East team, I have been able to develop my experience and the tools needed for Managing Staff, Business Development and Client Relationship Management, which are the most critical aspects of the role. I have been encouraged and supported with all of my ideas thus far and for those that wish to progress through the Company Structure, there are opportunities to do so, you are enabled to do it.
Alongside the Associate Director role, I also provide support to Durham County Council’s Structures Team, helping support the team and progress the various programme of works and individual projects; a few examples being the repair works to Harelaw Bridge, which saw the central pier underpinned, the wear graded out with the provision of a fish pass and the huge scour hole in the river bed filled, preventing further wash out; Crookburn Bridge, the replacement of a remote road bridge on the border with Cumbria, requiring a temporary road construction to maintain a thoroughfare between the two Counties; and Deerness Bridge, another bridge replacement scheme close to Durham City with a number of constraints in terms of Public Utilities, land ownership, Environment Agency requirements and technical detailing, also requiring a manageable works phase plan and temporary road construction to allow local traffic to continue their journeys during the works period.
Working with Waterman Aspen on a secondment basis has allowed me to be reintroduced to the area of bridges again, which I find is the best of Civil Engineering; it was something I’d expressed a desire to do during my personal progression plan (appraisal); it has given me the opportunity to work in different organisations and to experience different systems; and one thing that I have thoroughly enjoyed as well as the challenge, is the opportunity to work with some old friends again.