Spotlight On: Tom Rowling
In the first of our spotlight series, we shine a light on the talented team behind Shanco and their roles. First up is our SHEQ advisor, Tom Rowling.
What are your main responsibilities as a safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) advisor?
My main role is to help ensure our sites are set up correctly from the outset. I'll advise on methodologies and statutory responsibilities and how Shanco can maintain the highest standards when working.
Can you describe the Shanco team in three words?
Hard-working. Diligent. Thorough.
What do you like most about your job / working for with Shanco?
I really enjoy the scope of my work and the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients. This means there is a lot of variety in my role and across the company as a whole. I also like the challenges that come with the job and working with details and complexity, which makes it very satisfying and rewarding when you reach a conclusion.
What skills does it take to work in the groundworks / civil engineering sector?
A role in our sector takes a lot of effort and requires the ability to be adaptable. There are many different aspects of the job and although you can never be a master of everything, you do need to put the work in to develop a thorough understanding of each area and to be able to do your very best. That approach applies equally to tasks that are carried out on site and in the office.
What has been your biggest career achievement to date?
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some really interesting projects over the years and to have worked with some brilliant people. I'm proud to have been part of a team that have delivered jobs which have made a positive difference to local communities, including improvements to schools, hospitals and leisure facilities.
What do you like doing when you're not at work?
I like to read, but don't get as much time as I would like to devote to that. I love food and cooking and have taken to experimenting with more adventurous recipes in the last few years.
When I can, I do volunteer work at Living Potential Care Farm in Wetherby. This is a fantastic facility that caters for members with different needs and provides a place that allows them to do animal care, horticulture and arts and crafts.