Jun 01, 2012
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Position: MD of Parsons Brinckerhoff
Main Activity of the Company: Engineering consultancy
Date and Place of Birth: 1959, Northern Ireland
Education: BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons), MBA
First Job: Graduate trainee at GEC Turbine Generators
Career History Prior to Current Position: Senior management positions at Balfour Beatty
Size of First Pay Packet: R60 000 a year
First Job with Present Group: MD of Cruickshanks (substation engineers)
Value of Assets under Your Control: Turnover of R1-billion
Number of People under Your Leadership: 400
Management Style: Consultative, with a dictatorial tendency
Personal Best Achievement: Recently completing a distance learning degree course in international studies
Professional Best Achievement: Growing an overhead line and cabling business to a turnover of R3-billion
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: Isaac Newton
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Alexander Issigonis
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: George Best, in a bar
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Arnold Weinstock
Philosophy of Life: What is meant to be is meant to be
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Seeing Ireland beat Australia in last year’s Rugby World Cup at Eden Park
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Watching Ronan O’Gara lose the second Test for the Lions at Loftus Versveld
Hope for the Future: Infrastructure improvements that will create a better Africa for all
Favourite Reading: Winning, by Clive Woodward
Favourite TV Programme: Top Gear
Favourite Food/Drink: Beer and curry – in that order
Favourite Music: Snow Patrol
Favourite Sport: Might just be rugby
Favourite Website: Google
Hobbies: Skiing, golf and going to the gym
Miscellaneous Dislikes: People who speak on their mobile phones while driving
Favourite Other South African Company: Eskom
Favourite Foreign Company: Balfour Beatty
Children: Three daughters
Clubs: Leicester Tigers and Kilworth Springs Golf Club
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