Managing Director
Balfour Beatty Education

Managing Director
Balfour Beatty Education

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David S

00:01 My name’s David S I’m the managing director for Balfour Beatty education. I lead the Balfour Beatty team competing to build new schools for the government as part of the Building Schools for the Future initiative.

00:15 It’s a big job I have a great team which makes it easier than it would otherwise be, but it’s a challenging role. I’m absolutely useless at DIY I switch off completely when people start to talk to me about how they put buildings together and things like that so I’m not interested in the, you know the practice of building at all, actually don’t get much of a thrill from walking round the buildings or anything. What I really like doing is the process, the change management process that is all behind the buildings, so in a school obviously what you’re trying to achieve for example is to improve the attainment levels within that local community and to improve people’s experience of school life and all that rest of it, that’s what’s important.

01:06 The transformation trust’s role is in delivering the core of what Building Schools for the Future is about, the transformation trust is, is adding additional benefits to the programme by investing in young people’s activities and so on. Balfour Beatty’s increasingly recruited people like me who have come from a public sector route, so that we can act as a kind of interface between the builder and the customer.

01:32 My mother has never had paid employment, she has always worked but for principally for Oxfam as a volunteer so, she’s done that for about 40 years I think. My father was a director of human resources for a, for Crown wall coverings.

01:51 I did enjoy school yeah, it’s easier when you’re good at school work, I was good academically and I pursued the things that interested me academically which was history and geography. I was in a grammar school where I was brought up so, the expectation was that a large proportion of people went on to higher education. And at university my, focus was on a career in public service in government in some way.

02:20 My first proper job was, for North Derbyshire health authority as it was known at the time which was in Chesterfield, looking back I think if I’d have had a bit of mentoring and guidance at the right time then I would have been encouraged to go for something like the NHS management training scheme or something similar in local government.

02:43 I stayed there for about 3, 4, years, and you know they liked what I did and promoted me a couple of times which was good. The role that I was although it wasn’t a management, a formal management trainee role, it was definitely one that my first boss he liked to have a person like that, that he could groom and shape, so he was probably in a career sense my first real mentor and I got a lot from him. Towards the end of my career in the NHS I took on the role of managing the development of our, of my own hospital and really enjoyed the experience of doing project management.

03:25 I spent a year in Australia in the middle of my career where I had some relatives I hadn’t done the sort of world tour immediately after university cos I didn’t have any money mainly, but, I kind of had romantic visions of me being a sheep shearer, I should have known with my complete lack of practical skills was a ridiculous, cos there were unemployed sheep shearers out there when I got there, so, ended up bizarrely in a hospital in Perth doing pretty well exactly what I’d been doing in the UK before I left.


David S is the Managing Director for Balfour Beatty Education. He says, "I lead the Balfour Beatty team competing to build new schools for the government as part of the Building Schools for the Future initiative".

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